So it’s been a bit longer since my last email. My p-day is now on Monday here in Italy. So the first day in Italy, President Waddoups and his wife picked us up from the airport and we stopped by the Temple to take a quick picture. It still has quite a way to go until it is finished. After we dropped off our bags at the mission home the assistant gave all of us pass along cards and then took us to The Coliseum, the Senate, and St. Giovanni. It was incredible. On the way back I was able to have a simple conversation with a guy on the train who ended up being a Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki fan! So I talked to him about that and then he asked what I was doing in Italy and I said I was a missionary and he was really interested so the assistant helped me get his number to teach him a lesson some time but unfortunately I won’t get the chance to teach him myself because I was transferred to NAPLES!!!!!
Naples is a pretty huge city. The cobblestone is pretty rough on the ankles but you get used to it. I had my first authentic Napolitano pizza Thursday night and it was amazing. We taught English class and that was really fun and the people are so funny, Italians are crazy.
Friday we put up ads for English class, did street contacting, and we had a lesson that night.
Saturday was interesting. We got stood up by an investigator in a park that is a 30 minute train and bus ride away from our apartment (our area is huge). At the bus stop on our way back a Jehovah’s Witness passed by us and started attacking us, saying all these things (in Italian, so I can barely understand) about our church that are not true and then started saying things that made no sense in general even to my companion, but luckily our bus showed up and we could leave.
That night we got to watch General Conference, which is when we hear from the leaders of our church talk about things that are currently important for church members to improve on and think about. Unfortunately the church’s wifi was really slow so we had to watch it in Italian and I barely understood any of it.
Sunday we taught a married couple, the husband who is a member and the wife who is not and shared a thought with them that I hope sparked some interest in the wife to consider looking into the gospel a bit more.
Being here in Italy this past week has made me realize a few things. There’s no way I could come here and do this if I didn’t know 100% in my heart that this is true. Many many people will choose to reject me while I’m here, but that does not change the fact that I believe in this message and I love these people. It will be a hard two years but it will be a wonderful two years full of growth and learning. I look forward to the opportunities ahead and I’m excited to get to work here in Naples. Mosiah 27 really comforted me this week, it truly testifies of the change that can take place in the human heart through faith. I know that we all can improve daily to become more like our savior Jesus Christ.
Have great weeks!!!!
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And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer. And how blessed are they! For they did publish peace; they did publish good tidings of good; and they did declare unto the people that the Lord reigneth.