Hope everyone had awesome weeks!
The night of p-day, the two training missionaries in Napoli left to go to a zone leader conference in Rome so I was with another missionary who is also brand new for the next day. We got stood up for two lessons and our attempts at tracting/finding (just terms we use that mean we went out looking for people interested in the gospel or coming to English course) were not going well, until after about 2 hours we finally ran into a few people that were interested in English course.
Later we had a lesson with a woman named Blessing. She is such a sweet lady with a little 6 year old boy. She told us that she first met the missionaries 6 months ago and it wasn’t until just now that she was finally contacted. That made me a little sad, but very grateful that I was involved in teaching her very first lesson.
Wednesday we had two lessons with less active church members that were interesting to say the least. The first one was with a man who’s father has Alzheimer’s and in the middle of the lesson the member had to get up to go do something and the father walked in and stood right over me for about a minute just glaring at me. I was pretty sure he was about to hit me because he looked really mad for some reason but luckily he got distracted and walked away. Then for the other lesson when we walked into the member’s apartment there was a really old man in the kitchen just casually rolling up a joint… But we went into the other room and from then on it was a pretty good experience.
Thursday was a day that started off really hard but from the afternoon onward was amazing. Our two lessons in the morning both cancelled so we did 3 hours of finding that was very very unsuccessful. After lunch I decided I needed to study chapter 9 of Preach My Gospel (the manual we use to become better missionaries) about “finding” because I felt so discouraged from the morning. It gave me a lot of comfort and said over and over again that God is preparing people for us to find. In the afternoon we did a Gesso (chalk drawing) for our English course.
Then we had a lesson with a new investigator. He is someone that has definitely been prepared by God. It was a fantastic lesson and I think he will actually read the Book of Mormon and pray. Then we had English course and I gave the spiritual thought at the end. I felt like I was supposed to talk about how hard life can be sometimes, but that God knows us and remembers us always, so I shared Doctrine and Covenants 121:7-8. I struggled a little to get my thought out in Italian but I made it through. Afterwards, Chiara a girl in the branch came up to me asking where that scripture was and that it was exactly what she needed. I was amazed and grateful that I was guided to that scripture.
Friday was a very long and difficult day that I would rather just skip over, other than the fact that we had a spontaneous lesson with an investigator at the very end of the night that was one of the best lessons we have ever had.
Saturday was not much different from Friday, it rained all day long which made finding nearly impossible but luckily we had a lesson planned for that night and the investigator actually came!! The lesson was a little crazy because two members were there and having two Italians who are very good friends can end up getting a little rowdy, but it worked out.
We had church on Sunday and expected 4-5 of our investigators to come but only one showed up so that was a little disappointing. On top of that I still barely understand Italian, especially when people are talking as fast as they do here, so I didn’t really understand anything that happened. Later that day we were having trouble getting a hold of our investigators who didn’t come to church so we decided to go out and visit as many as we could. We ended up passing by a former investigators apartment on the way and were able to teach him again and renew his interest and one of his friends as well. It was a good ending to roller coaster of a week.
This week I was reading in the Book of Mormon in Helaman and chapter 3 struck me so strongly. I encourage all of you to read it and pray as often as you can to God. He will strengthen you whenever you ask for his help.
Hope you all have awesome weeks!
My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.
Doctrine and Covenants 121:7-8