What a week! So full of miracles and so busy. First thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes, I really appreciated it!
Starting with Monday my adopted parents from Taranto, Mariella and Silvio, came into Napoli to see me for my birthday! She brought me a chocolate mint cream cake, tiramisù, and two containers of my
favorite: Sugo alla Putanesca (special tomato sauce made with olives and capers). I love her so much! They took us to Amalfi. The drive out there was so cool because you have to go up and over the mountain and you get a view of all of Napoli. Amalfi was a cute city with a beautiful coastal line but honestly a lot smaller than I anticipated.
We had a delicious lunch and got some small souvenirs too. It was so great getting to be with them again. I missed them a lot. Tuesday was also a great day. We taught a new investigator than had a delicious Pranzo at my long time friend Mario’s house. At English course a new student came who I had spoken to the previous week on the steps of the church and invited to come. Afterwards we quickly grabbed a gelato on the way home. Wednesday I did end up getting that coveted Diavola pizza from Pellone for my birthday and it was delicious.
Okay on to more important things! We were very busy this week. My planner is not big enough to write in all the things we needed to do.
We had some great success finding and talking to people everywhere we went and also going through the area book and the phone to call old contacts and set up appointments. I love Napoli. I love being a missionary! We taught this new investigator, Teresa, who we met at the football barbecue the week before. Our lesson with her reminded me how awesome it is being a missionary in Italy. We taught her on the rocks of the shoreline at Mergellina, looking over the sea, with Vesuvius standing tall to the west. Anyway the lesson was great. She is Italian but grew up in Germany, so her first language is German, than Italian, and she also speaks fluent English. I would say by coincidence, but knowing that coincidences don’t exist, I had already downloaded on my iPad the scriptures in German so we were able to have her read scriptures from the Book of Mormon in her native language which really helped her feel the power of our message.
Friday we had a GANS (Young Single Adults) activity for which we all made some kind of dessert to bring and then we played pic-tionary. It ended up being a huge success because Nicoletta, the young woman who earlier in the week had come to English course, came to the activity and really hit it off with a member of her same age and same study in school. We ended up seeing her again on the street the next day and she shared how she had never laughed so much in her life or had so much fun. She feels like since she started being around us and the members that she has entered into a new world. She even came to church on Sunday!!! We haven’t even had a chance to teach her officially yet!
We gave her a restoration pamphlet but the first chance for us to teach her is this Tuesday.
Also Saturday we had a string of blessings, we taught a lesson in the morning, then on the way to the metro station a woman stopped us and asked if she could come to church and so we took her name and number, then as we continued walking a man stopped us and asked if he could speak with us because he has been having questions about God so we went back to the church and taught him the restoration. It was a solid morning.
Finally Reginald is all set to be baptized this Saturday. I am so excited for him! It’s going to be such a great opportunity to get all of our investigators and contacts to witness an ordinance of salvation and feel the spirit as well as unite the members in our missionary work.
To wrap up, I want to share you all my testimony that I know prayers are answered when our desires our single to the glory of God and we ask in faith, nothing doubting. I bear my witness that if we align ourselves with God’s will and lay all we have on the altar of sacrifice and do everything we can to serve him, love him, and love others than we will have blessings beyond measure opened to us.
I love you all, I am praying for you all,