So third week in Italy started off with going to the naval base in our area and buying a bunch of American food like Dr. Pepper and peanut butter!! So nice to have those again. That night we got stood up for two lessons but ended the night teaching an investigator about the plan of salvation that went well but there were many distractions that we had to push through and keep the spirit there.
The next day we had a lesson with a less active member that lives pretty far away. He is amazing, has such strong faith, and he knows this church is true, but no one else in his family are members and it is hard for him to come to church on Sundays because he would be leaving his family for 5 hours. Maybe one of these Sundays he can convince his wife to come with him and he can experience what he has missed for so long.
District meeting was good and we got Pellone pizza after which was incredible. Then we did a ton of finding in the afternoon and evening, but no one was interested in talking to us at all whether it was English course or gospel-related.
Thursday was probably the busiest day I have had so far. We had 6 confirmed lessons scheduled. We only got to teach 4 but still it was a packed day and we taught a very wide range of gospel topics that really challenged my teaching abilities on Italian.
The rest of the week was pretty standard work, a little street contacting every day, lots of lessons planned but no shows with no contact before. But still I trek on trusting that hard work and diligence will be rewarded over time.
Something important for me happened this week, on Wednesday night we had a lesson with a man and found out he hadn’t been reading the Book of Mormon. My first internal reaction was “how could you not read the scriptures everyday?!” But then I realized, before my mission I definitely did not read my scriptures every day, I took them for granted a little bit. Now I can’t imagine going even half a day without reading them! I understood how with his schedule it is hard to find time to read and I could definitely relate to him, but I was adamant about how important it is to read the Book of Mormon. When I got home I continued thinking about this experience. The Book of Mormon really has changed my life forever, especially in these last 8 weeks. It has brought me more strength, more joy, and more comfort than I ever thought a book could bring me. My family and friends know that in the past if I could avoid reading a book, I would. But now, I would give up everything I have as long as I could keep my Book of Mormon. I know it will change your life if you give it a chance and read it with a particle of faith. And I know that no matter what your circumstances are in life that this Book can answer whatever it is that you seek if you sincerely want to know the truth.
Have amazing weeks everyone, look for the good in all things!
Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts. And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.