I’m sorry if I have said this pretty often in the last 10 or so emails, but the weeks just fly. I hate it. Time needs to slow down. We had incredible miracles though!
To start, we met with our friend, Francesco, on Tuesday before English group. He shared with us that he not only is interested in improving his English, but he genuinely wants to learn about our beliefs and increase his faith. It was awesome. Such a clear and direct statement of desire. He is awesome. Unfortunately he works on cruise ships and there’s the possibility of him heading off on a ship in two weeks for the next three months. I hope we can prepare him enough to do okay during his time away.
Thursday was a solid day because I ate 500 g of mozzarella di bufala for lunch and it was delicious.
Friday morning Anziano Perfili and I had the privilege to visit a family of whom the husband/father was working on the construction site of the temple in Rome and he suffered from a sudden heart attack and passed away. The church collected boxes of food and household items to send to their support since this man was the sole source of income. We accompanied the delivery of the boxes and visited with the family for a while. Honestly it was a really hard situation. We are just two American young men who don’t know this family at all after they have just suffered a horrible loss. Anziano Perfili and I were depending on the Spirit like we never have before. When we walked in it was clear that this family was still tender from the news.
We get to know them a bit and the conversation turned to what their father was doing up there in Rome. I testified to his three children and his wife that he was working on the single most important construction project that Italy has ever seen in all of its history. I told them that he was building the literal House of the Lord for which the members of Italy have been waiting for decades. I told them that in the temple we have the opportunity to receive the promise that we will live with our families forever and never be separated and that in no other place can we achieve such peace in our lives. Upon leaving that morning this family may not have seen everything clearly the way we do because of our knowledge of the plan of salvation, but I hope to have the chance to teach them of these truths in the future.
Sunday we visited with a small family that the daughters were just recently baptized but they have not been coming to church the last several weeks. They talked of all the things they have to do throughout the week between organizing and cleaning the house, work, this, and that. We didn’t want to get in to talking about all of these details so instead we asked one two simple questions. Who is God? and Why is having this knowledge important?
I want to answer these questions myself. God is our literal and loving Heavenly Father. And it’s important to know this because when we face trial, when we face opposition or difficulty, when our day seems to pile on us more than we feel able to bear, we can always remember that we have an actual father in Heaven who is watching over us, who is crying with us, who feels our pain, and who is eager to bless and support us.
We can not underestimate the simple yet profound knowledge of truly knowing that we are children of the King of the universe. I invite each of you to ask yourself these two simple questions and think if you really believe your answers, if you really know they are true. I know God is our Father. I know he loves and knows each of us. I know that he watches over each of you.
I love you all,