Buongiorno! And Buona Pasqua! I hope everyone had a great Easter! We did here! We even tried dying eggs for Easter so we could celebrate it a little how we celebrate it at home! Here they have big chocolate eggs and a sweet bread, kind of like cake, called Colomba that everyone buys. We got to try both. Pretty fun.before Easter we had lunch with a lady from Peru. She made us Sebiche (who knows how that's spelled...) but it's this fish dish with octopus! I thought it was actually pretty good. Maybe a little rubbery... but not bad! haha We also had rice and potatoes. Then we ate with Giovanna and Gaia and had pasta and pasta sfolglia!! Delicious! Quite the different dishes! Easter day was so great because we got to enjoy conference! General Conference was AMAZING! I loved every second of it! I could go on and on about what I liked about it, but I just want to mention one quote that stood out to me. "Nourish and encourage ALL light". I love this. We are all at different stages in the gospel and have different levels of spiritual light. Yet, that's ok. No matter who we are we can help others grow spiritually so their light can grow. And by doing that our own spiritual light will grow. I loved all the talks about the Savior and the Atonement. I know the Atonement is REAL and Christ is ALWAYS there. If there's one thing I've learned more about than anything else on my mission it's about the Atonement. I love it.
Beautiful! I just LOVE it! I get chills every time I write this story! Heavenly Father just knows us so perfectly and individually!
Last week was our 21 lesson week. President Dibb challenges all the new missionaries and their trainers to have 21 lessons one week in the first transfer, and we were able to do it! It was definitely with help though. We had 20 lessons bymorning, so we just needed one more. was Easter so quite of bit of the day was spent watching general conference. It was also rainy, so it was kind of hard to talk to people when no one was outside... But when we went to get on the metro, Sorella Nedelkov couldn't get her card out to scan. We could hear the Metro below coming but she couldn't get it out. Finally she got it out, scanned it, and we missed the Metro. Since it was a S and a holiday the public transportation isn't as regular, so we had to wait 15 minutes. There was no one on the platform to talk to... But! Eventually a girl came and sat kind of by us and we started talking to her! She was super nice and we were able to pray with her! it was so great! Miracle! and we got the last lesson we needed! We're hoping we can continue to teach her!
Well I need to go soon! Sorry if this one was a little shorter... The work is great here! We're excited for and preparing for our conference with Anziano Bednar that is coming up!!
Vi Voglio bene!
Just some fun tidbits about Italy! Well at least about Milano:
-There are tons of lizards around. In the city!
-Everyone has a little dog. Everyone. And they all have little coats or sweaters. Kind of funny.
-I saw a mailman who was delivering mail on a motorcycle
-Sometimes people just park in the middle of the road if there's no room on the side.
-Tons of people ride bikes and I love it!
-There is graffiti everywhere.
-Pretty much every balcony has plants or vines!
-Cars are tiny here! Especially the fire trucks! Someday I will get pictures of those!
-Streets are crazy here! We were on a bus and there were about 5 different streets going into this one intersection, but they have barely any lights and definitely no lines... so I have no idea how there are never accidents! We have to cross 3 streets sometimes to get to the other side. And instead of just watching for cars, there's also watching for trams, because there are tram tracks along those streets too! crazy!
-Carpet just isn't a thing here.
-Pretty much everyone smokes.
-There are people from all over! Sometimes we'll start a conversation with someone from Sri Lanka or something and then in the middle of the conversation they'll realize we're American and start speaking English with us because its easier for them.
-For pharmacies they have a green cross instead of a red cross
-We always hear ambulances. But apparently they aren't just for emergencies. Because they're free, so I guess people call them all the time.
The Castle at Cardona
"An arch that I don't remember the name of"
Traditions from home
Sister and Elder
"I LOVE YOU"
"Chocolate eggs that everyone buys"
It's rainy a lot!
"Sometimes I just like cool old walls and colorful buildings"
"This is Marlene. She is in Venezuela now."
"This is my lovely haircut.... DISASTER the first time! And then I got it fixed this morning! Phew! Scariest thing of my life last week! haha so...its quite a bit shorter than I was expecting... good thing I have a year and a half to grow it out! and ALL of my split ends are gone! :)