Cari Famiglia e Amici!Well we are back in our apartment. Everything is going great! We actually loved living in Opera and being able to get to know the office elders, the assistants, the Roses, and President and Sister Dibb. They are all wonderful people. We got the blessing to get a ride with the assistants one night and hear about their work and the miracles they've seen. I know they are truly inspired and are great leaders in our mission. We also got to spend almost a whole day with the Rose's (the senior couple in the office) because they had to come to our apartment to meet with the landlord and talk about how to fix things. Our apartment is pretty much fixed now. They are just putting in electronic tapereli just for extra safety.
-We were also kept safe. There was some pretty crazy stuff happening around the time the EXPO started. But we didn't see or were part of any of it. Only heard about it.
Also, for district meeting Anziano Orso, our District Leader, asked Sorella Nedelkov and I to do a training about Mezzi finding (or finding on buses, metros, trams, etc.) We decided to kind of do what Anziano Bednar did and start out by saying "This is not about Mezzi finding". We still talked about it, but the underlying theme was faith. Because without faith, finding is pretty much impossible. I was able to think about a lot of different experiences I've had talking and teaching people on public transportation. Even in 9 weeks I can see how much I've grown and learned. At first it was just about handing out cards and trying to get people's numbers, but it's truly about recognizing other's needs and really helping them come closer to Christ. Yesterday I was on the bus and started talking to a girl who didn't really know if she believed in Christ or God. I got to talk to her about faith and hope and invited her to watch the Perche Egli Vive video. I still asked if we could exchange numbers and if I could pray with her, but she refused both. Even though I probably won't see her again, I know that was just the beginning of her journey to come closer to Christ. I love asking people questions that they probably haven't really thought about and get them thinking about faith and God.
I also recently read a talk from the Oct. 2014 conference which had the quote "first observe, then serve." I love it. Really observing first and trying to recognize other's needs is so important. I saw a girl on the bus who looked like she was kind of crying so I asked if everything was ok. She said yes and didn't really continue to talk. But then she said thanks. And then a little bit later she said she was just a little sad that day. She was grateful I just showed concern and was smiling when she got off the bus. Even though we didn't really get to talk more, I know just showing a little love uplifted her. The littlest acts of service are sometimes the most powerful.