Buongiorno! I hope everyone is doing great! Its hard to believe that July is almost over! Where is the time going? I've almost been in Italy 5 whole months! It seems like yesterday I was telling people, It's my first week here! haha
This week we had so many miracles! I feel like I say that every week... but its true every time! So last Thursday we had 3 lessons planned, at 5:00,and then at 7:00. Well the bus to go to the one at 5 was a lot longer than we thought.... so we thought that maybe we'd have to go a different time and just go straight back so we could make it to the one at since the lady we were going to visit was in the hospital. So we planned on doing that, but then the bus to go back didn't come for another half hour! So we got to visit Ester anyway! And it was really good too. I think she really needed us to come see her. Then on the way back we were trying to call Sophya, the appointment at to tell her we'd be late... or try to reschedule and it turns out that she could see us at instead! It worked better for her and for us!
So then at 7 we went to go see Elisabetta. She's the lady from Poland who has met with the missionaries for a long time. We invited a member (that in and of itself was a miracle. We wanted a member for Elisabetta but didn't know who... so we tried calling people who lived in Sampierdarena and the 2nd lady we called was home and said she could come!) So we walked with her all the way to Elisabetta's... when Elisabetta answered and said she had friends over.... so she couldn't see us. Crush. Bummer. That was a let down. I'm used to bidones, but it was hard since we had a member with us! We have another appointment with her, so hopefully that one will work this time!
That afternoon we had a lesson with Neve and Chiara and they surprised us by bringing a cousin and a friend! Neve's cousin is here only on vacation and can't really speak Italian or English... so i don't really know how much she got... but Chiara's friend was really interested! We're going to see them again! It was so great because we had Sarah, a member, come. She got home from serving at Temple Square in April. She is so great! She loves to speak English with us and she has the most American accent I've heard any Italian have! She speaks English really well.
Yesterday we visited a member, Susie, and her two girls! They are adorable! Then after that was when we tried to see Paola but she wasn't home... so we had to go with the backup plan and ended up seeing a less active and visited a guy who we talked to last week! His name is Osas and is from Nigeria. We met him when we were trying to do a less active passby and then ended up doing casa. He actually answered and was nice. We weren't able to go back when he said his wife would be home, so we tried yesterday. We taught him the Restoration, just at the door since his wife wasn't home... and he liked it. He said he had actually asked God which church was true once but still hasn't found it. We're going to see him and his wife.
Then later that day we were on our way out to see Mayra, a less active who is super sweet. When she texted us and cancelled.... now what...? That's when I decided to call Paola and make sure she was ok and then right after that Talia called. Talia is the lady who is meeting us with her mom who came to church last week, but they couldn't come this week because of work. She only has about 3 more days of work before she loses her job... then she has to search for a new one... Well, she called and told us she actually might not lose it!!! There's a chance someone in the hospital where she works will be leaving to a different hospital for something so she'll get to stay! She says she is hoping and praying! She said she opened the Book of Mormon and read 2 Nephi 9:20-21 and feels like those verses were written just for her. Beautiful! She'll find outif she has a job or not, so we're praying!
Then yesterday night we saw the Chunga family. They are such a great family! They love the missionaries! Their daughter is on a mission right now in Africa! They are the ones who are friends with Ramiro, and he actually just randomly showed up when we were there! So that was great :) Fratello Chunga said it was a such a great surprise when he found out that Ramiro was learning about the church! He was super happy that he came to church S and even gave him a tie to wear. :)
So ya, this week was great! Miracles pretty much just fall into our laps! The anziani were asking what we were doing differently and I actually think it's because we're trying really hard to do 3 popps a day. (Popp is where we use a scripture to teach a doctrine, ask a question, and bear testimony to each other. It helps us know the scriptures and be able to teach simple truths quickly and effectively. We're supposed to do it at least 3 times a day.) It's something that President Dibb is really stressing at the moment. They work. They bring miracles! Probably because it keeps our minds focused and brings the spirit quickly. I also think it's because every morning we pray to find someone who will accept the invitation to be baptized. Seriously everyday that we do that we have met someone. Maybe they don't become a new investigator, but they are a really solid potential.
Well have a great week! Always look for tiny miracles and tender mercies!
vi voglio bene!
"Pizza. Pizza. Pizza. Here you order one per person".
"Sorella Russell thought I was too stressed,
so we finger painted with food".
"The things they think of doing during district meetings"