I hope everyone had a great week! This week was so great here in
Bologna. So many great things happened and my heart is so happy :)
I want to tell you about a woman we met named Helena. Last Thursday we
were on the bus going to an appointment and a lady gets on the bus in a
wheelchair. She has a man with her who is helping her. I was not
really close to her, but I wanted to talk to her. But she beat me to
it! After a little bit she asked if I was Mormon and then said she had
seen the Mormon book and read something about a tree of life and
really wanted to know more. She asked for our number and asked when we
could come over-- and wanted it to be as soon as possible! So we got
all the information and planned to see her Friday. Although we weren't
able to see her until Sunday. Oh, I was also able to learn, before we saw her at her home,
that she's from Mozambique and she speaks Portuguese. So we see
her on Sunday and it was amazing!!!
This is her story--
She came to Italy about 3 years ago. She was married but is now single and lives
alone. She LOVES religion and has read about every religious book
there is! She found God and Christ here in Italy. She studied with
Jehovah witnesses and the Evangelist church. But she didn't really
feel anything when she went there, so she stopped. She believes one
should FEEL something to continue in something. About 8 months ago she
was online just researching stuff and came across the Book of Mormon.
She downloaded it and read a little bit from each book. The thing that
really caught her attention was the tree of life. She LOVED it! Well,
one day her computer crashed and she wasn't able to read it anymore.
And then she just had this desire to find the book! The thing is, she
has kind of been stuck in her house for a long time because she has
broken feet/ legs... i'm not sure which one. But she can't get around
on her own that easily. She did go to an internet point and was only
able to find the chapter in the Sunday School manual about the tree of
life. She just WANTED this book. so. bad. So one day her friend from
Nigeria was helping her out and took her out. She had told him how she
really wanted to find these Mormons and two days later we were on the
same bus. He actually pointed me out to her because he came to the
church in Bologna about a year ago. And then she asked us to come
over. So we taught her the Restoration on Sunday and she believed
everything we told her and then gave her a Book of Mormon. In
Portuguese. And you would've thought she just won the lottery the way
she reacted when she saw the book, and then saw it was in Portuguese!
Her native language :) It was so great!
It really made me think about the Book of Mormon and if I really
appreciate it and really WANT to read it that bad all the time. She
just LOVES it and just HAD to have it. We are so blessed to have such
an amazing book in our life that I think sometimes we can take it for
Helena wants to come to church and do everything. It was funny because
she was asking US when we could return, what we wanted her to do for
the next time, what the requirements are for baptism and everything.
And she gave the most beautiful prayer. If you ever get to hear an
African pray, it's such a neat experience. I love love love it.
Then we were able to see her yesterday. We talked a lot about the Book
of Mormon and really helped her recognize the spirit. She told us as
she was reading it between Sunday and yesterday she liked it, but
didn't have that strong feeling like she did the first time. It
was just like a storybook this time. So we talked about the spirit
and how it works. And how it isn't always a really strong feeling. In
fact it's usually really small, and just peaceful. We helped her apply
the scriptures to HER and just 1 Nephi 1:1 about recognizing the
blessings from God even though we have afflictions in our life. She
actually talked about how it's weird because she has so many hard
things going on in her life right now, but she just feels at peace.
She's not worried about things like other people would be. It's so
weird and different for her. It was after we talked about the
scripture and applied it to her that she said she felt something. And
got something out of it. Oh, I just love her. She is truly elect. I'm
so blessed to have this opportunity to teach her.
Other news-- I got to hear about Genova yesterday!!! And boy was thatsooo good to hear about!! Elizabeth and Chiara are doing sooo well!
Sorella Pulli and Sorella Jones are taking good care of them! And
Edith! It made me so happy. :D I'm pretty sure we'll be hearing about
all of their baptisms pretty soon!
Well I actually have to go, sorry I can't tell you about all the other
wonderful things that happened this week! But Bologna is a place of
I have you all have a great week! Tonight we have the opportunity to
hear from the first presidency for a worldwide mission broadcast! So
we are so excited for that! I know it will be amazing! I'll tell you
about it next week!
Vi voglio bene!!
Look at that cute sorelle peeking out the window!
On the way to San Luca
"Walkway to San Luca"
A church called San Luca
Overview of Bologna
"Venice!!! I went there for a scambio (exchange) this week with Sorella Burgess"
The restaurant to celebrate one year serving a mission