Do you remember the 21st day of september?
This week was a bit crazy to say the least.. It all started with the 21st day of september. ha The day before Sorella Stephens said "is the 21st of september. Have you ever heard that song where it goes 'do you remember the 21st day of september'? " Then we proceeded to sing that one line of the song. Little did we know that this was a day we would literally never forget..ha
It started off with the classic bedones (2 canceled appointments). We thought "okay that is not going to bring us down today". Then we later found out that the anziani are going to start teaching one of our new converts. Which was very hard even though I will still see this new convert every. It was just sad that we won't be teaching him anymore. Then we went and passed by one of our investigators that has two daughters. We were so excited to see her because she hasn't come to church for the past couple of weeks. So we talked to her and she told us that she doesn't want to change religions and is really busy right now. In that moment I thought of a scripture in Mosiah 24:14-15 and we read them with her. She wept and I bore testimony of the book of mormon as if it were my dying testimony. I was on the verge of tears as I bore my testimony because I know how much this church will help her in her life to have more peace and joy. Needless to say the 21st of september I do remember..the 21st day of september. ha
One of our less actives couldnt come to church because of work but now she has sundays off now! We are so happy because she can now come to church again! We visited herand had a lesson with one of her friends that wanted to know the difference between our religion and others. So we taught her friend the restoration. It was a very great experience after the day before.
It was full of miracles. We had three lessons.
We first ran into a ward member during the day and he was with a co-worker that had heard of the church before, and so we talked to his co-worker about the church and are hoping to meet with him or that he can come to church. Then later we got lost and couldn't find the street we were looking for, for our next appointment. So we asked a man for help and we began to talk to him about the church and he told us he has family that are members in austria and in germany. So we are going to try and talk to him again about the gospel. As we walked to our appointment I turned back and I see a familiar face..It was the same ward member we saw earlier (riding his bike behind us). We asked him to help us find the home we were looking for.He walked us to the house and asked,"Do you mind if I stay?"...Sorella Stepens and I just looked at each other and said of course! hah. So that was a a great miracle to have this member come with us to the lesson.
As we walked home we were so happy with how the day went and saw this woman in her car and waved at her. She said to us both as she rolled down her car window "You both just look sooo happy! What is your secret? Why are you so happy." We then told this woman that is it because of he message we have to share. So we are hoping to have a lesson with this great woman. It is truly amazing how one day during the week can be so challenging and the next can be so happy. I am grateful for satuday because it made all of the miraclesso much sweeter.
Let me just say one thing. I love all of the Italians from Napoli! They seriously are so sweet and great. We have a family from Napoli that we just started teaching and I am excited to teach them again this week. We tried our best during the lesson to promise blessings to them and to share our testimonies with them. They were so sweet. They said to us "We can tell that this means a lot to you because you are very sincere about it". That was great to hear that they could feel our sincerity. I love seeing people feel the spirit during lessons because you can see a change in their eyes and their heart. I know that they felt the spirit and I have great hopes for this sweet family from Napoli.
This week we have 8 new investigators which truly is a miracle. The Lord is blessing us and I am greatly for all of the help that we are recieving from him.
I was telling Sorella Stephens about Luigi (the baci man) and his story. When I was getting to the climax of the story I see Luigi...He walks past us both and he waves to us...but we just keep on walking. I have the best timing to say the least. Both Sorella Stephens and I were laughing because of the timing of it all.
Well today there are officially 3 months until christmas. So today we decided to wear green and red in honor of christmas in 3 months. Natale.
I just wanted to end with a little scripture in Acts 18:9-10 "Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set thee to hurt thee:for I have much people in this city." I love reading about Paul's missionary work in the new testament and I know and have seen how the lord is with me everyday with this work as one of his missionaries.
okay one more thing...
Today I finished Mormon 8-9 and I hve such a new appreciation for all of the people and prophets in this great book. In Chapter 8 Moroni (a prophet) tells about how all of his family and friends had died. He said" I am alone". Although he was alone he continued to write his part for the book of mormon. I am so grateful that he did because it is truly meant for us and our day. The Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I love this book. I am grateful that I can share this unique message to the people of italy. This book has brought me more peace and happiness in my life than any other book in the world.
Well it has been a memorable week, but a good week. I can't belive it is almost october and that next week is general conference. I am excited for that. Love you all. until next week!