February 27, 2017
This week was great and whoa it went by super-fast! We had some great experiences! We started out with district meeting Tuesday morning and it was really good. It was our first district meeting this transfer because we had zone meeting last week. So our district is almost half new which is sweet! We have some new very strong missionaries and we are all ready to help each other out in the work and build Zion!
So there are these two women that we see in the street every so often and they always say they're going to come to English course but they never do. But lately they have been telling us about this program that they work for at the Red Cross where they go and do activities and lessons with elderly men and women aged 60 and up just so they can have something to do after they retire. So they have been asking us if we can go over there and do some English translation services, maybe even do a mini English course. They have been waiting on word from their boss, but when we saw them on the street again they told us just to come. So later that day we went and just walked in on the middle of some presentation thing that the boss was doing and she looked at us then said "what the heck is this? who are you??" Then she had us walk up in front of all the people and introduce our selves to everyone and they were very excited to see two "tall and beautiful" Americans! Haha they were all making comments and it was awesome so see how much they liked us. So after that we had a little meeting with the boss and she told us that she wants us to come over again and teach an hour lesson about our church so we gladly accepted! It's gonna be awesome. We’re going to teach a group of like 30-40 people at once and we are really excited to see what work comes out of it! So that was an awesome blessing this week.
We had some service this week with our friend Carolina, she's been meeting with us for about two weeks now. We went to her house and helped her move from floor 2 to floor 1. It was good. After the service we had a lesson on the plan of Salvation and it ended up going pretty long because she had so many questions and confusion. But after we would do an explanation on her questions she would have a huge smile on her face because she under stood! That is a great feeling. And the end of the lesson she said the prayer. She said that as she was reading the Bible the night before and she came across the verse; that says to drink from the cup that is good or something along those lines. She said that she knew it was from God and that she knew that He sent us, the missionaries, here to provide that cup and that she accepts. It was really cool to see someone that is being prepared from the lord. I can't wait to see what He has in store.
These were some great experiences of this week and there are a lot more, as there is every week. But not every moment of a missionaries week is filled with great experiences, I just usually like to be positive! So what helps me do that is first and foremost my testimony that God has a plan for everything in our life. Anything that happens whether it be good or bad is supposed to happen and is according to the plan that God has for you. With this knowledge I look at every situation that I'm in and ask myself "what can I learn from this situation?" in place of "why does this have to happen to me?". From having this mind set I am growing and I become grateful for the difficulty’s that God places in my life because I know they are given to me to grow, strengthen me and prepare me for what the future holds. I'm so happy to be out here growing every day I absolutely love this service! Thank you all for the prayers and love!! Have a great week!
Vi voglio bene!
also known as carnival or mardi gras, is celebrated in Italy and many places around the world 40 days before Easter, a final party before Ash Wednesday and the restrictions of Lent.
Carnevale in Italy is a huge winter festival celebrated with parades, masquerade balls, entertainment, music, and parties. Children throw confetti at each other.
We had Fufu with Silvano! It's an African dish! Super good. He's awesome!
On top of Carolina's roof