Dear Family and Friends,
I'm sorry I can't write a lot because we are with the entire zone of missionaries heading to this cool castle in Napoli! Since we get our P-day on Tuesday this week because of the Zone Conference, things are actually open today since Monday is kind of like part of the weekend for Italians. Anyway, this week was awesome!
One fun cultural thing I noticed is that Napoli is actually very unique in Italy. Anziano. Draghi talks about the differences in culture of all the places he has been to because while Italy is a united country, they are very divided in area and culture. He says there are 3 general areas of Italy: the north, the south, and Napoli. One way I have seen that this city is unique is that people don't really follow the driving rules. I have seen motorcycles drive on the sidewalk usually twice a day!
Highlights of the week include seeing President Nelson and shaking his hand along with Elder Hallstrom and Elder Kearon, and seeing all my friends from the MTC. It was super exciting to see everyone and find out about everyone's experience in the mission! First off, I definitely gained a testimony of the power of the apostles and prophets. President Nelson knew so much about the scriptures (he said he recently read every word of Bible, Book of Mormon, and the other standard works in 2 weeks!), and he testified of the prophecy and covenant we are fulfilling as missionaries of the latter days, fulfilling the promise God gave to Abraham. It was definitely encouraging!
We also had Zone Conference with President Pickerd which super cool as well! We saw the great progress of our mission in achieving our mission goals and we were encouraged to find ways to do better to reach the goal of one baptism this transfer. I hope we can achieve but it sure will be hard, especially with the progress of this week!
We met with Mimmo and Patrizia again and it went very well. The hardest part was just seeing no one come to the church in the end. In the end we only really taught one lesson that entire week besides less actives but the future is very promising. Yesterday, we saw the Hubbards Family, a less active family, after making an appointment 3 weeks in advance and it was great! I continue to see a miracle every day. One day, we were walking to the train station after finding and a lesson with a less active family, and Sorella Cozzie pulls up with her husband in the car, and after small talk invites us over for pranzo!! She is definitely a saint for feeding the missionaries so much! And the food is so good!
Overall, my testimony has been strengthened! I believe this is all true and this is my time to give it all! Really, I realized that I will probably have only 3 weeks left with Anziano Draghi and that this is the time to make the most of it. And hey, maybe we will receive the miracle of a baptism this transfer! Thanks for your letters and support!
Vi voglio bene!