we went to a conference for all the missionaries in the mission. we had elder texciera? (i think thats how its spelled) who is a member of the 70 (someone high in the church) come and talk to us. he is in charge of all the missions in europe! it was a really cool thing. he talked to us and helped us understand how we can be better missionaries, bringing this gospel to all the people. he's an awesome guy, and got us all excited, i like to call these things "spiritual recharges" every time something like this happens; conference, talks, baptisms its like i just drank 20 spiritual energy drinks. it helps me a lot! haha. and it was really awesome because i was able to see other missionaries from my group!! three were from my district in the MTC! Anz. anderson, erickson and sorella carter. but i also saw someone that knows meagan, because shes friends with her friends too. her name is sorella Bolwinkle (im really bad at spelling, i hope its right) shes really awesome and half way done with her mission already!! crazy how time goes!
went to nonnas! and had lunch like we do every week! we were really busy with teaching people that day! its awesome teaching all the time! it helps my language, but sadly a lot of the time they lose interest and they stop meeting with us, but i know that they will be interested again! but i had the worst luck today! so sometime during the day i lost my missionary debit card, which if lost takes two weeks to get another one, so i would have been out of money and mooching off of my comp! but for some reason i had this feeling not to worry, which is weird because the week i had i thought this would be my breaking point. but every prayer after that, me and my companion would mention me finding my card. in our prayers for planning, personal, morning, and studying prayers. then i had an impression i left it at the grocery store! but we went to two grocery stores. and we only had time to go to one the next day before we needed to catch the train. i thought it was the one far away because thats were all my cards fell out of my wallet, but i had the impression to go to the other one. so we got there and i asked if they found a card, and the lady said yes!! i was so excited, and it was my card!! what a huge blessing!! that would have made things really complicated, especially since i have to go to prato again this week!! blessings can make your whole day turna round!!
we went to Acqui Terme, which is a really cool place!! thats where we have the member who owns the pizzeria!! but every sat, we go eat at a recent converts house who has a south american wife! im not even kidding!! i feel like im always on Man v. Food when i go over there! ill admit, im not a big person, but she feeds me like im 2 people. haha but dont worry! man wins everytime, but then im good for the rest of the day and even the next morning until lunch. haha. but they are an awesome family!! theyre about to have a baby boy!! so they are very excited!
so we decided to make our goal for the day to teach 6 people! with the lords help, and prayer we did it!! and they were very good lessons too!! i love sundays and i love church!! we have two investigators that come to church every week!! fratello morini whos wife is a member, but we do our best to help him. hes ready to be baptized and wants to be baptized, but there is one things....hes afraid of water. so every week we are doing our best to help him understand everything will be okay, but there are other things, this guys is so awesome! hes like 60 years old but i have strong faith him in, and i made it my goal every week to ease his nervous about it. and then we have our golden investigator!! his name is Stefano! and hes actually getting baptized this friday!!! we was actually found before i arrived here, and was taught all the lessons, but i have been helping him prepare for baptism. hes an awesome guy and already has a calling in the church, he was found through english class. but i found out yesterday i will miss the baptism because i have to go back to Prato and pick up my Permesso disse giourno (green card haha) so i will be back pretty late.....which is a huge bummer! but this day is for him and im stoked for him!!
we have a family that is the bomb!! they are the coolest people ever!! and they said they would give us a thanksgiving! which we planned on monday!! everyone just has to bring certain things!! i was volunteered for brng the pumpkin pie because i love it. but one things is italy doesnt have premade things, so i have to make it from scratch. like buying a pumpkin, and making the puree and making pie crust and everything. so im praying it turns out good!! ill take pictures if it looks good haha.
we had district meeting, and has the zone leaders come to our meeting, they were doing a scambio with the other copia here! but that night we played a game that everyone is obsessed with on the mission. its called "bang" its a cool game about the wild west. whats even cooler is the cards are in english and italian. so i learn some cool italian words haha.
spiriual thought for the week!!
i was reading in the old testament when i read a verse that talked about when the children of isreal still murmered against moses and the Lord. even though they had witnessed the blessings and knew that the lord could do anything. they still had that doubt of an attitude. like in the book of mormon with laman and lemuel, they recieved a witness from an angel and still had doubt about going back to jeruselem to get the plates. so always remember!! if you have recieved that personal witness that christ lives, and we have a father in heaven who loves us. know that he knows us, and that we must always hav faith in him, even when times may be tough, and we dont know why things are happening the way they are. know that god will interfere when the time is right. but always know that there is a god. nel nome di gesu' cristo amen