WOW. This week was daaaaaaang goood. First off, we got one of our investigators, Rosa, to accept to be baptized!! Tears filled her eyes after and it was just the coolest thing in the world. When doing this work, you can tangibly feel God’s love for these people and when they accept this message, it is indescribable! I am so happy for this family and I know that this gospel blesses lives! I have seen it and felt it! By their fruits you shall know them, right?
We also got 3 new investigators this week! Mauro is a man from Torino who has a bit of a rough past, but a sincere heart! This man has SUCH a desire to know the truth and I know that God will bless him for it! We taught him about the Restoration, so far, and he is excited about the gospel, so we are very happy ^.^ The next is a Romanian named Josep who only has one leg but is the sweetest man you will ever meet. The devotion that he has to God, and love thereon, is absolutely extraordinary. Because he doesn’t speak much Italian, we have been trying to learn some Romanian and also have been teaching solely out of Romanian pamphlets and scriptures haha. Last off is Silvia who is a friend of one of our investigators, Roberto. Silvia is a very animated person (as all Italians) and she loves to put herself right into the discussions and is not afraid to ask questions. THANK YOU. She is very excited as well about this gospel and she thinks it is very beautiful.
Cultural things from this week: if you have never been in Italy for New Years, I recommend you do it! But inside haha. SO MANY EXPLOSIVES. We also found bullet shells everywhere for a week so that’s interesting…. AND, they throw the old out the windows when the clock strikes twelve, so it is fairly normal to see washers, clothes, and old tv’s flying out windows on New Year’s.
Bullets found after New Year’s Celebrations
Another thing is “Saldi”, which we took part in today. “Saldi” is a giant sale all throughout Europe every year where all the stores are getting rid of the last year’s fashions and are selling everyting 50-70% off. I am not ashamed of the money I spent today.
“Boggi” Italian Menswear Store
Spiritual thought for the week: a quote by CS Lewis: “The job will not be completed in this life: but He means to get us as far as possible before death. That is why we must not be surprised if we are in for a rough time. When a man turns to Christ and seems to be getting along pretty well, he often feels that it would now be natural if things went fairly smoothly. When troubles come along, illnesses, money, new kinds of temptation, he is disappointed. These things he feels, might have been necessary to rouse him and make him repent in his bad old days; but why now? Because God is forcing him on, or up to a higher level: putting him into situations where he will have to be much braver, more patient, and more loving than he ever dreamed of being before. It seems to us all unnecessary: but that is because we have not yet had the slightest notion of the tremendous thing He means to make of us.”
Tutti, I know this life is difficult. It is supposed to be. Through these difficulties and trials we can be more, and we can become like our Savior. We are sad with trials because of the unhappiness that we experience during, but I ask that each one of you cast your eyes forward. There is an end to pain, and that end can only become glorious and splendorous happiness. Hold on. God is with you. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Fratello Guerrero, our Ward Mission Leader
Romanian Book of Mormon
Romanian Book of Mormon with references to the Plan of Salvation