so DO I HAVE A NEW NEPHEW OR WHAT????? i was expecting a million emails this week, but i hope that everyone was taking care of jolena and lucaspencer instead of writing me (good job vanessa and grammy babs!)
this was a good week. it was really fun to go to catania for a day to wait for sorella zeller to come from rome. i got to pretty much do splits with the sisters in catania. sorella zeller is great, and of course she is, she's from OREGON!!! hellllooooo. she only has two transfers left, so i will probably kill her. (that means i'll be her last companion) she is a little less bubbly than sorella foote, but thats not saying anything its funny: sorella foote and i have very similar comportments, friendly, open, talk to anyone, but had nothing in common in our interests. she wants to marry a cowboy and i want to be an interior designer in Milan, she only likes acoustic music, and i only like the Killers. sorella zeller and i have tons in common. she likes alternative rock, and we are both obsessed with pears, and we both prefer sparkling water to still, but the way we interact with people is nothing alike. she has a quiet dignity that i should learn. she reflects before she speaks, and i never shut up. it's going to be a great transfer :)
ps SISTER FOOTE SENIOR if you are reading this, please know, your daughter is an elect lady. she works so hard and never says a negative word. i really grew to rely on her support. anytime i felt like i wasnt doing my best, she would lift me right back up. she was the perfect mom and i will be eternally grateful to her, and to you, for raising her so well.
we had a huge miracle this week. i was sitting in sacrament meeting and my pocket started buzzing. it was one of our investigators who is the QUEEN of standing us up, and she said she was ready to come to church!!!!!!!!! i grabbed one of the sisters PRONTO and we went and got her. she came for like 10 minutes of the meeting, but it was seriously a miracle. we went to talk to her on monday morning and explain the meetings of church and then we asked her to prepare herself saturday night to come to church on sunday. she said she would!
we have been doing a lot of street contacting as many of our investigators have begun to cool down... we have found some AWESOME people and i have learned that even when you have investigators on fire, it is essential for you to continue to talk to everyone!!! the work seems to go in cycles, where you are teaching so many people, you feel like you dont have time to find, then they either get baptized or tell you never to come back and what do you do??? if i were a better missionary i would never let that happen because i would be teaching and finding at the same time! our zone leaders challenged us to have "small miracles". this is what they are calling it when you go to an appointment and the person you are supposed to teach stands you up. you know you are in that place at that moment for a reason, so you have to talk to the next person you see. we tried that a few days ago and it was AWESOME. we talked to this man, mario. he asked if we wanted to come in, but we couldnt cuz he was the only man in the house, so he told us to come back some time when she was there. we are going back on friday :)
something fun that happened this week was we threw away all of uyi and gloria's alcohol from their fridge hahaha it was awesome to see them making that commitment to the Lord. they are really great examples of not questioning the will of the Lord. if that's what the counsel is, that is what they are going to do. i wonder what things we have in our "fridges" that we could throw away?
well as today is p-day, we are going to go to a cute little city near by called modica. itìs famous for its CHOCOLATE, so.... yeah. :) an ex-sorella is coming into town with her parents and she is going with us.
MOM and MIRIAM i bought a pair of aladdin pants!!!! i seriously just said to my companion: i like the pants that have elasitc at the ankles. and then we walked past this store, and i saw these pants on the mannnequin and then i tried them on and my ghost had to dial 911 cuz i died they were so cute!! so i bought them and gave our card with our number and a picture of Christ to the man who hooked me up.
next week we are going to zone conference in catania :) i LOVE catania. i LOVE being a missionary!! i have the opportunity to walk up to whomever i feel like and tell them that Jesus Christ's Church is restored!!! i love what gramma b wrote in her email this week: Understanding the Atonement would keep me going and growing in this life. so true. let's all take some time this week to think about the atonement.
also if anyone wants to send me a way they are blessed by keeping commandments (specirfic ones like law of chastity, word of wisdom or tithing) that would be greatly appreciated!!
i love you all and pray for you by name. (read elder bednar's talk, "pray always"!!!!)
thank you soooo much for your support and prayers, and keep it coming!!