Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Hey guys! It seems like I haven't heard from you all for awhile! I'm glad that everyone is doing great! I've had a pretty good week, not much has been going on as we have been trying to work around all of these holidays. Finally they are over! We also had a full day of cleaning that took up a bunch of time this week-but our house looks amazing! We switched up the furniture a bit so we can have our studies in a room that has heating. I have been in Olbia FOREVER since I've now been through two of the twice a year cleaning days. Mamma mia!
This has been a good week though. It has been difficult to see investigators, but we have managed to see the Tache family and Ignazio quite a bit. We did a lesson in church with him and Alessio there where we talked about the Book of Mormon and then we watched The Testaments together which he really enjoys. He still feels good about his baptismal date for the 21st of this month. I am so excited! We met with the Tache's a few times and she had her daughter and son-in-law come to the lesson. He seemed really interested in the gospel and he wants to meet with us again and talk about it some more. So we're pretty excited!
Oh, Anziano Vitali and I saw one of the most beautiful sites a missionary could see yesterday. We have a potential investigator that is dating one of our members and he's been to church a few times. He owns a little flower shop near the cemetery, and as we were on our way to Posada by bus, we looked out the window and saw him reading The Book of Mormon! It was so cool! We have been trying to talk to him about the gospel but nothing has sunk in yet but we found out that his mother just passed away a few weeks before Christmas so it looks like he might be finding comfort in the Book of Mormon. We'll see!
We had a neat experience a few days ago. We were doing house in a new zone and then this older couple let us in! They were really nice and told us that they had spoken with the missionaries in the past, and they even had them over for dinner! We taught them a lesson because they didn't remember anything that the elders had said to them before. They really liked the doctrines of the church, and told us to stop by again some time, so we'll see how that goes!
Well New Years was interesting. We did absolutely nothing! The rule for the mission is that we needed to be in the house by six o'clock, so that's what we did. I was happy though because I had the chance to finish Il Libro di Mormon out loud before the year ended! It was a really cool experience to finish it in a second language for the first time. We went to bed on time, but we were woken up by everyone outside who were blowing up fireworks and doing the usual fun New Years stuff. Italians go a little crazy on New Years! There were a bunch of clubs set up all over the place for teenagers to go celebrate, and people were getting a little antsy and blowing things up in the streets before it was actually midnight. It was a good thing we were in our house at six! Anyways, Happy New Year! Woo, 2012!
On New Years Day we went to church and the members all looked exhausted because it started at nine like usual. After that we went and visited members and had a great time with Giuseppe Deiana and his family trying different kinds of Italian and Belgium chocolates. Mmm!
Yesterday a member was walking with us down the street because we had no idea where to go to buy month long bus tickets so he was showing us. As we were walking we passed this little old woman who had a huge pile of wood outside her home and she was bringing them in one by one and she looked very tired. Well we took of our coats and began helping her. She was very sweet and very grateful that we helped.
Well I'm sorry this email is so short! We are going to Cagliari today for Zone Conference tomorrow so we don't have a ton of time! I'm way excited to see president and the other missionaries!
I hope you all have a great week! I love you all tons! I love you Dad, I love you Mom, I love you Morgan, I love you Brooke, I love you Heather, I love you Greg! Take care and be safe! You are always in my prayers! Vi voglio tanto bene!
Anziano Clay Lacey