Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Cara famiglia mia!
Ciao! Hey guys! I miss you all so much! This has been an awesome week! We've had a pretty good start to the new transfer. Right now we are in Olbia for a p-day together before Anziano Vitali and Anziano Casillas leave the island. They stayed a little extra because Anziano Casillas had a baptism down in Oristano and Anziano Vitali had to get things done for his Permesso di Soggiorno. Therefore we are all together for a last hurrah! This is going to be the first time I'm going to be without my "babbo" in the mission field since Anziano Vitali will be gone!
The investigators are doing great. There are two that are making the most progress, Adhemar and Enoch. We've had a few really great lessons with Adhemar lately. We taught him the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and then we even felt promted to talk to him about our purpose as missionaries is to invite others to be baptized. We invited him to pray about baptism so that he can begin preparing himself for that. Hopefully we can set a baptismal date here soon! He is so awesome. He is reading everyday and is already halfway through 2 Nephi! He has been praying about the Book of Mormon and said that he has dreams about the stories in it. Super powerful stuff! We are still hoping well for his family.
Enoch is doing great too. Actually that might be an understatement! We have a baptismal date set for him for the fourteenth of April! We have had some great lessons with him and he has really expressed his desires to change and be closer to God. We told him that we can do that through making covenants with the Lord, that is, baptism. As a goal for him to begin this changing process we set this date. We taught him the Plan of Salvation recently and he really liked it and asked great questions. Speriamo bene!
Other than that we have been trying to get things rolling with the others, but no luck for now. We are afraid that one investigator thinks that we are only here to be friends and hang out. He invited us to go get a drink (soda) at a bar with him and his girlfriend (one second- Italian bars are a lot more different from a stereotypical American bar! They are family-friendly haha) and it was fun, but we aren't here to hang out every night, like he's been trying to do. He is awesome though, and his sister just had a baby and he was there holding her hand through it and he said it was the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to teach the Plan of Salvation so we have an appointment set with him for Thursday. That day he also wants to take us to meet his sister and his new niece named Aurora. Beautiful name, huh? It means 'dawn' it Italian.
(Hey I gotta go but I'll be sure to get on and write more soon! I love you all so much! I'm so proud of all of you! I'll get back to you all later today hopefully!)