Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Nuovo Simpatizzante da America!

Hey guys!

I'm glad everyone is doing good! ...except for the fact that Heather broke her leg! I'm so sorry! Get better soon!!!

Things have been going pretty good here! We had a good week and we found an awesome new investigator! He is a 16 year old American kid from North Carolina here on an exchange student program. I think I told you all a little bit about how we met him but I'll retell the whole story:

We had to get the residence permit for Anziano Smit a few weeks ago, and while we were at the government office called the Questura we noticed a tall young man walk in and we knew he wasn't Italian, so we waited to hear him speak with the person he came with in order to learn where he was from. It turns out we went into the same place to finalize the process and we heard him say to himself: "this is soooo boring.." We laughed and asked him were he was from and he said America so we had a good conversation. He was really interested as to why we are here and it turns out he has had a lot of questions about the church. We gave him our number and invited him to come to church and English course to help out if he wanted.

He didn't come for a few weeks and then we randomly saw him at a city event we felt that we should go to. He told us that he had lost the pass along card that we gave him that one day, and he had passed by the church with no one being there. We got his number this time and we set an appointment to meet with him because he is really interested in the church. We met with him and we had a great lesson talking about the restoration, and he was mostly excited to read the Book of Mormon. We met with him a second time and he's already reading and praying and we invited him to be baptized when he knows these things are true. Who knows, maybe he'll be baptized and then go back to America and then come back to Italy and serve a mission here!

We changed the tide of things here in Siracusa. For every new arriving missionary our ward mission leader does some kind of practical joke. It turns out that Anziano Fiala served with another elder who showed him a video of the prank pulled on him therefore Anziano Fiala had already suspected this kind of welcoming. We decided that it would be better if we got him instead of him getting us. We organized a great joke with other members, and it turned out beautifully! We basically made him think he was about to be mugged while walking on the street... I won't go into details because it might sound worse than it was written, but it was all good and we all had a great laugh!

Finally all of the Italian holidays ended on Sunday so we've been doing a lot of finding work to help fill our teaching pool. We are also working with many less-actives and trying to help families get back to church. Things are going great though and me and Anziano Fiala are excited to be together because we feel we have a lot of potential as two older missionaries serving together towards the end of the mission to really see some miracles happen!

Keep praying for us so that we can be lead to those who are ready and for those who are ready to be lead to us! It has been a while since Siracusa has seen a baptism, but that shouldn't bring us down, as a matter of fact it should get us more vivacious and excited! On a positive note it looks like the sisters might have a baptism! She is this young twenty-three year old young woman who is just awesome and her baptismal date will be for this month if all goes to plan. She has even been talking about me baptising her so that would be a great honor if that is what she'd like!

I love you all so much! Have a great week and let me know if there is anything I can do for you all. I love you Dad, I love you Mom, I love you Morgan, I love you Brooke, I love you Heather (take care of that leg!!!), and I love you Greg. VI voglio tanto tanto bene!

Un abbraccio grande grande!

Anziano Clay Lacey

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