Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Roma è bellissima!

This has been another great week here in Roma and I am loving it! The only downside has been that I am sick but it seems like we are so busy that I haven't had time to rest yet!
On Saturday we had the baptism of Deejay and it went very well. We actually spent the most part of last week with him and teaching him to help towards his progression. The baptismal service was very nice and spiritually uplifting. There was a fairly large group of members and non-members there and everyone was really supportive. His mother, Fatima, is so happy that both of her boys are finally baptised!
We have a sweet new investigator named Mauro who is the fiance of a less active member from Ecuador who has started to come back to church. He is s stud and a great family man. They have two children and we are really hoping to make them an eternal family! He lived and worked in Sardegna for awhile and he loves to bodyboard so we really hit it off right at the beginning. He is very interested in the Restoration and enjoyed the video that we showed him. Speriamo bene!
We had another investigator, Giovanni, come to the baptism and he really enjoyed it. He said that he felt the spirit and we have been meeting with him a lot lately also. He has focused a lot of things that one must give up to become a member of the church but we taught him the importance of sacrifice and shared a nice talk with him that he studied very profoundly. He has a baptismal date for next month so we are hoping that he will be ready!
We are also teaching another lady named Livia and her 10 year old daughter Irene. The senior missionary couple in our ward (the Kruegers - actually very good friends with Andrew Thorn) comes with us to the appointments and we are hoping that they will be ready for baptism in April.
Things are going great! On Saturday we got permission to go to a rugby game, Italy versus Wales! We are really excited and we got a big group to come with us to celebrate three birthdays: Anziano Cardinet, Sorella Christiansen, and Ottavio (a recent convert who is one of my best friends and he is studying here in Rome but is actually from Siracusa where I met him. Tonight he is opening his mission call).
Well that's about it for the week! I gotta run! So much to do! I love you Dad, I love you Mom, I love you Morgan, I love you Brooke, I love you Heather, and I love you Greg! Have a great week!
Anziano Clay Lacey

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