Wednesday, January 27, 2010
With Ernest, the black man from Nigeria, we set a date for February 6th. He is doing really well too. We had an amazing first lesson with him and he understands the purpose of having a prophet. It is really great to see people understand the gospel through the Spirit.
Giuseppe will receive the Aaronic Priesthood this Sunday. We had a really good lesson with him last night on the importance of the Priesthood and why it is important that we are worthy holders of it and how we can use it.
It has been a really good week. On Monday, one of the Senior couples held their monthly Scone Night. It is really fun to watch Italians try such a delicate American food. They really like it. "Definitely American," they say, though.
We had interviews with president this week, and we chatted for a long time about how new mission presidents are called. It was really interesting. And then we talked about the usual stuff. He is a really amazing man.
Well Julie, that is way exciting that you got asked to Senior Ball. When I was in your position the theme was "Under the Sea." I wonder if they are recycling themes. Keep me updated. Oh, a word of advice. If your dress is not a normal shade of a color like light blue, pink, or red, give your date a good idea of what color it is, so he doesn't have to fret about showing up at the door and not matching your dress. I was scared about that a few times.
Dad, I am afraid that your mouth won't make it to m y 21st birthday at the rate that it is moving. Just kidding. I bet you are excited for those adventures to be over though.
Well everyone sounds like they are healthy and happy. I am too! Everyone keep doing great. As a recent letter from Elder Warden said, "Word hard, pray hard, and prepare to receive blessings."
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Next, Ernest is a black man from Nigeria that one of my companions met on the metro. He has come to church twice. Not only has he come to church twice in a row, but he traveled two and a half hours to get there both times. The second time he brought his fiance (future wife for those who can't read the butchered spelling). She is not as interested as Ernest because she hasn't expressed her desire to be baptized after two lessons. But she will come around.
Then last was a man that came to church last week with a friend, and the sisters picked him up. We had a great lesson with him yesterday. He committed to stop smoking and will probably have a date fixed by next week if not later this week.
Last week at Zone Conference, the Assistants presented the goal to the mission of 30 baptisms this transfer. That is 18 above the transfer average for baptisms in our mission. There have been 8 baptisms already. There are 18 dates set so far and more to come. Everyone is really excited about reaching this goal. Really awesome.
Jalayne, that was really hilarious - that letter of that story from school. Things are going great. I am healthy and happy and just lovin life. Keep up the good work in everything you all do! Have a great week.
P.S. Remember the investigator, Aaron, from Ostia? (This is the part if you don't remember you look it up on the blog). Anyway, he was baptized and confirmed last Sunday! That also made this week really really great!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Giuseppe is in the blue coat. We forgot to take a picture when he was in white. Shame on us, we know.
The cool park. It had all sorts of museums and stuff. We'll probably go back for a P-day activity.
Another cool picture from the park.
It was a Phillipino member's birthday last Friday, so we went to help her celebrate and meet her family. Her family is cool, and at their restaurant they sell root beer!!! YES, great stuff. I don't think A&W Root Beer has ever tasted so good. That was great.
As far as a weather update, it has rained every day for the past week and a half except for yesterday. It is pretty out of control. But that rain jacket we got from the Men's Wearhouse works just like the guy who sold it to us said it would. I would have to fall in a pool to get wet. It keeps me very dry, and it is like a space blanket. It reflects heat very well.
Well that is about it for me. Tomorrow is Zone Conference. Living with the assistants, it sounds like it is going to be really good. I will send some pictures. Thanks for all of the letters and prayers. Love you all!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Other than that we have met some cool families on the bus that we hope to teach. They are interested in the FHE program, so we are hoping to go over to their houses and fix something up. We are also excited about that.
I am sending some pictures of this transfer so far. That should be fun for you all.