This has been an amazing week. Last Thursday we had our President's interviews and he told us that two of the five members of our branch that are making strenuous efforts to return to full activity and standing in the church will be rebaptized this week. That is right. The Amendola family dad will be baptized tomorrow with his nephew who will also be rebaptized. I have been asked to give the Melchizedek Priesthood to the nephew. We are really excited for them.
We had lunch with the Amendola family after church where the mother was confirmed by my companion. They had been telling us of this family that they wanted to have us teach, but they never could come over to the house when we were there. So we had lunch at their house, actually. It is a man and wife conventiently named Giuseppe and Maria. And Giuseppe is already reading parts of the Bible.
So that is the big news of the week. We have been having an increase of lessons this week as we havebeen seeking to teach more lessons especially to investigators and less active members. That has been a rewarding experience.
A crazy experience from this morning. *Note that Italians are very superstitious and scared of the unknown.* So we were walking down the street this morning and a woman comes running down the street yelling "ragazzi ragazzi!" And finally after the message was relayed through two or three people, they got us to stop and turn back. She said that she needed some help and asked if we could help her. (It was a lady that we had met talking on the street.) We hesitantly said yes. She said she just needed some helping with something. "Five minutes," she said. We then proceeded to wlk to a dentist's office where she explained that she was really nervous and needed someone to accompany her while they did a check up. We then explained that we are not here to do stuff like that, and she said that everything was going to be all right. She would be fine. Then we left and discussed how weird the situation was. I think that that was the lamest thing that I have ever been asked to do while on my mission. But she is a nice enough lady and may one day accept the gospel.
So this last p-day it was a cultural week, and so all the museums were free. So jumping at the opportunity, we went to Pompeii to see the ruins there. They were pretty amazing. I'll send a good sack a pictures with this email and also another.
Well I can't believe that my little sister is getting ready to go to another dance. How time flies. I laughed really hard when I heard that the ugly couch is going to Jalayne. I'll miss it at the cabin. Good naps on the couch.
Oh and another thing this week. There have been a lot of Jehovah's Witness encounters that have been driving me up the wall insane. First, they don' let us talk. Second, all they bring is the spirit of contention. Third, some things are rather close to the truth or dead on. And some things are so far off I don't know where they made it up from. Although there are many that are nice and great people, none of them let you talk no matter what you are talking about. I thought I was pretty patient before the mission, but wow how my patience has grown this week.
Well, I love you all and yes, Mother's Day is coming up. But it is the last day of the transfer and so transfers are earlier that week so we haven't set any plans yet because we are thinking ( I am thinking) that my companion will be transferred this one cause he has been in this city for a while. So we'll see what happens.
Love you all again. Thanks for all you do!
Love, Anziano Hatch