Ciao cari miei! This week was awesome!! We did our scambio on Tuesday and it was so much fun!! I was with Sorella Roberts from Provo and we had a great day:)
Wednesday was Zone Conference🙌🏼😝 Whoo! Highlight of the week for sure!! It's always so fun to be with the zone. We had a really cool addestramento (training) by the AP's. They talked about how there are 7.4 billion people in the world and how there are 74 thousand full time missionaries out serving right now. We each are responsible for around 100,000 people in the world. We should be doing all we can to talk to every single person so we can fulfill our purpose as missionaries. The first word of our purpose is to INVITE, and I don't really think we can invite people to come to Christ if we aren't talking to them so we need to open our mouths😊
That night we had a Zone Blitz in Taranto and all the missionaries from our zone got together and did a massive group Gesso (chalk drawing finding activity) in Centro. It was super fun to see how other missionaries do things!
We focused a lot on less-active work this week!! We made some brownies and delivered them around to some of our investigators and less actives in the ward because who can say no to 2 cute sister missionaries and brownies? We got lots of lessons in😂😏
The members here are so great and we had 2 meal appointments 2 days in a row. I'm still recovering. Sooo much delicious food!! Lucky for me, apparently this summer is supposed to be one of the hottest that Taranto has seen in years because this winter wasn't very cold at all. I guess I'll be sweating away all the calories we've been eating these past 10 weeks😂
Yesterday morning, I was reading the talk by Elder Wirthlin, "Come What May, and Love It." I've always loved this talk but as a missionary I've just grown to appreciate it even more. There are days when everything we had planned just falls through and it could be easy to get upset. I love what Elder Wirthlin says, "I know why there must be opposition in all things. Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it. As we look for humor, seek for the eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, and draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can endure hardship and trial." I testify of how true this is! Heavenly Father is in every detail of our lives and we just need to trust Him.
Changing gears a little bit, President Waddoups issued a challenge back the transfer before I got here for the whole mission to read the Book of Mormon together by May 15th. I had just finished it in the MTC but I really wanted to be a part of it with the mission. I finished the BOM on Saturday morning and I testify that it is true. I promise that if you read and pray with a sincere heart, with real intent, and with faith in Christ, you will receive an answer.
I love being a missionary. I love wearing the name of the Savior on my name tag every day. I love these Italian people and all that they are teaching me. I feel so blessed to be here and to be sharing the good news of the gospel.