Buongiorno fratelli, sorelle, famiglia, amici, e vicini!! (I think that about covers it)
Come state?? Another week down! Here are some highlights of the week:
-We spent Tuesday & Wednesday in Crotone for an exchange!! (Is there another mission that has to travel 4 hours to see the closest sisters in your zone?) I spent the day with Sorella Roberts getting their cute 10yr old investigator ready for her baptism on Saturday! Fun day for sure😊
-English Course!! I didn't even know that it was a thing until I actually got to the field but it's always one of the highlights of my week. We've been trying to "SYL"--Speak Your Language--by only speaking in English to them this week. I started off by saying "We are few tonight!!" Sorella Flansberg just dies laughing and making fun of me for how Italian that sounded. We always say "Siamo pochi stasera" and I guess I thought it made sense to literally translate it to English😂 Oops.
-Mamma Mia. It's gotten so hot this week. It was 94 degrees on Saturday and it felt like 100% humidity haha. Everyone's telling me this is nothing compared to how hot it'll be in August. Haha ready or not, here we come!! You should see my shoes and watch tanlines.
-Remember how everyone told us not to drink the water here? Well one of our cute less actives here made us this coconut drink the other day. I asked her how she made it and she said you just put the coconut concentrate in and then fill the pitcher of water up in the sink. "The sink??" "Yes sisters, I'm sorry. I was out of bottled water but I think it will be ok. The water doesn't make me sick anymore." (She's lived here for 30+ years). Yep, you guessed it. We'd already each had a full cup of it before she told us that. We've both been so sick these past few days. They're not joking when they say the water is bad hahaha. Take our word for it haha.
-Ok I saved the best for last. MIRACLE NEW INVESTIGATOR!! So there's a girl in our ward who's probably in her 30's. She's been inactive for 20 years, but just decided to start coming to church again about 3 weeks ago. Her name is G and she's so stinking cute you guys. Seriously the happiest person ever. I know we were friends in heaven haha. Well she's been bringing her mom to church with her who isn't a member. We had a lesson with her on Friday and she is SO prepared for the gospel. She told us she's never felt so happy or peaceful in her life as she does when she's at our church. She keeps talking about "when she gets baptized" and how she can't wait to be a member of this church. She already refers to it as "her church." I've been praying so hard for someone like her who is just so ready for the gospel!! Heavenly Father answers our prayers!!! There are so many people out there like C and we just have to find them😊
Yesterday in Società di Soccorso (Relief Society) a recently re-activated woman said something that I've been thinking about a lot. She said when she was inactive, there was a lady in the ward who would always text her and call her to see how she was doing. She said she wasn't always the nicest back to her because she thought it was just to get her to come to church, but over time she realized that this woman truly loved her. She was a consistent friend and eventually this woman came back to church. I encourage you all to reach out to someone who you've lost contact with and be that consistent friend. You never know the impact it could have.
I could go on an on about all the little miracles we see everyday. Sure, there are difficult/frustrating moments but they are nothing in comparison to the good ones. I love you guys & miss you all but I know this is where I'm supposed to be right now. I hope you're all having a great summer!! Light some fireworks for me!! We've been singing, "I'm proud to be an American" all week🇺🇸 Have a great week & know that I'm praying for you!!