okay so i've told you a bit about arcangelo. his whole family is members but he doesnt want to change. well we had a lesson with him this last week about eternal families and it was SUCH a good lesson. the spirit was so strong and i know he felt the spirit but he'd never admit it (cause that'd mean he'd have to act hah..) but he started tearing up at one point when i was talking about how i knew that my family was going to be together forever and how it meant so much to me to know that and we asked his 7 year old daughter sara if she wanted to be with her dad forever and she said 'sì!' and he couldnt hold it in any longer but then started fanning himself saying it was hot hah... the point is he felt the spirit so strong and we invited him to be baptized but he said he didnt want to have a date. the thing is sara will turn 8 in a little less than a year and i really think she will be the one who will help him the most. because right now he doesnt have a job and is just at home with her all day and we gave her a kids book of mormon and a regular book of mormon for her birthday about a week ago and committed her to read with her dad everyday. (we're so sneaky) anyway... in his time, i know he'll get baptized. just not yet.. he's just not ready so change yet.. but one day! we are going to have a sweet lesson with arcangelo and a convert member tomorrow which will be awesome because i know arcangelo really respects this guy. i'm pumped!
paola. so great. haha..... we set a baptismal date with her this last week but.. we'll see with her haha. she is just a little crazy and i think she's on a different level of understanding than most people. after we set the date with her she said that her biggest fear was to be born into another world after she died. (dont worry, we've taught the plan of salvation like 3 times to her) so...... we just need to go over a lot of things before that happens..... but also just make sure she really understands and see if this is something she really wants to do. for herself. not for us. anyway. she's great. she came to church sunday!! but slept through pretty much the whole thing hah...... we're working with her. love her.
also, we have a dinner appointment tonight with a family referral (mom, dad, kid) so..... its pretty big and is making me pretty nervous. we were practicing teaching this morning and sorella ivory felt like i need to invite them to be baptized. and... then i got really nervous and maybe a little nauseous haha.... nah nah... but really... but it'll be good. im so excited for it and the family seems so prepared!
so monday was pretty rough, i wont lie.. sorella ivory and i both had just a little bit of a what we like to call, breakdowns, after district meeting, mostly because we both have this problem of comparing ourselves to other missionaries. and monday was just mostly all around an awful day.
when it rains, it pours....
but also it means things can only get better. and the best part is that they did. tuesday we went to visit a less active (corada) and when we got to her house she was getting her mail (which never happens) so we got to walk up the stairs with her and she explained that her friend/sister (not sure which) was at her house and she had given her a book of mormon and she said she wanted to learn more so we went in and taught lesson zero to a GOLDEN investagator. seriously. wants to meet with us twice a week. so ready and so open. her name is anna. she is so great and im so pumped to start teaching her.
um........ there was a tornado in ladispoli during church on sunday haha... it was POURING rain like i've never seen. of course it only lasted about an hour and was gone... but giorgia got a picture of the tornado (it was on the sea, chill...)
we went and visited maria, this super old italian lady who is SO funny. she's a member but obviously cant come to church (or get out of bed hah.) she started singing us all these funny italian songs and when we asked her to pray, she said the lord's prayer..(she's like 98) and her daughter who was watching her busted up laughing so hard. it was the best thing.. so.. monday, worst day, tuesday, best day. seems to be how things go around these parts lately.....
dont worry, i still love sorella ivory with all my heart. she is the best one and we keep each other in line. but.... we have a good time too haha.....
miss you all