Zone Conference, exchanges, and so much fun!
We had such a good and busy week here again, I've been thinking a lot about my personal relationship with Christ lately. Do I know him as well as I think I do? What can I do to improve that relationship? There's work to be done!
On Monday night we had a great Family Home Evening at Fabrizia's house, our Italian teacher upstairs and we got to see Sister Francom, our Italian teacher from the MTC who was here visiting! We had a lot of fun and I ordered 14 panzarotti and the delivery guy only looked at me a little funny when we paid in change... oops!
Tuesday was pretty busy! We were getting ready for Zone Conference in the morning, we went and bought all the stuff for lunch. Finished planning the trainings we had to give and then met President at the Church to start interviews! We decided to start our exchange with the Elders from Foggia a little early and so I worked with Anziano Simonsen who is about 3 weeks from going home! We just taught English Course together but he has so much good experience so I definitely learned a lot from him!
Wednesday was Zone Conference and so we were up early and at the Church for some last minute interviews and to make sure everything was ready to go. We got breakfast set up and ready for all the missionaries. Zone Conference itself is always such a spiritual high, I always come away reenergized and ready to attack the work! I really enjoyed studying for this conference and I think it was a success!
Afterwards the actual scambio started, Anziano Simonsen and I went to Trani to teach the post-baptismal lessons with Francesco and when we got there he was feeling really down. We tried to teach him the lesson but it wasn't going very well and so we stopped and asked him if he would like to kneel and say a prayer right then. He said yes and he offered the humblest little 10 year old prayer ever. The rest of the lesson went much better and afterwards we were able to give him a Priesthood Blessing to help him control the winds that are blowing his sails all over the place!
Thursday we continued to have a good day. We went to do some finding and found this super nice guy named Andrea, he said he's been stopped by missionaries in the past and has always blown them off but this time he felt like it was a good idea to just chat with us and so that's what we did. We got to know him and just kind of became friends! Then afterwards I showed Anziani Simonsen how to do football finding and it was a lot of fun. You can just go up to people and ask them if they know how to throw it, you explain it and then they try and they embarrass themselves but them after that it's super easy to just talk about the Gospel or a principle of the Gospel. I think it went really well and I think Anziano Simonsen really enjoyed it!
After lunch the Foggia Anziani headed out and we went to Bitonto to teach English Course and spend a little time there. Some members came after and said "Who are you working with and what can we do to help?" They're amazing and we set up some appointments with them so I hope they can help us soon!
Friday we got cancelled on and so we actually got to do weekly planning which was nice! We made some good plans for this next week so I really hope it goes well! Then in the afternoon we started our exchange with the missionaries here in Bari PoggioFranco, I worked with Anziano Whitaker who is also going home in just a few short weeks. We had a good exchange and talked about some good things! We met this group of 5 college age kids in the park and they were super cool, they asked us so many questions. They're all studying engineering and so it reminded me of Adam, things just have to make sense to them logically and the Gospel does so that's cool!
On Saturday morning we went to go meet with this guy named Antonio that had called us and set an appointment. We go find his house and this lady lets us in. This house is full of Catholic things, so much stuff, crosses everywhere and I was really confused. I said to Anziano Whitaker "This looks like a Priest's house..." Well it was! So the Priest comes out and says "Anziani" like we've known each other for years! He's retired but he has known the missionaries forever, they used to go and do service in his Catholic Church years ago! They were so close that when one of these missionaries went home Antonio came and stayed with his family for like a week in California. He says he would love to help us with Service opportunities and then he invited all 6 of us Anziani over for Lunch next week! We're pretty stoked! We then had Italian Class, ate lunch, and then went to the Stake Priesthood Session. Got gelato after and called it a night!
Sunday in Bitonto... everything went really well at Church, we had two youth speakers which I love hearing, they're the future of the Church! We were asked to teach Priesthood and so I opened up the lesson and read the title "Nurturing he eternal partnership of Marriage" how fitting for the two missionaries to teach? Haha it was a lot of fun and we had some good discussion! We were invited to lunch at the Mesto family's house. Brother Mesto is a farmer, rough around the edges, hysterical guy! We laughed a lot and had a great time. Tonight we are actually going over to their house again to begin teaching their two grandchildren Pietro and Angela!
Today was a great day, we played soccer with the whole Zone for P-Day! It was nice and hot and sunny and we had a lot of fun! None of us are very good but that's not what matters, it was a good time! As for the rest of P-Day I don't have too much planned! I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Our Lunch appointment made us wear booties! Say what?!