explanation of the title: i was cleaning the kitchen at and then the gas alarm started going off and we couldn’t figure out how to stop it because we didn’t want to wake our neighbors up... so we called the office and they told us to shut the gas off and evacuate, so we shut the gas off and unplugged the alarm.... and then we plugged it back in and it didn’t beep again so i think we’re good
we were both sick as dogs on one of the days in this past week. idk which one, but we slept in and a member gave us some tea and we felt literally so much better. other than that, it has been another fan-freaking-tastic week here in italia. and i don’t want to leave. like seriously.
anywayyyyyyys, this week was way awesome and so i’ll skip right to the good stuff:
⁃ we had a christmas celebration in mestre. why were we celebrating christmas in november, you ask? i have no idea. nonetheless, it was awesome and i loved singing and listening to others sing because i freaking love christmas so much and i’m s excited for christmas.
⁃ was literally amazing. words cannot describe the spirit that was in the chapel that day. okay, so rewind to 3 minutes before sacrament starts, when president bison comes up to me and asks if i can give a talk because a member fell through... i freaked out. mineer and i had prepared (actually she prepared and i was kind of winging it) to share our testimonies in sacrament so i was freaking out a little. but i just prayed and i felt a confirmation of the spirit that it would be okay. that morning, i had been listening to church hymns while i was getting ready and the words of the hymn “be still, my soul” were repeating over and over in my head. honestly, when i got up to do my talk, i don’t really remember anything that happened except that i shared the words of the hymn and then i told them about my best friend, zoe, and i started crying my eyes out. then i shared my testimony of the special plan of happiness that god has for us. and idk but the spirit was really strong and i could see tears in the members eyes. then mineer gave her testimony and she cried, too and brought the spirit in so strong and we ended by having aurora, our 12yr old investigator share a scripture from the bom and her testimony. THEN long story short: we talked to aurora about baptism picked her own baptismal date of !!! and said she was gonna talk to her mom about it.
⁃ and morning we had scambio in verona and that was one of the funnest scambi of my whole mission. i was with the beloved sorella roloff and we saw juliet’s balcony, her wall full of love letters (and gum), the markets, and we got la romana gelato. also, we fed the homeless morning. it was a really good start to the week. :)
⁃ 2 times in the past 2 days, i’ve started talking with a girl that’s in her young 20s and i tell her about being a missionary and then she asks about our church. and you know what that leads to? the restoration. so i share a 5 min resto and at the end of the first one (francesca), she wanted a book of mormon and my facebook. at the end of the second one (vera), i taught her about the pos too and we showed her the website mormon.org and she wanted all of our facebooks. it was really such an incredible opportunity and i feel so blessed to be a missionary here on earth at this time.
⁃ we went to venice again today and man, i never get tired of that place. we bought a magnum bar that’s like dipped in chocolate and loaded with stuff and we shared it with 8 anziani. it was way yummy. #sharingiscaring
okay, since is thanksgiving, i just wanna make a short list of some of the things i’m grateful for:
⁃ my companion
⁃ jesus christ
⁃ my family
⁃ italy 🇮🇹
⁃ football americano
⁃ food, mostly gelato
⁃ the book of mormon
⁃ a current prophet
⁃ my friends
⁃ and so much more
“Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings, but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love.” -thomas s. monson
be grateful y’all and play some football for me