March 28, 2016
It's been a good week!
Tuesday we showed the Easter video to all 50 or so English Course students, it was a pretty massive crowd. It's not easy to control or teach these swaths of Italians who all love to be the one talking, but I really have come to love it. It was honestly a miracle that they could sit still for the spiritual thought, but it seemed to go well and the sisters harvested some appointments from it.
Samuel doesn't have his documents, which means no baptism for him yet. But he is making some great progress. He says he feels at home here thanks to the love people show him. Our ward has dominated the fellowshipping game. He even got a ride to church from an old Italian man who had never met him. And one of our other Africans lived just 20 kilometers away from him in Nigeria so they hit it off well. But he also feels the Spirit when we teach and has been reading the Book of Mormon!
Our investigator Mario is a former professional tennis player whose net worth is probably greater than all the other investigators that I've ever had combined. During a recent lesson he asked us what the Church’s stance was on him buying the car he wanted which cost a crud ton of money. Not having had that problem before, I didn't really know what to say.
Easter was great! Because of the time change that had just happened in Italy, right as I was reading Alma 7 during a bit of study before church, the sun came up over the apartment behind us and lit up and warmed up the room really nicely. Church was awesome, several of our investigators came. Unfortunately, like always we were the most popular people there. My companion had to leave priesthood meeting where he was translating to come with me as I played the piano for a song the primary kids were learning, complete with the signs "go", "stop", and "slow".
Speaking of kids, the primary Easter missionary activity happened on Saturday. The sisters did most of the planning, but as my dad would say, they should have just known that the kids' favorite part would be "running around like banshees". I ran around with them and had a blast. A lady who invited TWO families to come... is inactive. That's right; if she can do missionary work, YOU CAN TOO!
Missionaries at the Easter party. Notice the photobomb by the cute girl in the back.
Are we finding part member families or is this chemistry class?
In this picture I am reassuring one of the kids that we will,
in fact, be doing an egg hunt at the end of the activity.