Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jan. 27th

Dear Family, 
This week has been quite the week... So many ups and so many downs. So i guess in the end it has just turned out to be a normal week. Our work here is Bari is growing, however like always it is difficult to keep it growing and making sure all of our investigators do what they have to do. 
So as you know we have an investigator that will be baptized soon. The problem is that we have not been able to get a hold of him, and his interview is tomorrow. I am hoping that we will be able to meet with him soon. We have tried 3 times this week to get a hold of him. I was a bit frustrated and worried because going a week without seeing or hearing from an investigator, especially one that wants to be baptized, is really scary. Luckily we got a hold of him and found out that he has been really sick and that he still wants to be baptized. So i am still happy :) 
We are teaching two other Africans right now, both referrals from ward members. (Nickolas and Daniel, the two we did the Christmas thing for). This week we set baptismal dates with them! We are very excited for both of them. The first one is Mark, and he is really awesome! The way we got in contact with him was a missionary in Bari (cause there are 4 of us) found him originally in Malta.   He tried teaching him but couldn't get a hold of him after the first initial contact.  The missionary was transferred here and one day they were doing " findings" and he saw Mark and thought he recognized him and it turns out that he was the same man from Malta... which is really rare cause Malta is really small so what are the chances?... So that is probably one of the coolest miracles that I have seen and I am grateful that I get to be a part of this! 
The next investigator is Daniel, and he is a friend of the other Daniel, the member one. He plays soccer and is really good, but that is compared to me, and I am horrible, so.. boo :) haha -Anyway, the lesson that we had was pretty amazing. The previous lesson that we had with him, we asked him to pray about baptism, because we had originally invited him. We talked with him again about it at the beginning of the discussion but he was still unsure.. so we just continued with the lesson about the Plan of Salvation, and it was amazing as we saw his understanding grow about why we are here and the spirit was so strong and he asked questions and we answered with the Book of Mormon. By the end, he was so excited to be baptized because he understood the significance of it. I am so grateful for the spirit. It plays such a huge role, not in just testifying to the person, but also enlightening their understanding. 
Well that is our work. Bari is nice, my comp is a thug and he is watching me write this andfnaisdfgobisal.. -That was him.. haha :) Right now. blood oranges are in season, and they taste sooooo good!! I wish you all could try some! I hope you all have a fantastic week! Love y'all!
-Anziano Line

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