Monday, March 24, 2014

3rd week of march


Dear Family! 
Well this week has been another great week! I cant believe we are on the flip side of March... time is going by so fast! Sometimes i catch myself when something isn't going the best or it was a hard day, and i think... Hey, I am in Italy, on a mission... what could be better! Well a little update on the work-
Well our work is going good! Our numbers this week were a little better than they have been! So overall it wasn't too bad of a week. Our work right now is still slow, but i can feel it ready to explode any second. Update on Junior. Well he came again to church this week. He has come for three weeks in a row and we still ha vent made him an investigator. He is awesome but he is so hard to meet with! I explained the situation in my last email, but anyways, there is a member in our ward that is friends with his family, and she just got back from vacation. So we talked to her and she said that she will help us get into the house to meet with him. He is Golden! We just have to be patient. We even heard from the member that the mom passed by his room and saw him reading the Book of Mormon and it made his mom really happy! So I think the parents should be on board, and ultimately, the goal is to teach his whole family.
Well our other Investigator that is still going strong is Anita. Anita is still having trouble accepting that God is a loving father in heaven. She has had a lot of traumatic experiences in her life that have made her believe this. We are helping her to see that we have a father that loves us very much, and that bad things don't happen because he wants to punish us, but happen because of the decisions of man. She ended up telling us that she hasn't done a good job with prayer. And so this week we will be focusing on prayer.
We had a fireside at the Sherbals house again last Friday. It went really well! We are getting some people that are really interested. This has been a really great way of doing missionary work! We are able to have a nice, Long, discussion that otherwise we wouldn't have had. It is really a great thing! And probably the best part was that sister Sherbal made cafe Rio!! I have not had Mexican food in like.. well since i left the MTC. So it tasted sooooo good, and we had home made tortillas! sooo good, i think i had 10 burritos. no joke! I knew i probably wouldn't get it again, so i just took advantage!
 
Well this week was extremely interesting... I got a call on Thur saying that a member wasn't able to make it to sacrament meeting and that she was originally going to give a talk but then they asked me. So I had to give my first talk in Sacrament meeting! haha I was really kinda stressed to say the least. And to add to things, we had a really busy couple of days so i wasn't able to get to it tillSaturday night. And everyone knows writing talks takes a little time, well then add onto that doing it in another language. haha Anyway, it ended up going great! I am sure there was a couple...ok maybe a ton of mistakes, but hey, whatever. Members came up after and actually wanted a copy of my talk! so i guess that was pretty good! It is weird that 8 months ago i would have never guessed i could talk 15 min straight in another language, but well here i am! The language is coming great! It has been nice being in an area where i am forced to use it everyday. In Bari, there were a lot of English investigators, so i didn't use it all the time, but Batti is a little smaller so i use it lots! 
My talk was on the choices that we make everyday in our life. We have big choices and we have small choices, and obviously we pay attention to the big ones cause usually they make an immediate impact in our life. But sometimes we forget the little choices in our life. We cast them off to the side and forget about them. While it is true that to attain salvation we must be in the right church, be baptized, and so on, attaining salvation includes the little things we do also. do we read our scriptures everyday, pray everyday, attend every meeting on Sunday, give service when we can, obey the commandments. Sometimes we justify our actions because maybe we are tired or the timing doesn't seem to suitable. Elder Gay gave a talk where he posed this question, after talking about a story of when he was young and lied about his age to save a nickle at a movie theater, his father asked him "would you sell your soul for a nickle?" Sometimes on Sundays we feel we need more rest, so we skip church... while its true we will get more rest, we are selling our chance for taking the sacrament and being spiritually edified for something that is only temporary, and really we probably don't need. This is the same for any other choice in our life, weather its about the food we eat to the time we spend with our family. If we look at what choice will bring us happiness in the long run, and sacrifice that temporary but small happiness, our life will truly be more gratifying and rewarding! 
Well that is my little spiel about my talk. For P day today we went up the Amalfi cost! it was really pretty and i will send pics! Love you all! Italy is awesome! 
-Anziano Line

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