Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 23 - Ragusa, Sicily, Italy

Amici e Famiglia,
It was a pretty nice week in Ragusa.  For some reason it is really hot again like the summer... I hope it starts cooling down soon.  All my shirts are getting wrecked with the combination of steep hills and blazing hot sun.  But, we managed to get pretty good work done this week.  We met a new investigator, Prisco from Cameroon, on Friday and gave him a Book of Mormon Saturday.  Yesterday, as we were walking to church with him we asked him questions including what was happening in the BoM.  He started telling us about a man Nephi and his father, Lehi, who had a vision and some wicked older brothers Laman and Lemuel and a righteous other brother named Sam.  It is really nice to hear that someone took the time to open the book after we give it to him.  He had a really good time at church and a member even invited him along with us to a pranzo appointment at her house.  It was way cool to see a member help out like that.  So, he really enjoyed church, and we're excited about him.
We also worked with our man Frank this past week.  We have to postpone his baptismal date a few more weeks because we need to make sure he knows certain things, but he is making good progress.  Another man, named Sung, is making good progress and has agreed to come to church next week.  We are working with another family from English Course and are happy to hear that the husband went to church in Malta this past weekend.  They should be back this week.
On Thursday we had an appointment at the 1st counselor's house to talk about activities.  We decided to make a cheese cake to bring it to them.  It was surprisingly not very hard to make and it tasted like real cheese cake.  It only took 20 minutes to make. 
Yesterday, I had to give a talk in church.  I was super nervous because they put me down as the last speaker and I usually end up speaking super fast and finishing way early.  It was about Il potere fortificante dell'Espiazione (the strengthening power of the Atonement) and the resource was Elder Bednar's talk from the General Conference in May.  It went pretty well and I was able to speak for 15 minutes in Italian. 
Basta for now.
Anziano Blazzard

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