Cari Amici e Famiglia,
It has been another very busy week for us in Cosenza. This week we had some interesting lessons. One was with a new convert family where we watched the butterfly circus and talked about the value and potential each of God's children has and how he can make our weaknesses into strengths if we have faith. It was the first time I had seen it and it shook me (I weeped a tiny bit). The family's comments were the best (they are Ghanaian). "He died?" "They want to kill him?" "In Africa the elders take children born like this and put them on the river bank so that when the tide rises they are swept away. I now know this is wrong." Overall great lesson. We also taught this lawyer guy again who started the first online consulting firm in Italy. He is doing really well and is apparently more popular on Facebook than the main tv channel here in Italy. He is really really smart so it is kind of intimidating to teach him but he told us he had been thinking all week about baptism and how what we explained made a lot of sense(we had taught the gospel of Jesus Christ). We then had a really good lesson using the talk "Why the Church" by Elder Christofferson. Later in the week we went to Taranto for zone conference. We also acted out the nativity as our "gift to the savior." I was the cow and tried to be a good sport. I even mooed a few times during the part of Away in a Manger, "The cattle are lowing...". When we got back we had to begin prepping for the Christmas party. Our chocolate chip cookies were a big hit and the lasagna received relatively high marks. On Sunday church went well and we had a good lesson later in the day with a new investigator. Vi auguro un buon Natale è una bella settimana!