Ok so this week was JAM PACKED and so many cool things happened, but to not write a novel, I will try to pick and choose a few of the coolest. I could have titled this email "I made it through another Italian summer" or "rainbows!!!" Or something else, but I think the one I picked is the most fitting title...
I am going to follow up and update you all on how our finding new investigators plan went haha. So this week we got 0 NEW INVESTIGATORS!! That's a bummer, BUT we DID do 10 hours of finding, and we were able to meet our goal of meeting with four members this week (which is a lot for us). So I was so happy that we were able to reach those goals.
We did everything from offering people brownies, asking people which elders tie they liked better to get started talking with them, asking them to identify a scripture from the Bible and one from the Book of Mormon, a wheel of fortune thing where they can win prizes like a Book of Mormon, pamphlets, dvds, pass along cards, etc etc. and then the best one this week was our VIOLIN CASA IN CASA FINDING!!
We decided to take my violin, and go with the other two sisters into apartment buildings asking if we could play a song for them to help them somewhat feel the spirit. So this lady was leaving her apartment building and we ran in and she was like, "what are you doing?" Our response, "we are going to play music for people" her response, "don't ring Lopez" so we went in. We started at the eighth floor and weren't having any luck. Then we got to the fourth floor, the last door on the floor and this young 20 year old girl answered the door. We asked her if we could play a song for her and she started laughing and ran away to go get her friends. She brought two other girls to the door and it was one of their birthdays!!!!! So I quickly whipped out happy birthday on the violin and then we asked if we could play and sing Nearer My God to Thee and they said yes. Then they invited us in so we went in and started talking. They were very interested in English course and doing an American/Italian dessert switch type thing so we are super excited about that!! It was so cool!!!! They will be out of town thanks to Ferragosto until September, but hopefully we can meet with them again!!
Also the next day we did the exact same thing and two young 20 year old girls answered the door AGAIN. ON THE FOURTH FLOOR LAST DOOR! TWO DAYS IN A ROW!!! This girl has a boyfriend who is American and she really needs to learn English they were a little bit less interested, but it was so cool to have basically the same experience two days in a row.
We also had zone conference which was really cool. President Pickerd is now back in Italy and we missed him a lot!!! Sorella Pickerd will hopefully return in September, but anyway. He also told the whole zone that I am the oldest missionary in the zone. THANKS PRESIDENT!!
We did receive a potential investigator from one of the members we met with this week that we will meet with last night and we saw the biggest miracle ever last night!!
We stopped these three girls and did the Book of Mormon/Bible thing with them. Basically what it is is we read them two scriptures and they have to guess which one is in the Bible and which one is in the Book of Mormon (they always get it wrong haha) and we started telling them why we are here and what the Book of Mormon is and stuff and it was so cool!! I asked if I could leave a Book of Mormon with one of the girls and she said "yeah for sure! I think my mom would love this!" She also gave us her number and one of the other girls wanted a Book of Mormon and we got her number as well!! MIRACLES.
These things may seem like little things and it's not like we have any progressing investigators or investigators with a baptismal date, BUT the Lord is blessing us so much. These little miracles help me to know that He is there. That He loves me. That He is preparing people to be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. That He loves His children and is aware of them.
There's a quote I love in preach my gospel about goal setting that says, "THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF SUCCESS is not in achieving goals alone but in the service you render and the progress of others. Goals are a means of helping you bring about much good among Heavenly Father's children."
GOALS ARE SO IMPORTANT! And they help us to stay on the path of returning to our Heavenly Father.
Have a happy FERRAGOSTO!!!!!!
Sorella G ♥️🇮🇹
Also I think the heat is over!! Woot woot!!