Saturday, July 11, 2009

Pirri, Sardinia (Sardegna)--Week 17

Transfers are actually next week. Sorry that I made a prelude too early. All the elders think I’m leaving. Well, practically everyone thinks I’m leaving. Only one person predicted me to stay, and then last night he told me I was leaving for sure. So, we’ll see. It could easily happen. Who knows? I did not get your package yet. I won’t get it by next week when we do email, but maybe next Thursday when we do transfers, or Friday if I end up staying.

Oh mama mia! It’s hot! I am sweating profusely right now through my clothing. I know that’s exactly what you wanted to hear. I don’t know how hot it is, but people keep saying that here in Cagliari it can get up into the 40s (celcius). And we don’t really have air conditioning. Some busses have it. We have it in the church, but it’s not working completely 100 %. Yesterday in English class I couldn’t help thinking my room was hot. Then I went into another room and immediately started sweating again. I love Sorella Hansen. She always tries to be so positive. She always says things like. “I’m sweating” and then adds “but I love it.” Don’t worry, the sweat is working, I don’t feel as uncomfortable as I did when I started this paragraph. Oh, and it’s raining outside. It hasn’t rained for a while, I’m kind of excited.

So, even though I’m in Italy, I made sure to recognize the 4th of July. Of course, the only thing I really did that’s different on Saturday was definitely not American. Are you ready? I ate worm cheese. That’s right! I ate cheese with worms…well…kind of. The elders got a hold of some worm cheese and they decided they would share with us. However, they got it Friday night and started eating it that night. Then we got a slice Saturday. When we cut it open, we only found two worms. Well, when I was putting it away, I found more, but for our experience on Saturday I don’t think either of us actually ate worms. (We didn’t eat the two we found. I couldn’t do it.) We told the elders about our disappointment of only having two worms, so they brought some more to our meeting on Monday. And then they made sure we ate pieces of cheese with worms in it. So there you go. I know I’ve at least eaten three worms. But they’re small and they blend in with the cheese, so it could have been more. Boh. And the worms in the worm cheese jump. It’s kind of cool. Most missionaries take videos of the cheese with worms popping out all over. I think it’s still early in the season and that’s why there weren’t many worms. Anyway, I got a video of one worm jumping on our table. So, one day you can see it. No, you can’t taste the worms in your mouth.

The other news of the week (on a more spiritual note) is Sergio. We were doing house in Dolianova. Why were we in Dolianova? We had an appointment there last week, but this week we just wanted to go there to do house. Why? Probably for Sergio. We came to his door. It was my turn to do something. There was no cittofono, and I wondered if it was even worth it to knock. But I did, and Sergio answered. I told him we had a message about Jesus Christ, and he asked if we wanted to come inside. I asked if there was a woman in the house. He said, “I think my mom is here, but let me go and check.” He checked and came back and said, “Yeah she’s here, you can come in.” I just thought that was amazing. I didn’t have to say that there was a rule or anything. And he accepted the strange requirement without doubting. He then wanted to know what made our church different. The spirit was so strong. At the end, he thanked us for telling him about Joseph Smith and he wanted to pay for the Book of Mormon. We have an appointment with him tonight. I just have so much hope for him. We are both way excited for this appointment.

In fact, we are kind of giving up a part of our P-day for him. See, we set the appointment for 6 o’clock (right after P-day ends). However, the latest bus that goes to Dolianova before 6 is at 2:30. So we have to do everything important in the morning, and then we have to spend the rest of our P-day in Dolianova. We are hoping there’s a place there to develop pictures, but it’s a small city…not even a city. We don’t know if we’ll find one. I guess I’m trying to make it sound like a huge sacrifice, but it really isn’t. It’s just so close to transfers that we are trying to fit in everything in that we haven’t done this transfer, but we’ll have to do some things next week.

Queen is being stubborn. She doesn’t want to set a baptismal date until she feels ready. But she’s not coming to church and her husband’s hearing keeps getting pushed back. She disregarded our last baptismal invite.

We invited Roberta to pray about a baptismal date. Then she stopped answering our phone calls for the week. We have an appointment for this Thursday. I hope we’ll be able to tell her what she needs to hear.

We finally saw Adelle again. She is so great. I think slowly but surely she’ll come around also. Also, I want to help her to quit smoking. She can do it.

The work will move forward. The Lord is preparing His children. Ultimately it is their decision, but we are finding more and more prepared people. The church will go forth. And I love the happy message that I get to spread. We are not cut off from our God. He is here. He is constant. We have a prophet who speaks with God today. Miracles do occur. And God answers prayers. We are His children. He will sustain us though any trial. We need to call on His name. We need to rely on our Savior. It is only though the Savior that we will be able to accomplish the most important things in life. I know this is true. I am so grateful to have been born in such a good family. Thank you for everything. Keep smiling:)

Love,
Aubry

Pirri, Sardinia (Sardegna)--Week 16

Okay, so the musical guidelines on music says, “Listen only to music that is consistent with the sacred spirit of your calling. Music should invite the spirit, help you focus on the work, and direct your thoughts and felling s to the savior. Do not listen to music that pulls your thoughts away from your work, merely entertains, has romantic lyrics or overtone, or dulls your spiritual sensitivity by its tempo, beat, loudness, lyrics, or intensity.” I honestly don’t want you do send too much because I don’t want to carry stuff around everywhere. However, I love “Messengers of Life” and “The Ark” and think about those two things all the time. However, don’t worry yourself over sending them, it’s just maybe something to think about…maybe.

Okay, this week! Well, the thing that has been on my mind the most is a family. Her name is Rosella. She was a referral from Salt Lake. I called her up. She said she wasn’t really interested in our message, but she wanted to meet with us. That should have sent red flags, but I was happy that she wanted to meet with us. She lives about a half hour away and I have to take a more expensive bus to go and see her, but we will do it again. Okay, so when I saw her husband, I couldn’t help but think of President Marshall. He has the same smile. I couldn’t help thinking that he looks like a future bishop. And her son is so incredible cute. The problem is that all we did was talk about America. They had gone to America and they had gone to Temple Square. We tried to start teaching, but Rosella kind of pushed the teaching aside. I don’t know. Her husband invited us to come over another time and have dinner with them. We made the point, okay, but we will share a spiritual thought. They need to feel the spirit. They are so good and so ready, they just need to feel the spirit. Oh, why don’t people listen to us and act on the things we say? Anyway, I can’t stop thinking about them. I want to teach them so badly!

There was another baptism this week. One of the members in the branch presidency noted that both sets of elders had just had baptisms, so where was the fruits of our (the sorelle) success? We are working hard. We are still working with Queen and others, but people have their free agency. We can’t force people into baptism. But we could be more bold, which is something we will have to be. That’s something we both need to work on.

There’s just a lot of people that we work with that I don’t know what to say about. We don’t really have any investigators that are progressing. There is one girl, Roberta, who is so incredibly cute, who we hope will have a baptism date soon. In our last lesson, we asked her how she felt about baptism and we asked her to pray about it. She said she would, but then she didn’t come to church.

Good news though! Massimo is a man we met outside the church. I remember Sorella Hansen saying that she felt we should give him to the elders. I remember agreeing with her, but also not understanding her at the same time. I didn’t really feel one way or the other about him. Now I am glad we gave him to the elders because he now has a baptismal date. I think if it had been us teaching, I don’t think we would have been bold enough to ask this soon. I don’t mean to put us down. I think we can accomplish miracles with the talents we have. But, I think that Massimo needed the elders in this point in his life. And he has a baptismal date! That is quick! We met him last week.

This morning we hiked the Devil’s Saddle again. I promise, there is more to see in Cagliari, it just seems we do the same thing over and over again because it’s a very beautiful hike.

Keep smiling:) Love Always,
Aubry