Tuesday, May 3, 2011

April 27, 2011 From Pisa

Trevor's District Celebrating their Departure from the MTC
Hey Fam,

Things are going good for me here in Italy right now.  I'm at the Immigration office in Pisa and it's a total nightmare.  Hah.  We thought the DMV was bad, freaking stampede to get in the building and get a number.  People were like animals and then constant fights between people about who will go first.  Its ridiculous.  It's like people forget they're human and act like beasts when they get in these situations.

I hope you had an awesome Easter back in utah.  My Easter was pretty good.  We got invited to a member's house which was awesome and we feasted.  The pasta was amazing of course but unfortunately Italians don't know how to do BBQ and that's what we did.  They made us ribs but they didn't put anything on them....just put them right on the grill and then ate 'em.  The whole time I was asking myself "Where's the BBQ sauce?" They didn't have it though...Super sad but it was fun.  They wanted to play Risk with us after, so not only have I never played Risk, I was learning it in Italian! So that was interesting.  We were playing in teams of two.  I was paired with their 16 years old son and we totally won.  Our objective was to destroy red which happened to be my companion and another member named E*******. He's so funny.  He's a little Black dude from Senegal.  He was such a poor loser it was hilarious.

A lot of the youth in our branch are really into football, like American football. But they are all so bad, first time they gave it to me to throw I had my comp go long for the pass.  All the Italian kids laughed like I couldn't throw it that far, then when I put it in Schultz's chest their mouths were on the floor. It felt good cause usually I'm so down on myself because I can't understand what they are saying, the language is still tough.  I feel like I'm learning though, so that's good.  The day after Pasqua (Easter), Pasquetta seemed to be more of a holiday then Sunday.  It was so peaceful in Pisa, it felt like Venice cause there were no cars on the roads.  Just families out and about at the market.  We started to do Casa (tracking) that night too and we got the cops called on us, so we had to go home.

I have some good news though, we set a Baptism date with D******** last week, May the 14th.  I hope he makes it!  He smokes a ton though, that's what I'm really scared about other than that he's totally solid.  It's crazy the first time we met him, he was so closed off.  I thought he was a zombie and then 3 weeks later, he has a baptismal date and he even teared up when we taught him about the Plan of Salvation.  Such an awesome experience for the both of us.

I'm really excited for my next week.  I'll be in La Spezia again tomorrow on Scambio and then Monday I'll be in Firenze (Florence) for Scambio.  I'm not quite sure if I even like Scambis but the cities are both awesome.  Oh can you get me some addresses of people so I can write them?  I thought I would just be emailing but I can't so I need some, like family and friends, you know who.

I've been reading some conference talks this last week and have really been enjoying it.  Do you remember Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin's last talk before he died?  Entitled "Come what May, and Love It", Oh my gosh, absolutely amazing.  I just love that one so much.  Also, "A Matter of a Few Degrees" by President Deiter F. Uchtdorf.  And "Lift Where you Stand" Just Great.  Go read them.

So about the train thing, I don't really know.  I just know the idea and no details. My comp doesn't know either.  So I guess don't worry about it.  I just thought It'd be nice to have for when/if we come back to Italy.

The first 2 weeks here, honestly I was really homesick.  It's weird how I wasn't homesick in the MTC, but I was out here.  It wasn't bad or anything, I was just thinking about home and you all too much but I think I'm doing better now. Still tough.  Here in Pisa, we have a real solid, but small group of members but a ton of less active that seem to have been neglected so that's what we work on a lot and there's lots of finding work to be done.  It's real hard to get in doors though.  A. Schultz says it's better in other cities though. Pisa is just tough with it being 100% Italians and a ton of old people and then also college students because there is a university here and oh and sorry I forgot my camera when I went to Cinque Terre, believe me I was more down then you.  Not only that, I had to drag a duffle bag around the whole place because I was scambi'ing.  Heavy too.  I'll try to get the pictures.  But I'm pretty much for sure going to still be in Pisa for the next transfer, probably two more at least.  So my new comp will want to go so I'll be there again.  And I'll bring the camera then.

So is it weird having a daughter graduated from college with a full time legit job?  Seems weird for me to even think about it.  She'll be loaded with money by the time I get back right?  I mean what are her expenses like?  Nothing besides her car.  Totally sweet.  Every thing will be so different when I get back.  Any sweet movies come out?  Someone is keeping a list for me right? Better hope so....

Well I'll wrap up with my testimony of this work and this glory.  I'm so glad to be here in Italy serving the people here.  I love my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ.  I know that because he took my sins and sufferings from me that I can get through any challenges here on a mission.  I'm thankful for families and truly know families are part of God's plan for us to come to earth to learn, grow and be tested together.  In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Vi voglio Bene, Ciao, Ciao, Ciao

Anziano Mendel

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