Thursday, March 8, 2012

March 8, 2012

BuonGiorno Family!

Thanks this week for your emails. It was nice hearing from you. I'm really sorry to hear about J****** and his medical problems that just seem to never go away... Send him my best for me and let him know I'm praying for him.

This first week with my new companion has been great! We've seen many miracles that are jump starting our work. First Anz. O***** and I get along great. He is a hard worker, and a really nice guy. He's also very obedient so he will help me to do the same. He is from a lil town in southern Utah called Escalante. His graduating class was 12 people so that should tell a lot about where he lives. So yeah things are going good with the companion.

So after District meeting in Verona this week, I did a scambio with Anz. M******. He's actually a Trainee. He had been in the country 4 days when we did the scambio and I'm extremely thankful for him. He brought to Mantova some Trainee miracles... Together we found 3 new families to teach in a casa area given to us by our branch mission leader... It was great. 2 of those familes were brazilian too so BOOM Brazilian branch. Brazilain families to teach. Brazilian Families to baptise. It was a great scambio apart from almost getting mauled by a HUGE Rottweiler.

This week we passed by a young new convert to invite him to a young mens activity and ask why he wasnt in church this week. This new convert has had a little struggle making it to church every week. I would say he makes a little less then half the time to church. But
anyways, we passed by and he was at his house with a friend. We saluted the friend, he didn't speak much Italian, they are all Brazilian. The new convert turned to me and said "He wants to come to church with me this week". We talked for a few minutes and then Had to
go... The next day at the Activity, C****** the new convert straight up told me that his friend wants to be baptized and that we should come before Sunday and teach him... This was truly a miracle. Not only will this help his friend but it will strengthen his own testimony in the church as he sees his friend progress towards baptism.

So to answer your questions... The weather has warmed up quite a bit. I no longer have to haul around my big over coat. As for Finding we have found lots of new investigators this week so our teaching pool has expanded substantially. For me, If you plan out your day well like you should, you should never be stuck doing more than 2 hours of finding work at a time. After that much time of Finding work you get really tired and the quality/desire fades and people notice that. So one thing I've really learned in the mission is the importance of
planning well with lessons to investigators, less actives and members around finding work.

I'm at a good spot in the mission now. You know last transfer with Anz. Z****** we spoke italian just about 100% of the time. I learned a ton. I finally feel now with my Italian that I don't have to think to speak. It seems my moments of growth in any aspect of missionary life come
in sections, or blocks of time. Usually revolved around each new companion I receive. When I recieve a new comp I realize how much I've learned from the last. And in this last case the biggest difference has been my Italian. I'm finally happy where my Italian is. I still want to better myself continually though.

Love you.

Anz. Mendel

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