So Thursday we went to Pisa for my visa. Surprisingly we didn't have to wait too long so we had some extra time in Pisa. We went and saw the tower real quick because it's like a 10 minute walk. It was nice to be back in Pisa because I felt more familiar with the city. It was also weird that I wasn't going home to the apartment though, haha. Our connecting train was late so we didn't get to Modena in time to do anything other than go to English class. But we met some great people on the train. We met an Italian lady and she was so nice and funny. She gave us the bacii (where you kiss each cheek) before we got off the train haha.
Friday was a little bit better. We were able to go see a member. Her name is Nella Palmieri. I love her and her husband so much! They love the missionaries and are such giving people. She hasn't had an easy life at all but she told us the most precious thing to her is her testimony. It was fun talking to her and getting to know her. The rest of the day was mostly spent trying to find a new bike and fixing the other bikes. The Anziani helped us fix the bikes and get things ready. We ended up not buying a bike until Saturday. Our landlord, Silvio, helped us pick it up from the store. Oh my goodness! He helped us out so much! He helped us buy it, took it in his car, and made sure it was a good bike. He has had the missionaries in the building for about 20 years he said. He joked and said how he's like a second dad to the missionaries. He really does do a lot for us!
Sunday we had fast and testimony this week so we could fast for the victims of the earthquake. It was such a good meeting. Going to church and listening to people's testimonies, you can feel the Spirit so strong.
Monday was a good day. We mostly just did finding. It was amazing. We were doing "casa" and here it Italy you have to ring the buttons at the bottom. Then, people talk to you through the little intercom before they let you into the building. Needless to say it's pretty hard to get through that first step. When they do let you in, it's usually by mistake or because they misunderstood you. But in the last little bit of finding we were doing for the day, we decided to do casa. On the second name we rang, a lady let us in. So of course we run inside the building and are booking it up the stairs as fast as we can so we can talk to her before she gets sick of waiting for us. We finally hit the 4th floor and it's a cute little old lady! She was so sweet and let us in! We were shocked because that never happens! Then she told us we could come back when her daughter was home.
We had zone training in Verona on Monday. It was a really good zone training and we found out Elder Holland will be coming to Milan for a missionary conference! All the missionaries get to go! That will be on the 18th and we are so excited! Then a lot of the missionaries went to an American food place called Steaks&Shakes. It was a burger place and it was so good, even on American standards. They had super good shakes! It was fun to get to know the missionaries in this zone and there were some missionaries from Tuscany that I had already known before.
This week more than usual I have seen how my prayers have been answered. Just like the scripture in James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
He has sent people into my life to answer my prayers and has shown me how I can improve every day. If we earnestly ask, it will be given to us what we need. He will show us what we need to do. He never leaves us alone, but we need to turn to Him and let Him into our lives. We have to be humble enough and willing enough to let Him guide us.
Ti voglio un mondo di bene!
The Maserati factory !
Today we are going to the Ferrari Museum.
The Verona Zone ! The biggest zone in the mission !