We had Scambio this week from Wednesday to Thursday and it was such a good Scambio! Our STLs are Sorella Castro and Sorella Williams. Sorella Castro is from Colombia and she's so awesome! I love her. She's full of love for the work and she's just an inspiring person. Sorella Williams is from Colorado and she went to Utah State. Funny thing because we would have lived right by each other when I was up at Utah State because she had an apartment in the same complex as me but she sold her contract to go on a mission. Sorella Williams is hilarious. She's one of those people who just has a natural talent to tell stories and make you laugh.
After Scambio we went to visit a sister from the ward in the hospital. It took us forever to find her room but we were finally able to see her. She's so sweet and it was good to see her. A lot of our plans fell through on Friday. But we did a lot of pass bys and a miracle happened! So we were looking for this apartment building but couldn't find it anywhere and we were completely exhausted. So we took a break and sat down for a second and ate a brownie that we were going to take to someone before they cancelled on us. Good thing we took that break because after we ran into someone walking into the apartment building. We got to talking and we were able to teach him a lesson in his apartment with his wife. I don't know how happy his wife was that we were there but we were there anyways!
We were able to see the Tacunans this week too. Ah I just love them so much! Adriana will be baptized on the 10th. Maria, the mom, is so amazing. She works so hard to support her two girls and she's an amazing mother. They were asking what Black Friday was really like haha.
Sunday we ate lunch with a couple of elderly ladies from the ward. It was way fun to sit and talk with them. One of them is quite the talker and I just love her! It's hilarious. So here's a little side note. Ward temple trips here in Italy last at least 24 hours. They usually take a bus together or rent a few vans to drive the five hours to the temple. Then they go to the temple and spend the night in a little lodging where you can reserve a room. (I'm assuming this lodging is church owned... I don't really know). Each room is filled with bunk beds. And they spend the entire day at the temple. It's awesome. But one of these old ladies was telling us all about the little drama and confrontations she had on this temple trip. Haha. You just nod and smile and remind her that we ALL have weaknesses haha. They're great. I love the ladies in our ward.
Then we were able to meet with Joy again. She's from Nigeria and is currently living in a refugee camp. She's so sweet and nice. I'm excited to continue teaching her. She was so excited when we told her about the ward Christmas party.
Monday we went to go visit Corrado (aka gelato man). It was nice talking to him and he introduced us to his nephew. It was pretty funny because his nephew was asking if we went out on the weekend and whatnot, but then Corrado told him off for us saying "would you go up to a nun and ask her that?!". Haha it was quite entertaining. And we met the Seclen family too. They are a family from Peru and they shared some chicha with us. It's a Peruvian drink and it's so good. They are such a great family! They just aren't able to come to church because they have car problems.
It's been a pretty great week I have to say.
"Too often we pray to have patience, but we want it right now! As a young man, President David O. McKay prayed for a witness of the truthfulness of the gospel. Many years later, while he was serving his mission in Scotland, that witness finally came. Later he wrote, “It was an assurance to me that sincere prayer is answered ‘sometime, somewhere.’”
We may not know when or how the Lord’s answers will be given, but in His time and His way, I testify, His answers will come. For some answers we may have to wait until the hereafter. This may be true for some promises in our patriarchal blessings and for some blessings for family members. Let us not give up on the Lord. His blessings are eternal, not temporary." ("Waiting Upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done" by Robert D. Hales)
I found this quote this week and it was one of the moments where I read it specifically because one of my investigators needed it. I think I needed it too. Our prayer will be answered someday, somewhere. We will have answers but during this time while we wait, we need to search for the Lord's will and what can be even harder, submit ourselves to His will.
I love you all un Sacco! I miss you!