Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Italy, Week 38 (7/29/15) - Sunday Funday

Hello from the wonderful land of Cimiano, Italia! So last P-day we went to Lecco, which is basically Como. Lake Como comes into Lecco and it's beautiful and there's mountains and water and joy. We had to wait forever for our train which was thirty minutes late, so instead of our hoped for two to three hours in Lecco we got about an hour, but it was enough :)
We had some pretty cool miracles this week! One was finding the house of an investigator! We were walking there trying to remember how we got there when she had showed us the last time and we got a little lost. After a bit of trying to figure it out, we stopped and said a prayer and turned around, asked a nice man for help and he gave us a
free little map of the area and we did it! With the guidance of God we found our way! Also we passed by a less active family's house and our investigator (that we had been trying to see) was there with her! It was awesome! We were able to set up an FHE with them all together.
I had an awesome scambio with Sorella Griffin in Lampugnano this week!  Two birds of a feather flock together, right? Hehe anyway, enough with corny bird jokes. But while we were on a scambio there was a giant thunderstorm at night and I was sleeping right by the window and I woke up to rain drizzling on me and the sound of thunder right above
us. It was glorious, I miss thunderstorms
SUNDAY WAS INCREDIBLE!! So many people came to church! About 16 people that don't normally come to church came to church. It was so cool!  SIXTEEN! I was sooo happy and so was everyone that came! So our church
building here was under construction for a bit so everyone had to go to a different building further away. After two months of this, we were finally able to meet in our own church which is way closer for everyone and everyone was so happy! They said it was like being home again. Best Sunday ever!
Monday night we taught this cute young family with a four year old and a 27 day old baby. So fun! We taught them the plan of salvation with little pieces to show the plan and there's a little tomb and the little four year old boy kept saying that it was a door that when you unlocked it with the key, it opened into the land of dinosaurs. He said it about ten times at least. Maybe he just knows something we don't know yet.... Now I know that heaven is where dinosaurs are.  Paradise: riding a dinosaur in the clouds.
This past Monday we talked about charity in district meeting, what it is and how we get it and grow it. Charity has been something I've been trying to wrap my head around and obtain my whole mission. Why is it so hard to have pure charity? So many things stop us from fully loving the people around us, in all their faults and weaknesses. Why is it so hard to just be selfless and think of others' needs before our own?
How often do we tell ourselves that we need this when really it's just a want? One thing I've learned that's the hardest thing to give is time. Time is so precious, and what better way to use it and spend it
than with others? In the service of others, helping them with their needs, physically and spiritually? As members we are commissioned to this! It is our sacred duty and responsibility and opportunity to care
for those around us. I've learned that as we take care of others, we are more blessed and more capable of taking care of ourselves. Look at the birds in the sky and the lilies of the field. God takes care of
them. When we show God that we are willing and wanting to help those around us, He blesses us ten-fold. Yes, we should always make sure that we are secure and okay before providing for others, but we can
always help in different ways. Even just a smile and a nice word to someone who is down can mean so much. What a blessing it is to be disciples of Christ, especially in this day and age when so many
people are suffering and don't have the light that we have. Let us share it and use it for good and for others.
I love you all so much and hope you have a wonderful week! Vi voglio bene!
Alla prossima!
Sorella Hawks :)!
The beauty of Lecco

Feliz cumpleaƱo Peru!

The beauties of Lecco

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