Friday, August 14, 2015

Italy, Week 39 (8/8/15) - Poppin' Wheelies with Babies and Strollers

This week was long, stressful, busy, crazy, fun, hilarious, and overall just great :)
First off, I'm sorry about the tardiness! We're allowed to see one opera on our mission and so we decided to go this week! We got permission to move our P-day from Wednesday to Saturday so we could go
to the opera. We're seeing the Barber of Seville! So excited!!
Exciting news: I'm engaged!
Sorella Nilsen and I saw this woman waiting at the bottom of the stairs at the metro with two large grocery bag stroller things, so we helped her carry them up a few flights. When we got to the top she said her husband was coming and she wanted us to meet him. When he got there they took pictures of us with her and then asked if we were married.  Upon discovering that we were in fact not betrothed, they proceeded to tell us about their two sons who were about our age and even picked who got who. They showed us their passport pictures. It's love. Forced and arranged, but love, right? Haha.
Sunday we got the mom of a new convert who is inactive to come to church! She has only come to church for the full three hours maybe two or three times in the past twenty years that she's been a member, it
was so exciting! After church we visited a less active family and talked about temples. The mom really wants to go to the temple and be sealed, but her husband really doesn't have the desire. So we brought a bunch of pictures of temples and the kids and the mom put them up all around their little apartment. The mom was so excited and her kids were so happy. It was so fun!!
On Tuesday we went to go help a member go into the city to pick up diapers. She has a 27 day old baby and a four year old, so the task was a bit daunting.   I never knew how hard it would be to have to take a stroller on the metros. Such stress. At one point I was pushing the stroller and had to go up on a curb and I wasn't expecting the stroller to be as light as it was.... Thus the title of this email.  The baby was fine, she just slid down a little... Later Sorella Nilsen did the same thing when getting on the metro. It's not as simple as it

Then when we got back to their house and they let us cook for them!  They just told us what to do and let us do it all! It was so fun cooking for Italians!
Friday night there was a baptism for the Zone Leaders in the next city that we got to go to! Sadly they didn't realize there was construction that day and their directions became useless.... We got very lost, kept bugging the bus driver trying to figure out when and where to get off, and got there right after the baptismal ceremony... Bummer, but it was still good to go and feel the good spirit there :) then getting
home that night sure was an adventure haha!
Dang, this week I had a lot of teachings from the Spirit. I really learned a lot and I'm really grateful for this week. I learned a little about humility and selflessness. I'm currently reading third Nephi, the teachings of Christ, and it's amazing how you learn so many different things at different points in your life. I invite you all to take moment and read the chapters in third Nephi in the Book of Mormon when Christ comes and teaches them. There's so much to learn, that we can only learn as we continually study it.
We're currently at a really fancy restaurant with really fancy dresses on. It's slightly intimidating... Bah.
Anywho. I love you all SO much. Thank you thank you thank you for everything! You are all the BEST. Tons of love being sent from Milano Italy to New York, Utah, Arizona, and all over the world.
Sorella Hawks :)
P.s. Sorry for being lame by just sending a mass email and my lack of personal emails this week, next week will be better, vi prometto!

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