Friday, November 29, 2013

Trip to San Luca

Email: November 27, 2013

I am staying as zone leader with Anz. Warnock for this upcomming trasfer. President went crazy! Like he is nuts! He talked about trying to align all the mission zones with the local Italian stakes and districts...its basicaly impossible, but he did it...he cut our zone in half and created a new zone, the Modena Zone. And now the Bologna Zone is Bologna (with sorelle now :)), Ferrara, Padova and Vicenza(my first city!) We are a zone of 4 cities but have 8 companionships and plus the Sr. Couple in Vicenza Military, The Arbogasts! They are the best. We have three district leaders, so its perfect! We are thinking we will get a car because the Mestre Zone is now half as small so the Bologna zone is now bigger in area so it makes more sense for us to have the car, Vicenza is like 2.5 hours away...basicaly FOREVER! 

I honestly dont think I will survive tommorrow because we have to stay in Bologna Centrale(the train station) for the day, we will be there from the morining until my guess is about 15.00 as we have to make sure all the traveling missionaries get on the right trains and then we have to call ahead and let the next city know their arivial time. Plus we cant screw up other wise people are alone...president would kill us probably. Its stressfull to say the least. Bologna will basically be a hub for missionaries to change trains and change travel groups/companions along the way. Wish me luck! (side note, Anz. Pagano who I trained will be in Vicenza now so I get to see him often :)

Because the American family is doing thanksgiving in their second "mansion" up in the mountians, they have agreed to had a second thanksgiving at their home in town for all 6 of us missionaries on Saturday! They are the best! Thanksgiving on Saturday! Whoot whoot!

Yes the new sorelle appartment is all good to go. We have been confirmed they are arriving...I forgot their names though...they are both young in the mission, i think a 6th and a 5th trasnfer. boh. Their apartment is WHITE The walls, floor, all apliances, cubbords, bookshelfs, desks, everything, even the floors! Its so weird! Worst appartment to clean each week! Glad its not my appartment! haha

Well this week was a better one. All I can say is mom has super powers, angie a bit too. It kinda freaks me out that mom knows so much even when I dont say anything...Last week was just hard, we taught like 4 or 5 lessons, no one came to church.

This past week we didnt do much that was crazy to note wortrhy. It was a week of missionary work. Pday on the 20th, we went on a hike kinda, we walked up ramps and a billion stairs to get to a place called San Luca. It was cool. There is 666 arches along the path. (picture attached).

Thrusday our Russian investigator who is 22 droped with us. May have been the saddest I have even been to hear some one say "non possiamo incontrarci mai. Ho trovato la verità è la mia risposto da Dio. La vostra chiesa non è la vera chiesa. Tutte sono false." That is what he told us. We passed by his house to talk with him but he met a homless type guy who "knows all religions" and told him all are false, just live a good life. I was quite upset and it really just felt like some one punched my heart when he told me that the three kingdoms are false and just a fairy tale. It is so hard to see a progressing investigator leave like that. Weirdest part is Anz. Thompson promised him as he reads and prays with real intnet about the BOM he will feel someting in his heart, like a fire. The nexst lesson he told us the weirdest thing happened the day before meeting us, he said I read and prayed and then I felt something I have never felt before. He explained it has a hot fire in his core. We helped him recognize the Holy Ghost. He loved it. He knew it was true. Now, he never wants to meet us. :(

On a happier note, our less active member beat his cancer and cant wait to come to church. He also expressed a desire to give a talk in church! He is supr cool and will take us to lunch for some more local food and a steak from Firenze! Only the best he told us! haha. I am just greatful. He is super great.

English class is twice a week now and they are the funniest people ever!

Con amore,
Anziano Edwards!

San Luca Arches 
San Luca
(Picture from Google -just to give you an idea of what Anziano Edwards hiked on P-Day)

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