Wednesday, February 5, 2014

My Mission Rocks!!!

Email: February 5, 2014

Well this week will probaly suck a bit beacuse I usualy have a sticky note with all the things I wanted to write home and that is sitting on my desk back in the apartment...oh well.

First I love you all. Punto basta! :)

Second, we had a pizza party with our Englsih Class yesterday evening. It was a blast! Picture next week.

Third, We had interviews/Specialized Training(zone meeting with Presidente and the assistenti). The zone was super quiet and not willing to participate so it was really simple and honestly borring. :/  Interview with president Dibb was simple and to the piont. We discuessed the needs of the Bologna Zone and our monthly meeting with the stake leaders, pres. Dibb is going to attend for now on..oh no! haha Well if you are confused, because I dont think I ever told you about this but since the mission zones are aligned with stake or district boundries we(zone leaders) meet with your stake members each month to report how the missionary work is going and how we missionaries can work with the local leaders and member more effectivly. So the Venezia Stake has two mission zones in it, Bologna and Venezia. Us 4 zone leaders, me my companion and the two Venezia zone leaders (who live in Pordenone...random fact...) we meet monthy now with Pres. Dibb, Stake President and the high council representitive over missionary work. Yeah, all the big guys! haha basically, I hope we are prepared. We are going to meet in the city Padova as its in the middle for the zone leaders and the high council rep lives there. Pres. Dibb will attened via Skype and the Stake Pres I honestly have no idea if he can come. I heard he lives far far away, in Trieste, far east...

I recieved a letter from a lady who was baptized in Vicenza whom I worked with a bunch! She remembered me! haha What made the day better after noticing my package from Angie, was a letter from Damaris...the lady who walked in to the church after the baptism of William in Udine and was baptized the week I was trasfered. She sent me small package too! A cool tie and a really nice scarf! It was the best day ever! Well, almost...New converts, who are all fully active are the best! Damaris said she hopes to "go on vacation" where I am serving and attend church just to say thanks in person becuase she felt that paper and pen isnt sufficent to thank me enough for all I have done for here in allowing her to have the fullness of the gosple. Side note, William emailed me today. These people ar basicaly family to me. Tecnicaly they are my brothers and sisters, but more than jsut being apart of Gods family. I LOVE them so much. I cant even explain. The mission the best thing ever. I wouldnt and couldnt trade if for anything, even a Ferrari...hahaha I am greatful for YOU GUYS! You have made me who I am and thanks to angie I realized I have 6 months left! The sisters I was in the MTC with are going home in two weeks! WOAH! Crazy stuff! 

Next week I am going to VCicenza for P-day and then we will bitz the district leader there wed night and thrusday morning. I will be on scambio with Anz. Pagano, the one I half trained in udine! It will be a blast! 

Today I bought two paris of chruch slacks to wear when I come home, two t-shits and a pair of nice pants. While shopping we met a student from Ohio or somthing weird like that...we had a a good little chit chat of who we were. Smart kit, stuck out becuase he was obviously American! Its werid how easily I can tell if someone is Italian, Romanian, Albanian, Nigerian, Gahnian, American or Asian. The only pople I hav etrouble  with is determining where in specific a south American person is from. Brazialian are easy to point out. 

I think the new Bologna chapel will take a while becuase it just takes a LONG time for somthing to get built in Italy. Things are under construction for ever! Kinda like UDOT...I-15 will be "under construction" for my entiere life! Government workers.... ;)

The little cross refrence was shown to me by ANziano Chaimberlain when I was an scambio with him a few weeks ago. That missionary is a genius! 

Well keep on keepin on!

With love, 
Anziano Edwards

Email #2 February 5, 2014

Geez! I realize that my mission is nearly over and you are just making it seem more a reality! I feel that my family, friends, "normal" clothes, big streets, and everyting else not missionary is just a dream. I know it is all there. I love it all still. But it just doesnt seem quite real. I love my mission and wouldnt do ANYTHING to change it. Dont get me wrong, I am SUPER excited to come home. I miss it all. But I miss the mission, I know I will truly miss the mission once it is actualy over. I feel as if I am in a dream. My mission doesnt quite feel like real life and STG life is not real either...its weird. 
Simply put: My mission rocks! I love my family and friends. I want, but cant have both. Ugh. Its liek waht you said about big people/adult problems. I have to decide.

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