Ciao outside world!
What a week!
First off.... Tuesday was probably the craziest day ever. We had 6 appointments! We left the house at 10 and didn't come home until 9:30 that night! It was insane! We taught a lot of lessons, visited less actives, taught English classes, and ate amazing food! One old lady in our ward made us lunch and it was the most interesting Italian food I have ever had. Think of "granola/whole foods" version of Italian food. She made this veggie lasagna and tortellini and tons of pickled veggies. It was strange but still really good! (notice that there are not one but two pastas always served) To end the day we taught English course! Sorella Price and I teach the advanced class. There are typically only 10 people in our class. While there are about 30 in basic and 25 in intermediate. However, lots of the people in basic have started to come to our class. We have no idea why because they probably do not understand anything but they enjoy their time! It is awesome!
On Wednesday we had another lunch appointment at an old Italian ladies house. We ate probably the BEST lasagna I have ever had in my entire life and probably will ever have in my entire life! Seriously... it was so simple .... but so perfect! The proportions of pasta, to sauce, to meat, to cheese was LIGHTS OUT GOOD! This lasagna is mission famous! Every missionary knows about "sorella Rizzi's lasagna." Seriously, I am pretty sure that this will be served in the Regno di Celeste!! It is always comforting that even when work is really hard or slow there is AMAZING food to make things better! Ha! Also on Wednesday our good friend Paul left Foggia forever! It was really sad! He is an African man who is the coolest guy you will ever meet! He has totally dedicated his life to the gospel and loves working with us missionaries! I feel bad for him because he has no material possessions and doesnt speak a lot of Italian. But that doesn't stop him from being awesome! He totally interacts with the ward members, and he finds the best clothes in the dumpsters.. HE HAS SICK SWAG! Seriously, if he was in NYC he would totally be photographed for a top fashion blog! I told him that but he said that all he wants is to have an "I'm a Mormon" video! We love Paul! But he left Foggia... It was really sad! We all miss him! It really hit us when he wasn't at church on Sunday! The good thing is that I know he is doing good things elsewhere! Always reppin the church! What a great example!
Also this week was ZONE CONFERENCE! Its always really fun to go to Bari for Zone conference! It's great to see other missionaries and President and Sorella Waddoups! We learned all about EXPECT MIRACLES! Seriously a great thing to remember. Times can get super stressful and discouraging! I have to remind myself to calm down. But it is so hard when salvation is on the line!
Speaking of which, I wanted to say some things about agency. Agency is a gift from God. The ability to choose. We have choices every day. We can be happy or sad, we can choose to live the commandments, follow commitments, or not. It is so amazing to have the freedom to do what we want. What a blessing. However, when we are working/talking with people about the gospel agency can be the most frustrating thing! Even when you know people are ready to hear the gospel, to take the lessons, to come to church, many times they use their agency and don't do what is best for them. It is beyond frustrating! I often think... "us as missionaries have the knowledge for what will make you beyond happy and you are just shutting us down! Why?" It can be very discouraging! however, it also gives me a new perspective... how does our Heavenly Father feel when we don't obey his commandments, or keep commitments, or not pray (answer the phone). He has so much to offer all of us... just like how us as missionaries have so much to offer others... but we all choose to ignore the potential blessings! This week I want to be better at using my agency in the best possible way! Always choose light over dark... enjoy the blessings that God has waiting for all of us! I challenge you all to do the same!
I love you lots! I feel your prayers and I am so thankful!!
living the (foggia) dream! hahahahha!!
xo sorella fuller