MIRACLES: The same simp I wrote about last week, Meri, came to church this past She told us she wasn't going to make it but then she just showed up with her two year old daughter and her daughter Michel who got baptized last year! It was such a great day. In Gospel Principles we invited a member to the lesson. It was so great. Meri connected to her instantly and the spirit was so string during the lesson. I am hoping to have this member come to more lessons with Meri because they live near each other (which is another miracle). All-in-all we had 5 investigators at church. Our baptism commitment,Jasmin, brought 2 people with her. She is such a great example to everyone around her and I know her baptism is going to bring even more miracles!
We have definitely felt increased opposition with this upcoming baptism. We are praying members even show as it is going to be more than an hour away for most them. However, Jasmin is still super excited, and she just amazes me everyday.
Today we went to Cortona, an old city up in the mountains. It is beautiful! We missed the bus we were going to take back so we decided to walk around until the next one came. Well... it started pouring and there was absolutely no place for cover. A man yelled at us to stand under his little restaurant to wait out the rain (We were trying to hide under a balcony... we were soaked). He went inside then came back and had brought us wine. He had already poured us 2 glasses before we could tell him we don't drink alcohol. He then said in English, "but you drink water?" He gave the wine to a nearby couple and then we had to run to catch the next bus. I don't know if he was going to bring us water but he was super nice! So it turns out that the bus to take us back looked nothing like the bus that took us there, so we missed it again. And it was still pouring. All of sudden this bus full of people in super fancy dresses shows up. A WEDDING! They let us stand in the bus until ours came. I think the only reason they let us in is because Sorella Jarvis and I were singing "Singing in the Rain". We were able to tell them about our missionary work. I should have told them about the Rome temple...
Yesterday there was an Europe Area Women's Conference. Anziano Bednar and Anziano Ballard spoke along with many other speakers. It was amazing! We had to go to Firenze to watch it so we had to leave before either of the apostles spoke but it still so great. It made us feel so connected to the church . Sometimes Italy feels so disconnected. They don't even have quads in Italian... haha -- ok little thing :)
This week I have studied charity a lot. It so important to remember that everyone around us is a Child of God. They may be hard to work with but charity isn't easily provoked and we have to be patient. God is patient with us and all the silly things we do. I am so thankful I have been able to see people in a new light here as a missionary. It is amazing to see people as our Father in Heaven sees them. Every soul is precious!
Vi voglio bene,
Sorella Dani Hamblin
The downpour in Cortona!
Cortona and the rain!
Soaking wet in Cortona!
Reading with our new convert!
Reading with our new convert!