First week in Modena: It just feels like a smaller Bologna in some ways but with a lot more trees! Centro has the weirdest duomo I have seen in Italy but I like it! They didn't have a lot of investigators when I got here but the ones they do have are ELECT. I am not exactly sure where we find investigators this summer, because everyone leaves due to the nasty humidity here, really it's not any worse than home but no one has air conditioning. But I'm not worried because I have already seen some incredible miracles in the short week I have been here!
This transfer is going to be amazing. I mean AMAZING! The transfer officially started on Monday, we kicked it off setting a baptism date with our investigator named Patrizia. It was one of my favorite lessons that I have ever taught. I had never met Patrizia before but I instantly felt so connected to her. During her lesson the words just came. We had set up the lesson last second so we didn't have a lot of time to plan. I knew exactly what I needed to say. Sorella Bowman and I worked really well off each other. Patrizia has been investigating for a year and has been been invited to baptism many times. This was the first time she flat out said Si! Patrizia is just so humble and pure and I know she is ready to be baptized! We are hoping her boyfriend will get baptized with her on June 24th. I loved the lesson not only because it was so spiritual but also because it was a confirmation that I am exactly where I need to be, with the companion I need to be with. I know that President Dibb is inspired for transfer calls. I am excited to see what lies ahead of us here in Miracle Modena!
Another miracle happened yesterday, we had 2 hours in between appointments free so we decided to do a couple pass-bys of a couple less actives in our ward. Well no one was home. Even though it was a holiday and literally no one was outside and everything was closed (where is everyone hiding :P) well Sorella Bowman remembered that there was an ex-investigator who lived close to the church so we decided to go and try to find her. Her name was listed on the outside so we decided to try to knock the whole apartment building. After a couple people told us they weren't interested, we decided to try and use our iPads to get in a door (iPad Casa Finding!) We pulled up the Because He Lives video on one of our iPads and tried the next couple doors. The First Lady said "next time".... Okay we will try her again :) and the house right after a woman answered the door and let us in! It seemed like she was expecting us. Her name is Loli and she is from the Domenican Republic. She actually has studied with missionaries before so she is an ex-investigator but she wasn't the one we were looking for! We had a great lesson with her about faith in Christ. She is wonderful and has such a strong faith! We are seeing her again on Saturday and she said she would like to come to our church sometime. As we were walking out Sorella Bowman and I were just speechless. I am so blessed to see miracles like this happen right before my eyes, to actually be a part of them. There is no better use of life than to be a tool for God, to help spread the work of salvation. The things I have seen in this week have blown my mind a little bit. Modena is going places. I feel bad because in this mission this city has a bad representation and there are some really bad rumors about Modena. I can honestly say there is no where else I'd rather be. This city is special and there are some really special people here. I don't know if I will be here for 6 months or 6 weeks but it doesn't really matter. I am going to do the work God has for us to do here. I know I have just seen the beginning of these miracles. My companion: So my new companion is Sorella Bowman! She is from Provo and her mom is Italian! She is in her 5th transfer. She plays the cello professionally, in fact her whole family are musicians! She is super sweet and we connected almost instantly. We have a lot of things in common even the little quirks we have. She is so patient with my lack of bike skills and she is constantly fixing my bike! BIKES: okay, everyone in the whole mission knows that the Modena Sorelle have some of the worst bikes in the whole mission. For one thing they our mountain bikes when we need street bikes, our brakes don't work, the gears don't work, my front tire is always flat, and the seats are incredibly uncomfortable. Well the anziani were looking at them on Monday and traded us bikes for the day so they could try to
fix a few things. It was the best day ever. Even though the bike was too tall for me all day, it was so nice to be on a normal bike! Monday evening we switched back. They had fixed our breaks, and gave us new seats, and even added a rack on the back! Best anziani ever! Haha the bikes still aren't fantastic but they are SO much better! I'm so thankful for a small district here in Modena! Oh and you were probably wondering.... Have I crashed yet? Yup. Haha the ironic part was that it wasn't even my bike. It was right after the anziani switched us bikes and I totally crashed Anziano Guthrie's bike. But my awesome companion is a pro and just popped the chain back on. I am learning so much about bikes. The other night we were riding home and as we were crossing the big street my shoe fell off! Luckily the cars were super patient as I stopped in the middle of the street, picked up my shoe, and scooted to the side! Despite how sore and tired I am all the time I really do love having bikes! As I look at the year I have been out here I realize that Heavenly Father really has answered all my prayers. Every single one of them. He has given me everything I have asked for even if it wasn't the way I expected. I sometimes don't understand why I am so blessed but I am thankful to be where I am and doing what I am doing. I wish everyone could feel how I feel. I don't understand everything and I am so far from perfect. But I just feel so at peace all the time. I know He is with me, and He will always be with me.
Vi Voglio un mondo di bene!
Sorella Dani Hamblin
Ipad "Selfie" of Sorella Hamblin and her new companion!
They're on BIKES!
They found a cello!
Sorella Bowman plays the cello!