Rule 370: "We love sports and we don't care who knows" -Anziano Robinson
Last Wednesday was so great! I kept getting birthday wishes throughout the week! Thanks for the emails! We had a fun ward family night party that night.
Saturday we received transfer news.... I'm staying in Modena with Sorella Besco for my last transfer! I am so happy! I love Modena so much, I didn't want to leave. You come to realize on a mission that you don't get called to a place, you get called to people. And I LOVE these people. This Ward is incredible and each week I am just so amazed at how supportive they are. Sorella Besco and I both woke up Saturday morning knowing I would stay. I thought about other cities I could go to and nothing felt right. I belong here in Modena. This will be mine and Sorella Besco's third transfer together, it'll be the longest I've been with any other companion. It must be because everyone thinks we are real, related sisters, even twins! After I told Sorella Besco that I am staying for a fourth transfer I said that people are going to start asking when I am leaving... Sure enough on Sunday one of the Relief Society sisters asked me when I was going to leave Modena. Haha they don't say it to be mean they just aren't used to missionaries staying for 6 months in one city. I've done it in both of my other cities though and I wouldn't have it any other way! The best part about being in one area for a really long time is that you really get to know the people. All my companions who are younger than me in the mission have served in at least 4 cities by now, but I'm very happy to be the one that always stays!
A cool thing that happened a week or two ago was Ariel, who was baptized about a month ago, got called to be the assistant ward mission leader! It is so cool to work with such a new member! He is so humble and is always striving to do the right thing! Church was fun because both us and the anziani had a few investigators in church! I sat by the 6 year old daughter of one of the anziani's investigators during Sacrament Meeting. She was an absolute angel! Most definitely one of the most refined, well-behaved 6 year olds I have ever met in my life. She loves coming to church! She asks her dad if they can come everyday! Haha I wish all investigators were that excited about church!
Sunday night we had a little culture dinner for the GANS activity. The anziani covered America while Sorella Besco and I made Korean food! We made Bu....... . Everyone loved it! We had some good Ghanese, Brazilian, and Puglianese food too!
I absolutely loved the Women's Session of Conference. Obviously we couldn't watch it live here, but Sorella Besco and I watched it as soon as we could. I really enjoyed all the talks. One of my favorite themes of the session was that even though life can be difficult we can still find joy. In fact, one of the purposes of this life is to have joy. Being happy really is a choice. And it's not always easy, but it's possible. I have seen this many times on the mission. Sometimes you have such good, righteous expectations but then things don't work out like you think you should. But that's okay. Because Heavenly Father knows what He is doing. We are in His hands. We are His.
Sorella Besco and I are struggling with what seems to be the most common problem here in the mission... Finding people to teach. We have tried what seems like just about everything. Despite not finding a lot of people who want to learn more I still enjoy the conversations we have and we met some really amazing people this past week. One of my favorites was a man from Ukraine. He spoke very little Italian. We had a hard time trying to communicate anything until we realized the park we were in had wifi! Thanks to modern day miracles we were able to download the video "Because of Him" in Ukrainian on our iPad and show it to him. Then we used google translate to communicate with him! The Lord has blessed us with some amazing tools so we can do the seemingly impossible. "For with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37). We were able to get his Ukrainian phone number and I pray the missionaries will find him and his family.
I love this work. I love this Gospel. I am looking forward to Conference this weekend! I am so thankful for the Prophets and Apostles we have here on this earth!
Vi voglio un Sacco di bene!
Sorella Dani Hamblin