(Mom note: TODAY IS DANI'S BIRTHDAY!)
Rule 367: be born on the same day as your companion #truecompunity
Thanks for all the birthday wishes! It has been so fun to read all of them! Oh and hey it's my companion's birthday today too! It's so cool! I woke up to cute little presents by the alarm clock today. I sticky noted/attacked her wall with notes from friends. It's the best birthday ever because I can focus on making her birthday awesome but she's trying to make mine great too. It's really just been an overall great day! The weather is perfect and we have found some great food. Tonight for FHE the Ward is throwing us a "surprise" party. Love them!
Thursday we had Zone Training in Verona. It was a really great training about how we are becoming the message and how we can take what we learned at our Conference with Elder Kearon and put it into practice. We talked a lot about other ways we can "attack the day". Good planning is a big part of that. Also that day was both of my companion's year mark in the mission so we brought cupcakes to celebrate! It was also really great to see my MTC companion Sorella Destribois again. She helped give some of the training and she did a wonderful job. She has such a pure testimony and I am so thankful I got another chance to hear it. She really is an example to me of humility and love.
Thursday night we came to Bologna and I got to see Jenny again. That was great. There was such a sweet spirit during the lesson. So the plan was to have Jenny's baptism on Saturday but due to complications it has been postponed for a month. I'm not really sad that I will miss it because I know this is right. I am so thankful that I got another chance to see Jenny. I know she will be baptized soon and I know Sorella Yonk will take good care of her here in Bologna.
Friday was spent calling ward members, inviting them to the baptism and then calling them all back to tell them it was cancelled. We also had a cool miracle Friday morning. The other day a woman called the Bologna phone and said that the missionaries had talked to her on the bus and she wanted to meet with us. Her name is Giovanna. We met with her on Friday and she was amazing. She had so many questions and listened. She accepted the challenge to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. It was just so simple. My favorite part of the whole thing was that it was actually Sorella Distante who had found her on the bus. Missionary work is amazing like that. We never know if someone we talk to one day on a bus or in the street will one day months, years later call the missionaries and be interested in learning more. Sorella Distante worked so hard and I'm so happy to see her efforts are still affecting Bologna.
Saturday night an 8 year got baptized here in Modena. It was probably one of coolest baptisms I've ever been to. There were so many non- members there! Edoardo had invited all of his family, his whole class at school and even his teachers! What a great example he is. He told me he wanted to be baptized because he wanted to do what is right and wanted to follow Christ. I know he is going to be a huge strength to the church. I really believe each generation is stronger than the next. People like Edoardo give me such hope.
Sunday we went to church in Bologna. It was really strange not to go to Modena but it was really fun to see everyone in Bologna. I love that ward. I came on the perfect day because Heloise (another 8 year old) was getting baptized! Two baptisms in two days! It was absolutely beautiful!
Sunday night we got a call from the office that Sorella Yonk was getting a companion. There was a little confusion about the day. Later we found out she was getting her companion that day! We had to book it to the Modena apartment pack all of Sorella Yonk's things and get her to her new comp. Thanks to very helpful members we were able to do it! It's weird to be only two of us again, haha it's a lot quieter. It'll be good because we didn't get to spend much time in Modena last week so now we can get back to work here!
It was a really fun week, but I am broke from traveling! Both of my companions ran out of money so I had to pay for lots of train tickets this week. I'm excited for a calm week where we get to stay and work hard in Modena. Saturday we get transfer calls so we'll see if anything exciting happens. I really would love to stay here in Modena my last transfer. I absolutely love this ward. I don't want to leave them! But I know my companion doesn't want to leave either... We'll see!
One thing I really reflected on this week was just how simple the Gospel is. I love everything about the gospel because it all just comes back to one simple principle. We have a Heavenly Father who loves us. Because He loves us we have so many blessing. No matter how hard life gets, He loves you!
Vi voglio bene!
Sorella Dani Hamblin