Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Baptism scheduled! Catacombs on P-Day

We have a great new investigator with a baptismal date! Her name is Fumi and she is 26 with a four year old daughter from Nigeria . She is awesome! She meets with us several times a week in between work and picking her daughter up from school, and every appointment with her is pretty much hilarious. She is a very unique character, with a lot of faith and so much eagerness that she is often finishing our sentences. One of my favorite discussions with her was on how Heavenly Father answers our prayers, and she told us that Heavenly Father always answered her prayers. She listed a bunch of things she prayed for and got and one of them was that she prayed to have a daughter without a husband and she got one! Haha, no worries, she would like to find a husband now and have a family. When talking about the plan of salvation, we asked her if anything was hard for her in this life and she said, "Nope, nothing is hard for me". And she is a single mother all by herself here in Rome ! What an example of faith and optimism! She currently has a baptismal date for December 21.

Louisa, an less active girl from the Philippines said something funny this week. We were talking about reading the Book of Mormon and choosing a time to read every day. We said, "what time would you like to read at night? 10:00?" She said, "Yes, 10:00!". Then Sorella Urban said, "What time do you go to bed?" Louisa said, "9:30".

We've started spraying down the mold in our apartment this week with this cool spray that makes the mold literally disappear (I dont know where it goes!) but now our house smells like bleach!

We had stake conference this week and it was wonderful, there are some incredible incredible church leaders here in Italy . Yolanda came with us to stake conference (yay yay yay, she has now been the church twice, telling her boss that she was going to go to church instead of working) and there was one talk that we think was perfect for her. It was pretty funny though because she didnt put her phone on silent and it went off in the middle of the meeting. She didnt quiet it, rather she just held her purse really close to her, trying to quiet the noise (it was still pretty loud and it seemed to last FOREVER). A few minutes later it went off again and we asked her if she could turn her phone off or put it on silent and she said she didnt know how! Sorella Urban put it on silent for her and we finally felt relieved (its scary when everyone is turning around to glare at our investigator, haha). Then, a few minutes later another phone went off and we thought, phew, at least it isn't Yolanda's. Until Yolanda started hugging her purse again and we realized it came from her. What?? She had brought two cell phones! Ha!

This week for Pday we climbed the dome to the top of St Peter's Basilica and took lots of pictures and went to some old Christian catacombs (early christian underground tombs) and did a tour. It was fun! There is so much to see in Rome , you would think that I would be able to see a lot after 3 months, but I have hardly seen anything here!

One of the office couples is cooking for us tomorrow for Thanksgiving, yay!

Miracle: We were on the bus yesterday and some really nice older woman started talking to us and said "You know my daughter, Daniella, who lives here in Fidene". Yes! Daniela was our wonderful Italian we met doing casa, who we havent been able to get a hold of since. Apparently she likes us enough to tell her mom about us, and her mom told us when we would be able to find her. What are the odds!

Love you all! I like letters :)

Sorella Caitlin Askew
Italy Rome Mission
Piazza Carnaro, 20
00141 Rome RM

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