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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
lots of snow.
It has snowed for almost a week straight. It has snowed every day except two this week. It was crazy. Church was cancelled because of the snow so we spent some time on Sunday helping members take the sacrament. We have spent a lot of time shoveling snow. We cleared our apartment's parking lot and got the opportunity to share the gospel with our neighbor who invited us up to his apartment for hot chocolate afterwards. It has been pretty ridiculous. The incredible amount of snow has also caused most people to cancel their appointments with us on the ridiculous excuse of "It's snowing outside!" So? We're coming to you, not the other way around! oh well. I don't really remember super well which days things happened on since this whole week has felt like one continuous snow day. Anyway, one day we went to Centro and dug out pedestrian paths and got a couple opportunities to share the gospel that way. One day we dug out a path right by our house, but I was kicking so hard with my shoe that the next day it was bent out of shape and I had to bend it back into shape. Sunday we went to the Rossi's house and blessed and took the sacrament with them, then helped them dig out their van so that they'd be able to get to the other members in the city without problems. then we did a little casa afterwards and found Luigi and his family. It was actually kinda funny to explain the story of Joseph Smith to them, because his brother's name is Giuseppe, and their last name is Fabbri (Joseph Smith).
Monday we went and did some finding work and found Guglielmo, a 80ish year old man who took the Book of Mormon and said he'd read it the next day. ok.
Tuesday, we went and taught Augustine who we found earlier in the week and we brought him a Book of Mormon. He told us he had to leave in 7 minutes, so we explained the Book of Mormon to him and commited him to read it in 5 minutes time. That was probably the fastest lesson I've ever taught. Then we taught our less active, Nzoungani about the plan of Salvation, and he asked a question that I was glad to know the answer to. "was the forbidden fruit a sexual act, or a fruit?" Answer: a fruit. See Jesus the Christ chapter 3, note 3 at end of chapter. then we went and dropped our african friends because none of them have EVER read from the Book of Mormon.
In all it's been a very cold, kinda depressing week. all my excitement of the last several weeks feels like it's been buried under the snow, which, thankfully is starting to melt. Hopefully I can dig my desire out of the snow now and go find some more people to baptize. a bit of justification for my attitude: It's really hard to get investigators to church and then baptize them when you don't have church. Oh well. Things will be better this week.