One of my favorite parables that Christ taught has always been that of the lost sheep in Luke, in chapter 15. Of the shepherd's flock of a hundred sheep, 99 of them were doing solid. Following the leader, baaing when the opportunity presented itself, and just kinda sheepin' around.
And then there was the one. One sheep just up and wandered into the wild blue yonder, seeking whatever it is that drives a sheep. Or he just wasn't paying attention and ended up losing the group without much action to either end on his part. Either way, he was alone and lost, and it fell to the shepherd to bring him back. "And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance" (Luke 15:6-7). I'm sure we're all familiar with this story, and with its beautiful message and implications. No matter how big the crowd, no matter how small or unimportant we feel, no matter how ashamed or unworthy we may feel, Christ loves and cares about each one of us individually, and wants us all to make it back to his and the Father's presence once more.
This transfer, my testimony of that fact has grown immensely. In the city of Caltanissetta, I've been blessed to serve as an instrument in God's hands to help the the one sheep here, two or three there, to come unto Him and learn of His marvelous plan of happiness. Christ leads this church and helps His servants, and Anziano Hartvigsen and I have seen more miracles here, both small and great, than I could even realize, let alone list in an email. Suffice it to say, I know that this is His work and His gospel, and that He knows intimately every soul in every country, every city and every house. He knows where those that are ready to receive the gospel are, and if we are worthy of the Holy Ghost then we will have the ultimate privelege to be led to them and assist in this great work.
After only six weeks in Caltanissetta I'm sad to leave it, with the wonderful members and people that we've been teaching here, but I'm ready to see more miracles from the Lord's hand in the city of Rome! Love you all, and have an amazing week!