Ah. The months are going by far too fast....but that's fine right!
We've had another good week here in Canton! Lots of miracles, lots of mosquitoes & lots of members feeding us.
We had an awesome lesson yesterday with Aubrey and Avery and we are very hopeful for good things in the near future with them!! We also got a referral of a college student here whose mom I actually knew in Syracuse!! We are super excited to work with her and we also found a family this week to teach!! English with Sister Di is going great, I'm learning "Called to Serve" in Italian and that's going super great too Haha Also, she's helping me learn the correct way to use extra virgin olive oil, what kind of bread is good, which pasta to buy, and how to make "real" Italian meatballs!
^THE FAMILY: I had seen this trailer park of houses on the way to church last transfer and said we should tract those! My comp said she already had and that no one was interested but I didn't believe it haha. So this transfer I took Sister Di back there and as we were knocking on doors, this young kid came out and started doing cartwheels. I complimented him on his form and he said who are you? So we explained we were missionaries and we were there to help families become closer! He was like "sweet let's go talk to my parents" haha so we went to his house with him and they were in the middle of something, but we quickly talked about prayer with them and told them that we would pray for them and some stuff that was going on! We will see them this week again and I'm super excited! I really believe that there are so many people to find and sometimes it takes missionaries knocking on the door like 50 times for them to say yes. The good news is, WE LOVE KNOCKING lol. Faith is the best and the spirit is so cool.
This week while I was studying, I found a cool talk about peace (My Peace I leave with you from Henry B. Eyring 2017) and it posed the question "when have you felt charity?" I was thinking about an experience I had in Syracuse with a recent concert from Northside, Juliet (a big family that moved from the Congo) ! (I don't remember if I've shared this before but oh well haha) we felt promoted to go see Juliet and knew she had had a death in the family the week before. So we went over and there were like 50+ refugees and families there to support her and her family. We went inside and all of the people moved aside so we could sit on the floor and listen to Juliet telling the story. The death in the family was her brother and his whole family . There were no details other than that it was a murder by someone, and that they weren't able to locate the bodies for a week. Juliet now had to deal with how to have a funeral for them, with also respecting the culture of their people. So Juliet is telling us all of this and we (trio life) were so overwhelmed so we just cried with her. Words weren't going to help, maybe a hug would, but we just cried with her and told her we loved her. This reminds me of a few instances when the Savior just weeps with his people. My personal favorite is in 3 Nephi 17
20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full.
21 And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.
Charity doesn't necessarily mean that we burst into tears when we feel it, but in that moment at Juliets house, I felt a love for her and her family and friends that was beyond my own capacity. When we feel charity, it's literally the Lord's love added to our own and it is incredible. It helps us to understand, to console, to empathize. How do we seek more charity? We pray! We pray for it often and sincerely and the Lord will show us how we can love more, serve more, and inspire more. To be honest, I have no clue how it's possible, but I know it is and I am grateful for the gift of charity. I hope we can all pray everyday for more charity and compassion for those around us!