Here are some thoughts from the week:
“Study the Bible, and as many of our books as you can get; pray to the Father in the name of Jesus Christ, have faith in the promises made to the fathers, and your mind will be guided to the truth.”
“The things of God are of deep import; and time, and experience, and careful and ponderous and solemn thoughts can only find them out. Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity–thou must commune with God. How much more dignified and noble are the thoughts of God, than the vain imaginations of the human heart!” Joseph Smith
As I finished studying out Alma 32 during the week, it got me thinking about my testimony and how I need to make sure it’s growing. It takes time, like I said last week, we not only need to recapture our testimony everyday but we need to make sure that we feed it and exercise it. Our spiritual nourishment needs just as much attention as our physical bodies; if we are to be strong we need to eat right and exercise. Therefore, if we are to be spiritually strong, we need to study and then apply the principles learnt. But like physical strength, we can’t expect to be strong the minute we start working out and eating right, it takes time.
This is especially important when teaching investigators to pray about the Book of Mormon and other church principles, also in how to begin teaching point. The gospel can’t be learnt all at once; but also us, as members, before we take on more deeper study, we must make sure that our testimonies are strong in the basics. Therefore, when confusion may arise in the more complicated we are not at risk of succumbing to doubt and questioning everything we once believed. Start small, and keep going.
This week seemed to go by pretty slowly. We finally met with S from English Course, she’s so lovely and, despite the fact that obviously my Italian is still lacking, we can still get to know each other and not just in a gospel sense; on Sunday (because she came to church!!!) we bonded over cake and food. I just love seeing her progress.
We had another pranzo appointment on Saturday with two people from English Course; one of them taught us how to make risotto with beetroot and apple – it was so yummy! Then we had sausage, then cherries, then we had a strawberry ice cream cake. ‘Twas a good pranzo, but they always take soo long, this time we were there for 3 hours… Oh well! The man’s daughter is living in London at the moment and the other week she visited Bristol!!
Sunday was the final Foggia Calcio game, so we had a lesson at the chapel before it started and then, when we were done, in came bishop, his kids, and some YSA to watch the game with snacks!
We were also invited to watch the game at the relief society president’s house, although we didn’t go, we couldn’t escape! There was no one about outside so we couldn’t see anyone or go finding, so we decided to do some area book. Unfortunately Foggia lost….
Today we visited the Padre Pio church; they believe this Saint took on 1/3 of the sins that Christ took, they also believe that Mary/Madonna took on the other 1/3…They also pray to saints and the Madonna here!
It’s not about me, it’s not about us.
Vi voglio bene assai
Sorella Maja Tacchi xxx