One day me and Sorella Argyle had been practicing roleplaying the restoration to one another during companionship study.. that night we were on a train and started talking to this really sweet girl and we ended up teaching her the whole restoration lesson in like 10 minutes just like we did when we practiced. I even said the 1st vision!! super cool. So crazy how the lord prepares you for people and you don't even realize it!
There is this family in Battipaglia who has been investigating the church for a long time. One of the sisters is totally active, the father is inactive, and the 2 younger sisters, one is 21 and one is 19 come to english course and have taken the discussions but are not baptized, (yet) :) so the sister that is 19, rosela, is a dancer and she invited us to her dance recital but we couldn't come so instead we brought flowers for her for afterwards!! It was awesome. Their whole family wanted to take pictures with us and it was just super sweet and you could tell that it meant alot for her.
We had District Meeting and the Zone leaders came and so that was super cool and just got me and Sorella Argyle all fired up to try and help our small branch grow. There is just so much to do! haha, we are really hoping we can find ways to help members grow stronger and become more unified so that if we find people that want to be baptized then they can come and feel loved and welcomed and they will stay active! We also talked about how finding is an act of obedience and faith. I had never really thought about it like this but it really changed Sorella Argyle's and my perspective on going finding and how even if we don't talk to anyone or no one listens to us we are doing what we are supposed to be doing and showing the Lord that we are putting ourselves out there so the Lord knows we are ready.
Sorella Argyle taught me how to approach people on the streets so we went and did finding in the next door city called Belizzi and I approached 3-4 people and they took pass along cards and one even gave us her number!! WOO. That was super phenomenal.
Christmas Eve day:
We went up to Napoli to go caroling with the rest of the zone. This was so so fun and it was just super neat to see how the spirit of the hymns stopped people on the streets. They would just stop and listen to us sing and alot of them talked to the Anziani (elders) about the church and some where taking pictures... but you could just feel this spirit of calm around the missionaries away from the hustle and bustle of the people shopping. Then... we had a secret santa exchange and one of the zone leaders gets up and says "i dont know alot about gift giving but ive been taught to just get what you would want someone to get for you, so Sister Kennedy here you go" and I'm like thinking "what in the world could this be?"... I open it and it is.....wait for it.....Nunchucks!!!!! hahahahahaha Yes!! like legitment nunchucks!....and everyone was just dying laughing...and it was just so funny. So now i have nunchucks :)
We made breakfast burritos!! It was delicious. Then Carrie this woman from California in our branch, invited us over for dinner but then asked us come over early to watch our 2 movies (we were given permission to watch 2 movies from the president on Christmas) with her son. So we got to go over there and watched Malificent and Frozen!! Woooo. Then we had dinner and it was just the best and we played games with her family and then walked down to the beach by her house and it was so great to feel apart of a family and to feel not so lonely on christmas away from my own family. Seriously the biggest blessing.
Other than that the only other highlight was yesterday we made CINNAMON ROLLS. They were seriously DELICIOUS, like almost as good as my moms. AMAZING. Then we went and did casa to casa (tracting, knocking door to door) in the rain and I just felt so hard core haha like a legit missionary.
Overall this week was just great. A huge blessing and i just feel a strong resolve to try and talk to as many people as I can. I'm not very good at talking so this is scary... but i feel very strong that the Lord just wants us to open our mouths and if people are ready they will hear the spirit.
I miss and love everyone!!!