Well this week was pretty great!! Let me tell you a little bit about easter Italy style
Well Saturday in the streets of Battipaglia there was what is called a Procession...This basically all of Battipaglia walking the streets in a parade singing/saying the catholic prayers and the priests in their outfits and then like 2 giant statues on like platforms being carried by people, one of Christ bloody and laying on a tomb, and then the other of Mother Mary in like this extravegant gown. It was...interesting. haha Never had I felt like my name tag was so big as when i was walking with Sorella Argyle and the anziani, in the opposite direction to go home as maybe 10,000 people walked along with this procession in the other direction. It was nuts.
Then it was Easter and General Conference!! :) Wooooooo. General Conference was incredible!!!! It is so amazing to be able to be a part of a church that has Christ at its head. You can not listen to the words those inspired men spoke yesterday and not know that they are called of God and that they are different from the world.They are the representatives of Christ on the earth and it is such a privilege and a blesssing to listen to their words. We also got invited to go to Pranzo at this english course students house and his wife. They cooked us so much food!!! oh my gosh. But it was super delicious and great and they were really happy to have us there. Then we went and finished watching conference. :) Then monday... is what italians call pasquetta and what missionaries call deep cleaning day. So our branch had planned a pasquetta activity where everyone basically comes together and eats and plays games. So we had planned on going after 6 when deep cleaning was over and we were in charge of the spiritual thought. But we got a call from the girl (shes 22) whos in charge of it and she was like the only people coming are the people you invited from english course... none of the branch will be here, can you come? And we were like uhh... okay. So we went over there and for the first 2/3 hours we cleaned the outside of the church because it was a mess.... seriously. weeds like as tall as my hips or maybe elbows. it was so incredible that our english course students just like buckled down and cleaned our church! they were weeding and digging and sweeping and it was just so incredible that they care about the missionaries and the church itself because most of the ones that came are investigators that they would spend their day off to come be with us and clean. It was really neat. Then we went and got ready for the day and prepared our family home evening and then came back and played games with them and then shared a sprititual thought about how our divine potentail and the knowledge of the atonement. It was super cool. We had an english course student come who is kind of atheist but he brought his dad with him and they hung out the whole day and he and sorella argyle talked for a long time about the gospel. It was overall just a super neat and beautiful experience to have had.
regarding a question i asked her about food: The best things that we have found in italy are... pizza (oh my gosh its so amazing), bread(we have to avoid this but when we get it man its good), and certain pastries, and gnocci. :))))) But we dont love eating at peoples houses because.. Italians make you eat SOOOOOOO much food. Seriously. The meals go like this. You have an opener of enough pasta to feed 2 people. then you have meat and like potatoes. then you have cheese and bread. then you have fruit. then you have dessert. And by this time you just feel so full of food that you can't walk and also its not even yummy anymore..... haha but usually the pasta is super super buono!!!! (yummy) so ya thats food.
Conference was soooooo good!!!!! Elder holland and Anjiano utchdorf man they brought the house down!!! what did you think of sorella Wixoms talk?? I liked it a lot.