Okay so, to preface Foggia... I will tell you what president waddoups
told me in my weekly email before I came, he said "Foggia is a unique
town, I pray it is ready for you and your power." I read that and
thought oh boy... Haha here we go.
So I get to Sorella cano and she tells me they have 1 investigator and
1 person who has been excommunicated and those are there simps. She
also tells me that thanks to some craziness that happened with her
last companion, (she went a little crazy and started seeing things)
they have basically not been in Foggia very much because they've had
to go to Bari a lot for exchanges. Okay so
the work is minimal here... Then she tells me that the ward is kind of
a mess.... That the president of quorum and relief society arent super
mm reliable... but were called because the bishop tries to give people
callings and they won't accept.... Like everyone literally refuses to
accept their callings.
So ya that's pretty much Foggia. There is a
lot of work to be done here... But I feel the potential and am excited
to be here. It reminds me a lot of battipaglia, kind of broken. I hope
I get to stay here for a while :)
Okay cool stories of the week though:
We went up to Bari for stake conference yesterday and it was amazing.
We got pulled into a special meeting with the new converts of the
stake and the members of the 70 that were there so we could translate
and it was really neat. The members of the 70 asked the bishops of
each ward to introduce the new converts of their area to them, and it
was soo beautiful to see the genuine love and caring these bishops had
for their new members. They spoke of how strong their testimonies are
and how they are examples of strength to the ward and they all knew
each conversion story of each new convert. It seriously was super
neat, then at the end of the meeting the Italian member of the 70
asked me and Sorella cano to go up to the front (we were the only
sisters there) and so we go up and then he asked someone to pull up
Moses 5:58-59 "
58 And thus the Gospel began to be preached, from the beginning, being
declared by holy angels sent forth from the presence of God, and by
his own voice, and by the gift of the Holy Ghost.
59 And thus all things were confirmed unto Adam, by an holy ordinance,
and the Gospel preached, and a decree sent forth, that it should be in
the world, until the end thereof; and thus it was. Amen.
So he reads this then he says to us, Heavenly Father has always
preached the gospel and has always called angels to preach it, he has
always called his angels to preach the gospel and is still using
Angels to preach the gospel today, then he turns to the new converts
he says when you accepted the Invite from the missionaries to learn
about the gospel you were accepting in the Angels of the lord. :) and
then he asked us to sit down. How amazing was that?? It was seriously
one of the coolest meetings I've had the privilege of being in.
Also before I left Rome I had the opportunity to have a lesson with
our lady with a baptismal date. So she came to us and she sat down and
said sisters, I went to Catholic Church and I know now that this is the right
church, that this is the church I need to be apart of and the church
of God. And I'm sitting their with my mouth like wide open... And then
she says to me I'm ready to be baptized I know it's right, if you tell
me I can be baptized tomorrow I will do it. My mouth was basically on
the floor at this point. So we confirmed her bap date for the 27 of
this month because she hasn't had all the lessons yet, and she didn't
want to wait another week.. :) that was the most sick thing ever.
Thennnnn let me tell you that Heavenly Father loves us and is so aware
of us in every moment. So this may seem like a little thing but for me
it was huge. I go to the station to leave for Foggia at like 6:45 in
the morning, and I'm sitting there and this is where all the
missionaries meet for usually wherever there going and stuff, so I'm
standing there talking to someone and I feel this tap on my shoulder
and low and behold I turn around and it's.. Sorella argyle :) I just
about died. She had told me she had been transferred to Ostia, which
is an area near Rome, but I was going down to Foggia so I didn't think
I'd get to see her because this is her last transfer. But just by
chance she had gotten to come up a day early, then had needed to come
to the station to pick up her new companion that morning. So I got to
talk to her for like an hour before I had to get on the train and it
was just the best thing ever. I seriously love her, I cannot explain
how awesome she is. She was definitely someone I was supposed to meet
here on the mission. We are going to need her come stay with us in
California to because she really wants to meet all of you.
So ya those were the highlights of the week!!
I love you all!!! :)
Sorella Kennedy 🇮🇹