Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spring Time Is Finally Here April 1, 2015

Ciao tutti!!!
Pack away the sweaters and break out the short sleeves, because spring is officially here and its beautiful. I love spring in Italy and what a city to spend my last spring. Bergamo is gorgeous. With the mountains right behind the city and flowers everywhere, it's definitely the place to be. haha.
Wow. Lots of emails this week. haha. I guess that's what happens when you have a birthday on the mission. That's weird. I'm 21. Don't feel like it. Oh well. It is what it is. haha. It is weird to think that for the entire time I was 20, I was in Italy. That's pretty cool. I can't really complain. haha
Well, lots of stuff happened this week. We still don't have gas (it's been almost 2 weeks), but we should have it today. A guy is coming by to do something, so hopefully that means we will have gas today. I've also had a couple meetings this past week, so that's been kinda weird too.
Basically our situation here in Bergamo is that we have a lot of potentials, but none of them answer their phone, and we can never see any of our investigators, but we are still working hard. We are currently in the 21 lesson week challenge. We had a great first day, teaching 4 lessons, but yesterday was kind of slow and we only taught 2. We are still on track, so things are looking good for us. In fact, last night we did some less active pass bys because there are a ton here in Bergamo and we had two families tell us to come back when the mother was home later that night. We passed by later and got into the first house and found this part member family that is really cool!!! Then we stopped by the next house and set up an appointment with this other family. Super cool! That was really a blessing because its been hard to find people to teach regularly. A lot of lessons on the street and then we never see them again or stuff like that. Lame. haha. Oh well, people have their agency after all.
More miracles! We had two little miracles during a scambio. While doing some strada, we saw this young man sitting on a bench, we decided to put our teach to find that he had talked about that morning in district meeting to the test. While testifying to this man, I felt the spirit very strongly and he let us sit down next to him to talk more about the Book of Mormon. He was very interested and we invited him to come to General Conference this weekend. Then at the end of our scambio, we were on the funicolare coming down from Città Alta, and we started talking to the man who was on it with us. We started up a conversation and when we got to the bottom, he asked if we could walk together to where ever he was going. The whole time, we talked about the gospel. He asked about Joseph Smith and the commandments. About the temple and eternal families. We walked him all the way to his bus and then got on a rode it with him, because I was determined to get his contact information to give to the missionaries in Sardegna (where he lives). He gave us his business card willingly, but as soon as I asked him if I could pass his info to the missionaries there, he closed off and actually took the business card back. Weird. And sad. He was a cool guy. Oh well, not much we can do about that. We tried our best!
Mom, as you can probably tell, I made it up to Città Alta this week. It's beautiful!!!! I was going to send you pictures today, but the sorelle jacked the church computers and so we are at this sketchy internet point and I don't want a virus. Next week. Sorry!
In other random and cool news, while going to Milano for a meeting, I ran into randomly an old friend from Pavia. She was a student in our English class and she lives in Bergamo. I've been looking for her, but I kinda forgot about it and she found me on the train! Totally crazy right??? haha
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes everyone. I really appreciate it. I love you all so much. Thanks for the pictures mom and the cake that I didn't eat. haha. Don't worry, we went to a member's house for lunch on my birthday and they made me an awesome cake. Super good. I love members. They are the best.
OK, so I successfully registered for classes after a nightmare of running around and doing stuff. I got president to do my ecclesiastical endorsement the night before I had to register and then after waking up early to go register at the church, we got all the way there only to find out that we left the key at home. After getting the other anziani to meet us halfway with the key (in the rain, might I add), I found out that I had to wait for a "decision" on my acceptance. So I couldn't do anything. Today, I got an email saying I got accepted, so I signed up for my classes and everything is OK. For the most part. I wait listed one class, but signed up for another time for it too, so if I can get into the one I want I will take that, if not, I still have the class anyway, just not at the time I want. But I did find out that two of my classes have the same final time. Like literally the same day, same time. What do I do? Aiuto!!! haha If you could find out some info on that, that would be great.
As for our trip back to Italy. I will really think hard about it this week. I've already made a list of things I want to do and people to see (which is way more important to me). I'm leaning towards the counterclockwise path, but I will let you know for sure. Because, after really thinking about things, I really want to be in church at Ravenna. I miss that place more than I thought I would. There are a lot of people I want to see too and they kinda live outside of Ravenna, so seeing them in church would be the best thing ever. Speaking of places to buy a hotel. Definitely in Genova. I know for a fact that we have a place to stay in Ravenna. I'm pretty sure I have some members that want to house us in Pavia and Prato, but I will have to check on that somehow. Bergamo....I don't know yet. We will probably need a hotel here too. But like I said, I will let you know next week, the super details.
I miss you guys a lot. It's a really bittersweet time for me right now. Only like 8 more emails or something crazy like that. I'll keep working hard. Keep praying for us and I will see you soon enough. I hate the end of the mission. I'm turning into an emotional wreck. And as you know, I'm not much of a crier!!! hahaha
Well, thank you again for your love and support. I wish you all the best in this upcoming week of Easter. Happy General Conference. What a blessing to have a living prophet!!
Con tanta gratitudine,
Anziano Langlois
PS. "Buon compleanno" is how you say it in Italian dad. haha

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