Elder Langlois' mission blog. Serving in the Milan, Italy mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Monday, May 11, 2015
It Makes A Difference April 22, 2015
crazy to think that I will only be writing about 5 more of
these....super weird. Time has really flown by. Before I know it, I will
be seeing you all in person. Crazy.
Anyway, the work keeps
on truckin' forward here in Bergamo. We had some really cool miracles
this week. But I just wanted to start by saying that because of Stake Conference and General Conference, we were not able to take the sacrament
for almost 3 weeks, and I can tell you. I felt a difference. These past
few weeks, I've felt really weird. Off and just tired. While taking the
sacrament this past week, It literally just hit me how much of a
difference it makes. I know that we literally NEED to take the sacrament
each week. It is the recharge of our spiritual battery that we need
every week. We can't afford to miss a single Sunday. Seriously. This
week has been so much better than the last two, and I'm convinced the
sacrament played a huge part.
OK. On to miracles! One of
them started a few weeks ago when Anz Miles and I found this new
investigator, Antoine, on our scambio. We were able to meet with him
once after that and set up a return appointment, but he didn't show up
and because his phone was broken, there was no way to contact him. I was
very sad, but I felt like it wasn't the end with him. In fact, during
studies one morning this week, I was thinking about passing by the park
that we met him at to just see if he was there. I looked at our
schedule and we didn't have time. Then, during companion study, I called
our appointment for that morning to confirm, and he had to cancel. So I
decided that we should just run by the park. At first, he wasn't there.
Then after talking to this man for a few minutes, we were walking and
we found Antoine laying on a bench. We sat down with him and taught a
quick lesson and set up a return appointment. Then a few days later, we
got a random text from him saying that his phone was working again. It
was such a cool string a miracles! I know that God listened to my
prayers because I really prayed hard to find him again and we were led
to him yet again.
Another miracle came from a man we met
on the street a few weeks ago. We were finally able to get a hold of him
and set up a return appointment. We showed up for the lesson and he
wasn't there. So we waited....and waited. After waiting, we decided to
go finish our language study (which I am still doing by the way dad) and
after that we were on our way to do some strada, when someone came up
behind us and stopped us on his bike. It was our investigator! He found
us! So we had a great lesson with him where we talked about the plan of
salvation, which was really good for him because he had just lost his
Then, later that night, we went and visited some
members and they brought some of their nonmember friends over. We were
able to teach the restoration and the spirit was totally there. One of
the friends, immediately accepted the book of Mormon and is excited to
learn more. It was incredible.
Then, yesterday, while doing
some strada, I told Anz Lingardo, who was struggling a little with
having the courage to stop people, that the next person we saw was going
to stop and become a new investigator. And just like that, it totally
happened!!! We stopped this very nice man and were able to set up a
return appointment with him and his family tomorrow. It was such a
testimony builder to me to see that God really does place people in our
path that will accept us and the message that we bring.
other random news, I gave a talk on Sunday. I was suppose to speak for
20 minutes, but one of the talks went super long, so I only spoke for
about 7. It wasn't enough. haha. I had to pretty much cut out all of my
talk. haha Oh well, you do what you can. The members said that they
liked it, so I guess that's the important part.
Monday night, we were able to be interviewed by these journalists doing
an online article on the church here in Bergamo. They interviewed us and
some of the other Young Adults. It was really cool to see how all of
the young adults were born into the church and almost all had served
missions. It just hit me then that the church in Italy is strong. It's
not going anywhere. That was really awesome to see.
sports, super cool that the Dodgers are doing well. That's good news. We
should totally go to a game when I get home dad!! haha. Keep me updated
on the NBA. It looks like a tough road for the Clippers though against
San Antonio. Who knows though. Sad to hear that the Kings didn't make
the playoffs though.
Well, it's kinda weird thinking that I
only have 5 weeks left. That's totally crazy. My Italian is doing
really well, but I'm still trying every day to improve it. I've gotten
more compliments here in Bergamo on my Italian than ever before, and all
the young missionaries keep on asking me questions, so I think that
means I'm doing pretty well. I'm on track to finish the old testament in Italian right now. I'm in Isaiah and loving it. I love this language so
much. I'm going to miss it so much. I can already tell you that.
Well, I don't know if you know, but Elder Bednar is
coming to our mission on Monday, so that should be pretty crazy. I'll
tell you more about it next week. Everyone is excited for Ipads, but I
already know that I will never see them and I'm fine with that. I don't
really want one anyway.
Then a few weeks after that, it's Skype time for mother's day, the 10th right? and then I'll be home.
That's so crazy! I'm kinda starting to freak out, but I also feel calm. I
love this work and I love this country. I'm really going to miss it.
Until next week,
Guess where we went for Pday today dad? That's right. San Pellegrino
Terme where they make your favorite sparkling water. haha. I drank from a
sponsored drinking fountain. haha. It was gorgeous. I took pictures,
but it seems like it never works out for me to send them home. Sorry.