Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Another week in paradise . . .

Our waves of beautiful weather seem to have ceased. I walked to church in the hail this week. It was very very cold. Right now it's raining outside. crazy.

Not too much new this last week. I went on splits in Castrovillari a couple days ago and that was pretty fun. This time I was with Anziano Sadler. He's a nice kid from the town of Fruit Heights. Or something like that. It's somewhere in northern Utah.

The big highlights of this last week were that English course started up again, I hit my three month mark, and also that this last week I bought myself a CD alarm clock.That thing is really sweet. My problems of getting up in the morning are basically solved! It's still very difficult, but the CD alarm helps a lot. As far as English course, we have many new students and that's really cool.

I'm now at the end of my first transfer!!! I'd be very very surprised if me or my companion were to be transfered, but still, it's pretty exciting. I'm not sure what I'll do to celebrate, but I do know what I won't do. I won't be eating a pandoro. ew, sick.

Today I also made my first progress to being legal in this country! I went and did a bunch of stuff for my permesso. That's what allows me to stay here and preach the gospel. While I was at the Questura there were many Chinese people. I met a chinese college student, but I only had the chance to talk to him briefly, and I've run out of Chinese pamphlets, so I'll have to order more.

Speaking of which, I met some really cool Chinese people while I was in Castrovillari. I really wish they lived here. One thing I've noticed is that most of them here are from China, and have heavy accents.

As far as Italians go, we taught a really sweet investigator named Fabio the first lesson, and he even brought two friends!! So that was sweet. I had the chance to recite the first vision for the second time in the mission, and after the lesson he told us that he feels a bit like Joseph Smith. Which is perfect...because Joseph Smith found the truth!

I've been buying lots of bananas and other fruits, and I've also started exercising quite a bit, so hopefully I can keep at a solid weight. haha. My companion is going home soon so he needs to exercise.

Okay, I guess I'll tell you about a spiritual experience this last week. Castrovillari is a very small town. So I'm pretty sure finding work is harder there. Anyway, so while I was going on splits I prayed that that night we would find a new investigator for Castrovillari so they would have another person to teach, and so they would have the excitement of having a new investigator. Well, although I thought me and Anziano Sadler would be able to find someone, we were unable to. But Anziano Rogers and Anziano Connell taught someone who did become a new investigator! So that was a sweet answer to a prayer.

Until next week I guess. If you all have any questions or anything let me know.

I would really appreciate more pictures. Real ones in letters as well. Everyone loves pictures!


Con Affetto,

Anziano Banks.

So for some reason in Old Cosenza there are a ton of random escalators. hahaha. So far I think I've seen four. haha. It's wild.