Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Buon Natale!!!

I'm so happy that you guys have been doing genealogy!! That's awesome. I've been thinking about that a lot lately because we have a Senior Couple here that is doing work at the Family History Center. While I was in the MTC I had the opportunity to do a few sessions and Initiatories for Anziano Patullo's relatives. So when I get home I can make my friends go with me to the St. George Temple and do them all! haha.

Christmas in Italia. Well, we had a pretty sweet Christmas Conference last week. We went down to Catania and I was with my MTC district!! It was sweet. The highlight of course would be when we played calcio. hahaha. I scored the winning goal!!

For Christmas we have meal appts and that's about it. We don't proselyte on Christmas so hopefully I'll get a chance to catch up on some sleep.

Highlight from this last week? I met my neighbor. I don't know her name but it's this crazy 60-yr-old lady. Check this out: She trades us weird soup for nutella. haha.

It's crazy. She gives us this pumpkin rice stuff, and then in return she gets a spoonful of our nutella!! And then we don't eat it cause it's weird and gross. We basically have no option whether or not to give it to her. So we give her this off-brand nutella that we have in our house. There's a jar set aside just for her. haha.

By the way, thank you so much for the package!! I think we're going to make the rice krispie treats for our friends in the caffè. One of them doesn't like Christmas!! It's crazy. Of course I'll eat some too.

Today was a pretty sweet P-day. Finally got some nice weather!! It's been raining constantly. So we went up to that castle. It was pretty cool. Pretty funny. The information stand was a print-off from wikipedia.

I'm really hoping President will send me to Sicily next (probably after a few transfers here), and then I really just want to stay on Sicily cause that place is awesome.

So this last week when my companion went to the Christmas conference I was on splits with Anziano Rogers from Lindon, Utah. Unfortunately we just did constant proselyting except one appointment. Thank goodness we have work in Cosenza, cause now I know what it would be like if we didn't. House and Street. And we also did some Mostra (where we have a thing we put up and then talk to people about it..there's information about our church and stuff on it).

And we also tried caroling!! haha. For about an hour we went to different spots and sang. It was pretty sweet. Yesterday I was talking to someone and he said he heard us singing the day before. So that was pretty cool.

Guess what! The street vendors here sell the same crap they sell in China!! The exact same crap. haha. It's from China! I thought that was pretty funny. Speaking of which, the number of Chinese here is ridiculous. So if you have any advice on how to convert Buddhists tell me, cause I've talked to a few and I don't really know what to do with that.

Anyway, I guess that's about it for this week. It's been good. I'm pretty tired. haha. It's fun. We have really cool people here. I've learned a little bit of dialect!!

Buon Natale!!!

Con Affetto,

Anziano Banks