Can't believe it's almost Easter already...jeeze. Can't wait though! Because you know what that means...General Conference the week after 😏😌👏🏽👐🏽 so juiced.
Alright, so, to start off, we finally got our transfer calls (a week late)! In case you don't remember, some miscommunication between our mission and the MTC caused our transfers to be delayed a week, as well as our transfer calls. But hey, better late than never. Anyway, we got those calls on Friday and my current comp, Anz. Rusch, will be getting transferred to the city of Oristano on the island of Sardegna (Sardinia)! Which is funny cuz he has served his whole first 6 transfers here on the island of Sicilia (Sicily) and now is hopping over to another island, Sardegna hahaha. Still hasn't touched the mainland of Italy and he's going into his 7th transfer 😂😂 classic. And I'm gonna be staying for another transfer here in Ragusa 😁...well actually more like at least 2 since my new comp is gonna be a greenie (newbie) so I'm probs staying here with him for 2 transfers to help him get the whole "feel" of this mission thing we do. Honestly idek how to feel right now haha. Like I mean, I feel that it could go either super well or not too well. I guess it's kinda up to me how it goes so I shouldn't be worried, but I just hope President Waddoups hooks me up fat with a boss comp that's ready to go hard in the paint and have the time of his life!!! That's all I can ask for! President is a pretty inspired man so I assume my greenie will be he perfect fit for me.. :) oh and he better like to joke around and laugh cuz I think we all know that I can't go without that kinda stuff haha I like to have a good time.
So yeah transfers are on Thursday, but our mission is fat and travel can take a lot. So the plan is that we go up to Catania TUESDAY EVENING, stay the night there (where I get to reunite with my super good friend Anz. Stanley 😄), then Anz. Rusch takes a 10+ hour train ride up to Rome, and I'll be in some trio with the homie Anz. Stanley and his current comp while we deal with others getting transferred, then I stay the night again in Catania, then on Thursday morning, Anz. Rusch takes a plane flight to Sardegna where he'll take a bus to his area, and I wait until Thursday evening for my greenie to arrive, and then we part together to Ragusa and probably get in around 8pm to the Ragusa bus station :) good stuff. So pretty much 2.5 days out of our area :// eh, whatcha gonna do? But anyway, transfers are always exciting and bittersweet times, but I'm super stoked to see who I get and to see my homie Anziano Stanley again!!
This week, nothing crazy happened. But we were SUPPOSED to start our quit smoking class today, but we can't because we realized we can't use the church on Monday evenings because the church encourages "family nights" to be on Monday. Which I respect. So yeah the only other evening we could do it that would be convenient enough would be Wednesday evenings at 7:30. Being that we won't be in Ragusa on Wednesday, we can't start it this week :( so we're gonna start it next week on Wednesday!! We're really hoping for a good turn out, we have high hopes for this course. But if I get a greenie that isn't Italian, this could be interesting since we're obviously gonna do this course in Italian...hahaha. Oh well, we will cross that bridge when we get to it ;)
Rather than bore you all with unnecessary updates with the people we're teaching, I'll just share with you an update or two and a cool(ish) story. In English course the other day, a lady came super early and was just chilling in the chapel as we were setting up the chairs and room for English course. She randomly asked about our setup on Sundays and what goes down at church. So I had the opportunity to explain it all to her, which led to more curiosity on her part. She eventually asked me about baptism and what our take on that is. As I began to describe it to her, another guy walked in and passionately joined in on the subject. Long story short, I shared with them the fact that we believe that one must reach the age of 8 before being baptized rather than as an infant like many churches do today. All due to having the agency to choose such a thing and being old enough to even be in need of a baptism. I mean, after all, can a little kid even sin if he doesn't really know what's wrong yet?...so anyway, it went like that, yada yada...next thing you know, English course is boutta start, but I wasn't finished yet. So we went out in the hall and they asked me, "so what's the main difference between you guys and us Catholics?" You can imagine the number of teachings and doctrines going through my head that I had to choose from. But I immediately recognized that what I needed to do was teach the story of the Restoration of the church of Jesus Christ. So that's what I did. I ended up starting talking about Prophets and their role and importance in the existence of Christ's church on earth (ex: so that there could be somebody to talk with Him and pass on His guidance to the people throughout the world, just like Biblical Prophets). Then next thing you know, just minutes later I was reciting to them the exact experience had by a young 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith. Many of us members know this story, in fact all members of this church know this story, because it is the very experience that changed the world; it changed our lives forever. Without taking up too much time, I explained to them the heavenly manifestation given to young Joseph on that spring morning in 1820. And how, through the guidance and help and timing of God Himself, Joseph Smith was called to be a Prophet to once again establish Christ's church to this earth for the redemption of all mankind who want it. It went great. Idk how but I got through it in like 5 minutes haha, but it didn't even feel rushed. Anyway, we then went back inside and started English course. They're both very interested in learning more, and I look forward to following up with my new greenie that's coming and seeing some miracles wrought in Ragusa. It's interesting to note that as I taught this small lesson, that I teach very often, I felt such a strong feeling within me re-confirming to me the validity and truth of what I was saying. As a missionary we get to testify of Christ, and His church, nothing but pure truths all day every day. It seems drawn-out maybe, but it never gets old. Every time I get to do this it hits me like it's the first time, every time. I have a love for this Gospel that compares to nothing else save it be my love for Jesus Christ Himself. I'm really coming to know my brother Christ out here in Italy, and I'm beginning to learn more and more each day how much he really has done for me, and how much He still does do for me. He is my Savior, He is my redeemer, and He has and continues to redeem me from things that no other man could. My heart burns just thinking about this.
Another cool little thing that happened: so yesterday on Sunday, we were studying some Italian in the house after a bomb meal appointment, and then we were arranging some times that Anz. Rusch could say some goodbyes to some dear friends here in Ragusa. As he was packing we thought, "hey we should pass by Carmello tonight." Then after some time, we got ready to head out, and then we were just like, "let's go now." So we left. On our way there i notice one of our "quit smoking" posters got covered up by some other poster. So we kindly removed the one over it and re-posted it next to it. Right after that, some old teenager walking his dog with his parents saw the poster and eagerly went over to read all the info. As we were walking away to Carmelo's, this boy grabbed the tab and was like, "Smettere di Fumare GRATIS!?" (Quit smoking for free) and showed it to his parents. I saw them look pretty excited to see it and thought about talking to them but we had to go. Anyway, Carmelo wasn't home and didn't answer his phone, eh. But then I was thinking, why do we feel the need to go to Carmelo's house? Why did I randomly notice a poster covering ours and decide to do something about it? And honestly guys, if there was even 2 seconds of delay within this whole process, these people never would have seen our poster, and thus never would have taken a tab off it. I don't want to count my eggs before they hatch, but I think it may be the start to a miracle...eh idk. We'll see next week on Wednesday if they come ;) some prayers would help that's for sure 🙏🏽🙏🏽
Well, I can't think of much else to say about this week other than it was a good one, and I look forward to many better ones and some miracles coming up. I love you all. And for those that love or miss me, just know I love it out here, and there is nowhere I'd rather be at this point in my life. I love what I'm experiencing and I hope you all can see that. Until next week!
-Anz. Carter Blaise
They call it "Salame Turco" or "Salame di Cioccolato"
Pasta al Forno!!! (And no, it is NOT Alfredo sauce...😷 it's a mix of cheeses and besciamella, and some cauliflower) sooo bomb
I was "Lehi" and my comp was "Moses" today in primary haha we met and talked with the primary kids 😂 none of the dads wanted to do it so...
|Sheet music that Carter wants|
|Guy on left in the bible movie is in his ward in Ragusa|
|Carter on "splits", guy in middle has been in bible movies.|