Hello, hello from England!
As I said last week … I am training! I went into London on Wednesday to pick up my new companion and his name is.........Elder Mongelli from Italy!
He is a great guy! I love him and he makes GREAT pasta. He is from a place called Bari in the southeast part of Italy. He is a good guy and wants to work.
Sometimes I can’t understand him though. His English is probably a 6 or 7 out of 10, but I can already tell it has gotten better in just a matter of days. At first people could not understand him at all, and now people can get the gist of what he is saying.
I love the guy -- he is great. We have had some funny times together. He drove once and crashed into a pole and popped the tire and bent the wheel a bit – haha. But we fixed it.
[Another day] we were tracting in this middle-of-nowhere village named Upchurch. It’s really small and it was really dark and nobody was listening. But then we knocked on one door and an old lady answered. She invited us in and we started talking to her. Her dog was sitting on the couch and Elder Mongelli moved it off so we could sit down. And right where he was about to sit there was a puddle. The dog had peed all over his seat. But instead of telling the lady, he just put a pillow from another chair on it and then sat on that. We didn’t tell the lady, we just started into teaching the restoration. We asked her if she believed in God. She said yes and went on to tell a story about how she knew her husband was going to die when they got married. We both found that rather strange but carried on teaching. We went on and asked her if she had heard of Joseph Smith. She said no and then told the same story about her husband -- word for word. I just kind of thought that she forgot she told us that story already, so we carried on. Then later on in the lesson we asked her if she would like a Book of Mormon. She said yes and then quoted the same story for a third time -- word for word. It went silent for a second, and then Elder Mongelli whispered to me in his Italian accent, “We don’t need to be here anymore. She is already saved.”
So we said we had to go and just got up and left hahaha. The poor woman was handicapped and I had no idea until twenty minutes into the lesson.
I am really excited to train and serve with Elder Mongelli and to keep doing the Lord’s work.