Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Listen to your Mother, and to God

Dear family and friends,

Joseph's mother she was quite my favorite wife.

I am staying here in vercelli with Anziano Galli for another transfer.. Anziano Smoot is off to Rimini.. Anziano Taylor is training.

A few weeks ago we met a man named Marcus.. He is from Nigeria.. We met him and then we went to our church so he could see it. We then taught him the restoration.. He left his bike outside during the lesson. Mid way through the the lesson he tells us he wants to lock his bike.. So we all go outside.. And his bike has been stolen. He was a good sport about it.. He said something like.. It looks like we have some thieves in Vercelli. At the end of the lesson Anziano Galli gave him his old bike. So for about three weeks we have had only one bike.. When this is a biking city and could use another. But all the shops (for bikes) have been closed for Ferragosto. So we have been patient.

I keep telling Anziano Galli as a joke.. That I can only do two transfers with him.. Only two. I am only kind of kidding.:)

We lost Marcus as he did not have a phone and he missed an appointment we had made with him due to rain. So I would ask Africans if they knew Marcus.. We didn't find Marcus.. But it was a pretty good ice breaker for talking to new people. Marcus found us about a week and half later. I was so happy when he came in the church while we were teaching Isabella. We are still teaching him now with one of his friends named Godstime. We made bap calendars with them and are hoping for good things.

Anziano Smoot and I had a scambio a week and a half ago. It was very good. We met lots of new people.. And we did a lot of good. (The evening thing was special).

There was a huge storm here in vercelli. I locked one of the doors to our apartment and put all my weight on the door because it kept opening.. And then it opened again and water came rushing into our apartment. Anziano Galli video taped it laughing his head off as I was trying to fix the door again.

We went out to eat at this American burger place here in vercelli with the English class students (Anziano Gallis treat).. Alex and Mathew are really funny.

A new girl has been coming to English class. At the end of teaching her (I have been teaching her alone because she is more basic..) I have been teaching her about the gospel.. She is not super religious but she is really nice,, she brought me bread last class.

We ate with candy and his family.. His wife made really good pizza. She is an American. We also ate with Isabella's husband, mother in law, and her. It went really good. Her mother in law is a great chef.. And she came the next day to church for the first time in 3 years.

God gives lots of tender mercies to let us know he loves us. How we show we love him is by living good lives and following his commandments.

I never really loved another all my life.

I hail you,
Anziano Gridley

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