Wednesday, October 29, 2014

29 Oct 14

Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 7:32:17 AM
Subject: Transfer 14 Week 6

Well transfer news.....I'm staying here in Piacenza!!!!!! So it looks like I will be finishing my mission here. I'll be with Anziano Mallari again, so it'll be good to "kill" him (be his last companion) because he finishes one transfer before I do. It's kind of weird because Anziano Miller and Anziano Garner go home on Friday. When I was with Anziano Miller we were both pretty new and didn't have a clue what was going on with anything, so it's weird that he'll be home.

So Saturday we had a party for our ward mission leader and his wife, because they just got back from their honeymoon. It was so fun to be with the branch. These people are some of the best people in the world, and i'm really excited to be with them longer. It felt like a big family party. It'll be weird if (if because it's still not 100% i'll be here for my last transfer, but it's pretty likely) I finish with only four areas. That doesnt happen very often here, most of the time people get 5-7 areas but I am completely fine with my four. I cant talk that much though because Jeremy is like one transfer under me and he's still in his second area.

So this week it cooled down a lot. I got the scarf and gloves out, and I got a cool jacket thing for 10 euro, so I look pretty stylish. I wasn't on a bike last winter and bikes are a billion times colder. I also think that i've been growing because my pants dont reach down over the ankles very well anymore when I sit down. This is probably the weirdest thing i've sent home, but cold ankles suuuuuuck.

This Sunday I gave a talk on service. My average has dropped from speaking every 2ish weeks to every 3ish weeks, but I think that I should get a reward. 

Yesterday we went to a city in our area called Cremona. It's a pretty big city, but it takes an hour on bus to get there. We hardly ever go there because unless they're super beyond elect they're probably not going to come to church. But we got a referal from the office, so we went there. We only got the address so we just had to pass by. We got to Cremona and walked for 30 minutes to the address to find out they had given us an address to a business. So we walked in and asked if this lady was here. I don't think ive ever been judged harder (does that make sense?) than I was by that secretary. 

"Hey we're looking for Jill, is she here?"
"She's not here. Do you have an appointment?"
"Nope, just this text message from our office."
"Who are you guys?"
"We're missionaries."
"Missionaries for who?"
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (nothin) We're Mormons."
"Ok... well i'll leave her a note saying you passed by."

In the end we got her secretaries number, but it didnt go anywhere really.

On happier news, we have this incredible family that we're working with. It's the same incredible family that i've been talking about since I got here. So the wife's sister got baptized in January, and she gave our investigator a triple. So she started reading that, and she was confused because it's pretty much the same as the Book of Mormon. She thought that the Book of Mormon we gave her didn't have everything in it. She did say though that everything made a lot more sense and everything just makes her feel happy. That whole family is so so so so ready to be baptized, they just dont know it yet. So it's been great working with them.

We have some cool activities planned for these next few months. We're having a Thanksgiving party and having a "Turkey Bowl." Instead of playing football, or even soccer, we're playing foosball and ping pong. It's the thought that counts.

One last story before I finish, last night we had our corelation meeting with our WML. Before we went I ate a ton of rice because we got back from Cremona late and I had a loaf of bread for lunch. So I stuffed myself and then we went over, and turns out his wife cooked dinner for us. I don't think i've prayed harder in my life than that night, because throughout my whole my mission i've never not finished something someone has given me. My prayers were answered and I got it all down, so the streak is still alive.

That's all i've got for this week. I hope you all have a happy Halloween. I bought some stickers and put them on our windows so we're all ready also. Make sure to keep on CTRin and reading the Book of Mormon! Congrats to Grandpa Fife for publishing his first book! I'll only buy one if he promises to sign it for me! Haha have a great week!

Anziano Christian Fife McKinnon

One more thing - 
My companion had to return some ink that he bought (no, that's not a joke) and so he looked at different ink and fountain pens for awhile. Just to paint the picture, the store we're in sells Mont Blanc, Armmani, Ferrari, etc. type brands, so everything is locked up. I'm not kidding when I say I saw a 600 euro pen. Anyways, a salesperson came and asked if I needed help. I have to tell you, it is a blast to pretend like you're a rich person shopping. I was "wallet shopping" and had her pick some out for me. Of course, she got the smallest ones she could find, and I think I caught her off guard when I said "These are great, but i'm looking for stuff a little bigger." So I looked at wallets with billions credit card pouches and little machines that shredded anything smaller than a 100 euro bill. The last part isnt real. But if you ever have the chance to look at 300 euro wallets, go for it. And to answer all of your questions, no I didnt buy anything.

Anziano McKinnon

PS my Grandpa Fife just published his first book, if you're interested here are the links.

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