First of all, I can't believe Grandma is gone! (as in moved) I got surprisingly emotional about it while reading everyone's letters about it today. Sweet Grandma. That must have been hard for her. But I'm glad she's somewhere where there are lots of people to love and take care of her!
Second, Andrew has been blessed! It sounds like the baby blessing went wonderfully. I'm so glad to hear it. Just wish it could have been put off for about...16 months. ;) Thanks for the pictures, Mom! Also, SNOW! And colorful mountains! I'm a little bit bitter about the fact that I missed fall in Salt Lake last year AND this year AND next year. But I'm sure it will make it that much better for two years from now. Oh man, I love autumn. Speaking of the weather, it is COLD here. We go to sleep cold and we wake up cold and we walk around cold and it's just cold. Didja get that? COLD. Part of the problem is that it's a wet cold, so it's just...worse. Also, the heat in our house isn't on yet. Nor is the heat in the church. My towel never dries throughout the day. I hang it up after I shower and then at night when I wash my face it's still wet and cold. This is a problem. So, like I said, we're just always cold. We do our best to fix that though. Sunday afternoon found the four of us in the kitchen around the table with our language study materials, taking turns holding the blow dryer and rotating it around the room. It actually worked pretty well after we closed the kitchen door so that no heat could escape. And then when we realized how desperate we had become we started laughing pretty hard. I seriously love these sisters I live with. Transfers are next week (yep, my first transfer is almost over) and I really hope that no one leaves. But I'm sure whatever happens is supposed to happen. I doubt Sorella Palumbo and I will be leaving, but you never know. Also, before we get off the subject of our house, it's so humid that we have a mold problem on my wall. Yep, just on the half of the wall where my desk is. We clean it and it comes back, like, two days later. They might have to open up the wall and see what's going on. (Sound familiar, Bep and James?) What an adventure.
General Conference was THE BEST. Holy cow, I loved it. We still haven't seen the Sunday afternoon session. We'll probably just have to wait until they're in the Ensign. I suppose I could get on lds.org and print them off but...money. Anyway, the other three sessions that we got to watch were just incredible. They blew me away. And there were so many moments that were meant just for me and other moments that were meant just for our investigators. It was PERFECT. Two of my favorite talks? Elder Uchtdorf on Saturday - "Doubt your doubt before you doubt your faith." YES. So many people don't understand this! And also Elder Scott's on...Saturday? Sunday? Can't remember. But about keeping covenants. Also, so many talks about missionary work! (coughmembermissionariescough) Seriously though, so many perfect moments. I love this gospel so much. And, yes, we got to watch it in English. There were a ton of missionaries who came to our chapel to watch it, so the room was pretty full. (Also, there are actually 8 missionaries just in our ward, which is pretty unheard of.) Anyway, it was wonderful. I love conference. I cannot wait to get the Ensign with all of the talks and read them over and over again. Also, the past two days I have just been so happy. I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of this whole "being a missionary" thing. And I'm starting to really love it. I still don't understand everyone. And I'm still far from speaking fluently. But I can definitely see progress in my comprehension. It's really nice. And I can see a huge boost in my happiness when I'm giving my all to the missionary work. It's hard. Ha! That is the understatement of the century. But I already know that it is so worth it. :) I literally see miracles every day. There have been multiple times already that we've met people but haven't been able to get their number or they haven't been responding to our calls/texts or something and then we just randomly run into them on the street or on the metro! I don't believe in coincidences. The Lord is so involved in missionary work because it is His work. Man oh man, I love it. And I'm in ITALY. Sometimes I forget. But then I remember and I want to skip down the cobblestone streets! I love this country!
Anyway, all is well here in Milano! I love you all! I pray for you multiple times a day and constantly thank Heavenly Father for you and your support. :) AMORE!
I LOVE ITALY. :)
Remember how I said it's really cold? This is me this morning as I was waiting for everyone else to get ready to go do fun p-day stuff. SO COLD.
Also, Sorella Palumbo and me this afternoon making the trek up to the top of the Duomo!