Honesty time: I have, like, ten minutes to write you guys, so let's make it fast. (Sorry, mom!) Things are so great here. We had the Fingerle tour last week and I'm probably the biggest fan ever of the Fingerles. They are seriously incredible. So down to earth. So sweet. So willing to get our opinions on things (especially at the special mission consiglio we had with them last Friday). One thing that Elder Fingerle really focused on was improving ourselves, only 1%, in every area. He quoted Alma 37:6-7 and talked about how these teeny, tiny improvements we make will make a big difference. I really do believe that's true. And I believe it applies to everyone in every stage of life - not just to us missionaries. Oh, before I forget to mention this: my p-day next week will be on Thursday. I repeat: my P-day next week will NOT be on Wednesday, so don't worry that I've, like, died or something when you don't hear from me on Wednesday. But I'm really glad you will all have that extra day to write me emails! (*winkwink* *nudgenudge*)
Can y'all believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow? Well, they don't celebrate Thanksgiving here, so we're trying to spread the Thanksgiving cheer to all these Italians who don't know what they're missing! To make it short: I'm grateful for all of YOU. I've realized on the mission how blessed I am to have the family I have, the friends I have, the home I have, the life I have. And I'm especially blessed to have the gospel in my life. It really makes such a big difference. I've seen it so clearly here. I'm grateful to my Heavenly Father - that He loves us so much that He was willing to sacrifice His Son. Wow, I don't think our human brains can really understand the magnitude of that. But I am grateful. I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving. Sorella D'Ambrosio and I will be stuffing our faces with pumpking chocolate chip cookies and spreading the gospel. :) There's really nothing else I'd rather be doing.
And as Thanksgiving comes to a close and the Christmas season begins, please begin it with the video you'll find on christmas.mormon.org. It really puts into perspective the real meaning of Christmas. Love you all tons and tons. AMORE.