NEW COMPANION. I'm getting a new companion this week, but not a new area. So, I'll be doing 4 (6-week transfers) in Ferrara with 4 different companions. Chances are very good that I'll leave after 4. I'll be senior companion to an elder going into his 5th transfer (I'm going into my 7th). I'm looking forward to being "senior comp" officially, although last transfer I've been doing all the "senior comp" stuff because Anziano Lindsey is pretty done-with-everything. This will be a nice change.
FOOD. I did receive a package from Aunt Dana! It came through Brother Moon, and he brought it to church on Sunday.
And God said, "Let there be food, and there was food." I do quite enjoy American food. Thanks, Aunt Dana!
We were planning on going to the American base in Vicenza today, but the senior couple there got sick, so we'll go some other time. But I was talking with them and they said they'd be able to bring some cans of root beer the next time we see each other, at the Bednar conference.
REFINING. Scriptures I have found inspiring: 1 Nephi 20:10. I've had people in my district these past few transfers who have said that Ferrara is like the refiner's fire: they send people there to get stronger for the future.
I'm glad to hear you've got decent weather again. I would love to help with yardwork now (it would be a good service activity...if people had yards...), but I'm sure TK and Kara can be of assistance there.
WOOD CARVINGS. The activity this P-Day was going to Bologna and seeing an ESCHER exhibit...
I received a package from the Amazon UK. It contained Handel's Messiah. Thank you! I listened to Part 1. I liked the "chorus" sections (like "For Unto Us A Child Is Born" or "Hallelujah" or "He Shall Purify." The rest is........wonderfully uplifting spiritual stuff...that could put me to sleep. Sister Shearer: yes, I asked for classical music. Again. I wouldn't if I weren't a missionary. No, I will not ask you to play this in your car.
Oh, and one last comment: I found out that one of the church members in Bologna (where I go to District Meeting and stuff) is Jeff! My second cousin or something, who went with me to get my wisdom teeth out. So that's neat. I'll try to meet with him this transfer, just to say hi. Apparently he asked the Bologna elders about me. I hadn't realized that he was studying in Italy.