EATING HABITS. In answer to your question, Dad, yes, I eat healthy. I eat a variety of foods, with many pasta-based and rice-based dishes. Today I made Chinese Sundaes. I can't claim to cook amazing food, but I can cook pretty well. I'm going to try making pizza this week. There's a recipe for it in the mission cookbook and it involves yeast...maybe it was because we had a bread maker, but I never learned how to bake with yeast. Maybe once, in that 7th grade cooking class, but I haven't since. So we'll hope for the best on this pizza!
Senior companion isn't anything different than what I've done before. I just lead planning and companion study, and handle most of the phone calls (which I would be doing anyway, since I know the area better than the new companion).
TEACHING ENGLISH. We've actually gotten a lot of calls about English class, since we started putting up fliers around town. Seven new people came to it yesterday!
Even with church membership in the teens here, there are still a lot of connections. We ran into a lady who married an American who works with Brother Moon in NATO. And there was that tourist a few weeks ago, who served his mission here 20+ years ago. And occasionally, we talk to someone and they say, "Oh, you're missionaries from Brother so-and-so's church." It's a small town, but also a small world.
TRANSFERS. Let's see, in this mission, 4 transfers (=6 months) in an area is not uncommon. The surprise comes from 4 transfers with 4 different companions in one area, like I have now for Ferrara. That is very uncommon.
My new companion is Anziano Davis, from Phoenix, Arizona.
He is a look-alike of Conan O'Brian... and Brother Boyer. What have I learned? I have learned about asking questions to break the ice, with someone you're going to be with 24/7 for 6 weeks.
GOSPEL LESSON. We taught 3 friends of one of the church members on Saturday. The lesson went well. They didn't have many questions, but 2 of them came to church the next day! That made for a new record: 24 people in church (including those 2, and us 2 missionaries). And they would like to keep taking the lessons.
This past P-day was pretty boring. I waited in the Bologna Centrale (the train station) for a few hours, for Anziano Davis. The rest was pretty normal.