How are you doing today?
This morning we went to the market. We had a few things we were thinking about looking for but mostly we just wanted to check it out and it ended up being so cool. The crowds of people filled the narrow paths between the stands that sold everything from cooking utensils to roasted pigs to underwear. It's hard to describe how cool it is to talk with old Italian men as they wander through the same market they've been coming to for years.
One of the things that really made me happy doing missionary work when I was in Bologna was talking to people. I talked to anyone and everyone in any place and I loved it just for the thrill of talking to Italians in Italy about the gospel.
And then I got nervous about my language skills and I was talking to people a lot less and when I did speak it was much more cautious and guarded. I worried about grammar rules and what to say and the conversations were awkward and never went far. But this week things changed. For one reason or another I started seeing the joy in talking to people again. I stopped worrying so much and just started talking and making friends everywhere. And it has been wonderful. It has totally changed my outlook on working and I feel so much happier. Maybe it's the bit of my mom in me but I just want to go around taking pictures of people. People are so cool. I'm amazed at the depth of each person. All the millions of people in Italy and the rest of the world for that matter have a life. They have a family and a past, hopes, dreams, fears, and plans for the future. It's amazing how great each human soul is.
So now I'm repenting. I'm changing and I'm determined not to go back to missing the amazing people that I'm surrounded by. It makes me think a bit about Pres. Uchtdorfs talk about the paradox of being everything and nothing to God.
I'm so grateful for the people that I get to talk to everyday and I'm so grateful for every one of you. I love thinking how each and every person has a full life. It's amazing. I'm so grateful for all the wonderful people that are in my life. I would make a list but I'm sure I would forget someone and then I would feel bad. So let me just say all of you.
Thank you for your love and prayers. I can't tell you how much they mean to me. I hope you all have a great week.