|Photos is this post are compliments of Susy D. from Palermo...thanks, Susy!|
Hey there, everyone!!! :)
Well we are finally moved in and ready to tear-up-the-town! Me and Anziano Burnham are really excited about this great opportunity to serve in Monreale. We both have been praying and searching to know how best to go about sharing the gospel with the people here. We talked about it this morning, and we both feel that it will be important to become friends with everyone we come in contact with. And also to learn about the history of the area and the people here. So last night, after cleaning, we went out and started walking around the city. We were in a piazza and there was a statue that was very impressive so we asked some people if they knew the meaning behind it. They didn't, but it was the perfect in and soon we were talking. They were from Bangladesh but have lived here for 4 years. They were very nice and we became good friends. One was 17 and his name was Simon. As we were talking, a man came up and asked us if we could light his cigarette. We told him that we didn't smoke and he walked away. Simon was really excited and gave us a fist bump. Haha, he then proceeded to tell us that he doesn't smoke either! All his friends do and his dad does, but he doesn't like it. It was really cool to see this 17 year-old boy standing up for what he knew to be good.
We live in this way cool villa with a family in the ward, the Boscias. They are awesome! It is the dad and his family, and then his parents, his great aunt that is 91 years old (!) and his uncle, I believe. They all have their own house and we are right in the middle of all of them. We feel like family. Haha! His mom and dad are really funny. They don't speak a lick of Italian! It's all dialect. Haha, it is awesome. I already love this place. The people are so nice, and it's nice and quiet! And we're in the mountains. :) I will send you some pictures.
Yesterday we cleaned the house and we had a lunch appointment with the other anziani with some of their investigators, Seesay and Hawanatu. They are from Sierra Leone, and they are the coolest people you will ever meet. They fixed us fried rice, couscous, and then fufu (it is a kind of flour you mix in water and then you eat it with a soup). They made us a delicious fish soup to eat. Haha, I wasn't gonna ask what else was in it, but it was good! VERY spicy.
Well I don't have anything else for now. Everything is good! I love you guys!