I heard that President Eyring went to the Vatican. That's so great. The weird thing about Italy is that there is not much communication from region to region. There's really no such thing as an "Italian", just Veneti and Napoletani and Siciliani and Romani. The members of the church here are an amazing example of strong family life.
Sorry for not having emailed yesterday, but we went up to Verona for the conference. We ended up only having about 10 minutes to practice as the choir, but they were all talented singers and the performance went fine. The conference was fantastic, all about increasing every area of performance by just 1%. It looks like nothing at first, but if we continue with 1% increases in every field, the eventual improvement is dramatic. Elder and Sister Fingerle came from Germany for the presentation. They were wonderful.
After the conference, there in Verona, I saw and heard from a few families I used to visit often, just about a year ago. They remembered me by name and were so happy to see me. I nearly burst. I love Verona and its wonderful people.
There's a family here in Reggio I'm falling in love with, too. They're from Venezuela. The uncle, Elviro, is a member since two years ago. The father of the family and his 9 and 7 year old children are not yet members. We've been working with them as a family and I've been experiencing some of the best moments of the mission. I loooove family, and I love children. I especially love when little girls say a prayer, look up at their father, point to their chest, and say, "Sento qualcosa!" I feel something.
It's true. It's so true, and she knows it. She felt it. So can I. I cried on the bike ride home.
I'm happy for Jed and his new responsibilities [as a home teacher!], I'm praying for Audrey and her probation within a probation, I think of Gentry every day and love her more than 10 Veronas, and I thank every friend, church leader, and agent (wink) that write to me words of love and encouragement that God asked them to give a troubled soul.
Love is so important. I'm learning so much about love here in Reggio Emilia. I saw so many missionaries that I love in Verona. It's the best feeling ever.