Sister Bennion and Sister Cheesman found Karol, taught her, Elder Ingersoll baptized her, and Elder Christensen confirmed her. We love her and greet her with enthusiasm. After her baptism, she bore a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We are so very proud of her. It was especially sweet as Sister Bennion and Elder Christensen both go home this transfer.
On Wednesday, we were asked to drive to Pescara which is on the east coast of Italy to pick up two sister missionaries who needed to come to the Mission Home for a week or two. One of the sisters had burned her face and hands when some hot oil she was cooking with exploded in her face. She needed some mothering so Sister Acerson asked us to go and get her and her companion. While we were in Pescara, we decided to dip our toes into the Adriatic Sea.
A picture of Francesco and us at our American dinner for him. Remember he had cooked a real Italian meal for us. Well, we returned the favor by inviting him to a real American dinner. Roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas, tossed salad with Zesty Italian dressing (that you cannot buy in Italy), and banana cream pie. The sisters also have been teaching Francesco, but he actually lives within the Rome 3 boundaries so the elders there are now teaching him. He will be baptized. It is just a matter of time. He loves reading and understanding the Book of Mormon, and even his roommates can see the change in him.
One last picture of our Saturday jaunt to the Mediterranean Sea. This fisherman caught this octopus. I ran over to him to see the octopus and I asked him: “Lui lo mangia?” “Oh, si, si,” he said. I just can’t imagine ever eating it, but hey, this is Italy!