Wednesday, August 22, 2007

22 AUG 2007

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ELL AND ROD!!! Crazy to think that another year has come and gone and we've all turned and will be turning another year old this fall!

The Palio in Siena was one of the funnest cultural experiences ever! We were there all day last thursday. We got there and watched a procession of all of the teams. There were drums and flags and horses and they were all dressed up in ancient clothes etc. Then we all squeezed into the piazza. There were tons of people and after waiting for an hour, the race started and every second of the 2 minute race was worth the wait! When I get home in what, 8 months I'll let you see the little video I took with my camera! hehe. There's just so much tradition and history involved it's incredible and I'm sure I don't even know the half of it! Anyways, definitely a cool experience!

Things here in Livorno are going great, as always. I love this city and the people we work with. We continue to see Jantina every week in preparation for her baptism. We really trying to get an in with her husband, who is so against anything religious. We watched the Finding Faith in Christ video with her this morning and that really touched her. She's so sensible to the spirit it's quite incredible and she had us in tears by the end of the lesson! We gave her the video and hopefully she can watch it together with her husband.

Everyone else is doing good. We continue to see Marlene and our other inactives and also in the next couple days we'll see Svieta and Miriam, a few hopefull baptismal candidates!

We had a really good training from our Zone Leaders on Monday. We went to Pisa for our once a transfer "ZDM" and had an amazing training on faith and how we can attain more. Faith has and is and probably always will be something that's a little hard to understand. It's one of those simple but very deep doctrines! But I know that faith is key in the work and just for life in general. They talked about how sacrifice goes along with faith as well. So we'll be searching for that extra faith and hopefully we'll see some awesome outcomes!

Hope everyone is doing well! I love you all!

Sorella Boynton

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