From May 1st, 2013 to October 2014, I will be serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will be serving people in and around Rome Italy and preaching the Gospel in Italian! I am so excited for this fantastic opportunity to serve Heavenly Father's children in Italia! XD Over the course of my mission, my trusty Mom will be posting my letters onto my blog, so you will be able to see how my LDS mission is going.
Ci spostiamo in avanti, nonostante le distrazioni dell'avversario!!
Sooo, this week, I wanted to say that I was incredibly
inspired by Avri's e-mail to me about how she received an answer to her
prayers. I could not stop thinking about it after I read it and I am so
happy for her, and that she has decided to serve a mission! I can't wait
to see her and to talk to her about all these experiences she is having right
now. I would like to even put her story on my blog, if she approves?
If so, I am sure tons of others would be inspired by it as well.
Allora, I have made a lot of progress
this week as a missionary and as a person as well. Me and Sister Bradford
have had to avoid some pretty awkward situations with people on the streets.
But, we know that that is just the adversary, trying to stop us.
For example, the other day, after we were rimaste un po' male da qualcosa
that happened at a bus stop, Slla Bradford said, "Ya know, this is just
the adversary, trying to keep us from finding a new investigator tonight!"
I said, "Yah!" And we immediately talked to a man about the
gospel after that. He rejected us. But we persevered and talked to one
more woman, and it ends up that her child's doctor is Mormon, she has heard a
little bit about our church, and she wants to learn more! :D We got
her phone number and we will hopefully see her soon after our mission
conference in Roma is over. OH! Ps, lol, I am going to Roma tomorrow for a mission
conference that we will have! Haha, after this, I will have been to Rome in
every single one of my transfers at least one time! I am glad for this
because I can always say that that city has a special place in my heart.
Especially since I spent the first 6 months of my mission there. :)
So, what else? I love the ward
here and the English course is great. We have an awesome class and they
are really fun! Last week, we talked about "Looking for a Job"
as our lesson and I was able to have the class participate in a fun
representation of the difference between "fired" "laid-off",
and "let-go". It was really cool because I got to use all of my
random business knowledge that I acquired from Dads and Mom's heating and air
business to help other people learn better the terms! I absolutely loved
it! And Sorella Bradford told me, "Wow, I am really impressed by
your random business knowledge!" I love Sorella Bradford!
Soooo, I want to tell you all a bit
about Sorella Bradford! She is really great. She is funny and so
smart and has lots of fun stories to tell about her time at Berkeley. We
are able to laugh off awkward situations too and bidoni as well. I really
enjoy serving with her and I have learned so much, and I am sure that I will
continue to learn more, from being her companion.
Hmmmm, what else? Ah! Our
investigator, Ofori is progressing! :D He read some of the pamphlet
and he loves to meet with us! We just have to get him some stuff in his
native language, Twi, and it will be fantastic! Also, our lovely Rumena
investigator, Cornelia, remembered the Joseph Smith story when we returned back
by her yesterday! It seemed like she wasn't listening or that she didn't
understand, but she did! She is a tricky one, that Cornelia! Lol, I
love her sooo much and I have faith that she will make progress soon!
(Especially because we finally got her some materials in her language
last night, and she told us that she would read "volontieri!"
The Fratello we brought to her lesson and Colins's lesson was really great
too! He has a humble, very powerful testimony that brings a great spirit
to any lesson. :)
Also, we just started teaching Italian
to 2 really nice people from China. We had another stellar fratello from our
ward come with us to that lesson too, and it was really nice. We left them with
a Book of Mormon in Chinese and another one in Italian and we were able to
share with them a bit about the Book of Mormon as well! We weren't able to set
up a return appt. because the man (Antonio) has to go to Napoli this week for
work, but we will also hopefully see them after the conference!
Welp, that is all for now! I love
you guys and I cannot wait to hear from you again next week! :D I
absolutely love e-mail time because I get to hear your guys' stories. :)