Another week over and done. They just keep going quicker and quicker! Mannnnn. This was a fairly solid week! Definitely had its ups and downs...but i would say that the ups, like always, overshadow the downs! Thank goodness for opposition in all things so that we can appreciate the good times! #amiright?
It started last Wednesday night, we as missionaries put on a little activity for the youth. There aren't many youth in our ward and the ones that we have aren't super united as a group. So we are trying to start something kind of like mutual that we have in America! We planned this but photo scavenger hunt all around the city. We made clues and split everyone into two groups and we had an hour to complete it and then make it back to the church. We had a pretty good turnout and it seemed like everyone had a lot of fun! We were excited because one less active girl and one non member came! We are hoping to keep activities like this going on so that the youth can bond and have opportunities to bring their friends!
On Friday we had Zone Conference in Mestre...and lets just say we are very lucky that we made it there. It was probably the biggest struggle morning of my entire life! To start, my alarm didn't go off for whatever strange reason, so we woke up about an hour late...we were like freaking out and hurried and got ready in like ten minutes and then went outside to try and catch a bus to the station so we could catch our train. Unfortunately the buses at 6 in the morning are super weird so we ended up running all the way to the station but we still missed our train! We were praying the whole time that somehow we would be able to make it there...Zone Conference is like a big deal and we could not miss it and could not be late! Anyways...Heavenly Father answered our prayers and there just happened to be another train that left a little bit after the one we missed! We took it and made it there, just a little bit late...but still!! He always answers our prayers, that is a fact. Zone Conference was literally the greatest thing EVER. It was EVERYTHING that i needed to hear all wrapped up into one meeting! Seriously soooooo many prayers answered. The biggest most coolest announcement ever is ....are you ready for this?? strap on those seat belts.........on April 27th Elder David A. Bednar is coming to OUR MISSION specifically to talk to us missionaries!!!!!!!! We get a SIX hour meeting with him in a chapel in Milano, every single missionary in the mission. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?? yeahhhhh i am still geekin out about it!!!! I get the chills every time i think about it. An apostle of the Lord is coming to talk to us, and help teach us how to better do missionary work. What an incredible opportunity. AH. so excited. Also during Zone Conference we watched Meet The Mormons!! I was super excited to watch it because i have heard so much good about it...and it lived up to the hype!! I loved it and it had a lot of really amazing lessons and themes. We are really excited because they are translating it into 10 languages, and Italian is one of them! We are going to be able to use it as a super sweet missionary tool come May, so i am really excited about that! This is going to be a really special year for this mission. Elder Bednar, The Rome Temple, and Meet the Mormons in Italian! Big things are coming and i am so humbled and excited to be a part of it! At Zone Conference i learned a lot about our decisions. The theme was the quote by President Monson, Decisions Determine Destiny. It is soooooo true, if we want tomorrow to be better, we need to change TODAY. we cannot wait for the rainbow...we gotta dance in the rain! I am really excited to put what i learned into practice and to NOT DELAY but to ACT TODAY.
|Zone Conference in Maestre|
|All of the Sorella at Zone Conference|
We went to Mestre again on Saturday and Sunday for the sessions of Stake Conference. It was a pretty big deal stake conference because they were reorganizing the stake presidency! There were two members of the 70, Elder Texiera and Elder DeFeo, so that was really neat to be able to learn from General Authorities. On Saturday we got there early because of the members we were riding with so we got to sit in on the Relief Society training meeting for all of the leaders in the stake. When we walked into the room, Sorella Dibb (the mission presidents wife) was like, oh perfect, Sorelle! Come sit by me so you can translate the meeting! I was like....uh...me? I have NEVER translated before and was terrified! I said a quick prayer in my heart and then sat down and the meeting started. The gift of tongues is real, that is for suuuuuuure. I was able to translate the entire meeting, only missing a few things! It was truly a miracle. Cute Sorella Dibb was really impressed, and so was I! That was definitely all the spirit and it was really cool to see that power work for reals! We are not alone in this work. That is FOR SURE.
This week is really exciting for us here in Trieste! We are having a baptism!!! It is one of the Anziani's investigators, Harrison. He is about 17 and is from Nigeria! He rules and we are all really excited for his baptism! He even asked me to give a talk on the Holy Ghost, so that should be interesting! First real deal talk in Italian, holla. Super excited for him to take this important step in his life and to be able to receive the blessings. There have been a lot of baptisms in the mission lately and a lot more that are coming this week! The work in Italy IS indeed moving forward, we are so blessed to be a part of it!
One funny thing that happened this week that i thought you all should know about...it was on the way to one of the sessions of conference and we were talking with Susannah and her mom (the two that you all met over skype on christmas)...i cant remember exactly what we were talking about but i was trying to talk about Winter....instead of saying winter(inverno) I said the word inferno...which means hell...so that was embarassing! Everyone got a really good kick out of it and I just felt really dumb. #italianprobs #woops
|Susanna is leaving for her mission to St. George, Utah this week|
|Susanna will be the greatest missionary EVER|
|Brioches are the BEST THING EVERRRRRRRR|
This morning I read some beautiful versus in 3 Nephi 21:26-29; it is when Jesus Christ is visiting the Americas and He is talking about when the gospel will get preached to all the world. I love these verses because it talks about how the Lord prepares the way for us all to return home and that He is always with us. He prepares us ALL. Not just those who have not yet accepted the gospel. We are ALL being prepared each and every day through our experiences so that one day we might be able to one day return to the presence of our Father. We are all just walking on this path and our heavenly home is our ultimate goal. We must help others to find the path and also continue to progress ourselves on the path, each day. With each decision we choose which way on the path we want to go. So lets choose good so we can move forward, eh? and HELP others to move forward as well! that is why we are here!
I love you all and hope that you have another wonderful week!
Tante belle cose,
today we saw a reallllllly cool castle
I am getting really good at calcetto...foosball? its a big deal here.
|We got to see this really cool castle|