Thursday, September 17, 2015

let's hope this one won't delete

heyyyyooo world! I am back and happier then ever! Sorry still for last week and the fact that I didn't get a group email out...I think that might have been the first time! Darn it...streak broken. Once you mess up once it is always easier to mess up lets hope this isn't something that continues from here! Yeah I don't think it will but you never know I guess! HA. but yeah wifi is like my biggest enemy but I think that today we will finally conquer the beast...the solution? going to the church. it is the solution for everything..#amiright? But, anyways....we had a WONDERFUL week this week! seriously it flew by though. woah, shocks me.

One thing that happened that was particularly beautiful happened with our investigator, C.! I have written about her before but not for a while because this was our first time seeing her since she returned from vacation and we just had a wonderful experience with her. We had planned to teach her about The Gospel of Jesus Christ and then invite her to baptism and give her a date because last time we saw her we did the "soft" invite, but this time we wanted to give her a date! During studies we were discussing what she needed and I felt impressed that we should study a bit about courage because I felt like she might have need of that in this moment. We wrote a scripture, Joshua 1:9 on a little sticky note and took it with us. In the lesson she expressed to us her fear of telling her mother that she wants to switch religions and how she wants to tell her but she feels so much fear. She was raised in a very catholic home and she is afraid that her mother will be very disappointed when she hears that she wants to change from what she has always been taught. But C. is amazingly prepared and she knows that this is the true church. The spirit was amazingly strong and when we handed her that scripture on the sticky note and with tears in her eyes she asked us "when did you write this??" we told her that we had written it that morning and she told us that was the EXACT thing that she needed in that exact moment. Man, it was amazing the spirit was amazingly strong and I KNOW that she felt the love that her Father in Heaven has for her individually. It was a truly amazing moment. Another one of our investigators, A., is 15 years old and has been investigating for quite a while. I don't know if I have written about her, but she is getting really close to baptism! her sister is only one year older and is a new convert but the only problem is that A. is very shy and has some doubts and fears about baptism. We were able to have two very beautiful spiritual lessons with them this week and answer some questions that they have and help A. overcome these fears and doubts that she has. It is amazing to see how the spirit works in teaching. when the spirit is there, the whole atmosphere is just special and that is how answers come and that is how the doubts and the fears vanish. A. is on date for baptism so we are hoping to be able to continue to help her progress towards that date!

This week I had the opportunity to go on an exchange to a small city near Milano called Lodi, it is close to Pavia. I am always very happy to go to new areas and help the sisters there and get a new perspective on things. All of the appointments that they had planned fell through so we were able to see many finding miracles! the sister I was with had a fear, I guess you could call it, of talking to people on the street. she was used to just talking in parks, but for some reason, the street gave her fear. I have this method called, if you have a fear of something, you just have to DO it, that is how I overcame my fear of talking to people at the beginning of the mission. So we were able to just DO a lot of strada (street) finding and we found many new people that were willing to listen to us! It was
beautiful to once again help someone overcome a fear. With all of this talk of fears and what not that we have been having with our investigators lately, interestingly enough at the mission leadership meeting that we had this week we talked a lot about fears and the scripture "have no fear I am with thee." It is by no chance that this was the topic of our meeting because this is exactly the thing we have been having to face a lot lately! I was amazed. When we have faith and courage, it doesn't mean that the fear is gone. Fear is something we all have to work through and overcome little by little. When we are close with our Savior and when we love Him with all our hearts, the fear leaves and we can accomplish anything. "Perfect Love casteth out all fear." When we trust in Him and have faith, these fears that we each have can be cast out and we can be full of faith. I am grateful for the fears I have been able to overcome on my mission, for the strength that my savior provides me! It is so comforting to know that no matter what we have to do, we will have someone right by our side, rooting us on and whispering, "have no fear, I am with thee."

Some cool news is that Bonnie Oscarson and Linda K Burton are coming to do a "tour" of our mission next month! They are doing some conferences with the members and missionaries including one for JUST the sister missionaries! I am super excited for that! they are amazing women!

That is about all I have for today! it is getting cooler here in Milano and we are as happy as ever. I am grateful for the love and support that each one of you show me. the prayers are felt and appreciated.

Till next time,
Sorella Burt

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