Buon giorno a tutti!
We have had another wonderful week of miracles and beautiful experiences and have seen the hand of The Lord working directly in our lives. The work is sweet and the field is white! By far my favorite thing of the week however was the mission conference that took place towards the beginning of the week. We had the special opportunity to have President Patrick Kearon, a member of the first quorom of the 70 and the president of the Europe area come and visit our mission! On thursday, we had the conference here in Milano. A little bit before the meeting began they asked all of the ZL's and STL's to go to the back room and meet with President Kearon for a minute. We all stood in a little room and had the opportunity to shake his hand talk with him for a bit. He is an amazing man of God, holy cow. I cannot describe the spirit that was in that room and the things that i felt. He is so humble and you can just feel his love and gratitude like radiating from him! This special spirit that we felt in that little room is the same spirit that was felt throughout the rest of that day and into the next day when we were given the opportunity to have a special leadership meeting with him. The spirit was incredible and honestly taught me so many things. It spoke to my soul and helped me to realize many things that i personally can and need to improve in. A few things that stuck out to me were that we as missionaries must be happy and courageous but MINUS the worry. Worry is a thing that often effects soooo many missionaries. we worry about so many things and something i learned from the conference is that this worry is a self-inflicted wound...it is something that we do to ourselves but just like every other type of suffering we can be healed from this worry through the power of the Atonement. The atonement is what heals all wounds, self-inflicted, wounds from others, wounds that just happen as a part of life....all wounds. The atonement is a gift that has been given to all of us, but it is a gift that we must ACCEPT, EMBRACE in order for it to have any effect at all in our lives. It is like if mom wrapped up a nice big package and put it on the fireplace and told you that it was for you...i know that i personally would be very curious about what that gift was, knowing that it is especially for me. But i cannot enjoy the gift until i walk over to the fireplace, pick it up, open it, and accept it into my life. Before i make that action of walking over there...the gift has no part in my life...yes the knowledge of it is there, but i don't get to bask in the blessings of it. That was something that i really loved and learned from the conference. There were obviously many other things that i learned, but that was the one that remained with me the most.
We are continuing to work hard and see miracles! The Lord is blessing us more and more each day. It is amazing how much a happy attitude makes the difference. I am also learning how much setting worthy goals helps to grow our faith. When we set goals that stretch us and then do everything we can to accomplish them, exercising our little particle of faith...when we actually accomplish that goal our faith has grown and we see how much the Lord wants to help us in our lives and especially in this work. I love you all so very much! I pray that you will have a beautiful week and act on the faith you have.
Con tanto amore,