Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 21, 2013

Dear Family,
Well We got our first baptismal date!! His name is Good Luck and he is from Nigeria!! We got it actually like an hour ago... we sacrificed a p-day cause this was the only day we could do it. But it is all worth it and i would sacrifice every p-day if i got a baptism every week!! This week has been crazy!! After a fast that the work would progress, we end up getting 5 new investigators!! We taught more lessons than we have any other week and two investigators came to church!! The work is coming along!! It was so frustrating just doing hours and hours of finding but it pays off!! My trainer says this has been one of the busiest weeks he has had on the mission!! While waiting for a lesson with a new convert we ran into a guy that had been taught by the missionaries long ago but they left and the new ones never talked to him! He is super awesome and would like to get baptized but doesn't know what his family will think... so we are praying that will be sorted out! Well we are off to go celebrate the birthday of Nona Valenti! She is super old and awesome and basically famous around here! Love you all! The gospel is True!!

-anziano line!

October 14th (sorry its late)

Dear Family
Well its official!! I am 19! All the missionaries say i am a real missionary now. haha I guess so. Thanks for all the birthday wishes that I got on my birthday! Well transfer calls came this week and..... I am staying!! Haha Exciting no? Well I'm in Bari for another transfer with the same companion. I'm super excited cause we can continue our work together! Not that there is a lot of work... but there is enough! Last week we did a scambi (exchange) with some other elders and Anziano Barrow and I were together. Anziano Barrow is a greeny like me so just two verdini out trying to talk to people in italian. Let me tell ya it was not the most pretty finding you have ever seen but there was never a dull moment! We had a lesson with two africans that we brought a new convert member to come help us teach. The new converts name is Destiny and before we went we had him practice his testimony with us. He gave his basic testimony and it was just nice and simple and we told him that it would work great! So we get to the lesson and we start teaching these two africans, and Destiny and the two africans are from the same country and the same previous faith. It was perfect!!! We start into the lesson and it was just boom boom boom!! Spirit hitting them left and right and Destiny comes in and just gives this amazing testimony, not at all like the one he gave to us while we were walking there. It was amazing to see how the spirit works through people to give exactly what the investigators need to hear. Hopefully the two africans can really gain a knowledge of the truthfulness we talked about in our message to them! Later we found out that Destiny wasn't originally going to come with us. He had school he had to go to but it was canceled at the last second and he called us to see if we could teach him some Italian and that is how we were able to bring him there. Coincidence?? I think not!! Afterwords, destiny was just so happy, and he told us that he felt good sharing the gospel! I knew exactly what he was feeling cause i have felt it many times! I have a testimony of missionary work and that everyone can do it. he was baptized like 2 months ago and i felt his testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel! The church is true! I know it, if it weren't i wouldn't be out here trying to convert these italians! :) I love the gospel! Well that's all for this week!
Anziano Line! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

4th week In Italy!

Dear family,
We had our first zone conference this week and it was a blast! So many new elders and sisters, it was crazy. It was nice because they held it in our church so we didn't have to go anywhere. All the other Anziani had to travel and get here. While the other anziani were here they had to do finding, so we pretty much got a ton of referrals. We went on a exchange, my companion and I, with the President and did some finding. It was a blast! Just two young guys and an old man walking around talking about Jesus! What could be better! We also had Stake conference and that was such a great experience! Although there were about as many people in our ward in American Fork, It was amazing to see all these saints gathered from all over Puglia! 
The work is going pretty slow and we had a bunch of eternal investigators (investigators that just wont get baptized or wont progress and have been taught for a long time). So me and my Companion decided we would drop them all and just start new. I wasn't sure what would happen but we had trust that we would be led to the right people. So we have really focused on finding this week and we have a ton of lessons and potential investigators that we have gotten. Hopefully we can make progress with them and get them baptized! 
Well I am so excited to watch general conference this week! I will be watching the morning session live here at like 6 or something. Then we get to watch 3 sessions on sunday and one on monday! It is really a cool thing and something that I have really taken for granted that we have a living Prophet and we get to hear his words! I just challenge you to really listen to his words and try to apply them to your life as best as you can! 
Love you all.
Ti Voglio Bene
-Anziano Line