Thursday, August 22, 2013

Week 4!!! Two more weeks!!!!

HEY FAMILY!!! 
Wow! Time has gone by so fast!! We don't count Sunday's or Wednesday's (because those days go by super super fast) so we have 9 days left and I will be in ITALIA!!!! Io sono multa felice! It's crazy how fast the time goes by in the MTC!! You are just working constantly and it goes fast! Anyway, we had a touching experience as we did our TRC teaching... (members come in and we teach them a lesson in our language, it's pretty much like a home teaching session for 40 min). We had two guys, the first one was from Italy and 1. he sounded super awesome and I hope i sound like that! (I Love the language!! it's the prettiest language ever!!!) 2. We got him to tell us a story in English (there not supposed to break from italian, so this was pretty epic). He told us about experiences he had when someone would ask him a question and he would have no idea what to say but he would pray and instantly the answers and how to say the answers in a way they would understand and scriptures he never knew he knew would come to him! I thought it was soo cool! I know this is the true church because I have already felt that many times in my mission so far! for instance, our second time doing TRC we had an old man and it was our first 40 minute lesson in italian... ya and we found out we were going to do it that long 30 sec before we started..haha. so ya, me and my companion were freaking out, so we said a prayer and went in having faith. To make the experience even harder, we went in with a prepared message but we asked him at first if there was anything he wanted to talk about and he had something that was different than what we had prepared. So we had to take 40 min, talking about a subject that we didn't prepare for with a stranger we knew nothing about. So, yeah... we had to have faith at this point. haha :) I said a quick prayer in my heart and just started talking. My companion jumped in with experiences he had and i found scriptures that we used and it felt like 10 mins and i looked down and we had taking 50 min. Yep miracles happen!! The fact that we talked for 50 min, having a conversation with him and having him understand us and us understand him was probably one of the coolest experiences I've had here. 
Well, I'm glad to say that the zone is dong great! It's still weird being one of the youngest ones in the zone but having all these older kids look to you for leadership and advice. I love our zone!! We have some pretty amazing guys and it's to bad they arent all going to rome. I just hope ill get to catch up with them after! We are in the middle of intense Rome vs Milan sporting events. I dont want to brag or anything but, we played basketball against them yesterday and swept 3 games to nothing! ya... Rome Mission is the best! :)
Well thats all I got for this weekly letter. Language is coming along great! We are starting to go most of the day speaking it and trust me we dont do the language justice, but it is still fun! Well church is true there's work to do! 
Anziano Line

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

3rd Letter From Anziano Line!!!! :)

Well I'm half way done!!!!!.... with the MTC that is. I'm still doing great! No, i am not fat if that's what you wondering. I have stayed my constant 185 that I have been at. Yes, I am extremely happy about that. An Anziano in my zone gained 16 lbs. while he has been in the MTC! It's quite funny actually, he got to 197 and he trying to go for 200 before he starts going back down. Haha! I'm having a great time here! Anziano Durham and I have been called to be the Zone Leaders of our zone! It's been quite the calling to say the least. We are over about 60 missionaries that are in our zone! No one knows how we got the calling, we thought we were flying under the radar, but nevertheless we got the call and we're grateful for the opportunity! It's funny to think that two kids fresh out of high school are leading a bunch of missionaries that are much older! Granted, there are a few missionaries our age, but mostly they are all 19-21. Our responsibility includes sitting up on the stands every Sunday and trying to help all the missionaries with their problems! haha So I'll let you know if our zone is doing in a week! Hopefully we prove to be good leaders! :)
Richard G. Scott came for our tuesday devotional last night! He was amazing! We were about 5 rows back so we were able to see him pretty good! He gave a great talk on prayer (i think he gave this talk in conference cause it sounded familiar) but it was awesome! He also gave an apostolic blessing to us and it was pretty amazing! He said something like this " I give you an apostolic blessing to all you missionaries learning languages, that you will have the gift of tongues and you will be able to learn your language to it's extent and in a quick manner"! I thought that was the coolest thing ever! I felt bad for those missionaries not learning a language cause they weren't really included but hey, they got it easy... they get out of here in two weeks and they don't have teachers talking to them in another language 24/7! Haha jkjk, all missions are hard! :) 
 I wish I had more to say but MTC is pretty much the same! Nothing much is going on. We are steadily increasing in Italian, I've already said many embarrassing stuff i was not aware of...for instance, I said I was the holy ghost. I didnt realize what i said until my investigator started poking me to see if I was real or not! :) I quickly realized what i said and we just all started laughing. We finally got to go to the temple today and I loved the new temple video! So yep, thats about the extent of my week! It safe to say I can't wait to get out of here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I miss you guys tons! I can't wait to talk to you in three weeks! 
With much love,
Anziano Line

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Second Letter!!!!

Hello from the MTC!!
Well just like last week, this has been another eventful week!! Everyday my knowledge is growing in the gospel and in Italian!! It's pretty amazing what you can accomplish with the Lord in your side. Anziano Durham and I got our first baptism this week! :).... too bad he was a member all ready... and ultimatly became our main teacher. But hey, I feel like getting a member to get baptized again is a little harder than trying to get a none member baptized. haha! So we both celebrated that night with some well deserved Enya! Yes we broke the rules (cause you're not allowed to listen to any music here) but it's okay cause 30 sec into it we felt really bad and turned it off.
Other than getting our fist baptism, we can pretty much stumble our way through any lesson we want to teach now. I know for a fact that if it weren't for the spirit we wouldn't be able to communicate at all. Two weeks ago, if you would have told me i was going to teach lessons in italian with no notes and just the scriptures, i would have told you you are crazy! But hey all things are possible with God! 
This Sunday's devotional was an amazing one and made me miss music so much! Jenny Oaks Baker came and did the whole devotional herself about spiritual gifts. She would talk a bit and play a song. She is ridiculously amazing! Her kids are also amazing too. She had them play a song all together and there was a girl that was Kenna's age playing the cello and it made me miss my baby sister :).
I volunteered to teach my first full hour lesson, this time in english! Thank goodness! The missionaries here are so insightful that I barley even taught. It was probably one of the coolest sunday schools I have ever been in.
Anyway, the food is still the same and time is going by faster than ever! It's been two weeks but it feels like yesturday that I got dropped off. It's fun to see all the missionaries from AF. There are so many and all my roomates wonder how I know so many missionaries. Good choice Mom and Dad on the city to raise us in! Well that's all I have to report on!
Until Next week,
Anziano Line