Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 22nd Letter

Dear Family,
Well this was a fun week! We had an activity in church yesterday and it went really well! We had a lot of our potential investigators and investigators come to the activity. It was an all day Pasquetta party and it was really fun! It was good to see the members interact with the non members! We played lots of games like ping pong, Foosball, and human battleship... you play with water balloons and a you launch them over a "wall" and try to hit the people laying on the ground. it was a lot of fun and it just turned into people grabbing the balloons and throwing them at each other! Our district is trying to do a week only in Italian! its pretty difficult but its also really fun! haha needless to say i carry a dictionary with me everywhere i go now :)

Well this week, like I said, was hard for us to meet with our investigators. But we were able to meet with Anita, and the first lesson we had with her in the week went great! We planned a great Plan of Salvation lesson, a lesson that allowed us to personally share why we are grateful for the plan, and to get her looking in the perspective of eternity. We had a great lesson! We had her draw herself the plan on the board and she loved it and expressed feelings of gratefulness. We asked her if she wanted to be baptized and she said yes, this is huge because we haven't been able to get her to say yes. Now the problem part... Whenever she feels the spirit really strongly, she tends to feel sick. I don't know why it is like this, but it happens a lot that she will feel sick after a lesson. After we finished our lesson she was standing up and she fainted and started having seizures, so we hurried and gave her a blessing and called Anziano Scherbal to come help. So this is our dilemma, we want to have these great spiritual lessons with her, but every time we do she ends up having some sort of physical reaction. We are not sure what to do, cause we don't want to hurt her, and this has happened many times throughout the lessons that she will feel sick. So any Ideas?

April 14th Letter

Dear Family...
Well this week was an interesting week. Full of lots of finding and helping old men try to quit smoking. haha We are working with 2 old men that are trying to quit smoking! We just barley started the program, so we will see how it goes and I will give you an update next week. 
Our investigators are doing great! they are pretty much at the same spot as they were at the last week. It has been really busy with Easter this past week and Palm Sunday. I don't remember if we recognize Palm Sunday, but its huge here! They all buy olive branches for each other. Secondo me, its just a way to get money out of branches.. haha :) Nevertheless its a great honor to be given a olive branch. We only got one.. so i guess that is how honorary we are :) And also maybe the fact that we are two strange ragazzi from america.. haha 
Well this week I had my record for most lunches at someones house. We only ate at our house 2 this week... I consider this to be a great success because:
1. Italians are much better cooks than us..
2. The food is great when Italians make it
3. Italian food is great! 
So as you can see, there are great advantages to not eating at our house. I guess also, its a great way to share the gospel. haha Okay actually that is the main reason, not for the food. We have some great potential investigators coming on the horizon! We just need to make them investigators! Anyway, I made up a riddle this week and i am pretty proud of it. here it is.. give it a try and respond back:
When you open me, you close me. When you close me, you open me. What am i? 
Well that is my riddle! Gospels true! Unlike the riddle, its not hard to figure out, its plain and beautiful! ( unless the riddle is easy, then don't compare them(: ) We just have to know how to find the answers. Prayer is a powerful tool and can help us in any moment we need it! I thankful we have a Heavenly Father who is always there for us, and wants to hear and help us! I hope you all have a great week! Happy Easter
-Anziano Line

Sunday, April 27, 2014

april 14

Dear Family,
Well this week was kind of a drag. Not much happened this week as far as investigators. It is really hard to meet with most of our investigators. But we do the best we can. Jr still is coming to church! He is just a little miracle from God! And Anita is slowly taking down her wall.... all investigators have to get around a wall basically... some can crush it, others can climb over it.. and then there is Anita.. who takes it down.. brick by brick. But its all good... we love her and she is coming along! We met a strange guy named Carlo... we aren't sure if he is mafia or what... but either way, some good story is going to come out of this! So if i go missing next week for some reason.. just know i love you all! hahah
Well we went to Reggia today... for all you history buffs... this is the huge palace that was built to verse Versailles. the huge one up in France... and yes it is huge. so i will send pics. 
Well i am excited for Conference! I hope you all are too! Love y'all! I will write a better letter next week! haha 
Anziano Line