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January 5th 2015

Dear Family,
Well i can't believe that its already 2015.. is this the year that Back to the future people lived in?? i think we should have floating skateboards by now.. humanity is a let down! :( haha 
Anyway, I hope that you all had a great new years! Big news for the week... WE HAD SNOW HERE IN PALERMO! Yes that's right, for a brief moment my tropical paradise was like Utah-ish. haha On wed we had enough snow to build a mini snowman. The funny thing is that it never snows here. The people didn't know what to do. I talked to this really old member and he said he has only seen it snow 2 other times in his life here in Palermo and this was the worst one. haha Everything just Shut down and pretty sure the car accident increased like 400% that day, sirens non stop! it was pretty funny. It was not really fun to walk in though.. so respect to all the missionaries up north! I have officially become a baby to cold weather! I don't like it. i lost my Utah cold weather skin. Me and my comp (who is from Arizona and doesn't like the cold either) we had like our main heater going and the water heater thingys going and tons of blankets... but it was fun! 
Well this week we did some work in another city. We had a district blitz and then later on in the week we did a mostra on the street. We did a huge chalk drawing while the rest of us elders and sisters talked to people that were staring at the chalk drawing.... chalk is actually a really good way to get peoples attention! it works well! Ill try to send pics! 
Well I hope that you have a great week this week! Share the Gospel with someone you don't know! that is my invite.. its a new year and that means a new opportunities ahead of us! Love y'all!
-Anziano Line 

December 29th

Dear Family,
Well this has been a great last two weeks. We are seeing so many blessings in our Area and our District. To Start of first we had the baptism of Stanley. He was baptized on the 20th. It was a great baptism and really just the way to start off the Christmas festivals.
Secondly, many miracles happened this week. The first happened at the beginning of the week. A member called us up and told us about her son that is very in active in the church and that recently he has been feeling to come back to church and wanted to meet with the missionaries. So she told us to come over the next day and we had a lesson. It went great! We showed him the video "he is the gift" and by the end he was crying! The spirit was really strong. So now we are working with him.
Another miracle that came this week was when we did an Activity for Palermo 3. We had an American BBQ and we were grilling outside and we saw a father and the son just standing outside the gate of the church. We went over there and talked to them and invited them to come eat with us and they came! They seem like great potentials and want to come to church. Unfortunately yesterday was pretty bad weather wise so they were un able to make it. but they said they will come next week.
Another miracle that we saw was from a referral from Palermo 1. We met him and his friend at the station and had a quick introductory lesson. The next day was Sunday and him and his Friend came to church, We went and picked them up at the station and took the bus to the church. They really enjoyed it, so we are excited for them and hopefully they make progression!

Well Christmas was great!  We chilled at a members house and played games and ate food. I made some home made salsa and it was great! (there is no Mexican food in Italy,, so salsa was amazing) The movies that we watched were Lego movie and Frozen. Great Movies! Either Lego was super duper awesome or it was just that i hadn't seen really anything for like a year, but Lego made me get emotional at the end! haha (i blame it on the salsa) :) The next day like i said, we had a American BBQ and we cooked hamburgers and chicken wings and we made rice crispies (another thing that you cannot find here but we searched hard!) in fact we took them around to our members because we made a lot! haha I saw the marshmallows and bought like 7 bags! :) Everyone loved them! :)
Anyway, Today for our District I organized a blitz in one of the areas so all the district is here right now and for P-day today we played soccer together! It was great, i am really tired! haha! So that's about it! I love all of you and thank you for your prayers and letters these past few weeks! Have a Great NEW YEARS!!!

December 15, 2014

Dear Family,
Well I got my new comp! His name is Anziano Slade! and since you all want to know about him here we go
Anziano Slade
From Arizona, mesa to be exact
about my height
in the mission for about 6 months now, this is his second area
Mexican food is his favorite food
favorite band is Coldplay..  
played football and did track in high school
(we had a tournament my Jr year in Arizona at his high school haha) 
anyway, that is my comp in a nutshell! haha you asked for details you get them! haha anyway, he is a great guy and we will do some good work together! 
Speaking of work, we have a baptism this Saturday! Stanley is getting baptized! So we are excited about that! He has been the most dedicated investigator i have ever seen. For the last like 13 weeks he has come to church on time and stayed the whole time week in and week out.. So we are excited for him. Its amazing to see how the Lord blesses this branch, it was opened just 6 months ago and its growing! I am just grateful to be a part of it!.
Well for this Christmas season we are doing a lot of fun things! We have been doing a choir every Sunday with the young adults here in a huge piazza and the missionaries go around talking to people as the stop and listen. We have gotten some really good contacts out of it. I LOVE THIS SEASON!! Well have a great week everyone!!! LOVE Y'ALL
-Anziano Line

December 2

December 2, 2014
Dear Family,
Well this week has been a pretty crazy week! This last week we literally had no time, which is pretty awesome when you can have a week with no extra time. Those are the type of weeks you want! :) 
Anyway, to start off the week we had a great P-day! The next day was the beginning of zone Conference with our interviews with President. Then we had to hurry off to our English course and then do a lesson that night on the opposite side of town. Luckily the Italian Buses were on our side that night and we made it. The next day we had our Zone Conference which takes up most of the day. It was a great zone conference! Still nothing yet on face book and ipads... darn.. But it was still very inspirational and I took many great things from it! We did a lot of role playing... apparently that is the new way of getting better as a missionary because our mission has been emphasizing it, so to all you future missionaries.. just do role playing!! It will help :) 
The next day, we had service and helped a family move into a house. We went with the family to the house they were living in and helped them get all there stuff. I thought that they would be moving into a nicer home seeing as this home was pretty destroyed and small. This family has 4 kids, all of which are teens and the oldest just left on a mission a couple of days ago. To my surprise, when we arrived at the house they would be living in, or should i say apartment, i discovered that it was even smaller then what they had had. An apartment consisting of 1 bedroom, a small kitchen, one bathroom, and one closet. This was the day of thanksgiving and I don't think Ive quite ever had one like that. I don't think i was ever more grateful for that which had then in that moment that thanksgiving day. The thing was, that the family wasn't complaining. They were happy to get out of the house they were in last. It was just amazing to me to see the gratitude that this family had, and was a strong lesson that i learned that day, one that i wont forget. 
The next day we began our long "road trip". We went to do exchanges with a really small town in the middle of the island called mistretta. It was the cutest little town ya ever did see. Typical small Italian town with just old people in it. haha It had the smell of campfire throughout the town because its all the way up in the mountains and its a little chilly. So it was great and reminded me of Utah! We saw a couple of people and members and had a great time, and helped them out with there work. 
The next day which was a Sat. we headed to another small town called Enna with these elders (they have a car so it was really nice) and we did the first part of Stake Conference that night. Our stake is the whole island of Sicilia. So this year stake conference was held on the whole other side of the island. So they did the sat session in this small city in the middle of the island so its easier for everyone to get to, then we went to the complete opposite side to Catania to so the Sun session. Stake Conferences are fun because you get to see a lot of missionaries! So we stayed in Catania sat and Sunday and Monday. (Our President made a rule that we cant travel on Sunday so we had to stay there that night, and we were alright with that (:!! )  Monday came (yesterday) and it was our P-day, so we did it there in Catania. Because all the elders were already there, we organized soccer and had a great game (I am really sore right now, really out of shape!) haha :) I gotta say soccer is pretty fun to play and i am slowly but surly getting better at it! 
Well later on in the p-day, we went to America! No joke.. it was great! Ok, it was actually a military base, but same thing, it felt like America. An elder that we were with in the car is an army brat and could get us on the navy base. So needless to say we went and got some subway, then we stocked up on lots of American food!! It was great! Its always weird to see Americans! 
So this all happened yesterday and last night we traveled back to mistretta, that small town and this morning we came back to Palermo with the same elders to do our district meeting that we have every Tues. It was the birthday of one of the elders in our district and he wanted an American burger so we went to this restaurant for lunch like an hour ago that was like the old wild west (Italians love the wild west) and we had a burger! It was great! And that finished off our huge trip! 
Things like that don't happen very often in the mission! It was really fun and I enjoyed every minute of it! Well I hope you enjoyed hearing every detail about my week! haha Love Y'all and hope you have a great week! :)
Anziano Line 

November 2

Dear Family,
Well this week was a great week! We had the baptism of Ike on Saturday! It was a great day full of the spirit! It took 3 times to get Ike all the way down, and he hit his head the first time, but in the end he was baptized :) Its amazing to see the work being done here in Palermo, more specifically by the members. I wish I could take credit for this, but if it weren't for the members none of this success would be happening right now. 
We are excited because we have 3 more investigators that should be baptized soon! 
Stanley is the first one. He has come to church now for the past 5-6 weeks without fail. We are just helping along to get an answer of the restoration of the gospel. We were not able to meet with him last week due to scheduling problems, however this week we will meet with him. We are excited because he is really reading the Book of Mormon with intent. 
Our other two investigators are Mark and Apphia. We are just at the beginning process with them. We hope to be able to set dates with them both this week. Apphia is having trouble coming to church so we are trying to work out a way to help him come. Ike, the man who was just baptized is friends with him, so we are hoping that they can come together. 
We are also working with our less actives and new converts. Gift, the man who was baptized a couple weeks ago is doing great! He received the priesthood the other day and our lessons with him are some of the best ones i have had on the mission. 
We are working with a less active from Palermo 2 named Guilio. Strangely enough we are helping him come back through ping pong. We have invited him to come play ping pong with us and we get members to come every so often and we do a lesson with him before we play. He has been coming back to church and coming to the young adult activities and becoming good friends with the members. So all those hours spent playing ping have paid off!!! God uses our talents to do his work.. even if that is ping pong! :) 
Well work here is going good! Anziano Birberg and I are doing great! We hope that we can do a 3rd one together and keep this work up! 
Also this week, we ate with a member one day this incredible sandwich.. i wish i had a pic.. but basically it was bread, like a pound of meat. and lettuce and tomatoes (for the healthiness). But the meat was like turkey, and bacon. sausage. beef... like everything all together.. haha!! it was great!:)  
Well I love y'all!! have a great week!! 
-Anziano Line