Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 23, 2015

Dear Family,

Well this week was just a great week! You know there is just such a joy that comes from being a missionary and giving it your all to share the Gospel with Others. So many things have happened this week and I wish I could just share everything with you guys!!! haha But here we go, I will try!
We had a Conference this week with Elder Tixiera. (he is the presiding authority for Europe) It was amazing! This man is a Genius! haha but really he was just such a huge help with showing things and explaining things about the work. One of the biggest things that he emphasized was talking to EVERYONE. I have never really been one that will talk to everyone I see. So my companion and I put that to the test. WOW... it works so much better than just picking and choosing. At the end it makes so much more sense to. Why would you limit your options on people to share the Gospel to. I love it!haha I thought it was just amazing. We have met so many more people that have interest in the gospel than we would have ever thought! And even if all these contacts turn into nothing.. you know At least i have the clear conscious that I gave it my all and gave them the chance! You know the secret to missionary work.. really is work. haha I don't know why but this week I have just understood that on such a higher level! So for all you future missionaries.. when you get down on yourself in  the mission and you are "depressed" like Ammon felt... do what he did. 
 "27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.

 28 And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them; and we have been patient in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of the world—not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God." Alma 26: 27-28

Its pretty amazing to see that even the best missionary in the Book of Mormon got depressed at times.. but he shows us the way to get out of it! I love it! :) 
Well some more news... because of this huge conference.. we had a ton of missionaries.. so we had a great idea! MISSIONARY CHOIR AT THE MOST FAMOUS PIAZZA IN ROME!! haha and they asked me to play the guitar and another sister to play the violin.. that simplified hymn book with the chords came in clutch! haha (Thanks Andra!) I will send you all a picture next time! But anyway, it was sooooooo successful! It was the most successful finding thing that i have ever done. We came out with at least 5 contacts and a couple appointments already fixed. The rest of the missionaries did to. It was amazing We were honestly blessed! Not only that but it was super fun! haha :) I had like random Italians and tourist taking pics with me! haha :) 
Well all is going well here in Italy! I love you all! Have a great week! 
- Anziano Line  

March 9, 2015

Dear Family,
 This week was really long. We did an exchange with some greenies... and i was with an elder from Uruguay. he didn't speak any English and spoke no Italian. He went to Madrid for some reason so his mtc was only 2 weeks and he learned no Italian... haha needless to say it was quite difficult communicating sometimes. It was really interesting though because i was able to understand a little of what he said. i picked up a lot more than what i thought i would.
 We had transfers this week and because we were in Rome we were helping all week with them. Then at the end the inevitable happened and my comp and I got sick. :( haha so we are a bit under the weather right now but its all good because our boss investigator came back and so we can start teaching him.
This week Elder Allen of the Seventy came to our mission to do some training. It was a great training session and we got to see a lot of our mission friends. Its crazy because in the next two transfers we are having 2 more mission conferences.. its crazy!!! 
Well miracle of the week- 
I think if one new about transfers in our mission and how crazy they are and by the end everyone somehow is where they need to be, that would be enough to know this church is true. Think about it.. every transfer about 1/3 if not more of the mission is transferred. Which means (and these are estimates) that's about 70 missionaries that have to travel, 140 missionaries that have to go with there comp to some point, 210 pieces of luggage, and to add on to that, everyone must travel with another person making the travel plans a little chaotic to get traveling missionaries together. Well this week was transfer week and Anziano Jones and I were helping people get to where they needed to be because usually people don't know Rome or need help with bags. Anyway, we decided to take a bus to the main station which puts us at the front of the station instead of a metro which puts us in the station directly. We were told to get three sisters coming in. So we get to the front of the station and lo and behold there is an elder and sister standing there that no one was expecting to be there. There ZL had told them the wrong day to travel and no was there to get them, and its pretty late at night... they had never been in Rome and didn't know any of the numbers... so basically they were stuck and by chance we found them and all was OK! haha ...transfers! hahaha 
Well I hope you guys have a great week! Love y'all! 

March 1, 2015

Dear Family,
Well these past couple of weeks have been crazy! Transfer calls were this week and my greenie and I are staying here! We live with the assistants and one of my best friends in the mission just got called as one of the assistants, so we are roommates and its been great so far! 
Well to update you on the work... well there really is not much... and so that is the update.. lots of finding and more finding. 
Now to update you on the mission and the funner stuff... One night my greenie and I were doing finding and it was pretty dark out and so we were walking and saw this huge field so we decided to go down into it... well we started walking and once we were in the middle i looked around and noticed that it was really strange. It had a ring around it and just like gravel in the ring... so we walked some more and then it hit me.. we were walking in the circo massimo... hahahah one of the most famous spots in Rome! It was where they held the chariot  races back in the olden times! haha Unfortunately we didn't find anyone to accept the gospel there! haha Well I am still working on meeting with the Pope... as soon as this band on the catholic sites and Jewish sites goes off.... i Will try to slip a book of Mormon in there.. haah :) Well I love you all and hope you are having a great week! Always share your testimony! I gave a talk on missionary work this last week and I used my favorite quote.- Always share the gospel, and when necessary, use words! Have a great week! :)

-Anziano Line