Saturday, 27 June 2015

Ragusa 8/6/15 - 21/6/15 - Aumentando allo stesso tempo il nostro insegnamento opportunità con Ipad per insegnare con splendidi risultati


Okayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!! Sooooooooooo as per usual, I'll email you as if I'm writing in a diary. Meglio cosi! <3


MONDAY---- We FINALLY got around to going to H&M!! I bought a skirt, makeup bag, a few tops to keep me cool in the summer... a new cute necklace (I couldn't resist!), a pair of black and brown shoes. My other ones had seen better days .. And yeah, we just went all out with the retail therapy!! <3 IT FELT SO GOOD!

Tuesday ---- We had DDM... which was awesomeeeeeeeee! :) Then we went to Comiso to see Sorella Turtula. She is the sweetest lady EVERRR. I love seeing her so much. She is one of the best examples I know of service. Everything she does is truly out of the goodness of her heart and I just love that woman! Then we had English Course :)

Wednesday ---- Such a full day!! :) We went to see Vincenzo at the pharmacy... but he wasn't there... so we went to see Rosemary.. and she wasn't there either... SO WE DID FINDING. YEY! Then we went to see Sorella Appiah. It went really well! Also, after that we saw Gabe! He was great as per usual! I don't remember what we spoke about... OH WAIT, YES I DO! We had Fratello Guastella with us (MEMBER PRESENT LESSON) and we spoke about the Book of Mormon, the importance of having a testimony of Joseph Smith and the sort. It went really well, Fllo Guast. shared a really awesome testimony. He is awesome! He is the ward mission leader! :D Then we had another BIDONEEEEEEE!!! YEY. haha jk. I hate bidones but! it is okay, cus they had reason. anyway.. after that we headed to a member lesson and we were a bit early, so EBM style we did casa casa in the area. A lady let us up and into her house, told us she wants personal English course. We told her our real purpose and set a deal that if we can teach her English, we will also teach her our 5 gospel lessons.... and SHE AGREED!! CON PIACERE!!! (with pleasure!) :) Then the member lesson. We did it about charity and shared a story from the Bible. Then said how missionary work is a way we can demonstrate charity for others and our love for Christ. :) Then we prayed together on our knees and asked her to think of someone in her life that needs the message of the gospel! :) So we will be following up on that soon :) Then we had ward council :) That was... great!!!

Thursday ---- WE SAW VINCENZO!!! THE GUY WHO OWNS THE PHARMACY AND HAS A VERY VERY YOUNG FAMILY :) OOPS sorry about the caps. I don't have time to change it... ANYWA .. He read 'The Family a Proclamation to the World' and loved it (he read it with his wife) and he picked out his fave bits. We bore our testimonies with him on the family. We invited him to do a FHE with us and his family. :) He accepted! :) .. and gave us more free pharmacy / beauty stuff :) Thennnnnnnnnn okay okay so! We picked up one new simp!! :):) So we are really really really excited!!!! We met him doing casa casa... we didn't actually ring his bell though. He was leaving the apartment as we were ringing the bells and he told us we were wasting our time with this apartment, cus it is full of old people and missionaries have come before and no-one is interested... BUT... that he would be interested in meeting with us. He gave us his number and we text him during the week. He works a lot, so initially it was hard to meet him, then during the day on Thursday we were busy doing finding and we get a text 'I'm at home. If you come over right now you will find me' .. and so we RAN! RAN TO HIS HOUSE!!!!! and did a lesson with him. He like had these cute lil blueberry juices for us and biscuits. <33 and he was literally the COOLEST italian I have ever met. His name is Alfio. He is like 26 'ish. He works with advertising and media/photography, so we are SO EXCITED!!! He respects all of our rules etc. He wanted to do the lesson at the beach and we told him we couldn't get in the car with just 1 guy and he was like 'sure, of course' and he said he will organise for a girl to come with us tooo. He is GOLDEN!!!!! :D Thennnn English course! :)

Friday ---- I'm running out of time, so I'll shorten this down, as we are doing another reverse P'day again :). But we saw Gabe and Rita!

Saturday ---- We did weekly planning.. then had a day of bidones.

Sunday ---- Was awesomeeeeeeeeeeeee! Church was so so great! Me and Reber taught Gospel Principles abouuuuut Repentance and it went really really well :) We did it all in perfect timing :) Then we ate at the Cascone's house. I WAS SO FULL. WE ALWAYS EAT SO WELL WITH THEM. I love their food MMMMM! <3 Then Me Reber and the Anz did a mostra (gesso) in centro (Via Roma). We had some good gospel convos, but only managed to get one mobile number, so that's exciting :)


I am absolutely LOVING my mission. Being here in Sicily as a representative of our Lord and Saviour Gesù Cristo is one of the greatest blessings! I will be eternally grateful for this opportunity that I have been given. For reals. I have been out in the mission field 10 months, which means I am over half way. Time is going by so so quickly!!! I have enjoyed every moment here and I know that I am going to love every moment to come. The people here in Italy are so special to me, they are incredible!! They really do look out for me and they are hilarious!! Love themmmm!! 

I have been serving in Ragusa (in Sicily) for nearly 6 months. We are currently teaching some awesome people and we have seen great progress with the less actives in this ward. We really do see the Lord's hand in this work, every day through tender mercies and great miracles!!

I just want you all to know that I know that this gospel is true. That through a prophet, called of God, namely Joseph Smith, the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored and it's here to stay. The same gospel that Christ himself established when he was on earth and it is here, for everyone!! I know it's true, that's why I'm here. I know that this gospel brings true happiness to all who through sincere prayer, find out for themselves of it's truthfulness and accept it. I have felt the happiness and comfort that it has brought into my life and I have seen the peace it has brought to others here in Italy. 

Thank you allllll for your support, love and kindness. You're all the best!!

BACI E ABBRACCI xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Week 2:
Another week goes by and it's email time again!!!!!!!!!! :) yeyyyyyyy.
Just a lil side ish note, I am allowed to check emails during the week, just not allowed to reply. So if you at any point want to drop me a cute lil message to put more smiles on my face during the week, be my guest
Anyways!!!  Monday was just the usual chill P'day with the lesson we did with Gabe.
Tuesday we began by seeing the Angelini's. We spoke about the Restoration and it went really well ...... Then we tried to squeeze in more lessons with less actives but they didn't work out sooooooo then we headed over to the station to go to Catania!! When we got to the Sorelle's apartment we ordered pizza (all of the Sorelle in the Catania zone were there... 8 of us ) and we ate it out on the balcony. Then slept.
At Zone Conference with Sorella Reber
Wednesday was zone conference! Wheyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. So we get there and get our iPads and some stuff, then President and Sorella Waddoups do an addestramento, then the AP's, then the Zone Leaders, then the STL's, then Reber, me and the Catania Sorelle did a
musical number. They sung 'Nearer my God to Thee'. I played the piano, obv. BUT I HAD THE SECOND BIG MISTAKE OF PIANO PERFORMANCE IN MY LIFE.... so, it was a stupid electric piano and as we practised, we had the piano on the perfect volume, so it wasn't too loud, but it was turned up for the opening hymn, which I didn't think about, so when it got to us, I began playing and it was pretty loud. Part-way through when my hands had a break between verses, I tried to really quickly turn it down, then something went wrong and it sounded AWFUL, but it was still loud, so I do the same after the second verse. 
Ooops......Piano Fail!
It went wrong again and I was so confused cus my hands weren't doing anything different.
Then I go to do it again, because it was STILL so loud. THEN I realise. I was changing the transition. I FELT SO BAD CUS BY THEN I REALISED IT WAS TOO LATE. I FELT AWFUL. The Sorelle sounded beautiful and I just ruined it and I just couldn't figure out what was going on until it was too late hahahahahahahah oh well. Then we travelled home and by the time we got home, it was time for daily planning.

More Zone Conference Photos

More Zone Conference Photos

More Zone Conference Photos where we received Ipads

The Catania Zone Photo June 2015

THURSDAY. We had an awesome day!!! We saw Gabe and spoke about the gospel of Jesus Christ. THEN after that we went to see Sorella Appiah. We bore our testimonies to her on the Gift of the Holy Ghost; it's purpose and blessings we receive from the Holy Ghost. We shared personal experiences and how we have felt the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives. Then in the evening we saw Rita. We used the LDS pamphlet tool on the iPad to do it
and it went so well. These iPads are incredible for the work. Rita and Destiny loved it! Rita even bore her beautiful testimony to her 6 year old son about baptism. It was beautiful :) then we met up with Sabrina and Luigi. They are the couple we met doing casa as we were
early for a member appointment last week.  They were so cool. We began speaking about How God is our loving Heavenly Father and how the gospel blesses families. They really felt the spirit, especially Luigi. It was awesome. They commented on the video we showed and they just loved it. Then we had English course :) Also, today my right eye started running a lot and it is really irritating me. :/
Friday we did weekly planning :)))) then we went to see Vincenzo at his pharmacy and showed him the Because of Him video. He hasn't yet got to speak with his family about the FHE, but he welcomed us back to share more messages with him. :) then we saw Luigi and Sabrina again :) then the Angelini's too. Oh also, I recorded and sent Ammon's birthday song :) The eye is still leaking.  

Saturday we did a mostra with the Anziani about the gospel of Jesus Christ again, cus last time it went so well :) I had a really good conversation with a man called Salvo about the gospel and why I am here in Italy. He even gave us him number, so we will contact him
at some point this week to see if he wants to meet us more formally. Then we met the guy that Sorella Reber found last week during the mostra. We did the Restoration lesson with him and it was awesome. We invited him to baptism and he didn't accept, but he is really serious about it. He said he wants to know for himself first because it's a really important decision. He doesn't want to get baptised then leave the church and do his own thing. He just wants to be 100% set on it. :) He's awesome! Then we saw Gabe and covered the Gospel of Jesus Christ again with the LDS pamphlets. It was a lesson where the spirit was
so strongly present. We all felt amazing and when we asked Gabe how he felt, he said 'illuminated'. HE FELT THE SPIRIT!! :) Then we had correlation. We mentioned that we would like to do a fireside for the youth about missionary work and technology. Fratello Guastell said he would speak to Vescovo, as he really liked the idea :)
Sundayyyyyyyyy we had church. Relief Society was all about the Holy Ghost, then the Anziani did gospel principles about baptism. (We warned one of our Simps about it hahaha ). It went really well, as they did a great job. Then I translated in sacrament meeting for some of the Anziani's Simps. It was so difficult, but I managed to do it :) Then we went to the Manzini's for dinner. It was soooo goooooood!! 

Well, this week has been awesome. I still have problems with my eye and I'm not sure what to do :S but other than that, we picked up 3 new investigators this week :) and one of the less active families we have been working with came to church again for the 3rd week in a row :) and even said one of the prayers in sacrament meeting.
This week has been great. The church is true.  I love being a missionary.  Ammon is gonna be a bang tidy trainer. I miss you all a ton too, but right now there is no place I would rather be. This country is amazing, the people are more than amazing and I am blessed enough to be here right now with them. They really will be my friends forever. 
Baci e abbracci