Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Christmas is Coming!
I love this time when i can write my family! I love reading your emails and knowing of your support for me. Especially this week. Thanks so much for all you do for me. I really have been blessed with such a great family. Thanks for the phone call this week. It wasnt the easiest phone call to have but i loved hearing from you. It was such a blessing to hear about Grandma from my family instead of our mission president. I am so grateful to him that he let you call me. Sorella Kelly also called later that afternoon to make sure i was doing ok. Its good knowing that i have my "Parents" here. They really care about us so much. Sounds like everything went well with the funeral. Thanks for sending the program and everything. I loved the nature on it. Grandma would love that! Haha, she just was in awe all the time about this earth that was created for us. I am writing a memory i have of her every night until christmas. I love it. Its been a little hard but like it said last week, im just so grateful for the plan of salvation. That i dont have to doubt where she is or what she is doing. I know that i will see her again and that she is right here with me helping in this work. That same day i found out, friday, our cute chef neighbor could hear us in our apartment and he came up with some lunch for us. It was just a little tender mercy from heavenly father. I know he cares about us so individually and that he really is right there with us all the time. What a wonderful thing to know!!
Happy Dutch Christmas by the way! Took pictures in the morning with my chocolate and my sweaters. It was so fun haha. And then i ate a windmill cookie and some chocolate. SO good! Thank you so much for the package! And the shrunken shoes... haha. Ill attach a picture of it.
Another thing really quick, so saturday morning we decide we are going to go to this little town right next to us to do some finding. Well we get there and it starts raining like i have never seen before. We were laughing so hard and just found an apartment complex to try and get it. Well then it starts hailing and we couldnt even hear anything people were saying and we were SOAKING wet and it was so great. I looked at my companion and we just laughed our heads off. I never really pictured myself standing out in a hailstorm trying to talk to random strangers. And i just love it! We read a quote the other day, i think by president eyring, that said that all the people we talk to, even the ones who say no, will thank us in the next life for giving them the chance to say yes. Such motivation to talk to everyone, even in a hail storm. What we have is precious! I love that i can share it with everyone. I dont want to come home with any regrets of not opening my mouth enough.
As for our investigators this week. Cristian is just not ready to be baptized. And he knows that. He comes to church for maybe the last 15 min and just doesnt put anything in to it. He is leaving on the 19th to go to Sicily for a little bit and we are going to send his info down there. He doesnt know how long he is going to be down there and then thinks if he doesnt stay there he is going to go to France or Spain... It just breaks your heart when you see how badly people need the Gospel but then just wont accept it. Andreina came to church on sunday and was there for most of it. We took a member with us to her lesson on saturday and it was great. He is a convert of like 8 years and just really brought the spirit. I know Andreina knows its true but she just doesnt feel ready to be baptized. We are praying so much for her. She wants an answer so bad. On saturday she looked at me and said, " I did what you said. I got down on my knees and said a prayer last night." It was so cute. She is doing what she needs to do to get an answer and we are just praying that she gets it. We told her that she has people all over the world praying that she will get an answer too. She really liked that, haha. Its just going to be a matter of time with her. Last i want to tell you about Rosaria, Antonella and maria. They are sisters and are from Africa. I really feel like they are all my little sisters and i LOVE going and teaching them. The other night Rosaria called us and said that she needed to talk to us. I was FREAKING out because i really thought that she was going to tell us that she didnt want us to come teach them anymore or something. Well, we went over there on monday and she told us that she really is starting to believe/know that the book of mormon is true (she has been reading it and is almost half way through) but that she doesnt feel worthy to be in our church because of the things she has done in the past. We explained about the atonement and are going to do a good lesson on it tomorrow. She has such a desire to change and just feels so guilty for the things she has done (she is only 16!). Its so sad how much people, especially outside of the church, dont know how the atonement can heal us and that literally we can become a new person. We talk to so many people who are catholic who say they have heard the word "atonement" but dont know what it means or what it is. Its incredible! Anyway, I love that Rosaria and all of us can have so much hope because of the atonement and what our savior did for us.
Well, i need to go. We are going to Rome today because one of our investigators told us of this Piazza we need to go to that is really Christmasy. SO we are going to go check it out and do some shopping. I love ROME! Such a cool city! Still so surreal that im here right now. Thanks for everything you all do for me. I cant tell you enough how much i love you all. All my family and friends. Thanks for your emails, especially this week! I love you and i know that this plan of salvation is perfect! Have a great week!! Talk to you all next week! And dont forget to get my skype all set up!
Me with Rosaria, Antonella and Maria
Happy Dutch Christmas!