Address: Sorella Chelsea Buma
Via Flavia 21
00055 Ladispoli (RM)

Address for the mission home in Rome:
Italy Rome Mission
Piazza Carnaro, 20
00141 Rome RM

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Double digits!

Ciao Famiglia!!
     Well, yesterday i started my 10th transfer!  Can you believe that?  Double digits... I dont really know what to think about it.  I feel like i should know a lot more than i do.  Its crazy.  Sorella Miles and Sorella Ivory started their 5th!  I feel like they just barely got here.  Its all going too fast.  I guess i pictured feeling like i had a lot under my belt at this point in my mission.  But heavenly father is keeping my humble and making sure that i know that no matter how far along i am, i have to rely on Him and there is still LOTS more for me to learn!  Its going to be a good transfer!  I just know it.  Our goal is to have a baptism in the sea before I come home.  ANd its going to happen!  I just know it!
     First good news is the hope of 2 more baptisms here in Ladispoli.  Nothing is set at all but im telling you because you need to pray for us here!  The first is a little girl named, Elisa.  She is 9 and her parents are divorced and both less active.  She comes to church though with a member that has a daughter her age.  I talked to her sunday and asked her if she wants to be baptized. She got the biggest smile on her face and said yes.  I told her that we needed to talk to her mom and then hopefully we could come over and visit her.  She was soooo cute about it immediately gave me her moms number so that i could call her and talk to her.  Then i called her mom later that day and Elisa had already gone home and told her mom she wants to be baptized.  We are going to go and see them on sunday and hopefully we can set a date with them!  Maybe it will give the mom some motivation to come back to church too!
     The next is Raffaella who has already told her boyfriend that she wants to break up with him and now we are really confused at the situation.  Pray for her to have the courage to do what she needs to do so that then she can get baptized.  She is clearly so unhappy with him and him with her.  Its just not a good situation.
     Other than that, not tons has happened with us.  Its getting a little bit warmer and they told us that it should start getting pretty hot now... and thats what im really scared about.  Maybe it will just stay mild for a couple months... that would be nice!  We are trying to do a lot of less active work and its been great.  We have seen 2 less active ladies that we havent been able to see since my first few weeks here.  Neither one would promise but both told us that this week they are going to try and get to church.  We will help them by giving nice phone call reminders and picking them up if we need to:)  we are talking about the temple with all our less actives and helping them really have a desire to prepare themselves to enter the temple when its finished here.  Thats going to be so sweet.  I miss the temple a lot.  You realize how important it is when its not right next to you.  That will be the first place i go!  I miss the peaceful feeling of being in the temple.  Im so happy that these italians are going to have a temple of their own.  its going to bring lots of new converts!  I just know it!
     Oh, before i forget.  We are going to be calling on the saturday before mothers day if its alright with you guys.  we are going to go to Giorgias but if it doesnt work we will have to go to internet point and we dont want to do that on sunday.  So President gave us all the option of doing it on saturday.  Our plan is to go Moss family at 5 our time, Ivory family at 6 our time and buma family at 7 our time.  If that doesnt work for you, make sure you let me know next week and we will try and work something out. Hopefully its perfect though.  Im so excited!  YOu can all say hi to Giorgia too.  haha i love her.  She is doing good and came to all 3 hours of church this sunday for the first time!  Go Giorgia!!!
    Oh man, i almost forgot to say that Umberto go the aaronic priesthood this week!!!  SOOO sweet.  That really was a sweet moment.  He invited us to be there in the room when they set him apart.  He is incredible.  He is going to be such a strong member.
     I think thats all for today.  Oh and i should tell you that today is il giorno di Liberazione.  Today is the day that the american came and saved Italy from Hilter!  There is also another holiday on tuesday.  Their labor day.  I love italy haha.  There is always an excuse to not go to work and eat lots of good food:)  Have a great week and dont forget to let me know about the saturday before mothers day!  I miss you all so much.  Thanks for all your support.  Missions are hard but like sorella ivory says, i wouldnt trade one day of it.  I love the people here.  I love this ward!  I love all the great responses, some not so nice, when we talk to random people on the street.  I know the true church is guided and directed on the earth by a living prophet and i love sharing that!  Thats what makes me happy every day!  vi voglio un sacco di bene!!!!
Sorella Chelsea

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