HE'S SO CUUUUTE!!!! good job billyjoel. he looked less than happy to be all bundled up like that though. hahahaha i wanted to print that picture, but the printer at this internet cafe isn't working. T_T
i got lots of pictures this week! thank you and keep em coming. that was awesome.
how is vince doing? i havent heard from or about him for a while. i hope megan has scrapbooked something cute lately.
that's so awesome that tanner went through the temple!! when is he gonna come into the field? i thought he went to the MTC in january, but january is almost over.
suzy- thanks for all your work with my debit card. i appreciate it more than i can say. i know you are really busy and that its a nightmare to deal with that stuff so just know i am i sincerely grateful.
so lets get to the highlights of this week! uyi and gloria broke up with us. they had a baptismal date, and they had received the witness that there is a living prophet today. but they said that there was this man that was giving them a ride to an anglican church every sunday, and they didn't feel that it was right to jump from church to church. amazing the lies that satan will paint in our minds. he knew that uyi and gloria would be great members of the Church and that they would brng more people to the church. it was really sad, but it doesn't mean it's the end, and i have come to the knowledge that when someone breaks up with you, that's just the Lord's way of paving the way for someone else. and i think we found him!!!! so we teach an english course, and when the students enroll in the course they fill out a questionaire and there is a spot for people to mark if they want to have more information about the Church. well we finally sat down and called these people and we met with one of them monday night. his name is emiliano. he's very young between 20 and 25 i would say. he says he believes in Christ and the doctrine of the catholic church, but doesn't agree with the organization. he has been reading our website and he says he agrees more with our teachings than the catholic church. he says he has never been one to follow the crowd and if he doesn't agree with something he isn't going to do it. obviously he has been prepared. he is exactly what we need! he has the courage to do what he believes is right. and he is SUPER nice. we also had a member at the lesson and she worked it. we proposed the program to him of meeting with us 2-3 times a week for 3-4 weeks and explained that after that time he will have the opportunity to decide if he wants to be baptized. HE WAS ALL FOR IT!!! and we are meeting with him tomorrow!! i am so excited. he's so great, and i have really high hopes for him. i am so grateful for him and that the Lord trusts me and sister zeller to teach this choice young man. it's really incredible (and a bit intimidating!) when you think about it.
last week for p-day we went to modica, home of the oldest chocolateria in italy! the chocolate in modica is different than any i have ever tasted. it's very pure, totally unrefined, and a bit grainy. i'm sending some to spring court pond, so count yourself lucky if you live there. having sorella jenkins and her family here was awesome. they rented a car and it was so fun to get lost drivng around. i still like public transportation the best though. modica is STUNNING. there are some pictures on the way to you there too.
we have been meeting a lot of new people and weeding out a lot of the old ones. we had a come to Jesus with one of our invesitgators where i literally told her that she will not drink coffee anymore if she wants to get baptized. we tried to meet with her yesterday, but she was sick. so we'll see what happens....
saturday (22-1-11 THE DAY AFTER SPENCER WAS BORN!) was unique. we went to stop by a less active member's house. this guy is amazing. he has a palpable testimony of the truth of the Gospel EXCEPT that he lacks the essential faith to put in into action. he was baptized about 7 years ago, and 5 years ago, his 23 year old son was killed in a car accident. he instantly stopped going to church after being one of the strongest members. he baptized 3 other people!! well to make a long story short, we were there for a long time. it was a very emotional conversation. i was crying visibly, as i have been known to do, by the time we left. roberto says that he knows that he had witnesses that the Church is true, but he was saying, "WHERE IS MY SON? WHERE IS MY SON?" with tears in his eyes. it was too much for me to see this grown man who loved his son so much crying for his loss. we are praying fervently that he will rediscover his faith and learn to accept that God had a plan for his son. maybe God could send him a dream. italians LOOOOOVE dreams and are very supersticious. we are workin with him, and he loves when we visit. pray for him. the Church needs roberto cammisa.
sunday was really awesome. we went to MASS!!!!! actually it was this prayer group where they were all singing and praying aloud. we met this woman, florinda, a few weeks ago who invited us to this revival. florinda is amazing. she has a light about her. i have no clue what will happen because she believes in this prayer group as much as simba believed he killed his father, but she is a unique person, a real Christian.
this morning we went running and it was AWESOME. i have been so blessed with companions that enjoy running. when i have a companion that doesn't run, they are gonna start....
thank you for your letters, pictures and prayers. i proudly carry my family christmas card 24/7 and show it off all the time. you HAVE to send me a picture of scwilliam (thank you vanessa) ASAP so i can add it to the collection. i love you all. i know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kindgdom newly restored on the earth. help the missionaries in your city. they need the members. go to the temple everyone.
so DO I HAVE A NEW NEPHEW OR WHAT????? i was expecting a million emails this week, but i hope that everyone was taking care of jolena and lucaspencer instead of writing me (good job vanessa and grammy babs!)
this was a good week. it was really fun to go to catania for a day to wait for sorella zeller to come from rome. i got to pretty much do splits with the sisters in catania. sorella zeller is great, and of course she is, she's from OREGON!!! hellllooooo. she only has two transfers left, so i will probably kill her. (that means i'll be her last companion) she is a little less bubbly than sorella foote, but thats not saying anything its funny: sorella foote and i have very similar comportments, friendly, open, talk to anyone, but had nothing in common in our interests. she wants to marry a cowboy and i want to be an interior designer in Milan, she only likes acoustic music, and i only like the Killers. sorella zeller and i have tons in common. she likes alternative rock, and we are both obsessed with pears, and we both prefer sparkling water to still, but the way we interact with people is nothing alike. she has a quiet dignity that i should learn. she reflects before she speaks, and i never shut up. it's going to be a great transfer :)
ps SISTER FOOTE SENIOR if you are reading this, please know, your daughter is an elect lady. she works so hard and never says a negative word. i really grew to rely on her support. anytime i felt like i wasnt doing my best, she would lift me right back up. she was the perfect mom and i will be eternally grateful to her, and to you, for raising her so well.
we had a huge miracle this week. i was sitting in sacrament meeting and my pocket started buzzing. it was one of our investigators who is the QUEEN of standing us up, and she said she was ready to come to church!!!!!!!!! i grabbed one of the sisters PRONTO and we went and got her. she came for like 10 minutes of the meeting, but it was seriously a miracle. we went to talk to her on monday morning and explain the meetings of church and then we asked her to prepare herself saturday night to come to church on sunday. she said she would!
we have been doing a lot of street contacting as many of our investigators have begun to cool down... we have found some AWESOME people and i have learned that even when you have investigators on fire, it is essential for you to continue to talk to everyone!!! the work seems to go in cycles, where you are teaching so many people, you feel like you dont have time to find, then they either get baptized or tell you never to come back and what do you do??? if i were a better missionary i would never let that happen because i would be teaching and finding at the same time! our zone leaders challenged us to have "small miracles". this is what they are calling it when you go to an appointment and the person you are supposed to teach stands you up. you know you are in that place at that moment for a reason, so you have to talk to the next person you see. we tried that a few days ago and it was AWESOME. we talked to this man, mario. he asked if we wanted to come in, but we couldnt cuz he was the only man in the house, so he told us to come back some time when she was there. we are going back on friday :)
something fun that happened this week was we threw away all of uyi and gloria's alcohol from their fridge hahaha it was awesome to see them making that commitment to the Lord. they are really great examples of not questioning the will of the Lord. if that's what the counsel is, that is what they are going to do. i wonder what things we have in our "fridges" that we could throw away?
well as today is p-day, we are going to go to a cute little city near by called modica. itìs famous for its CHOCOLATE, so.... yeah. :) an ex-sorella is coming into town with her parents and she is going with us.
MOM and MIRIAM i bought a pair of aladdin pants!!!! i seriously just said to my companion: i like the pants that have elasitc at the ankles. and then we walked past this store, and i saw these pants on the mannnequin and then i tried them on and my ghost had to dial 911 cuz i died they were so cute!! so i bought them and gave our card with our number and a picture of Christ to the man who hooked me up.
next week we are going to zone conference in catania :) i LOVE catania. i LOVE being a missionary!! i have the opportunity to walk up to whomever i feel like and tell them that Jesus Christ's Church is restored!!! i love what gramma b wrote in her email this week: Understanding the Atonement would keep me going and growing in this life. so true. let's all take some time this week to think about the atonement.
also if anyone wants to send me a way they are blessed by keeping commandments (specirfic ones like law of chastity, word of wisdom or tithing) that would be greatly appreciated!!
i love you all and pray for you by name. (read elder bednar's talk, "pray always"!!!!)
thank you soooo much for your support and prayers, and keep it coming!!