Tuesday, August 15, 2017

FOURTH FLOOR, LAST DOOR!

Ok so this week was JAM PACKED and so many cool things happened, but to not write a novel, I will try to pick and choose a few of the coolest. I could have titled this email "I made it through another Italian summer" or "rainbows!!!" Or something else, but I think the one I picked is the most fitting title...

I am going to follow up and update you all on how our finding new investigators plan went haha. So this week we got 0 NEW INVESTIGATORS!! That's a bummer, BUT we DID do 10 hours of finding, and we were able to meet our goal of meeting with four members this week (which is a lot for us). So I was so happy that we were able to reach those goals. 

We did everything from offering people brownies, asking people which elders tie they liked better to get started talking with them, asking them to identify a scripture from the Bible and one from the Book of Mormon, a wheel of fortune thing where they can win prizes like a Book of Mormon, pamphlets, dvds, pass along cards, etc etc. and then the best one this week was our VIOLIN CASA IN CASA FINDING!!

We decided to take my violin, and go with the other two sisters into apartment buildings asking if we could play a song for them to help them somewhat feel the spirit. So this lady was leaving her apartment building and we ran in and she was like, "what are you doing?" Our response, "we are going to play music for people" her response, "don't ring Lopez" so we went in. We started at the eighth floor and weren't having any luck. Then we got to the fourth floor, the last door on the floor and this young 20 year old girl answered the door. We asked her if we could play a song for her and she started laughing and ran away to go get her friends. She brought two other girls to the door and it was one of their birthdays!!!!! So I quickly whipped out happy birthday on the violin and then we asked if we could play and sing Nearer My God to Thee and they said yes. Then they invited us in so we went in and started talking. They were very interested in English course and doing an American/Italian dessert switch type thing so we are super excited about that!! It was so cool!!!! They will be out of town thanks to Ferragosto until September, but hopefully we can meet with them again!!

Also the next day we did the exact same thing and two young 20 year old girls answered the door AGAIN. ON THE FOURTH FLOOR LAST DOOR! TWO DAYS IN A ROW!!! This girl has a boyfriend who is American and she really needs to learn English they were a little bit less interested, but it was so cool to have basically the same experience two days in a row. 

We also had zone conference which was really cool. President Pickerd is now back in Italy and we missed him a lot!!! Sorella Pickerd will hopefully return in September, but anyway. He also told the whole zone that I am the oldest missionary in the zone. THANKS PRESIDENT!!

We did receive a potential investigator from one of the members we met with this week that we will meet with last night and we saw the biggest miracle ever last night!!

We stopped these three girls and did the Book of Mormon/Bible thing with them. Basically what it is is we read them two scriptures and they have to guess which one is in the Bible and which one is in the Book of Mormon (they always get it wrong haha) and we started telling them why we are here and what the Book of Mormon is and stuff and it was so cool!! I asked if I could leave a Book of Mormon with one of the girls and she said "yeah for sure! I think my mom would love this!" She also gave us her number and one of the other girls wanted a Book of Mormon and we got her number as well!! MIRACLES. 

These things may seem like little things and it's not like we have any progressing investigators or investigators with a baptismal date, BUT the Lord is blessing us so much. These little miracles help me to know that He is there. That He loves me. That He is preparing people to be taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. That He loves His children and is aware of them. 

There's a quote I love in preach my gospel about goal setting that says, "THE ULTIMATE MEASURE OF SUCCESS is not in achieving goals alone but in the service you render and the progress of others. Goals are a means of helping you bring about much good among Heavenly Father's children."

GOALS ARE SO IMPORTANT! And they help us to stay on the path of returning to our Heavenly Father. 

Have a happy FERRAGOSTO!!!!!!

Ciao ciao!

Sorella G ♥️🇮🇹

Also I think the heat is over!! Woot woot!!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Unprofitable Servants


Hey family!!!

How was your week??? Mine was probably the hottest week of my life. Meno male we have air conditioning in our bedroom or I wouldn't have slept for the past week and a half. It's SO HOT!!!! And so humid. It's like when you step outside you can hardly breathe because the air is suffocating you haha. I actually kind of like it. The sweat is pretty gross but once you get past the fact that you are dripping sweat 24/7, the heat is quite enjoyable, in my opinion. I despise getting in the shower sweaty and getting out of the shower still sweaty though. It's like you don't even get to enjoy being clean for one second!!!!

Other than the heat it has been a good week. We still haven't been able to see any luck with the missionary work. I met our one investigator, Valeria. She talked for a little bit about how small her house is, how hot it is, how she's sick of doing all of the chores for her and her boyfriend, and then we finally got to the point of being able to share a message and her estetista showed up to do her nails!!! PEOPLE. Haha so we had to leave unfortunately and she gave us a bidone (by setting up an appointment and then wasn't home) the other time we
tried to see her.

We have some really great recent converts though we have had a couple of lessons with. Monica and massimo are this darling couple and they love the gospel and have the strongest testimonies I have ever seen. They really don't seem like new converts. Then there is a new convert named Valeria and she gained a testimony of the law of chastity before she even knew our church existed and hen she searched something about it and found our church. These are not normal occurrences people!! So hopefully Sorella James and I can find our own miracles.

This week we reached our goal of giving out bigliettini!! Which was super happy for us. We had quite a few really good conversations with some really great people, but no one really interested yet in the gospel. Sorella James and I had a really great weekly planning session where we planned out that we are going to try to do at least 9 hours of finding this week. That's roughly an hour and a half daily, not including Monday's. Which is like a minimum. Then we planned to
hopefully see four members this week and then made a list of ten ex-investigators to call. We have a goal to get two new investigators from our own finding, two from members, and two from ex investigators. So we'll see how it goes!!

I also got to see Mariella from Taranto this week again!!! Her daughters boyfriend is from Bari and so they came to pick her up and said hello!! She was so sad she couldn't bring me tiramisu or food so she bought us like three packages of food for us to take home and then bought us waffles to eat right then. She's the nicest lady ever.

This week was really humbling for me. I read a quote about parenting that I thought goes not just for parenting. It says,

"A sweet and obedient child will enroll a father or mother only in

Parenting 101. If you are blessed with a child who tests your patience
to the nth degree, you will be enrolled in Parenting 505. Rather than
wonder what you might have done wrong in the premortal life to be so
deserving, you might consider the more challenging child a blessing
and opportunity to become more godlike yourself. With which child will
your patience, long-suffering, and other Christlike virtues most
likely be tested, developed, and refined? Could it be possible that
you need this child as much as this child needs you?"

In Mosiah 2:20-22 he talks about how we are unprofitable servants. I was pondering on that and thinking, "well I agree, we are all and always will be unprofitable servants.....so WHY DO WE EVEN TRY????" Haha. 


There is something super important that we need to understand. Kind Benjamin is commanded to say that ALL THAT IS REQUIRED OF US IS TO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS. That's all we have to do. And in return He promises to bless us. And He will never break that promise. In verse 24 it says, "....therefore he hath paid you. And he are still indebted to him, and are, and will be forever and ever." He loves us. He doesn't ask much of us. And for that which He does ask, He promises to bless us. SO MUCH LOVE!!!

I hope you all have a great week!!!

Con affetto,

Sorella G ❤️🇮🇹