Book of Mormon 3 Nephi 5: 13


Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.

Monday, June 11, 2018

"God is like the sun, even when it rains he's still here!"

June 11, 2018 
 So this week was pretty great! We had Zone conference and it was my last one so that is pretty crazy! It was a good conference. It's always good to see the other missionaries I have great friends in this zone! Every Zone conference the "dying" missionaries (those that are about to finish their missions) bear their testimonies. It's pretty crazy because every zone conference you hear different missionaries bear their "death testimony" some old companions some great friends; any you know one day that will be you. So yeah that was me this week. It was pretty interesting feeling I have time left in my mission, not much but still time, but it gave me a feeling of what it might be like to finish my mission. Very bitter sweet, but filled with the spirit!

  After zone conference we made our  way back to Olbia to finish up the week with some good ole missionary work. We had a Skype lesson with Roberto and that was pretty good. We talked about the Book of Mormon and that was great! We invited him to fast with us to receive an answer if the Book of Mormon is true. And he did so that is awesome! We are waiting to have another lesson so we can talk about it a bit more. The reason that we want to help people know if the Book of Mormon is true and the Word of God is because it is the keystone of our religion. In Matthew 7 it says "15 ¶ Beware of false prophets... 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits..." The Book of Mormon is a fruit of the prophet Joseph Smith and also a fruit of the church. If it's true then this is the actual Vhurch of Jesus Christ that He has restored on the earth Today! 

  During zone conference President Pickerd and Sorella Pickerd gave trainings on faith. They are definitely inspired! President Pickerd gave the invite to develop our faith, that invite led me to build my testimony this week. In particular as I was studying I can across verse 6 of Ether 12 "I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." When I think of this verse I always think of the first part but this time what really hit me was the second part; "dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." I love how clear and straight forward this is. Faith can be hard but I know that after each trial of our faith we can receive a witness, we just have to keep believing and then one day we will all see and know. One thing that really touched me that Anziano Lamoureux said to some one this week was "God is like the sun, even when it rains he's still here!" I know that this is true! 

Vi voglio bene!

Love Anziano Ruiz 



















Sardegna Zone Conference 





Monday, June 4, 2018

As I have grown my relationship with God and Jesus Christ I have found lots of weaknesses but as I have continued to practiced my faith in Christ I have always been able to turn these weaknesses into strengths!

June 4, 2018

  This week flew! It was awesome and full of miracles! On Tuesday we had DDM and the zone leaders came so It was super good to see my old companion Anziano Christened! DDM was good then we drove to Olbia together and did a scambio in Olbia so that was sweet! It was good to work with Anziano Christensen again. Anziano Andersen was also there who was in my district in Napoli so that was sweet! Seeing that we had all served in Napoli but Anz. C. We went to a Napoli pizza place for pizza, it was pretty bomb! 

 Anyway the next day we had some finding to do and it was pretty good, we pretty much go to the park everyday because there is not many other places to go. This time was crazy tho, we ended up staying there for about 2 and a half hours because almost every person we talked to listened! Haha it was sweet, the last person we talked to was Tatiana! She is awesome, she pretty much was venting to us about the different churches so we taught her the restoration and she loved it! We invited her to church. Sunday came around and she came! It was awesome because this week there was a really big Europe broadcast, so there where talks by President Keron, Elder Hallstrum, and Elder Uchdorf. She loved it, after the broadcast we had a branch pranzo and she even stayed for that too! She loved it and was talking to people about their conversion stories then turned to us and said "you guys did good bringing me here, these are amazing people" So that was an awesome miracle.

  Also this week we were able to stop by that family a couple of times that we met last week and it was good! They are all pretty interested but the dad really likes to talk and doesn't like any churches. But it's a good time when ever we go over there, they are super nice!

  Anziano Lamoureux and I came across the verse in the Book of Mormon this week  Ether 12:27 "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them" we sent it to the guy we met. I started reflecting on how this had affected my life and there are so many ways that is has. As I have grown my relationship with God and Jesus Christ I have found lots of weaknesses but as I have continued to practiced my faith in Christ I have always been able to turn these weaknesses into strengths! I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us and wants to help us always.

Vi voglio bene!

Love Anziano Ruiz 

 They had the world championships in Olbia for jet ski racing!

  


Picking some lemons on our scambio.









We woke up really early to go to Cagliari
 and this was the view.

Monday, May 28, 2018

I know that God loves all of his children. It doesn't matter if we have weaknesses or doubts; it doesn't matter if we believe him him or not, God loves us and wants the best for all of us, his children.

May 28, 2018
  
 Wow it was a pretty long week! It's been good being back in Olbia! It's pretty funny, every once and a while we'll be on the street and run into someone I talked to a year ago! Some of them I don't remember haha. This week was full of long days of talking just to anyone possible. Its interesting because in some city's there are just so many people and you don't know who to talk to, here is a little different, there seem to be such a small amount of people out that when you see one it's like "wow finally someone to talk to!" But then you get to more populated areas and there are more people.  

  The first couple of days this week were rough no one even wanted to listen to us, we  worked hard and decided to fast for the city. We offered very sincere prayer. Then got back to work. Constantly praying to be able to find someone. We were able to talk to a lot of people who were willing to listen and that was amazing. We've been seeing mini miracles of being lead to the people that will listen.

  It was Sunday night and we had about 30 mins left from the night and were pretty far from home and the bus didn't come for about 10 min. That would get us home about on time. We had been having great conversations, people have been listening but no one was willing to know more. We were sitting there thinking about about the week and weren't satisfied. The thought just came that we could just book it home on feet(maybe like a 40 min walk) talk to everyone on the way and hopefully find someone interested. So we did! It was pretty good we talked to a good amount of people and we almost weren't going to talk to this little family that was sitting on their porch but we did last second and they want us to come back tonight to share our beliefs. It was a pretty awesome miracle! Olbia is great and there are always miracles to be found in everyday.

  My testimony has grown in lots of different ways this week. I know that God loves all of his children. It doesn't matter if we have weaknesses or doubts; it doesn't matter if we believe him him or not, God loves us and wants the best for all of us, his children. He wants us to return to live with him and has prepared a plan for us to do so. This plan is full of happiness and lasting joy.  Christ is the at the center of that plan, he is our savior and he lives!  I know that with all of my heart. 

Vi voglio bene!

Love Anziano Ruiz 








Pittulongu Province of Olbia-Tempio, Italy



Golfo Aranci OT, Italy


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Being able to hear the words of the Lord through his ordained servants is such an amazing blessing that we have in our days.

May 21, 2018

  Well this week was pretty crazy and it flew! First off the unexpected happened, I got transferred! I really thought that I was going to finish my mission in Cagliari but it turns out that they need me back in Olbia. I am so excited to be back; it's just crazy!  I'm also with Anziano Lamoureux who was in my district in Napoli. We are really excited for a good transfer together!
  So when I got the news about transfers it was pretty crazy I didn't know what to think, I'm pretty sad to leave Cagliari and that I only got to serve with Anziano Christensen for one transfer. He is awesome! And is a legend at the piano! My last couple of days in Cagliari were pretty good, I said good by to our ward mission leader and to some of the sweet people we found who are now investigating the church! Transfer day there was pretty crazy, since we are on an island everyone is flying out an in, we have to make the same trip back and forth to go to the air port like 6 times haha it was crazy! I just took a train up to Olbia.
  Retiring to Olbia was so weird,  I just have so many mission memories here. I always said that Olbia will be probably my most talked about city after my mission and now I'm here again and so happy! Anziano Lamoureux and I had an awesome weekly planning last Friday and we are ready to give Olbia everything we have. Our last couple of days here have been crazy with just talking to everyone we see. It's going to be a great transfer.
  It was super good to see the members here in Olbia again, they heard I was coming so they had me give a talk in church. It was pretty cool. I felt like I was giving a homecoming talk almost so that was pretty interesting haha. They are happy that I'm back. And so am I!
This week I've been listening to a lot of General Conference talks and it seems like every one is just so perfect. I am so grateful to live in a time where there are apostles and prophets on the earth. Being able to hear the words of the Lord through his ordained servants is such an amazing blessing that we have in our days. I know that God loves us and that he really does call prophets and apostles in our days. I love a quote by Elder Neil L. Andersen "A prophet does not stand between you and the Savior. Rather, he stands beside you and points the way to the Savior. A prophet’s greatest responsibility and most precious gift to us is his sure witness, his certain knowledge, that Jesus is the Christ."
Vi voglio bene!
Love Anziano Ruiz






Thursday, May 17, 2018

All of you mothers are so special and play such an important part of God's plan for us!

May 17, 2018

  First off happy late mothers day to my beautiful mom! All of the Italians say you're so young and beautiful!  Also happy mothers day to all of the wonderful moms out there!

  Wow its been a fast week and a fast transfer! It's a lot different here because we live with two other missionaries so time seems to fly even more! This week we did a scambio with the Anziani from Sassari which was good! Anziano Oswald and I did some good work together. We wanted to stop by some investigators who work at this place in Centro, they weren't there but we started talking to Massimo, a guy who was on shift. He was kinda complaining about different churches and wasn't really interested in what we had to say.  We explained about how things have been changed since after the death of Christ and that's why there was a need for a restoration. He was super interested and wanted us to meet with his family! We we are excited. 

  The other cool thing was that Massimo told us when  Franco and Simone (the two guys we originally were looking for) were working, so we stopped by them the next day. This time I was with Anziano Christensen, we stopped by and there already were a couple of people there just kinda hanging out. Once we got there and they saw that we were missionaries it almost turned in to a big argument of believers vs non believers. We were calm and shared our beliefs and in the end Franco was bearing testimony about how there was a need for a restoration to some random guy and it was pretty sweet! 

  I really like a quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley "I remind mothers everywhere of the sanctity of your calling. No other can adequately take your place. No responsibility is greater, no obligation more binding than that you rear in love and peace and integrity those whom you have brought into the world." I love my mom so much and I'm so proud of my sister Italia who is now a mom! As President Hinckley said no one can adequately take your place! I can't imagine my life with out my mom, being away and on my mission has given me an opportunity to take a peek of all she has done for me. All of you mothers are so special and play such an important part of God's plan for us!

Vi voglio bene!

Love Anziano Ruiz 

A picture with some flowers for my mom for mother's day!

 Here is good ol' Anziano Christensen and me.


Here is a sweet looking door from house to house.

This is our church. It's the first time
 I've had an actual building! 

Some more of my area!


Monday, May 7, 2018

As we grow our faith we become more and are able to do more though Christ.

May 7, 2018

  This week was really short! It's kinda crazy too because this transfer is also coming to an end here soon. This week was good I feel like we really connected with the City and the people in it. We had some great opportunities to teach the restoration in the street and we are hoping to be able to see some people again.
  So here in Cagliari there are quite a lot refugee members from Africa so that is pretty cool. Sunday after church we did a really big pranzo with the ward and it was like a get to know you. So after we ate there were some members that told their story of how that got here in Italy from Africa and it really made you realize how blessed you are. These members are so humble and have an amazing positive and great full attitude. They are such amazing examples in everything. Another cool thing on Sunday was that a woman who has been meeting with the sister missionaries for a long time was in church and told the sisters that she had a vision that I was baptizing her, pretty sweet!
  I was reading in 3 Nephi chapter 26 this week and I really liked a verse that said "11 Behold, I was about to write them, all which were engraven upon the plates of Nephi, but the Lord forbade it, saying: I will try the faith of my people." There may questions that we have now, and will have. Jesus Christ knows that and he has the answers. We go though this life facing lots of trials of our faith. It's all part of a plan. When we over come a trial by enduring faith our faith grows. In Moroni 7 Christ said "33. ...If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me." As we grow our faith we become more and are able to do more though Christ. We have trials in this life to become perfect even as he is perfect. I know that he lives, and is there to love us, help us!
Vi vogliamo bene!
Love Anziano Ruiz