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, January 15, 2018

I know that God is so perfect that he can answer prayers through his imperfect children. We can all be answers to the prayers of those around us.

January 15, 2018

  Wow this week has been pretty dang crazy. So I'm staying here and I'm super excited about that! But sadly Anziano Bellucci got transferred which was a big surprise. We both thought that we were staying here. But I got my call and Anziano Daniels will be my new companion! I was in his district when he was born like a year ago. I actually did a scambio with him, you can probably go back and find it if you wanted to. It was really good so I was really happy to hear that he will be my new companion! 
 So the first few days of this week we had actually planned to go to Napoli because Anziano Bellucci had a promesso appointment but that fell through so he had time to pack and say bye to members and investigators. So that was good.

  Thursday I drove over to Paola which is a coastal city to drop off Anz. Bellucci then pick up Anz. Daniels. We then had like 3 hours to wait for another missionary so I just threw a towel down on the beach and chilled there for that time. We decided to also be productive so we did language studies and made some phone calls. It was actually cool because we set up an appointment for this week with this woman that said she was in need of spiritual help. God blesses us and helps us bless others as we are always involved in a good cause D&C 58:27. 

  Anyway after all that we went home then taught English course and the next morning we went back to Paola and hopped on a train to Rome for a MLC (mission leadership council) it was really cool! We had 8 people from my MTC group there who were all zone leaders! So it was good to get to see everyone! It was definitely a powerful meeting, I learned a lot of leadership skills that I will use through out my life.

  While We were in Rome for MLC we had the chance to watch the funeral of President Monson. It was really touching, he lived such a great life and gave over half a century of service as a member of the 12 Apostles then as the Prophet. He was well known for being on the Lords errand, listening to spiritual prompting and being led to help other people and his service was an answer of their prayers. He says "I know of no experience more sweet or feeling more precious than to head a prompting only to discover that the Lord has answered another person's prayer through you." I know that God is so perfect that he can answer prayers through his imperfect children. We can all be answers to the prayers of those around us.

Vi vogliamo bene! Buona settimanna!

Love Anziano Ruiz

I purposely took a video to capture what happens
 when I take selfies. Haha they are crazy!

Last district lunch before transfers

 goodbyes with English course

More goodbyes

Common Cosenza views

I have more videos of what I made with this. 
Maybe I'll share them.. maybe not.

Saying goodbye to Anziano Bellucci

The back end of our beach view

The front end

Missionary work at it's finest!

 On the way back from the MLC we stopped it Napoli for 15 minutes. I took this opportunity to call up the missionaries and have them deliver me some of the best cheese in the world and classic Napoli bread. It was Bomb!

Some random dude I met at Trevy Fountain. 
JK he's my new comps. He's sick, I love him.

Monday, January 8, 2018

I know that these things are true and that we can endure all things thanks to the love that Jesus Christ has for us.

January 8, 2017
  I still don't understand how the transfers just keep getting faster! We get calls tonight I'm pretty sure Anziano Bellucci and I are going to be staying another one together her in Cosenza. But you never know! The members love us both so much it's pretty awesome! 

  We met with Francesco a couple of times this week I also invited us over for pranzo.  He is super cool but is mostly just interested in being friends. He is planning on being in America September of this year and we wants to meet Anziano Bellucci and me in to Utah. Hopefully things work out! He is a awesome guy!! 

This week we got to get in contact with some relatives of a member here, they invited us over for Pranzo too but we were already going to Francesco's. We were still able to visit them help them with some English home work and teach the restoration. It was pretty cool!

  We also got to stop by this guy named Luigi at his shop and teach him the restoration. He wasn't all about it but he really loves how important the family is to us and out church. I always like starting and leaving on common believes.  It just makes for such a great experience. 

  We did a scambio this week with some Anziani from Taranto. That was good, I got to work with Anziano Strong and it was good we pretty much just did some good finding and taught English course then had some super good panzerotti!! After English course we had a really cool spiritual thought. We were talking about the weather for English course so we shared a scripture from the Holy Bible then from the book of Mormon. It's awesome to see how well the Book of Mormon and the Bible support each other. Matthew 7: "24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock." Then Helaman 5:12 says "12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."
  I know that these things are true and that we can endure all things thanks to the love that Jesus Christ has for us. I know that he lives and that he truly is our savior!

Vi vogliamo bene!
Love Anziano Ruiz

Making Gnocche, An authentic Italian meal.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

There is always some one than can help and guide us, no matter how lost we might be. That is our Lord Jesus Christ.

January 1, 2018

Last week, sorry I didn't get it off in time.

  It's been a good Week! And fast of course! We had a district meeting and Anziano Velardi gave great training! After that we did a scambio which was fun. Back when I was in Olbia I did a scambio with Anziano Velardi and we saw some cool miracles,  so going into this we were both pretty pumped to see some miracless and we did so that was fun! We got out and talked to a lot of people about the light the world which in Italian would be Sii Una Luce which actually translates to be a light. Anyway it was cool we talked to this guy who was selling poinsettias. He was super interested, we talked to him about the restoration. He loves prophets and asked me who my favorite prophet was and I told him I thought that Abinadi was pretty cool, he was pretty confused so we taught him about the book of Mormon and he was pretty into it. So that was really cool. 

  We also met with a girl named Claudia this week with a return missionary from our branch named Lina who served in the Colorado Colorado springs (the same mission as Marcos Tome! She knows him small world) it was a great lesson we all felt the spirit.

  Church was good we had just one hour of sacrament and it was really good. There were a lot of people that had like 5 min talks it was cool. Something that really touched me was. How much people talked about service. I feel like you hear so much that without the events of Easter then we wouldn't celebrate Christmas. But it's not only that it's the whole life of Jesus Christ that makes him special. President Monson once said "He lived not to be served but to serve, not to receive but to give, not to save His life but to sacrifice it for others" this is the testimony of why we have Christmas.
This week

  This week was great! I feel like so much has happened but I can't really remember what it was haha. We started with another DDM by anziano Velardi in Crotone and it was super good as usual. After that we drove up the Calabria coast for a couple of hours to catch out train to Napoli! It was so good to be back there! I had two pizzas and they were bomb! It was super good to see Anziano Wagstaff again! I'll have to go back here the 10th for some more permesso stuff. On the way up and then back down I had some awesome conversations with people on the train. On the way down Anzaino Bellucci and I got to our seats and there were 6 other people sitting with us I was one one side and he was one the other so I started talking to the people by me and there was this older guy named Mario who started asking all these questions of who we are. So I started explaining to him what we do and and that we share messages of Jesus Christ with people. He must have been pretty interested because he got everyone's attention around us and told them all to listen to me because I was going to teach them. Haha it was pretty sweet I ended up teaching them the whole restoration and talked to them about the doctrine of Christ, they were pretty interested. Mario (the original guy i talked to) asked for a Book of Mormon and wanted me so sign it and write my testimony, it was super cool. I know one day I'll be able to see the impact on his life from it.

  Sunday we went on a walk through Centro with our friend Francesco, he's cool and wanted to take us to play some tennis for p-day. There was a huge concert set up for new years and there was like no one out haha. After that we went to visit a member who has been in the hospital for quite a while now.  She's from the north so it was a lot easier to understand her haha. We took them the sacrament and it was really cool. They were so grateful. It was pretty loud all night with fire crackers and what but when new years turned, man it was crazy, it was just non stop. 

  At the start of the new year we all make goals. This next year is going to be  filled with lots of big changes for me. I'll finish my Mission and start college, more than ever I'm going to need the Lord's help and guidance. In all moments of life; adversity, temptation, affliction, joy, sadness, happiness there is always some one than can help and guide us, no matter how lost we might be. That is our Lord Jesus Christ. I know that he lives and is with us. In the introduction to the book of Mormon it says that “...a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”.  My goal this year is to not miss a day of reading the Book of Mormon. I know that it will guide me so much and that it can guide all of us. I hope you all have a great start to your new year!

Vi vogliamo bene! Buon  nuovo anno!

Love Anziano Ruiz
Leaving Cosenza in the morning.

This was our drive along the coast, we got to watch the sun set it was super pretty!

 It was super good to see good friends back from Napoli they went crazy when they saw me haha. And of course it was good to see figlio mio Anzaino Wagstaff!

The guy to my side is the master at cutting the cheese! I'm not sure why I haven't sent a picture like this before! There is cheese this big and bigger all over Italy.

A nice pranzo (lunch) we made the other day.

The Lopez family

 Happy New year!   We got some fresh Nutella filled croissants this morning.

Monday, December 18, 2017

With this week preceding Christmas we can all gift Jesus Christ a better understanding of his life.

December 18, 2017 
  This week absolutely flew!! We put on zone conference this week in Taranto and that was really good! It's always good to see other missionaries and catch up. We drove up there on Tuesday for interviews with President Pickerd. Those went good. 
  Wednesday we actually had the conference and it was really good. We talked about inviting people to act is one of the most important things we can do. Jesus Christ always invited as he taught. After zone conference we had a long drive home and stopped by some members on the way.  The Taranto Anziani were with us, we did an exchange with them. It was super cool to be comps with Anziano Melling for a day and see how much we've both grown. It was pretty crazy to think that about a year and a half ago we just entered the MTC not speaking a lick of Italian and now here we are and we can say what every we want. We actually had an awesome spiritual thought after English course, we showed a Christmas video and bore testimony on him. The spirit was so strong, we talked about what everyone was feeling and how that this is the way that God manifests truths to us; through the spirit we can know the truth of all things.
  This week we went to stop by a member who was in the hospital sick and we actually ended up giving out a Book of Mormon there which was sweet, she asked us to give a blessing and that was really a cool experience, I really felt lead by the spirit.  While we were visiting we showed the same Christmas video and it was awesome again. The spirit was so strong and as I stood there thinking about Jesus Christ and all that he was and did I was over whelmed with the spirit. Since I've been on the Mission my understanding on the Savior and his Atonement has grown so much but not even that is a start to understanding all of what he did for us. Though I don't have a full understanding of just how grand the Lord Jesus Christ i,s the holy ghost was there to let me know that what he did happened, and is true. And because it's real, Jesus Christ lives and we can all live with our heavenly father again and we can all have joy in every moment of our lives.
  The video we watched is called "He Is The Gift" it is so good, I invite you all to watch it. With this week preceding Christmas we can all gift Jesus Christ a better understanding of his life. I know he lives and that he is our savior.
Vi vogliamo bene! Buon'natale!!
Love Anziano Ruiz 

He Is The Gift

Anziano Melling (MTC companion) and I 

Zone conference

We did the nativity as a zone

This is part of Taranto. The view from the apartment, 
they live in the 17th floor.

Here is little part of Cosenza

This is a view from a members house

Cità vecchio! Just the old part of Cosenza! 
It's pretty sweet in this area.

This is our district.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Missionary work is the most important thing we can do because it allows God to touch the hearts of All of his children.

December 11, 2017 
   This week was interesting but good! It was interesting because we never really have a regular schedule as ZL's.  As a mission we made some awesome goals to help people, as many people as we can, to come unto Christ and grow their faith in him. So Anziano Belucci and I decided to do  mini trainings on the goals with the Districts, that way they are more involved. It turned out super good! Everyone in the Zone is pumped and ready to work hard! 
  Tuesday we had our DDM in Catenzaro then the next day we went to Taranto and had a DDM there, it was like a 2.5 hour drive so I've actually spent a lot of time in a car this week which feels super weird.
  This week has been full of finding! We have been talking to so many people and showing the new Christmas video. So that has been pretty fun. We have had a lot of awesome conversations.
  The members here in Cosenza are awesome! We got invited over for pronzo randomly a couple of times this week it was sweet! I'm really excited for Christmas here! We only had to make food for ourself one time this week. We taught this guy named Francesco this week and that was pretty sweet. He invited us to play tennis  and wants to start playing tennis with us on Mondays now.  He is a really cool guy and is interested to learn more about the Gospel.
  This week I was asked to give a talk in church on missionary work and it went pretty well. The topic was "Missionary Work, the Greatest and Most Important Duty is to preach the Gospel". My testimony grew as I prepared for this talk. In everything we do and teach as missionaries the first point is always, God is our loving Heavenly Father. In the guide to the scriptures it says-
"The greatest example of God’s love for His children is found in the infinite Atonement of Jesus Christ." The whole point of missionary work is to invite people to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ; In doing so they partake of the power of Jesus Christ though his atonement. They partake of the greatest gift of love that God as ever given us! Missionary work is the most important thing we can do because it allows God to touch the hearts of All of his children. I know that God is real, that he loves us and that Jesus Christ is our savior. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen. I hope you all have a great week!!
Vi voglio un mondo bene!!
^^^ that won't translate correctly in Google translate btw
Love Anziano Ruiz  

Anziano Cooney has a friend serving in my home ward.

This is our district.

Some snow in the mountains!
A castle on the way to Taranto.

We helped this member put up her Christmas tree!

This is Cità Vecchio. The old Part of Cosenza,
 it's Really cool. Just Classic Italy.

Buone Feste!! Happy Holidays!

This is Centro of Cosenza.