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, April 16, 2018

I know that when we seek first the kingdom of God that he will help us in every other aspect of our lives!

April 16, 2018

  This week was pretty crazy! We had interviews on Tuesday and zone conference on Wednesday.  That was the least amount of time that I have ever had to plan a zone conference and it was probably one of the best ones I've done! So that was pretty sweet! It was awesome to see President Pickerd and Sorella Pickerd again. The talked about faith and it was pretty good! We talked about the quote from President Russell M. Nelson's talk that he gave Sunday morning for conference. "Nothing opens the heavens quite like the combination of increased purity, exact obedience, earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ in the Book of Mormon, and regular time committed to temple and family history work."  It was pretty good I leaned a lot from Preparing.
  Getting to know Cagliari was fun this week we had some good finding and got to teach some lessons too, that was fun! It's going to be a fun transfer! 
  We were finding one day and we had some people offer us coffee again so we went with them and got orzo and ended having an awesome conversation with them about the Book of Mormon and restoration! They randomly had to leave super fast because they forgot about an appointment or something so I hope we see them again! We will pass by again for sure.
  Sunday was awesome! I was sitting there in church then some people walked in late and I looked to see who it was and it was Santo and Barbara! They are both from Olbia and I baptized Santo about a year ago! It turns out that he's gone a couple of time with this other member to Switzerland to go to the temple, the word on the street is that they are going to get married in the temple. So that is awesome! I was so happy to see them!
  I don't have much time for a spiritual thought but I really like a quote in a new section of preach my gospel by Elder Ballard "A key to happiness lies in understanding what destinations truly matter—and then spending our time, effort, and attention on the things that constitute a sure way to arrive there.” I love this because  it is part of what we help people do as missionaries, understanding what destinations truly matter. 3rd Nephi 13: 33 says  "seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you" the greatest destination that we can shoot for is the kingdom of God. I know that when we seek first the kingdom of God that he will help us in every other aspect of our lives! 
Vi vogliamo bene!
Love Anziano Ruiz 
 Barbara and Santo!


Zone Conference 

Monday, April 9, 2018

Everything that happens in life has an eternal purpose and perspective!

April 9, 2018
  
   This was a crazy week!! First off transfer calls, the call came last Monday night that I was getting transferred! I was pretty sad to leave but when I found out where I was going it made everything better! I'm going back to the island of Sardegna!! I'm now a zone leader in Cagliari and I'm really excited to be here! It been good to see old members that I know and I hope to be able to visit Olbia some how. My new companion is Anziano Christensen he is awesome, we get along super well and are excited to have an awesome transfer. We have zone conference in two days so that is just chaotic.. Sardegna is always the first one of the transfer so it's pretty stressing haha.
It was pretty sad leaving Cosenza, I was happy that I got to say goodbye to people tho! So Ricardo was in Sicilia all this week but we did a Facebook messenger video call lesson with him and that was pretty sweet, we taught him the Plan of Salvation and he already knew everything, so that was great, the spirit was strong. We had English course and I told people that I was leaving so some of them decided that we should do a pizza night the next night, that was fun! It's been awesome serving with Anziano Daniels, we both grew a lot! Cosenza was an awesome city, I will always remember it!
From thursday till sunday morning was just crazy. I had about 14+ hours of travel including trains, plans and car rides. If I were including layovers and all that good stuff it would almost double that number. So the reason why it was so crazy was because the day after transfers we had MLC in Rome, then when we got back to Sardegna we had to drive some missionaries to Sassari(just over 2 hours away) because they didn't make the last train there and the next morning we got up way early to make it to church. So a lot of back and forth. MLC was awesome! And Anziano Parker(who I trained) was there so that was super awesome!! We also got smart phones so that is weird but pretty cool! Church was great, I am just super excited for this transfer!!
Vi voglio bene!!
Love Anziano Ruiz 














Monday, April 2, 2018

The best foundation of a family is a fountain of love.

April 2, 2018 

  We had an miraculous week! Transfer calls are today so we'll see what happens. It would be pretty sad to leave, I've really grown to love Cosenza! 
   First big miracle is that the Italy Rome temple finally has a finishing date! Marco of 2019! We are all so excited and have been working so hard for the temple. I can't wait to see it done.
  We went to the university this week and that was sweet, it's the second highest university in Italy so we are pretty lucky to have that so close. We talked to a lot of awesome people and even had people stop us. It's pretty interesting lately, is seems like more and more people have been stopping us lately. Pretty awesome. 
  Another day we had one guy wave us down and ask if we were the Mormons and then asked us to explain to him our church.
  While we were at the University we tried to get hold of Ricardo (one of the college kids we are with last week, he's our age) to see if we could meet up. He texted back telling us that he wouldn't be there but that he could be at the church at 5, already a miracle! We met at the church and man he is so awesome! He already started reading the BOM on his own and is finishing first Nephi now,(it's been less than a week!) he watched Meet the Mormons and read a lot on lds.org. He is so prepared it's crazy and awesome! He believes that the BOM is true and wants to be baptized and prepare to receive the priesthood! Just awesome, he has texted us a number of times saying that he is reading and praying and how he feels so good and happy! The lords hand is in his work!
  There are some members who live like an hour hour of town and the Grandpa had been sick so he hasn't seen anyone from the church in over 3 months. They invited us over because they were celebrating both of their kids birthdays, we went and on the way contacted a bunch of people on the phone so that was good. They live in a tiny town called Saracena, the drive was breathtaking! We're so lucky to be in this mission! Italy is beautiful. 
  General conference was also great! I really liked the talk by Elder Devin D. Durant when he talks about family, he taught simple truths that can change a family. He said "we can't ever pray too much as a family... ‎there is no other better time to communicate love to a child than when praying with them" the best foundation of a family is a fountain of love. As we pray as a family there will be more love, peace and happiness in the home.
Vi vogliamo bene!
Love Anziano Ruiz










Monday, March 26, 2018

I know that Christ lives and loves us and that we can always rely on him for help.

March 26. 2018 

 Time is flying! This week was good and fast. I say that like every week but it's true. This week I had a scambio in Crotone with Anziano Castro, he is awesome! We got up and ran like 4 miles in the morning along the beach it was pretty sweet. It wasn't too bad though so I was surprised. We talked to a lot of people and that was good. Crotone is a pretty cool little city. The next day when Anzaino Daniels and I got home we made some brownies and headed to a dinner appointment with the college kids that we found that other week and that was sweet, they are really cool. It was late so we didn't really have time to teach anything special at the end but we were pretty much talking about religion and out church the whole time. They're pretty interested and even told us that they want to come to church. So that was sweet. We want to sit down with them this week. We also got to sit down with a guy named Siemer, he is our age and is from Spain but lived in France and he's now living here. He is a really humble guy who loves the Gospel but his Italian isn't super good, so it's hard to teach him. So we are going to teach him with a member returned missionary who speaks Spanish, so that should be good! 

  We got to do some service for a member taking apart and putting together bed frames. So that was fun. We had a good pranzo after. It's rained a lot this week so we tried stopping by people we haven't seen in a while and we went up to the castle to see if we could catch Carlo on a break and we did! That was a cool little miracle. He's been sick so we haven't been able to see him lately so we were really happy to see him and he was happy to see us! We want to  continue to help him grow his faith in Jesus Christ.

  I gave a little talk in church on Jesus Christ in church that was sweet. With Easter coming up I decided to talk about his resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ completes his Atonement. In Alma 7: 12 we learn that Jesus suffered for us so "that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." How could a deceased being succor his people? In Luke 24: 1-6 when Mary Magdalene went to search for Jesus at his tomb waiting for her there was an angle that said, "Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:"  Because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ he can support us in all of our trials. It doesn't matter who we are or what we have done in the past, Jesus Christ will always be there. I know that Christ lives and loves us and that we can always rely on him for help.

Vi vogliamo bene!

Love Anziano Ruiz


Pictures from last week's Zone Conference. The Taranto Zone




 Another picture of the Castle we ate at from last week that my Companion took.



We went out for for panzerotti after English course!

 This is our neighbor, I had to take a picture with him just to show you all what old Italian men dress like, haha, I love it!



Rome, Italy Temple under construction

Monday, March 19, 2018

When you read the book of Mormon your faith in Jesus Christ grows so much and I know that that is true because I have experienced it myself.

March 19, 2018 

  This week has been crazy and just flew! There is a huge fair thing going on here in Cosenza right now it's over a mile long. So there are a lot more people here than usual so that is pretty cool! Today we took a nice little drive down to Paola to pick up some missionaries for more permesso work. There were some awesome crashing waves. 

 We were in a trio with Anziano Bohn (who I know from the beginning of my mission) for almost half of the week and that was sweet but interesting to work in 3. His companion got stuck in a city doing permesso. Wednesday was pretty crazy we made our way over to Taranto for interviews but stopped half way through to have some lunch in a castle on a beach! We had some really good food. We made it to Taranto and that was good. It just happened to be that Anziano Parker (primo figlio) was there too because his companion had to pick up his permesso in Taranto. So it was really good to see him! Unfortunately we didn't get a picture. The next day we had a good  zone conference, we had 2 trainings to do so that was pretty stressful!

  After conference I did a scambio with Anziano Tucker who is in Anzaino Wagstaff's (second figlio) group.  That was fun, we had a sweet session with this guy names Mimo who has been investigating  the church for quite a while now. We read the book of Mormon together then had a lesson on how you receive power from the Book of Mormon. I always knew that there was power from the Book of Mormon but I never really fully understood how that was possible until the spirit was teaching through me, it was an awesome experience. All power comes from Jesus Christ, and we access that power by our faith in him. The reason why the book of Mormon gives such power is because it is a powerful testament of Jesus Christ. When you read the book of Mormon your faith in Jesus Christ grows so much and I know that that is true because I have experienced it myself. I know without a doubt that Jesus Christ lives, and I don't know if I would be able to say that if it wasn't for the Book of Mormon.

Vi vogliamo bene!

Love Anziano Ruiz

This is where we stopped to eat on the way to Taranto.

Big cheese!

Cosenza vecchia



Paola


Monday, March 12, 2018

Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load.

March 12, 2018 

  This been another fast week! I don't have much time at all to write. We had a lot of random travel to do this week. There have been couple of missionaries that have came through and stayed at our house because they had to do some document stuff in town.  So that was fun to see some more missionaries.

  We saw a pretty sweet miracle this week. We wanted to work on being lead more by the hand of the lord in our finding so we started calling more revelation on what to do and where to go and praying before we started a finding block. We decided to do some house to house again which is something you don't do a lot in this mission, anyway, we were driving and decided that we needed to stop there and find instead of where we had planned. So we stopped said a prayer and started finding. We knocked some apartment complexes then we were about to go back to the city to find there and we got let into this apartment where there were like 5 college students. At first they weren't really interested but at the end we had talked about the restoration and plan of salvation and they want to learn more! So that was super sweet they are really cool! I want to try to meet with them this week so that should be good! 

  I studied an awesome talk by Elder Bednar this week and because I don't have much time I'll just use his words "Each of us also carries a load. Our individual load is comprised of demands and opportunities, obligations and privileges, afflictions and blessings, and options and constraints...  Sometimes we mistakenly may believe that happiness is the absence of a load. But bearing a load is a necessary and essential part of the plan of happiness... the unique burdens in each of our lives help us to rely upon the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah." We can find true happiness as we rely on the atonement of the Lord and that is why trials are a necessary part of the plan of salvation. We are here to be happy and that is why we have trials, because God loves us. I know that Jesus Christ is our savior and that he lives and loves us! I hope you all have a. Great week!

Vi vogliamo bene!

Love Anziano Ruiz





Our neighbor randomly brought us this pie. 
It was pretty good, I love Italians!