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, February 19, 2018

The greater faith we have in Jesus Christ, the more power we can receive from him.

February 19, 2018

  We had a pretty good week! It feels so long I can hardly remember what we did. Transfer calls are tonight and I'm pretty sure I'm staying. Anziano Daniels and I are doing some great work here together. I'm not sure if this transfer went super fast or slow haha. Anyway on Tuesday I did a scambio with Anziano Velardi, it was great I've done 3 scambios with him over my mission. He is an awesome missionary. After our scambio we drove back to Crotone and there was a ton on of snow it was great! We go to Crotone often and drive though a national park and its really pretty (Parco nazionale della Silla).
  We got to see Carlo a couple of times this week and that was super sweet. We just drive up to the castle and teach him, it's so cool haha. He is awesome, he really trusts us and is sincere about wanting to know if it's true. We also met a guy named Roberto this week who knew the missionaries from a while ago but never heard our message, he invited us right in his house, gave us something to drink and we taught him. He really liked it and we are going to be back this week. I love how loving and warm Italians are in the south! They are just awesome. 
  One day there were 3 different people who took us to a bar and got us little snacks like a cornetto and an orzo.
We made friends with this guy who sells flowers in our big main Piazza, Piazza Bilotti. Then he introduced us to some of his other friends and now we're just all friends and people know who the missionarys are. Anziano Daniels and I were talking the other day and we decided that when we get transferred that we want everyone to know who the Mormons are. We're taking to everyone and its awesome!
Saturday I turned 20 that was weird. It was good tho, we ended up running into some old friends and one of them had a birthday the previous day so that was pretty cool. We then drove over to Crotone for a baptism of the guy I interviewed last week and that was awesome, it was like the Lord's little birthday present to me.
Also on Saturday I was told I was giving a talk the next day in church, so that was fun news. Luckily I was able to chose my own topic and had been studying the power of the Book of Mormon that week. The central purpose of the Book or Mormon is to convince all people that Jesus is the Christ, in fact on the title page it says that the Book of Mormon is for "...the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations". The greater faith we have in Jesus Christ, the more power we can receive from him, "For he worketh by power, according to the faith of the children of men, the same today and tomorrow, and forever." I can't say enough; I know these things are true! I know that we can all develop that same testimony and find joy in Jesus Christ every day!

Vi vogliamo bene!
Love Anziano Ruiz

Anziano Velardi

Some good snow!

Shout out to my trainer Tanner Anderson and skating. This guy we met was in the X Games, his name is Diego Fiorese. He is pretty good at skating

February 17, 2018 - turned 20 today!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Carlo, Carlo and Carlo

February 12, 2018
  Another great week in Italy! This week flew by! We had 5 meal appointments it was awesome! The members here are pretty sweet even though we are pretty small in numbers! We meet with different people almost everyday and they always feed us haha. It's the best I love Italians!
  We met with three people named Carlo this week and that was pretty sweet. The first one we met on Pday when we were walking to the local neighborhood castle. Haha it turns out that he actually worked there so he told us to come back the next day because it's closed Monday. So on the way home from DDM we went up there to meet him and it was super cool! He gave us a free tour of the castle, then we got to the top and had an awesome view. We taught him the restoration and he was really into is. He told us that he was really passionate about out church. So we taught the restoration on the top of Castle this week. I need to start making a list of where I've taught the restoration, it gets pretty interesting in this mission!
  We also met with Carlo Napolitani this week and he's not from Napoli but we went out for a pizza anyway. He has known the missionaries for a like 9 years and we are hoping to help him out. For the last Carlo we had a nice pranzo with him, read some of the Book of Mormon and talked about salvation. It was pretty sweet, he has known the missionaries for like 20 years but hasn't seen them in a couple so he was happy to receive a call from us. We hope to be meeting with Carlo, Carlo and Carlo again soon!
  Also this week I had the chance to do a baptismal interview for a guy from the  other missionaries in my district. It was a super cool experience. It's crazy how much God uses his children to reach out to other children. I didn't even know this man and I felt the greatest love for him. Experiences like that help me remember how much God loves each and every one of us and how important it is to remember that it is our responsibility so show that love to those around us! Remember to never kick out a genuine thought!
  I have been studying charity a lot lately and I found a word that linked to it really well. That is compassion,  I looked it up in the dictionary for a clearer definition and it says that compassion is a "deep understanding of and sympathy for another suffering" and "the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it". Reading that I thought immediately to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. His Atonement did not just give him a deep understanding of our suffering but it gave him a perfect understanding. He is the best help that we can receive in any affliction. I know he lives, that he loves us, and that he is waiting for us to reach out and receive his love and also show it to others.
Vi vogliamo bene!Buona settimanna!
Love Anziano Ruiz 

Carlo at the Castle.
Castello Normanno-Svevo

Monday, February 5, 2018

“Come what may, and love it"

February 5, 2018

  This week was good! We are working super hard and it's great and super tiring. Haha gotta love Italy. We have been meeting with a lot of new people and that has been sweet. This week we actually went to a Catholic church and were talking to these people there and some other people started showing up and supposedly they were meeting up for the choir practice. They invited us to sing with them and that was fun. We sang some songs then talked a bit with the priest and then went home. It was a cool experience.  We left a good impression about the Mormons for a lot of people.
  We have been meeting with this guy named Emilio and his fruit shop for a while. Nothing was really coming out of it for a time besides some really good fruit. Anyway this last like week and a half we have been meeting with him a lot and he is really interested to learn more and have us meet with his family. We showed him some general conference talks And he really liked those. But yeah we are excited to meet with his family this week and hope that it would go well.
  Our friend Francesco was sick this week but he likes us a lot and invited us over for pranzo. I called good'ol Sorella Spadafora up and asked her for one of her recipes then made an Italian style chicken noodle soup that was super good! I was actually really surprised it tasted just like the one she made. That was sweet, we talked about the Plan of Salvation and that was good.
  This week we got to meet with Salvatore -which means Savior in Italian so pretty sweet name- who Anziano Bellucci and I met a while go. He is going through a really hard time right now and thinks it's too late to receive help from God, we watched a Mormon message and then bore testimony about Jesus Christ being our Savior and it was super powerful. We invited him to church and he came! I feel like the testimonies that were given were just for him. I love how God can make things happen when they need to happen.
  This week was a week of really hard work and challenges. When I was studying the Book of Mormon one morning I had hymns playing in the background and I found myself listening to the hymn I believe in Christ. It said "I believe in Christ; so come what may" the spirit was really strong I was almost in tears. Because of Jesus Christ we don't have to fear what is to come or what has happened in the past. I love this quote from Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin “Come what may, and love it."  Adversity, if handled correctly, can be a blessing in our lives. We can learn to love it." This is all possible through Jesus Christ because of his atoning sacrifice. I know this that Jesus
Christ lives and he is truly our savior.
Vi vogliamo bene!
Love Anziano Ruiz 

A Ferrari
Members of a band that we ran into

This was a nice little lunch. Salami Milanese, mozzarella di bufala, Apple juce and  some bread.

 The rest are some pictures of Cosenza vecchia !

A nice snack

Monday, January 29, 2018

"Something powerful happens when a child of God seeks to know more about Him and His Beloved Son"

January 29, 2018 

  This week has felt so long! Haha in the beginning we had zone conference in Taranto and that went pretty well! We talked about faith and how that brings miracles. It's always good to see President Pickerd and Sorrella Pickerd for interviews. They are the best. After zone conference we took the Taranto Anziani to Cosenza with us for a scambio and that was good. I was with Anziano Sacco, he was actually trained by Anziano Daniele my companion so that's neat. We had good time and were able to teach the restoration to lady who said she has been falling away from Christianity, she loved the message. We also got to meet up with this guy who knew the missionaries from a long time ago. It was coo,l we met them at a bar. Here in Italy bars are a lot different than America, they are more like a gas station store, kinda hard to explain. Anyway we met him there and he brought a couple of friends and they were all like in their 70's and not very interested in the Gospel. I told them that we were actually American spies searching for information. That got their attention haha. We told them we were joking then bore testimony of Jesus Christ and left after talking for a bit. They really liked us haha maybe they'll come to church one day.
  After zone conference and the scambio, Anzaino Daniels and I had a lot of appointments fall through which was too bad. But we did a lot of super good finding and taught the restoration  to many times to count on the street. It was really good. They are all very spiritual experiences, it's so cool to feel the spirit as we teach God's message.       We teach pretty powerfully together. We have a lot of cool people to meet up with here soon. On Sunday we had a pronzo with the  member that we made homemade gnocchi with and that was super good, her name is Sorella Mineri. She'll have to move like a dresser in her house and call us over for help and make us food haha she's pretty awesome.
  As a mission we have been invited to read the book or Mormon more. I love what President Russel M. Nelson says about it. "Something powerful happens when a child of God seeks to know more about Him and His Beloved Son. Nowhere are those truths taught more clearly and powerfully than in the Book of Mormon" in Preach My Gospel chapter 5 it talked all about the Book of Mormon, one thing it says "The Book of Mormon, combined with the Spirit, is your most powerful resource in conversion." When I read the Book of Mormon I'm enlightened  . I know that because of the Book of Mormon my testimony of Jesus Christ is stronger than it would have ever been without it.
Vi vogliamo bene!
Have a great week.
Love Anziano Ruiz 

Monday, January 22, 2018

I know that miracles are real and the way that we see them is through our faith in Jesus Christ.

January 22, 2018

This week was long! But a really good one. Tuesday was cool, we had DDM in Crotone so we had a pretty long drive and I'm driving now so that was weird. We drove right through the mountains and there was a huge snow storm, so that was fun. Anziano Daniels and I have been doing an awesome work together and we are super excited for the rest of this transfer. We have been meeting so many new people and it's really fun. We've met like 4 people who lived in the US so that was also neat.
This week we started calling a bunch of contacts we had in our phone. And they are all super excited to hear from us. We set up this appointment with Valero and that was sweet. He met with the missionaries about 3 years ago. We taught him the restoration and it was super powerful from the beginning. He really wants to receive a testimony for him self and be baptized. We are really excited to see what the Lord has in store for him. This week we have been studying a lot on faith and it has been awesome. I love the verse Ether 12:12 "For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith." Vi vogliamo bene! Buona settimanna! Love Anziano Ruiz

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.