December 26, 2016
Merry Christmas to all! This week was amazing!! The Christmas season definitely brings so many miracles and it seems like our work is exploding!!
So the beginning of this week was pretty crazy with traveling for district caroling. Monday everyone was here in Ascoli and caroling was great! We'll talked to so many people and gave out a lot of bigliettini! (pass along cards) Then the next day we went to L'Aquila to paint their house which was a fun district activity. Then we had district meeting and caroling so that was fun. Early the next morning we were back in Ascoli, which was nice. Then that night we had a Christmas party at our apartment for the ward which was great we had a couple of investigators there one of which was Silvano. I was talking to Silvano and he is continuing to read the book of Mormon and he read the restoration pamphlet again and loved it! It's awesome to see the love and understanding he has for this Gospel! Silvano also came to church for the first time and he really like it, even stayed after to talk to us about the how much he liked the talks in church. I'm very happy to see the joy that has been brought into his life!
Christmas Eve was just filled with awesome miracles. First off in the morning an old investigator Francesca who was taught once about 3 months ago randomly rang at our door and we talked for a while and she is now going to start meeting with us again starting today! Then later that day we had a lesson with the mother of a convert who was baptized about 3 years ago. And she really liked it. It was awesome to have members present to bare sincere testimony on how much the Gospel of Jesus Christ can bless a family. We look forward to meeting with her to share more joy!
So about a week ago I found a guitar place, walked in looked around for a bit because I was actually looking for a ukulele, then we talked to the owner for bit and left a bigliettino. We came back this week to get a ukulele and he invited us to his Christmas Eve party. So after the lesson we were on the way to the party and were stopped but our soon to be new friend Erik! He is African and asked if we were the church of Christ and said that he had been looking for us! He's talked to missionaries in the past when he was in Africa and really liked it, so he's been looking for us and finally found us and stopped us. So that was just a super miracle! It's not just a saying that the elect will find you! We are meeting with him this week and are very excited to see how it goes! So back to the party, we showed up and the owner was super excited to see us! It was such an awesome time because everyone was kinda confused of who we were and what we are doing here especially that I am American, So they asked and we talked to a lot of people about missionary work! The owners family was there and super happy to meet us, we were having a great time and ended up being the last people to leave. We hope to be able to meet with all of them again someday!
Then Christmas was super fun, we had church which was great with Silvano there. Then after church we just went over to our group leader's the Teodosi's house and did Christmas with them all day it was just awesome to be there in a family atmosphere! My bishop from Rome was there because he is our group leader’s son; it was cool to get closer to his family. We ate so much and just hungout, my companion got to email his family Sunday, it was just great!
This Christmas season I think I have seen more than ever the light of Christ not only in my life and through out my day but also in those around me. There have been so many miracles this week. I know that all of this is from the extra emphasis of the life of Jesus Christ during this special season! This joy and happiness is something that we can see all throughout life. The answer is Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I love Christmas here and the opportunity I have to be able to serve the Lord at the same time!
Have a great week and continue to enjoy the happiness that comes from our Savior Jesus Christ!
Vi voglio bene
Here is my desk decorated for Christmas with a classic Italian meal. Pasta! Haha
Christmas day with the Teodosi's and Bosco family!
A cool pizza place we went to
Anziano Roman Ruiz
Missione Italiana di Roma
Piazza Monte Gemma, 9
00141 Roma Italia