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, December 26, 2016

This joy and happiness is something that we can see all throughout life. The answer is Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

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 

Anziano Ruiz 
 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

Monday, December 19, 2016

I know that through Christ we can find light in this world at any time

December 19, 2016

  This week was a good one! We had zone conference which was good. I always enjoy going back to Rome! Anyway, the conference was good, we talked a lot about working with the leaders in your ward which is interesting because we don't have any haha. But we also talked about working with the members which was really cool. One quote that I liked was "The missionary's responsibility's are to help and assist the missionary work of the ward." This shows the great responsibility that the ward has to do missionary work. 

  Yesterday we got to meet with Silvano (who is from Africa)and it was super good, we've been meeting with him about once a week but he hasn't really wanted to keep commitments. We have had some good lessons with him the past couple of weeks and they have been going a lot better, he really likes the book of Mormon now. So this last time we met with him he had read 3 chapters and a pamphlet we gave him two weeks ago. Then he was really excited to talk about it with us. We didn't even ask him and he was already talking about how he has to keep all of the commitments on the back of the pamphlet. So we are really excited to see where the lord takes him!
  This week while we were finding I saw a picture of a guy throwing the discus in side of a shop so we walked in and I asked if he sold that kinda stuff and he said no. But it turned out that the picture was of his son. His son is on the Italian Olympic team and placed 3rd in disc this last Olympics! Well I'm pretty sure at least, haha unless understood wrong. But that was really cool, he showed us where a track was so maybe I'll do some running in the morning!

   Anziano Ferinotti and I watched the Christmas devotional this week and it was really good. One thing I really liked was "there is no Christmas without Easter". Christmas is a wonderful time that we get to remember the birth of Jesus Christ but this birth would be no more different or special than any other if it wasn't for the Atonement and Resurrection of Christ. Through this magnificent event, Jesus Christ became our Lord Savior and redeemer of this world! I know that through Christ we can find light in this world at any time. I am so grateful for him and everything that he is. I love this Gospel so much and the opportunity I have to share it everyday!

  I hope you all have a great week and a merry merry Christmas!

Vi voglio bene!

Anziano Ruiz

Anziano Roman Ruiz
Missione Italiana di Roma
Piazza Monte Gemma, 9
00141 Roma Italia
Rome East Zone Conference
Missionary Nativity play after zone conference

Beautiful Ascoli Piceno

The track! 

A cool guitar shop I found

 Just some Christmas decorations that I made.

New Haircut

Monday, December 12, 2016

I can't explain how great this work is, but the fact that the all mighty God calls it a "marvelous work" is amazing to me

December 12, 2016

  Man every week gets faster! This week was great! To start out I did a scambio (exchanges) with our district leader in Pescara and that was super cool. For our morning workout we went on a run to the beach then played football there, it was really fun and made me miss the good old Friday night lights! Haha on the other side of the scambio my trainer was with a Pescara Anziano in Ascoli. they had some new people in English course and after they had the spiritual thought they were really interested to learn more about our church so that was an awesome afternoon miracle!
  We have a member here in Ascoli whose name is Andraya. He is an awesome member missionary! We called him the other night so see if he could do a lesson with us the next day, but told him the lesion might fall through or that we might not need him and that we would call the next day to see if we need him. Then the next morning 3 hours before the appointment he called us an said "Elders, I'm ready for the lesson!" it ended up being a huge miracle that he was there! Andraya  knows this gospel so well and helped our friend Francesco understand so much. He turned a lesson that could have gone downhill to a great lesson. Andraya also takes us out once a week and brings us to referrals. He is just an awesome example of love for missionary work and this gospel! When I get off my mission I want to strive to be like this! Through missionary work we can find so much joy and are promised so many blessings! 
  The beginning of this week we had very few lessons and it was a little discouraging, Saturday night for finding we really wanted to find some more people to share our message with. So we tried our best to find and had no luck. Church the next day was amazing, our investigator Francesco came for all three hours and loved it! Then a member convert Alex brought his brother, whose name is also Andraya,  and he loved church too. After church we had more lessons that just kinda popped up. Sunday was great and definitely made the week a lot better! This week was a representation of enduring to the end to me.  I love and strive to live the scripture 3 Nephi 15:9 "look unto me and Endure to the end". I know that when we look unto God that we can Endure all things and through that we will find great blessings awaiting us! 
  Again, I can't explain how great this work is, but the fact that the all mighty God calls it a "marvelous work" is amazing to me. I love being a missionary and helping people every day. I love Ascloi and couldn't ask to be anywhere else! 
Thank you all for the prayers support and love! 

Buona settimana.
Vi voglio bene.

Anziano Ruiz

On the coast of Pescara, during the scambio.

Centro with Christmas stuff up.

Sant' Emidio

Sant' Emidio at the end.

Centro during the day.

Anziano Roman Ruiz
Missione Italiana di Roma
Piazza Monte Gemma, 9
00141 Roma Italia

Monday, December 5, 2016

I invite all to practice their Christ-like attribute of gratitude through counting blessings

December 5, 2016 
  This week was over in the blink of an eye! I don't have much time so this might be short. A couple of days ago I went back to Rome for my Promesso, so now I'm legal here haha finally. Then Sunday we had a big stake conference in a nice hotel because the churches aren't big enough here, haha anyway it was really good. it was also super awesome to see a lot of the friends that I made in Rome, there are some much cool people there! I miss the GANS, youth and the families, there are a ton that I miss, they are all super awesome! I also got to see a lot of missionaries which is always a treat!
  Saturday night I went on a scambio with Anziano Cagnacci he is a greeny in his second transfer right now and is native Italian so that was super fun I hope I'll get to serve with him one day! so that night we went to a dinner appointment with the Olmos family. Right before I left Rome I met them and we both really wanted to have dinner together but I got transferred so we couldn't. So it was super awesome that we got to do that! they are so so awesome!! Their boys played the guitar and it was so sweet haha I wanna learn someday when I'm home! the Olmos are from Sandpoint Idaho that's why we got along so well! I have family  there. After dinner and the guitar playing with shared a spiritual thought on blessings, the spirit was amazing! there is the saying that goes "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do with it" and it applies perfectly to counting blessings and happiness. Through blessings we can recieve 10% happiness but when we recognize them, thank God for them, show gratitude and maybe even write them down we can receive 90% more happiness. I invite all to practice their Christ-like attribute of gratitude through counting blessings, and by this we can experience the true joy that a simple blessing like "the sun was out today" can bring.
  Also this  week we had the chance to meet with our friend Silvia! She loves the missionaries so much but is not to interested in changing her beliefs. Silvia is about 75 and works as a tailor. A couple of weeks ago we gave her a Book of Mormon. We wanted  follow up and it went okay, she is really set on her beliefs. For the closing prayer she asked me to give a prayer but for it to be spontaneous and from the heart, which is perfect because that is how we believe we should pray. So I said the prayer (in my not so perfect Italian) and after she was crying and told us how she felt that spirit so strong that we are certainly two special angels in her life, and how grateful she is to know us. It was an awesome experience and a huge testimony to me of the amazing power that a simple prayer can bring into a room. I love being here, making friends and bringing the spirit to people's live's, it is such a great opportunity. 
Thank you all for everything and have a great week!!

Vi voglio bene 
Anziano Ruiz 

 Some awesome members that we visit every Wednesday. They are so crazy loving  and just straight up Italian! Daughter - Alessandra, Grandma, Mom - Roberta. 

Of course, have to take a picture of the Maserati/ Ferrari store.

More cooking

 More sandwich making      
Christmas tree Mom made and sent from home.

Anziano Roman Ruiz
Missione Italiana di Roma Piazza Monte Gemma, 9 00141 Roma Italia