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, May 29, 2017

I know that when we are obedient we can really feel God's love and see the blessings he has waiting to give us!

May 29, 2017

  Super-fast week! After Pday Anziano Cutler and I started our Scambio over in Sassari, it was sweet we were on fire opening our mouths and talking to everyone. We ran into to this one guy who right when he saw us started rambling about how we are supposed to help him stop smoking! Haha I guess the met the missionaries a while ago and they said that they would help him stop smoking. When he was with us he was ready to set a date to meet. The first thing we told him is that he can't do it without God's help, then he said” that's perfect because I'm starting to believe in him again”. It was an awesome experience and goes to show that God is preparing people for the gospel. We just have to do our part; get out there and open out mouths. For the12 week training program for new missionaries this week we actually focused more on finding. In Olbia we do a lot of it. We took the Scambio energy along with the Preach My Gospel principles and ended up finding a family who is ready to hear our message! We are really excited to share the blessings found in The restored gospel with them!

  This week Anziano Parker and I made the goal that while we read the missionary hand book that everything that we weren't doing or that we could be doing better that we were going to do it! One of those was "Speak your assigned mission language as much as possible." Usually we just talk in Italian a couple hours out of the day but right after we read that we just started talking in Italian from then on. It was really cool actually! I found that I was a lot more happy throughout the day! Being obedient in the little things helps us receive all that the Lord has to offer us. And there is a lot that he has to offer, preach my gospel says "As you obey, you increase in faith, knowledge, wisdom, testimony, protection, and freedom." What great blessings are promised by simply being obedient? In Mosiah chapter 4:29 It reads " And finally, I cannot tell you all the things whereby ye may commit sin; for there are divers ways and means, even so many that I cannot number them.
30 But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not." Now this verse is pretty negative so I'd like to make is positive and say "remember, and have eternal life!" There are too many ways that I can go astray from the straight and narrow path in this life! But that’s why God has it laid out for us. The path is in fact straight and narrow! I know that when we are obedient we can really feel God's love and see the blessings he has waiting to give us! Have a great week! I know we all can when we follow God's commandments!

Vi voglio bene 

Anziano Ruiz 

More doughnuts with Dino(our investigator). 

End product of a pizza we made. We didn't have the right dough or a pan big enough so it turned out super weird. It was really good though.

 This is the sunset from Sassari's church. You can see the sea just a bit, it's so beautiful.

This stuff is called "faine". There are only two cities in the world where you can get. And this is the best one.

 This house is just covered in flowers it's crazy.

I saw these same flowers in Rome
 when I started my mission!

This is a super homie pizza guy Gabriella. We brought him brownies and he made us this pizza for free!

Friday, May 26, 2017

All these unexplainable things to me are like proof that there is a Supreme Creator

May 21, 2017
  This week was great! We were trying to meet with Santo but he's just been working so much. But Saturday night we finally got to meet with him and it was just awesome! We started talking about how he has seen the power of baptism in his life and he just kept saying God is blessing him too much these past days. We asked him about how the smoking was going and he hasn't touched a cigarette since he's been baptized! That is just awesome because that was such a big hurdle for him. So he's just really seeing blessings and it's so awesome to see him with so much more joy! Also Sunday he had the opportunity to receive the priesthood. It was awesome. Santo was actually wanting to be a Catholic priest before in his life, and after we gave him the priesthood he was in tears and gave me a big hug. It was a super spiritual experience. It's been a huge blessing to be able to watch Santo’s life change, he's a great example to me.

  This week we have had some really interesting conversations with some people. One of these conversations was while Anziano Parker and I were doing some finding and out of nowhere some guys yells "hey Elders!" From his car then pulls to the side of the road and starts talking to us in English. His name is Massimiliano and it turns out he knows the missionaries and has read the Book of Mormon all the way through. So he started walking with us and we were having a pretty deep conversation about life. Scientists can only create life with something else that is already living. There are so many things that are unexplainable in this world and really this just brings me to the scripture 

Alma 30:44  "But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator." 

And all these unexplainable things to me are like proof that there is a Supreme Creator who is on another level than us. And I know that this Supreme Creator is my Heavenly Father, that we are all his children and he loves us! Another testimony builder is the fact of how beautiful Sardegna is! I'm just so lucky! I hope you all have a great week!

Vi voglio bene 

Anziano Ruiz 
                                       Sassari SS, Italy

Olbia OT, Italy

  Painted Church

 Alghero SS, Italy

Monday, May 15, 2017

2 Nephi 2:11 "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things."

Pictures from Last weeks Baptism.
Anziano Ruiz and Santo.

  And new companion Anziano Parker

Anziano Cutler's and my greeny, catching up on some sleep
 from jet lag while we travel to their first area.

 After Anziano Ruiz received this picture of his
                                 younger Brother Elijah.
 (while waiting at the Temple for Older Brother Jaden to get married)
 He sent this one back lol!

May 15, 2017

  Happy mother’s day to all the wonderful mothers out there but especially to my amazing mom! We could not do it without you all.

  This week has been pretty great we had a zone conference that was pretty good so we were back in Cagliari for a couple of days. We actually had a pretty cool experience while we were there. Usually when we go there is something planned for us but this time there wasn't for some reason. So after our interviews  Anziano. Parker and I were looking for something to do but we were hungry so went get something to snack on at a store. Then we were sitting in a park snacking and I saw that the park was dirty and we had a bag so I just thought "hey why don't we clean the park?" Haha so we started cleaning around and talked and ended up talking to a guy who took missionary lessons like 15 years ago, we really invited him to meet with the them missionaries but he wasn't very interested. It was a good experience though. That next day was zone conference and that went good. One of the missionaries that gave his departing testimony was just so energized for the work and had a great love for his mission and that was really inspiring and really pumped me up to get back to my area and work!

  So then next day as part of zone conference  we were following up on how we used The Book of Mormon to share the blessings that we see in our lives with others. It was really cool to see different ways that the Book of Mormon has been helping others.  Anziano Parker and I want to find more scriptures that we can share with people we meet. 
  So we wanted to ask you all, If you can find time to send us an email with your favorite scripture and maybe a little way of how  that scripture was an answer to your question or just how it helped you.

 One verse that I found myself using a bit recently is 2 Nephi 2:11 "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things." It seems that there are many people that I talk to who claim that there is no God because of the bad things in the world. For me I look it at it a bit different. When I see bad in the world it’s a great sign to me that the adversary is definitely real and bad. So as I take that with the knowledge that, how big and bad Satan might be that God is greater; and his righteousness always has and always will over power Satan. Light Always overrules and over powers darkness. Thanks to the Book of Mormon we know that men are that they might have joy! We know that all things are done in the wisdom of God who knoweth all things! I know that I can take any hardship in my life and turn it around for the positive; I know this because of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Sure it might be hard to believe in a God when all we look at is the bad. It is when we start living the Gospel of Jesus Christ we can take these bad things and turn them into to manifestations of the the joy we receive from god and over all this reality. I know that God is our eternal farther that we are his children are that he loves us! He restored his Church for us, that we can have joy! I love this gospel so much, I hope we can all find such joy.

Vi voglio bene!

Anziano Ruiz

A fruit tree in what you could call our front yard.

Giant Lemons that we can pull from a tree out our kitchen window

Mother's day dinner at the church.

Santo made a cake for Mother's day