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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Speranza è l'ultimo di morire

Hope is the last to die
This week I reached 20 years in the life and 10 months in the mission.

We also went to taranto to see a conference for this are a with an area 70! Or a man called by the prophet and the apostles to help a specific area. I was an amazing conference and I learned a lot about the prophet Joseph smith as we had 3 hours there and back reading on a bus. 
I was able to go on a wishful this week to my old city Bari Libertà and the best highlight of my life was seeing the couple who I was able to help teach and change their lives in ward council participating in her new calling and in taranto where he was sustained to receive the aronic priesthood!  The gospel changes lives and not only was I so happy to see them again but to see them strengthened in their faith in Christ and his gospel and happy together and living the gospel and I can't even explain it. GOD IS GOOD. It was also Amazing to see the members i had loved so much again because I didn't this I ever would!  
I can't believe I'm 20. The day before I was pretty nervous. It's a big milestone. But the day came and passed and I have sucesfully lived this long. I'm glad I chose to come to earth. I'm glad I chose to have enough faith that this mortal experience though filled with hard sorrowful bad stuff would turn out ok. And that I can return again to my father in heaven, perfected in Christ, or thanks to him. (If anything I say doesn't make sense or you wanna learn more please email me or check out Mormon.org) 
We made pumpkin pie kinda...it was more like mashed pumpkin and sugary fall goodness as a birthday cake. So so good. And today for p day we got qith a member and made chestnut ravioli things. So good. And i learned how to make pasta...life complete. It's amazing to watch these women who probably learned with their mums and grandmas how to flick the pasts just right to make the little earshaped noodles perfect to hold the sauce. And how that kinda tradition lacks now days because it's a lot faster to pick it up at Costco....frozen. but also- Chestnuts are so good! I have no idea why I didn't know about them before!  
We are helping people in the university here with English, it's a great way to serve the community and we meet super awesome people!
I also tried cioccolata calda like hot chocolate but a million times better! 
Thanks for everything! I feel really supported even a world away! 

Other thoughts I've had
"Verità essenziali: agiamo in base ad esse" Anziano Adilson de Paula ParrellaLa conoscenza della vera natura di Dio
Un’altra verità che impariamo grazie alla Prima Visione e al profeta Joseph Smith è la vera natura di Dio. Pensate a quanto siamo benedetti a sapere che Dio è un essere con un corpo di carne e ossa tangibile come il nostro, che possiamo adorare un Dio reale, che possiamo comprendere e che si è mostrato e rivelato insieme a Suo Figlio ai Suoi profeti, siano essi antichi o di questi ultimi giorni. È un Dio che ascolta e risponde alle preghiere; un Dio che ci guarda dai cieli e che si preoccupa costantemente del nostro benessere spirituale e temporale; un Dio che ci dà l’arbitrio per decidere da soli di seguirLo e obbedire ai Suoi comandamenti senza coercizione; un Dio che ci benedice e ci permette di affrontare le prove in modo che possiamo crescere e diventare simili a Lui.
Egli è un Dio amorevole che ha fornito un piano attraverso cui possiamo goderci la felicità in questa vita e nell’eternità.

Alma 60:21-22 Or do ye suppose that the Lord will still deliver us, while we sit upon our thrones and do not make use of the means which the Lord has provided for us? Yea, will ye sit in idleness...
Being idle in some situations is worse!

By Divine Design By Elder Ronald A. Rasband Of the Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesWhen he was known later as Paul, his apostolic ministry reflected what the Lord already knew he was capable of doing and becoming, not what he had set out to do as Saul.When we are righteous, willing, and able, when we are striving to be worthy and qualified, we progress to places we never imagined and become part of Heavenly Father’s “divine design.” Each of us has divinity within us. When we see God working through us and with us, may we be encouraged, even grateful for that guidance. When our Father in Heaven said, “This is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man,” He was talking about all of His children—you in particular.


I love you all and hope you have an awesome week and don't give up and smile and live! It's a beautiful life. And remember to have hope! It's the last to die!
Sorella Lalonde

Saturday, 17 February 2018

... Irreplaceable, that's what you are ...

Another week of bring the world a little more light! Now that the days are shorter I've really noticed the importance of lighting up the world! It's gotten colder, leaves are falling, and rain is coming.
The major news: I'm in Foggia back in the Puglia zone!
We got to hear Elder Ballard, Elder Clayton, and Elder Defeo speak!
I'll start with them. They were doing a Europe conference and then we as a mission had a conference and they spoke to us missionaries. It was a amazing! I often think why is it important that we have 12 apostles like Jesus did. But as Elder Ballard spoke I just felt so much love and joy in my heart.. I am so glad we are lead by people called of God who can trace their priesthood authority to Christ directly. That's cool! And I have been called and set apart to be a missionary & to be here
Speaking of here...where is here? Monday night we got the call that Sorelle B in Cagliari is no more (we were irreplaceable)  and me and sorella cook have parted ways! She was called to the Rome area and I am back near Bari where I was before! I'm with Sorella Wyatt from Utah,  she is in the same group as sorella Cook! And is so so lovely I'm looking forward to this transfer!
Foggia Is quite a bit smaller inside but full of people and it reminds me a lot of Battipaglia! The members are so sweet! My first oppourtunity to meet some of the memebrs was at this birthday party for one of the older sisters in the ward! And her birthday cake was to die for! So I think I celebrated birthday a few days early! The members were so welcoming and lovely! And then Sunday after church they had an indexing event for family history! I'm so excited! I love family history and I love the ward!
It was sad to leave the members and people in Cagliari. They will forever be in my heart. I learned so much from them and from serving them! I can't even explain how surreal it was getting on the plane to leave. I've changed so much from when landed there. I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission. It was a bitter sweet week of saying good bye to the people I love so much, especially the lady we have been working with these past weeks. Though I will not be there I will always remember her in my prayers. You can't love someone so much and then just forget them, that's the beauty of a mission and the blessing of facebook!
As ELDER BALLARD  said, Nothing comes close to what you learn as a full time missionary
And i wanted to invite yall to take to heart the the inspired Area plan for Europe : bring a friend, find an ancestor, be auto sufficient spiritually and materially.
The little spiritual thought thus week is from
Put Your Trust in the Lord By Elder M. Russell Ballard Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles "Perhaps the greatest reason for missionary work is to give the world its chance to hear and accept the gospel.Brothers and sisters, fear will be replaced with faith and confidence when members and the full-time missionaries kneel in prayer and ask the Lord to bless them with missionary opportunities. Then, we must demonstrate our faith and watch for opportunities to introduce the gospel of Jesus Christ to our Heavenly Father’s children, and surely those opportunities will come. These opportunities will never require a forced or a contrived response. They will flow as a natural result of our love for our brothers and sisters. Just be positive, and those whom you speak with will feel your love. They will never forget that feeling, though the timing may not be right for them to embrace the gospel. That too may change in the future when their circumstances change.
It is impossible for us to fail when we do our best when we are on the Lord’s errand. While the outcome is a result of the exercise of one’s agency, sharing the gospel is our responsibility.He has prepared the means for us to share the gospel in a multitude of ways, and He will assist us in our labors if we will act in faith to fulfill His work”Simply stated, it’s a matter of faith and action on our part. The principles are pretty simple—pray, personally and in your family, for missionary oppourtunity. It is a privilege! There is no greater joy in life than being anxiously engaged in the service of the Lord."
I love you all! Have an amazing week! 
Sorella Lalonde

Friday, 16 February 2018

When life gives you a week, you fill it!

Wow this week! Where to begin! 
I cant remeber if i wrote about our new friend last week but we found this man whose son was a member but died not long after serving a mission, and daughter is a member who lives up north. This week we brought some memebrs who knew his son and have a little chat and then the elders where able to go over and teach him. He is so so so precious. The only thing written on the calender for the whole moth of october was "sisters visiting" that was us! And we were worried hed forget! This man we randomyly (or inspiring ly) found doing door to door tracking has a house full of church books! And the most moving thing was he showed us his sons missionary name tag. He really loves and misses his family. I know that families can be together forever. And what hope that gives me! We are so excited to be able to give him this hope too!
  I was put in charge of our weekly missionary training meeting and I chose to talk about the Book of Mormon based on the most recent talk by President Nelson. He talks about how precious the Book of Mormon is as we have the full record of Christ's earthly ministry. I felt it went well and if nothing else my appreciation for the Book has grown! We returned from that meeting to find our apartment with and inch of water on the floor! Our hot water heater had a temper tantrum and as sorella cook said "we've got Noah ark going on in here" it took 5 sisters 45 minutes to clean up! But there's a member who takes care of the apartments and by the end of the day we could have a hot shower again! The members here are such a blessing! Wait did she say 5 sisters? Yes we were living the trio life for a day as sorella James companion left for permesso stuff! So that was an exciting adventure in and of itself! She's super lovely and fun! We visited some far away members so we got to take the car and she lives right next to the beach! It was so beautiful, spiritually and in real life! Her testimony is so forte! She lives an hour out but faithfully  comes to church weekly! If that's not faith in action I don't know what is!  That's what I noticed about a lot of members here. Sorella Cook pointed our that our church is really hard to live here because it goes against cultural norms! Yeah we are Christian but being a Mormon requires a lot. And certainly it's worth it, I would still be here if it wasn't, but just beginning on the route it could be daunting. It isnt a passive religion because salvation not cheap. But if your willing you'll see the blessings. I've been thinking about why I live the way I do. Because I'm happy. I'm really happy! I've got a purpose. I have a clear conscious. I'm growing and learning. And I like who I am. And I thank my Religious beliefs because they shaped a lot of that! 
Anyways.  The next adventure was a surprise pranzo appointment right after we had finished eating pranzo! I have never been so full in my life it hurt ! But she is the most amazing lady I have ever met! She is so forte in the gospel and it has been so amazing to get to know her. 
We also got a new ward mission leader here and  the work is just going to start blooming! My appreciation of ward mission leaders and ward missionaries everywhere has increased imensly! Your amazing! It's hard work! And the bishop! I think his whole weekend was just doing church stuff! We did this clean the world activity Saturday morning in a park of a near by city! We got to wear the helping hands jackets!  
And then! The highlight! The baptism of our friend Hilary who the Anziani have been teaching! He is so cool! His testimony afterwards was so forte, about how once he started the Book of Mormon before going to bed it helped him not have nightmares!!!!! It's a powerful life changing book as president Nelson said. 
Then the other highlight! A Europe wide broadcast with Anziani Ballard, Anziani Clayton, De feo and Sabin! We were almost late but we prayed and ran and lucky for us there was a technical difficult and we didn't miss a thing! 
So that was my week! Tonight we find out where we go as it is the end of this transfer and sorella cook is finished her training!
I love you all! I'm so grateful I'm here spreading the gospel and helping families be united forever! 

TVB
Sorella Lalonde
Mormon.org 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

So this is why Cagliari is so amazing:

This was amazing week! The man the Elders have been working with was baptised! It was amazing! And one of the lady's we started to teach was able to come to a bit of church Too! The elder who is from italy made us ana amzing TIRAMISÙ Mama mia che buono! I also managed to make some perogies! 
My miracle this week :
We had an awkward amount of time before an appointment and didn't know what to do. We felt like the plans we had went right, so we followed our feet - and the spirit- and did some casa a casa. As we were knocking on doors we found a man whose son was a member but died not too long after serving a mission. His daughter is a member in the north! His wife has recently  died though so he is all alone. I just knew in my heart that families can be together forever and that this man can see his family again! What a blessing to know these things! We were really led to find him! 

Oh yeah! We also met this guy who was a member of the church in Nigeria! His name : Godspower... We found Godspower on the bus.
 So it was a good week! I'm so glad to be here preaching the good word and trying to lift people's days! 

When we as missionaries try to help people accept the gospel it's like shooting from half court. By having woth us ward missionaries, the bishop, and the ward mission leader it's more like a good three pointer. But when every Member is involved wow! Member missionary work is like a layup in basket ball! - Anziano Toronto

Thursday morning I read in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 9 wow it eas some clear doctrine found in the Book of Mormon about Jesus Christ. He may have only been physically present In  the Americas for a short amount of time but his spirit and the knowledge of his essential role for our salvation has always been ! I'm not ashamed to be a Christian! I am so happy I have a saviour and can live with my family forever! Who wouldn't want that knowledge and joy! A hope for a brighter world and peace! Eternally! Mind blown!

I also realized the restored truth we have about the God head (God is our heavenly father and Jesus Christ is His son and our saviour,  they have a body of flesh and bones and the Holy Ghost has a spiritual spirit body (d&c130:22-23) ) was essential revelation! This teaching would have been profoundly different from the pagan gods our many god present in for example egypt. There is one God! He is our heavenly FATHER! COOL!

Pray we went to the beach ! Now that summers done there aren't as many people so it's safe for us to go (in that the beach isn't covered in people barely wearing cloths!)

Love you all! 

Sorella Lalonde

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Almost there!

What a wild week! It included a wishful with lovely sorella Groll from Idaho and then General Conference Saturday and Sunday! I still have yet to see the last session so no spoilers! 
Also fun fact there is no good translation for the word awkward in Italian. Why? We think because Italian youth aren't awkward. They are just beautiful. No awkward phase inbetween. 
It dawned on me this week too, a typical Italian bus ride is equivalent to That bus scene in Harry potter "why the long faces" you never think the bus will fit in the cute little Italian streets between the fiat and the panda parked on either side...but it always does!
We also learned Bus # 13 has 13 seats....
Funny story related to us by a member "... after sing this really hard hymn (found in the Italian hymnal though originally from an opera by giuseppe verde poorly) in church the lady next on the pulpit says God may forgive us but Giuseppe verde won't! 
Heavenly father was so good to us this week! We met so many people who where interested to learn about our church and the message ! I don't know how! Well I do. It's God work!
I learned something interesting from Elder Nelsons talk this weekend. The book of Mormon recounts Jesus Christ ministry in the Americas. I knew that before but that's amazing! We have another record of Christ's ministry and life so we can know him better ! What a remarkable blessing! Not only the bible! We have two whole records so we can know him better! 
 We believe in something called the Word of Wisdom. A few restored laws or counsel to keep our bodies healthy. Some people think it's silly because we don't drink alcohol or coffee and don't smoke or take illegal drugs. But I learned from our bishop this week " I could drink, and I could smoke. It is you who cannot stop."  It comes down to self control. Don't be controlled by a cup.   
Not my thought but one i found though cannot remember where: The ideal, somewhere between self-deprecation and pride, is humility, which means including God as our partner. We overcome our weaknesses only as we combine our best efforts with his unlimited strength. Too often we do not recognize God as our partner; we become proud and too self-sufficient—and when we do, we usually fall. Humility is not a continual self-put-down, a wallowing in self-pity, but rather is a quiet self-assurance that with God’s help we can overcome all things and become even as he is—full of virtue.

Also ......I HAVE HIT MY HALF WAY MARK!!!! 9 MORE TO GO!!!!!! I celebrated by making cookies for us! 

Sorella Lalonde

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

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This week my goodness! We had zone conference Tuesday which means WE HAVE  FACEBOOK NOW WHAT!! We are allowed to now use Facebook to share the message of the Restoration with a lot more people! It's a really cool opportunity! We just have to figure out how it all works! 
Zone conference was also fun because we had 8 sorelle In our apartment! It was pretty wild! Well... not really. We have a bedtime and had to be up early. Sorella Cook and I sang "Sono un figlio di Dio"  I love that song. Is such simple but profound doctrine that you and I are children of 
God. He is our father. And like our earthly father we have this plan of salvation to become more like him! That's the goal! Are you on that path? 
Other adventures this week was we did a little monstra downtown last night with another member here and we decided to sing ! So we were just singing Italian hymns on an Italian street! 
Another zone conference funny story. Colpa d'aria or fault of the air is a real thing. It is the sickness you can get by cold air hitting you. So you have to be careful with the air condition because people will get upset or just outright move. As the missionaries were discussing this fact- the Italian missionaries vs the Americans- one Anziano sneaks up on the other and blows on his neck! Anziano Italian almost jumped off the seat! Colpa d'aria assassin. 
Sorry, I think my memory is going! I cannot remember anything! I do know that I'm super blessed to be here as a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ and his restored church! 
Important info our bishop told us- Sometimes Marie is put with another name and the Marie doesn't really count. They just put that on for anyone. Correction: Everyone. 
Spiritual thought: 
"But the grace of God does not merely restore us to our previous innocent state. If salvation means only erasing our mistakes and sins, then salvation—as wonderful as it is—does not fulfill the Father’s aspirations for us. His aim is much higher: He wants His sons and daughters to become like Him.
With the gift of God’s grace, the path of discipleship does not lead backward; it leads upward.
It leads to heights we can scarcely comprehend! It leads to exaltation in the celestial kingdom of our Heavenly Father, where we, surrounded by our loved ones, receive “of his fulness, and of his glory.” All things are ours, and we are Christ’s. Indeed, all that the Father hath shall be given unto us." - The Gift of Grace By President Dieter F. Uchtdorf Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Favourite scriptures:
Romans 15:19 "...I have fully preached the gospel of Christ."

Philips and 4:4, 7-9 "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice...And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."

Sorella Lalonde

Monday, 12 February 2018

Drum roll please.

We are gonna start a band. Maybe. It's just in the idea phase. But we are getting pretty good. 
This was a week full of amazing blessings. I think every transfer at a round this time my head gets too full and feel a little stressed but Sorella Cook really helped me through that and we were able to do the work despite our (mostly my) shortcomings! And we had a good time!  
Some Funny things this week:
A girl, in response to Who is God for you said "a big bowl of spaghetti" I was a little annoyed but it was so Italian, you just gotta love it. 
I'm giving the same people the same compliments! I told this girl I liked her shoes on the bus "you already told me that, but about the other blue pair". 
Then, we were knocking on doors the other dark and stormy night (which in Italy means ringing doorbell and speaking through the intercom out side their gated complex) asking if people wanted to learn about our message. One man didn't quite hear us so he comes just to the other side of the big gate. We said we are missionaries for our church! "Oh I'm sorry I'm naked, I'm just going to have a shower..." 
...wait...why did you even come to the door!?!?!?!Needless to say we walked away laughing our heads off! 

Another lesson I learned: never assume anything. Never assume people know something. Because they probably don't. But then don't get upset if the don't know it if you didn't out right tell them how it is. 

The work moves forward this week! We met some really awesome people and were able to give out 2 book of Mormon and help God's children learn of Him! We met a lady on the bus this week who lives super close to the church and has always wanted to come so we have started teaching her a little! I have got to work on my teaching skills! I'm realizing how crazy cool it is that I'm just here in Italy helping people change and learn of Christ. And for a few days that amazing process didn't seem so amazing, then we watched the addiction recovery videos attached with the 12 step addiction recovery program the church does and WOW! The atonement of Jesus Christ is real and applicable. It's an amazing process of change and improvement. Whether your a struggling addict or a 19 year old missionary. It applies to everyone in every stage of life. 
Here are some other spiritual thought of the week:
1)Is your will aligned with God's?
2)What kind of missionary [or person] are you. Decide who you want to be!! Do you do the work with eyes of faith or with a dreary dismal look out? Positive and hopeful outlook can make all the difference, that is the faith.
3)"Spend your energies doing those things that will make a difference. Then you can become what you think about. If you think you have problems, if you think life is difficult, if you think the world is going to crack in half tomorrow, you work yourself up to be an ineffective you. But if you just have the simple faith that God is in his heaven and he is your Heavenly Father and he does know that you are here and he does love you—and that Jesus is the Christ, that he is your Savior, that he is your Redeemer, and that you love him with all your heart and are going to do all you can to keep his commandments—then peace comes. You are at peace and your life moves forward in a positive direction." Elder Ballard
4)for the memebrs of the church : from the book of mormon we learn of the prophet Alma and Amulek. Being like amulek means to listen and study from the Prophet and be a help and bear testimony to those around you!
5)EVERY choice we make is OUR OWN
6)Remeber your Spiritual armour every morning, the world can get you down but if we spiritually prepare and attack the day we are ready for any challenge
I love you all! Vi volgio bene!