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Monday, 2 April 2018

Buona pasqua

What a beautiful Week! Generale conference and Easter all in one! I loved listening to the prophets voice even if I wasn't able to see all the sessions! Other awesomeness this week we had Amazing  Easter lunch probably the best food I've eaten in Italy and we got Easter chocolate eggs! A lot of the people we are teaching spent this week with family (rightly so) so we spent a lot of time looking for oppourtunities to serve the members like baking cookies and other strangers this week as we tried to go about doing Good! We ran into a lot of people who we already had met which was a kinda cool miracle! And our other friend made it to general conference and had a reallygoodtime though a little confused it was spiritually enriching!
We happened to run into our one friend three different times this week! Including today! Nothing is really open today even though every one is outside because it is a holiday!  It's beautiful and sunny though! At English group we role played situations for taking a plane ride so anziano Parker graciously told us the importance of putting the mask on us first and then the children it was hilarious! 
We also accomplished a week long English fast! It was hard and mistakes were made but we basically went for a a week without English! And we aren't dead nor did we kill one another!  
The weather was so beautiful this week so we walked along the sea side a lot and realized how blessed we are. Even though physically I was pretty dead every night we returned home thanks to the time change we were so happy and blessed to be serving here. The people here and in this beautiful world.  If you haven't heard....THE ROME TEMPLE WILL OFFICIALLY OPEN IN 1 YEAR!!!!! The Italian people who have been waiting so long have only a few months to go before they can receive this amazing blessing ! 
We saw the Easter parade procession they do every year here. Honestly we both felt a little sad and spooked. Shirts lives. Pasqua is a happy beautiful rebirth. We know he lives and lives us. He lives and so can we. What a marvellous blessing and miracle.  Easter is a beautiful happy day. The best day of the year. 
Tonight we find out who stays here in pescara! So stay tuned next week ! I also reached 15 months in the mission . And my loving companion bought me water colours and parmesean cheese!  
Love you all so much! 
I know Jesus is the Christ. That he lives. And that his propeht on the earth today is president Nelson. 

Sorella Lalonde

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

You get a temple, and you get a temple...everyone gets a temple!

Zone conference week! Which means we headed to Rome Thursday morning bright and early! But before that...

Monday and Tuesday nothing seemed to go according to plan, but we made the best of it and whistled as we work as the kids say. Wednesday we saw my favourite young guy who we are teaching! Did I say he painted little rock with our national flags on them! And also let us taste the first cake he ever made ! He is so amazing! He's reading the book of Mormon and learning how to pray and he asks such cool questions! I'm so glad I get this special oppourtunity to teach him. If all goes well and he can get a ride to church he said he wants to be baptised 12 May! Teaching him I've learned so much about how my Father in Heaven must see me! This younge girl just trying to learn and do her best, even if her cake has bits of un beaten flour and my painted rocks seem simple, he is so happy when we try and loves us with an infinite love that even I can't muster. He knows all the potential we have to change our lives and other people's lives too! It's been such a blessing! 
So Wednesday rolls around and we head out bright and early for Rome! The coolest thing is we got to go see the temple! The have set up a temporary information booth with a little viewing room and some basic information for passer byers! Is was a highlight of my mission to be on temple grounds again. I'm so blessed! I know that it is a house of God. They built this temple in an oval form which has presented some difficulties as every inch needs to line up exactly and all the furniture is unique and so on. It's truly a work of art if I've ever seen one. The stained glass was my favourite because instead of one picture in every window it is designed to be one huge portrait! The temple rock was also taken from Sardegna where I served! I also learned one of the design bases was michaelangelos art! It was beautiful! Pictures attached!

We had interviews with our mission presdient where I was reminded how little time I have left on my mission -!- and how far I've come. We did a little monstra in Rome before turning in for the night. We all stayed in the villa or the mission presidents house which was also fun! My companion from the mtc is serving in Malta and I got to see her As she is part of our zone! That was a little miracle! Zone conference is always a highlight we talked about joy and how to grow our joy. And we learned how to improve our language studies because if we can't speak the language we aren't gonna get very far in teaching or talking to people! The result of this is that our whole area is now doing an English fast for a week! Until general conference! Eek! We are praying for patience and the gift of tongues which has already kicked in! 
After all that being inside we were glad to get home and have time to walk around Friday night and talk to people! 
The miracles don't end because Sunday this brother and sister walked into church and loved it! We had the chance to share the book of Mormon with them too!  

We are getting ready for pasqua (Easter) Which happens to fall on the weekend of General conference! #bestweekendever!  The church has put out an Easter video that's so beautiful   and I'm excited to share the message of the peace that can be found with Christ. 

We must remember that to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God. It is our right and responsibility to accept our gifts and to share them” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1987, 23; or Ensign, Nov. 1987, 20).

As always 
Sponsered by Sorella Lalonde 

Curfew for all allied troops is at 21:00

Pumpkin lasagne cook off is how I started the week. Sorella Oveson beat anziano Parker in the cook off and now we know ricotta is not for lasagna, even if you put a lot into it. 
the weather is warming up here but its started raining and now its a debate every morning to wear a heavy coat or no coat....but im really okay with that after seeing the snowfall still happening in canada! unfortunatly it also means somedays there are millions of people out... or like 7. but this week flew by and honestly im having some trouble remebering everything or anything
today we went to Ortona again and it turns out there is a canadian graveyard there! see the photo! also amazing shells were found!

We were super blessed this week to be able to meet with a lot of the people we are working with and teaching! i do love the oppourtunites to teach. In particular we have started teaching a young son of a less active member and he and his cousin are SO so awesome. I'm so glad I have this cool oppourtunity to teach them and help them learn about their Father in Heaven. It reminds me of who I was when I started reading the book of Mormon for the first time and then where I am now. Also they have these super cute puppies! 
I went on an exchange with sorella schnell this week and I love learning from her she is such an amazing teacher!   we met a lot of cool people and hopefully touched a lot of peoples lives! speriamo bene!!!! the miracle that day was we were able to get on the bus to chiete that we knew would take longer but would give us more oppourtunities to talk to people abnd then walk off that bus and onto the other bus (which we didnt even know when it ran) straight to our oppointments house!!! super cool
Also this week this lady just walked into the church kind of randomly but both times we happened to be there! Coincidences?! she also was able to come to church! and me and sorella hickey were singing a musical number yesterday - where can i turn for peace. it was super fun! 
FOOD ADVENTURE AFRICAN FRIED RICE Friday night Jennifer made us fried rice so so yummy with chicken legs and chicken gizzards! They were chewy...but not bad!  she is so cute and i love her! 
i really cant remember if we had any good adventures this week so i assume that means no! I'm perfecting my yoga and head stands. We also had a fun monstra downtown singing with the missionaries from both ascoli and L'aquilla! Even when the weather's bad music can touch hearts! 

This week i learned : Surrender , render to him all that you have and are (despite the results), watch your thoughts and desires 
Ive learned on my mission how to Show compassion. Do the right thing and remeber why.
This is from a talk " Jesus knows and understands when we are stressed and perplexed? The complete consecration which effected the Atonement ensured Jesus’ perfect empathy; He felt our very pains and afflictions before we did and knows how to succor us (see Alma 7:11–12; 2 Ne. 9:21). Since the Most Innocent suffered the most, our own cries of “Why?” cannot match His. But we can utter the same submissive word “nevertheless …”

i grew my testimony that with christ any guilt or pain we feel can be forgotten. 
love you all!!!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

It's like selling ice cubes to the Eskimos.

This week was fairly wild I guess... at one point we were kind of Yelled at by a lovely pregnant lady (....her argument included that we should wear what we would like and if it's such a good church people would be lining up to come.... I think the cake she was eating must have just not been good....), a super hip girl said she actualky likes our outfits(our sad a sister missionary hand me down outfits! Let go!), the police got called on us(don't worry he was nice too and nothing happened. After he called the bishop it was all good and We are still allowed to knock on doors though we promptly left that apartment building), we met a secret member who lives too far away to come to church but is soooo sweet! And her family are super lovely! She actually came up to us with such a huge smile! And we got to see the beautiful Chiete alto which is just a classic Italian city, and a deaf lady on the bus who actually thought we were deaf because actually i dont know how we would give off this impression and somehow we were able to communicate in our non exsisting Italian sign language!  and a stranger walked into church and we were able to teach her about the plan of salvation that "the gave has no victory and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ " (book of Mormon, mosiah 16:8-9 ) , and there was a black out in Centro (downtown) that we walked through. Super creepy, also in church Sunday we didn't have lights, and we the sorelle of pescara are proud to report we ate 3 cakes in 3 days. So it's been a pretty good week I'd say :D better than that, we saw lots of miracles of being able to bear our testimonies and help people's lives!  
Life lesson i learned was that sometimes I'm a Mary not a Martha. I try to organize and serve others and plan so much that I miss the oppourtunies to listen at the feet of the Savior and spend quality time with people. But im finding a good mix now! 
Today the weather was beautiful and we were able to spend the day playing frisbee on the beach!  
I also learned today that "A priesthood blessing is sacred. It can be a holy and inspired statement of our wants and needs. If we are in tune spiritually, we can receive a confirming witness of the truth of the promised blessings. Priesthood blessings can help us in the small and great decisions of our lives. If, through our priesthood blessings, we could perceive only a small part of the person God intends us to be, we would lose our fear and never doubt again." (Priesthood Blessings President James E. Faust Nov 1995) I'm so grateful for the priesthood power of God on the earth that we can learn more about God but also about our potential. It's infinite with God's help. 
So all in all I'm happy. Very happy :) hope you have a lovely week and remember to have fun and love! 

Sorella Lalonde the canadian 

Tender mercies taste Good

this week went speeding by though it was fulll of long days. first off id like to point out that last week my email sent before i was ready but decided it must have been fate and just left it. secondly,  ill apologize in advance for the horrific spelling of this email as im using an italian computer and my own spell checking abiliteis are dwindling as i never was great before i started leanrin gitalian ansd it hasnt much helped my english!

so we started out this week with an amazing DDM and i got to see me favourite sorella Cook who is now training so we had three generations of missionaries! so fun!!! i also learned by doing a self relfecting amazing get to know you game that if i were a chocolate bar i am a dark chocolate bar with the bubbles.

we met with some super lovely members and had fun talking to people trying to spreasd the good news. my favourite day has to be the exchange i wen ton with sorella Oveson. shes from bolder colorado. shes super super cool and i loved learnig with her! that morning we did house to house knocking on doors and it was pouring but a nice lady though she didnt have time to talk offered to give us an umbrellla! so cute! that morning ended with her flaging down a super nice bus driver who picked us up even though we werent at a stop! so so nice! that afternoon from 4- 9 we walked kinda the same area of centro and along the beach adn we just had SO much fun! we talked to sooooo many people and just where super blessed with the gift of joy. it was cold and not a lot of people were interested but we for sure impacted peoples life and God helped us do the work.  

we also found a house on the ocean that should have contained a member but was actually 100% vacant. but the view was beautiful. and we met some really amazing people! 

as to the good tasting tender mercies....the chocolate festavle came into town and the nice people trying to sell us things gave us free may have been the best and most earned chocolate eaten. its the little things. 

other great adventures this week i made a apple cake for the ward pot luck. now this was a risky thing becasue its italian members who we want to love us and the best way to win thier affeection is tasty gifts of delisciousness. now it was a kind of last minnute realization on my part that a salad would not be enough. so sorella Lalonde look through the end of the week empty kitchen adn brought out the missionary cook book of simple recipies and started mixing. cinnamon flour pears and an appropratie 30-40 at 160 degrees later a tore cam eout of the oven. however being fast sunday we couldnt even try it until it was going to be served to the sorella lalonde, incase all failed, whipped some whipping cream becasue you cant go wrong if its got whippping cream on top. im happy to say it may have been the best cake ive ever made. even the italians were impressed.

we had a fun monstra in centre this week and super awesoem englsih class! plus got super yummy oranges and panini at the open market today!

to follow up on my catterpillar thought from the other week... even butterflies as timid and gentil as they are impact the world.

Love you all so much!

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Good quotes this week 
“Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed.
“Most putts don’t drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. …
“Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
“The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.” (Deseret News, 12 June 1973.)
Form the teachings of Gordon. B. Hinckly 

The Test of Our Lord’s Doctrine.—Any man may know for himself whether the doctrine of Christ is of God or not by simply doing the will of the Father (John 7:17). Surely it is a more convincing course than that of relying upon another’s word. The writer was once approached by an incredulous student in college, who stated that he could not accept as true the published results of a certain chemical analysis, since the specified amounts of some of the ingredients were so infinitesimally small that he could not believe it possible to determine such minute quantities. The student was but a beginner in chemistry; and with his little knowledge he had undertaken to judge as to the possibilities of the science. He was told to do the things his instructor prescribed, and he should some day know for himself whether the results were true or false. In the senior year of his course, he received for laboratory analysis a portion of the very substance whose composition he had once questioned, with the skill attained by faithful devotion he successfully completed the analysis, and reported results similar to those, which in his inexperience he had thought impossible to obtain. He was manly enough to acknowledge as unfounded his earlier skepticism and rejoice in the fact that he had been able to demonstrate the truth for himself.
From Jesus the CHRIST 

Whens the last time you laughed?

Another week come and gone friends! Monday night we received the news that while I would be remaining in the beautiful sea side city of Pescara our beloved sorella warner would be departing to Sicily!  So our last three days together in the trio after sorella acerson departed were spent mostly saying goodbye to friends! She left Wednesday afternoon. So sorella schnell and I had a little time just us two! It's strah he going from four sisters to two, much quieter. We had an amazing lesson with this lady we are teaching. She had a lot of questions about salvation more or less. As we were studying and trying to find answers to her questions we realized all her answers could be found in the book of Mormon. So instead of giving her answers we encouraged her to find them herself by reading the book. We will see this week how it worked! I know the book of Mormon paired with person revelation can solve any problem. 
We had an amazing English group this week! After spreading the info to a local news group so many people came and it's such a great way for the community to see the chapel and to know who we are and why we are here! 
Sorella schnell and I tried to do some laundry before our new companions showed up but something went kinda terrible wrong and we ended up with a blanket stopping wet hanging in the bathroom dripping into the bidè. It was rough.
Thursday we welcomed sorella schnells companion, sorella oveson from the colorado. Who just came from battipaglia (which was my first city! She gave me all the good update). Friday morning I got my new companion sorella Hickey from the Utah. She super cute and has just come from Palermo in Sicilia. Im super super thrilled to work with her.  
In other news. It's snowing here. It's just like home, with out the winter boots and huge snow suits. We tried to do a monstra in Centro yesterday I think the people who stopped and talked mostly did it for pity. Sad Americans and a canadian, don't you know it's too cold to be outside. Yes. Yes we do. But the work goes on !  Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory, Let your hearts rejoice, and be exceedingly glad...D&C 128:22.
Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever. Alma 26:12
But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi. Alma 29:14 
Rejoice evermore. 1 Thessalonians 5:16
So no, my subject has nothing to do with my week. But as a very inspired four year old once said to his father who then said it at the pulpit at church , I again ask, "Are you happy?" 

Sorella Lalonde

"that was a panickly made tiramisu " "yeah that's was pretty much the first half of my mission" sorella schnell & warner

Today we went to this random little ceramic museum. Gotta Love Italy! It was this kinda random looking oldstyled house in the middle of centro! Photos attached! 
This week we had our miracle potential come to church again! We have seen lots of miracles! I'm not sure I mentioned this but twice it as happened now that someone has walked into the church building wanting to know more about our church! When people need the restored gospel they will find it. We just must be worthy, willing, and well prepared we can greet them at the door. we had a really good weekly missionary meeting about those three things that when you are worthy, willing, and well prepared you are able  to do miracles for the Lord. 
"Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you." Joshua 3:5
We met with 2 new friends, one of which who we saw on the bus and knew we needed to talk with her!
Other adventures include meeting with the really awesome memebrs of the church here who are so fun! We met with one lady who told us some of her stories from serving a mission including rescuing a French exchange student by beating a guy with a bag containing the bible and the book of mormon. She said it was spiritually and physically straining! Also arguing with a Napolitano land Lord! 
We made some tiramisu to celebrate sorella warner hitting halfway point! It as really good. Obviously 😄  we made it during lunch while also making real Lunch and trying to catch a bus..." that was a panickly made tiramisu " "yeah that's was pretty much the first half of my mission" sorella schnell & warner 
Sadly the Christmas lights have been taken down in centro.
I did a companion exchange with sorella Schnell and we had a lot of fun together! She's very sweet and it's fun to learn and see other people's style of missionary work. We aren't all the same but we all can get the job done!
This week I also learned: Facciamo un po' di piu, Se tutti noi facessimo un po' di più,  avremmo fatto tanto.
[For those of you who don't speak this heavenly language: let's do a little but more. If all of us did a little but more, we would have done a lot.]
And i think. Well I'm glad I know what I do. And I'm glad to know about the Book of Mormon. Beacaue what I believe makes sense to me. And makes me happy. And my heart sing. And so I think "Well you know it's true, eh? What are you going to do about it. It's worse when we know what we have to do and don't." So this is what I'm doing. I'm trying to tell other people.
Tante buone cose!
Sorella Lalonde