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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Have we rested on this plateau long enough?

First week on the beautiful island of Sardegna. Summer is heating up. Literally. We were around 39 degrees today! The week flew by. We had zone conference this week which was an amazing answer to prayers. I've been wanting to work on everything but didn't know what to do but I was able to see where I need to start. I saw the plateaus I could abandon to move forward and upwards. That's what the conference was about. Something else I learnt was not to forget the bible. As a mormon missionary alot of what we talk about is the Book of Mormon. However the bible is also scripture and deserves our study time. Together we have the fullness of the gospel. So I started from the beginning and it's been awesome! A chapter I read that hit me was in John 15. With out Christ we can do nothing. It's worth a read through.
We met the lady the other missionaries have been working with and she is lovely and Brava and I'm really excited to be here and help her. She wants to quit smoking and that's something I don't have a lot of experience with. So it's really cool to be here and learn with her how to brake habits and start doing better new things instead.
Other lessons learnt. Don't get on a random bus, it might take you to a neighbouring city instead of back downtown. Air conditioner busses are beautiful. McDonalds gelato tastes the same even though it's called gelato and not ice cream. Non Italian foods can still be found in Italian supermarkets. Some cakes even though they are beautiful can taste like garlic (teaches me not to judge. That was a good lesson on Sunday. Disgusting but good.) Pizza at 10 is good. Gardening is good. We like cleaned all the roots off. Driving in Italian is scary. But now I can drive in Italian! That's right this girl is licensed!  

Today we did this huge (30 minutes feels pretty long now a days ) hike. Member that far off hill in last week's pictures? We hiked there today! See all the pictures! 

Love you all! Sorella Lalonde

Sunday, 25 June 2017

New City... New Transfer... What!?!

That's right folks, Sorella Lalonde has been transfered tooooo...(drum roll please) Calgari  (kinda pronounced like Calgary but no r and a soft g) on the beautiful island of Sardegna!  I'm here with Sorella Tacchi from England! We live in a four sister house but this time all the sisters are in the same ward Here!  The members are super Bravi! Super awesome and the other Sorelle have been working with someone whose husband is already a member and she is trying to quit smoking so we already have some Work!  Sorella Tacchi and I are both new here so we are both learning the area and the members and everything together! It's been Fun!  And kinda Hard!  We were going to meet with a church member our second day and we were trying to figure out what to talk about and we decided when in doubt, talk about Jesus Christ. We also got lost but found a beautiful look Out!  Picture 1. 
I'm sad to have left Bari after only 6 weeks, it's hardly enough time . But I'm super glad to be here doing the Lord work wherever it brings me. Every day is hard but its worth it to know you are working with the Lord  to help our Heavenly Father’s children, our brothers and sisters, find a little bit more peace and joy. And it's sad when people don't want to talk to you but I am here to be a light and a beacon to those who are ready .  Sardegna is beautiful but mama Mia it's hot. Very hot. The flowers are lovely though. Very magical. 
Pictures from a Castelo we visited today and a Mexican restaurant

Sorella Lalonde

PS: I've also been thinking about the faith cycle..
Faith in Christ  (and also in yourself and your future with Christ) --> leads to change or repentance --> leads to making covenants like Baptism (promise to follow Christ so that he can help us --> leads to the gift for us to have with us always the Holy Ghost ( the third member of the God head who can help us stay close to Christ) --> good Works--> more faith --> more change --> sacrament/ renewal of promise (or new covenants)--> more good Works and piano piano we become more and more Christlike until we can be perfect like he is.
It's hard, " but if it weren't for the high hurdles oth r rs may outrun you"

Sorella Lalonde

Remember Remember Remember

What a lovely Week!  Working with the members. Getting to know the city. Finding and talking to all types of people. It's a real Blessing to be here! 
I had a really awesome experience this week I thought I'd share. We were teaching a lesson about Baptism. We believe in Baptism by immersion because- at least for me- we are to be spiritually reborn. A new beginning that we get to renew every week as we take the sacrament. And as we were explaining this I just was so grateful that I had made the decision at age 8 to be baptized. It's change my life every week. Every bad day. Every time I make a Mistake or wish I could be better. I can leave those awful feelings at the Lord's feet and take his yoke upon me, whose yoke is easy and whose burdens are light. I can live in tandem with the Lord!  I'm so so grateful. 
But I'm really grateful for remembering  "We each have moments of spiritual power, moments of inspiration and revelation. We must sink them deep into the chambers of our souls. As we do, we prepare our spiritual home storage for moments of personal difficulty." You Know Enough by Elder Neil L. Andersen Of the Presidency of the Seventy.  

As for adventures we also had a lot of those this week. Today we had p day with a member in Trani which I would highly recommended and plan to go back.  The other day we took this bus to see where it went. Don't do that unless you know where it goes. It was the sketchy bus. But we met some cool people so in the end worth it. But don't try it at home. I got a new bed too! It's lovely! The one I had was good, but this one you can't even hear me when I get up! It's perfect!  

That's a wrap! 

Sorella Lalonde

Zone Conference

The highlight this week was an amazing zone conference that really makes your week even better! Also this hilarious bus driver who had the whole bus isn't stitches it was fabulous! Not too much to report this week. I trimmed my companions hair! The panzorotti and focaccia here are amazing too! We have a lady we are teaching who is simply an amazing  blessing for me to know her. And we talked to lots of amazing people this week. And the members here are Amazing!  
These are thing that inspired me this week. 
I know that Heavenly Father loves us and knows us. He will answer our prayers. We must have faith and hold on sometimes to the answers we get, especially if it's not what we want or expect. I know families can be together for ever. For eternity. I know that Christ lives and we have again His gospel on the earth. I know the book of Mormon is the word of God, and is evidence of this grand restoration. 

Share with me a little testimony!
"Generations are affected by the choices we make. Share your testimony with your family; encourage them to remember how they felt when they recognized the Spirit in their lives and to record those feelings in journals and personal histories so that their own words may, when needed, bring to their remembrance how good the Lord has been to them."  
Lest Thou Forget
By Elder Ronald A. Rasband
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Another interesting thing : Tuning Our Hearts to the Voice of the Spirit

One of the best blessings we can receive as we learn to hear the voice of the Spirit is the ability to see ourselves as we are seen by our Father in Heaven and, “slowly by slowly, small by small,” become our very best selves.
Consider this beautiful quote from a latter-day Apostle: “The gift of the Holy Spirit … quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections, and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It develops and invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, invigorates and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.”

Sorella Lalonde

Bari Libertà here we go!

For all those who didn't get to see me yesterday.... most of You... I'm still alive and very well. This week went by so Fast!  I had an appointment for my Permesso to be here and then the week just flew by! I'm loving it here its beautiful and there is a lot going on. We have this couple we are teaching who are just so sweet. This city also has buses which means less Walking!  But we also get fed a lot.  Which means harder morning workouts. The other sisters here are super healthy so that's a blessing too ! 

I got some advice to share a little more spiritually how I am. I have learned a lot about God lately. He wants to give us blessings. And everything we need to be happy. But He also know when you need it to make you the happiest. And it's a little harder that way, but a little more enriching too. I'm learning a lot about walking by faith. Like excersise, you don't see the results of faith after your first work out. Maybe after week. But even then not really.  But after time- you don't even really see the full effects - you are changed. It's the perseverance that's shapes you. And I'm totally still learning this all so I'm not perfect. But with Christ's help we can all do it. And I am so great full for this wonderfully beautiful opportunity. 

“Toward Greater Spirituality: Ten Important Steps,” Ensign, June 1983, 6

By Joe J. Christensen

Keeping Our Balance: Recognizing and Resisting Excesses in Our Efforts to Live the Gospel,” Ensign, June 1983, 11
By O. Don Ostler

You Know Enough, Ensign, Nov. 2008, 13–14
Elder Neil L. Andersen
Of the Presidency of the Seventy

Sorella Lalonde

New Transfer, New City!

That's right I'm in Bari Libertà with Sorella Bellomo Now! She's from Milan so my italian game is improving! It's beautiful here! It feels a lot like Toronto! Busses and the city Life!  I'm really looking forward to working here with the Sorelle. We live in a four sister house now Too!  
I don't have tanto tempo oggi. But the Lord has really blessed us with miracles and we have been able to meet so many people who are so open. 

A little spiritual thought before signing off: you don't need to be rich to change the world. You just need a willing heart and good Works.  The Lord can make up the difference. 
Dollar strawberries

Sorella Lalonde