Friday, June 24, 2016

2016-06-22 Catch Up on All Investigators

Sorry I haven't written much the last two weeks! It's been absolutely
insane I will never fully be able to catch you guys up! But I love my
new companion, we're getting so much done. I'm creating friendships
and relationships deeper than I expected and with more people than I
expected. There's my companion but also tons of people from the ward
I've gotten to know as normal people, like I can tell when they're
stressed or I check up on their life situation. I know who will help
us out always and who's harder to get ahold of. I know some of
people's most sacred, personal stories. Especially meeting immigrants,
their stories will change your life. You wouldn't believe how normal
stuff is that in America we think only happens to heroes that we hear
about on the news. No, people surviving insurmountable obstacles
happens all the time and the people I've met ancora they have faith in
Jesus Christ because He's helped them before and He will help them
Joy and Edward - a couple from Nigeria - just found out the baby their
expecting is a boy! Joy is super excited because she said now when her
son grows up to be a man and goes off to find a wife, the wife will
pretty much leave her family and only visit her husbands family unless
it happens to be convenient sometime to see her family too. This whole
conversation made me very happy to live in a much more egalitarian
society (America). Even if it's not perfect, at least there's no
cultural expectations to abandon my family when I get married.
Anyways, they're happy. They're gonna name him Desmond because it
means "great friend of God."
We have had so many people in the last couple days at activities
either point out non-members (for whom we set up appointments) or
straight-up ask if we can come teach ____________ person that they
know (for whom we will shortly be setting up appointments). I gotta
say though, there's not a lot more disappointing than having a crazy
full week and then in the end only having 7 lessons because everyone
cancels on you. But we can't control what other people do so well just
keep teaching the people who will make time for us.
There's a less-active we've been meaning to meet with for several
weeks that we finally made it over to her house yesterday. It was good
and it was bad haha. It was good because we had a lesson with her and
created a new friendship with somebody. It was bad because we stayed
there forever....technically one hour was our lunch and another hour
was lingua but we were still like 😬😬 by the time we finally got out
haha. She's super cool though and has an awesome life story. When she
moved to Italy she came to church and people didn't know her super
well. Apparently one of the few conversations she had with someone (a
leader, bishop maybe idk) was him telling her that she needs to pay
tithing because God has need of her money and it offended her so bad
she never went back. Well, whoever that guy is, he wasn't very
sensitive. But it's a shame she won't come back over something small
like that, too.
President Dibb is leaving in a few short days! Soon we will have a new
president! We'll see what he's like. I love you all! A dopo!

Friday, June 17, 2016

2016-06-15 New Companion

Oooh my gosh I miss my trainer SO much and I LOOOVE my new companion
so much!!  We're seeing so many miracles we seriously walk home at
night and we'll look at each other and be like, "what are we doing to
earn this." I love this city and I never want to leave!

Jill and Sis Lau

With Elder Kearon

Mmm Lindor!

Mole Antonelliana - was built as a Jewish Synagogue in 1860's, but architect and community had falling out.  Now it is a cinema museum.  It is the tallest unreinforced brick building in the world.  (No steel girder system)


Sis Lau, Sis Smedley, and Jill


Jill at top of Mole Antonelliana


Touristy Sisters


New comp! She's fire and were getting along great!

(Jill was too busy to write any more :) )

Saturday, June 4, 2016

2016-06-01 Slle Harris Going Home

This week was insane. Leslie cancelled her baptism. Dang, girl. We
can't say anything because it's not our decision. We just want her to
be happy. Even Slle Harris is chill, after getting a chance at this
miracle and then having it not go through. We just want her to be
happy. She said she received her answer and how she had. But she said
now she's worked out a deal with her parents. But then she didn't come
to church last Sunday ☹️☹️☹️ Idk. Idk. She's really spiritual, she'll
get baptized eventually. But this paragraph does nothing to express
the emotional roller coaster we've been on this week.

Anyways, it was also Slle Harris's last week. Holy cow the MTC seemed
to last forever. Then it was over and it seemed like being a greenie
would last forever! Now I'm going into my third (mission) transfer. An
anziano in our zone is getting a greenie tomorrow and I was like "wow
yea it will be so cool to get a little greenie!" That's when I
realized that time is definitely moving and that, like my trainer who
I love, one day my mission will end. So "don't count the days, make
the days count" and all that jazz. My new comp is Slle Lau, we'll pick
her up from the train tonight. She's from Arizona I think, also pretty
young in the mission actually she'll only be in her 5th transfer so
we'll both be a couple of newbs running around, trying to take care of
all these children of God in like, the third largest city in Italy,
with me being the only one of two of us who really know the city
hahahahaha it will be easy

Well we went shopping in centro for her last real p-day, talked to
tons of people it was cool. People have a lot of respect for what we
do without actually wanting to see why we do it haha. Va beh, it's
good to talk to people anyways.

Mostly this week we met with our members because Slle Harris is
leaving, and with our investigators. So basically, a normal week with
a few more members than usual. I also had my first full pizza in
Italy, right after Leslie texted us to cancel her baptism (two days
after she said she was going to do it). We didn't eat quite as much
gelato as we had planned but after you've had one grown-in-Italy,
Torino-only, gourmet nocciola (hazelnut) gelato flavor, you've had
them all. That doesn't mean they stop being good though...

So miracles we've seen this week! Okay so we've been teaching this
couple from Nigeria. Sometimes language and sometimes culture has been
a big barrier for us in the past. They were really offended by a
conversation they had over phone several months back (that were sure
was a miscommunication because it didn't make any sense what they
said) but the wife, joy, who is pregnant, has an amazing testimony.
After several months of refusing to come to church because she feels
unclean (her and Edward aren't married - but are having a kid) she
finally asked US on Sunday if she could come to church. YES JOY YES
so excited for her! This is such a big deal! I hope I stay long enough
for their baby to be born and for their big African wedding. They're
hilarious, I'll have to write down some of the things they say

We also had a surprise member-present lesson with a really volatile
lady also from Nigeria but she was actually very calm through the
whole lesson while we taught the plan of salvation to her and her
friend, who liked it very much. As we were planning to see her again,
two other Nigerian women came out from the cathedral we were in front
of. One of them saw me and my name tag and asked "how can I join your
ministry" as in, she wanted to be a missionary too haha. I love people
from Africa. So we have three new potential investigators.

I just got my new comp, Slle Lau. She seems pretty laid-back and cool,
I'm excited to work with her. We've got a whole huge city in our hands
so we'll see what we can do with it.

A park where members took them for an afternoon.
Note the light poles and the pet between them :)

Freakin' Delicious!  According to Jill.

Neat bridge they found on way to bus station.

Transfers again.  I (mom) am not sure if this represents the transfers left in a mission, or how many people they have dated in the past :)

Members who were returning to Peru gave the Sorellas gifts.

Check out the beautiful paintings on the outside of the building.

They gave a presentation at a high school, flanked by Italian members.

On the steps of the Italian high school.

Go deep!  Cartoon sent by Jill.

Cat!  Jill claims almost no one has cats in Italy.