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Transfer 2, Mission Week 16

Ciao tutti!

This week went well!  I forgot to mention for last p-day we went to the Colosseum and it was really awesome!  I have always wanted to go inside so that was super cool to be able to do that.  If I do it again I would love to have more time to read and learn more about it.  We had a good time there, but didn’t have time to go to the Roman Forum afterwards, unfortunately.

Today was really awesome too because we just got back to the church from the Vatican and there is so much to see there and to learn about.  I got a lot of good pictures I will be able to send later.  It was really neat though.  Tons of really cool art, and I especially liked the rooms done by Raphael and in Michelangelo in St.Peters Cathedral.  It was super awesome.

So my grandpa had a few questions and I will answer some of them on here so others can no know.

So for food we usually eat at home everyday.  We will eat out occasionally, and then we also will get invited over sometimes for meals.  We usually make just simple things like pasta, meat, and what not.  We will get fruit from fruit stands that I still haven’t got a ton of luck with on the fruit I pick.  We will make pizza sometimes as well for dinner to make when we get home.  When we go out to eat it will be pizza and other things here and there.  There is this french fry place that started in Amsterdam, I think, and it is super good and cheap as well.  The food the members make is super delicious.  We had lunch yesterday with a member family and it was super good.  We had a little sandwich platter, then some fish and rice dish, then Sicilian pasta, sword fish, watermelon, pineapple, gelato, and flan with some fruit.  Needless to say it was a good meal.  The members are super awesome here and I am really getting to love them more and more every week.

Anziano Rasband and I have started to run.  He ran track and cross in high school so that’s what we do in the mornings.  We usually go just 4 but today only 3.  It’s been nice.

Well back to last week.  After the p-day was over we went on a scambio (companion exchange) with our zone leaders.  So Anziano Calvagna and I were together again for that night and the next day.  It was super fun to be back together again.  We had 3 appointments that day and so we were busy after our District Meeting and pranzo [lunch time] hours.  It was a great scambio.

We had a general authority in Church this week, Elder Brough, who is the second counselor in the Young Men’s General Presidency.  He and his wife gave two really good talks and I really was thankful for the things they shared.  He shared on how it is rare that people ever have the chance to hear a prophet pray.  He bore testimony of the prophets and how they care for us all and really want well for each of us.  It was really cool and I really love our apostles and the guidance and words they give us.

We got to meet two investigators this week and we got a new one as well. We are really trying to find some people that will be able to meet with us more.  We have some good work, but we can always look to keep improving as best as we can to help bring other unto Christ.  We are really looking to just do our best to find some new people whether it be from older investigators, referrals, or any other way.  The work is going good though, and we just have to keep pressing forward with faith in Christ.  I really like a verse in first Nephi 4 that talks about this.  This is when Nephi is going back once again to get the plates of brass from Laban.  He says:

6 And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do.

I really like this.  He acted on a prompting from the spirit that brought forth soooo much good fruit.  The Book of Mormon would be so different if we didn’t have the teachings from Isaiah or the scriptures that were brought over when Lehi and his family left for the promised land and inhabited the ancient Americas.  It was all on that one prompting he acted on and on his faith.  Sometimes we don’t know what lies ahead but it is continuing to have trust in Christ and keep stepping forward in faith even if beforehand we may not know the things we should do.

I also want to share a Mormon Message on fatherhood that I have watched this week that I really like:  Earthly Father, Heavenly Father.  Men on earth have the opportunity to become fathers and experience some of the same joys that our Heavenly Father feels for us and fatherhood is a divine responsibility to be cherished.

I really like this video and I am so thankful for my dad and all the things that he has done for me.  I am thankful for my grandpas as well and the fathers they were.  Happy Father’s Day to everyone out there and thanks for the things you all do.

Well I am out for this week!  I will talk to you all later and hope to hear from you all soon.  Sorry for the lack of pictures right now.  Until next time!


Anziano Garrett

[Another photo from last week’s trip to the Colosseum, from Sorella Kennedy’s blog]

Roma 1 District at the Colosseum, June 15, 2015.  (Photo from Sorella Kennedy's blog)

Roma 1 District at the Colosseum, June 15, 2015. (Photo from Sorella Kennedy’s blog)

[Here are another couple of pics we found on Sorella Battezzato’s blog from a few weeks ago]

Missionary chance encounters at the metro.  (From Sorella Battezzato's blog)

Missionary chance encounters at the metro. (From Sorella Battezzato’s blog)

Looking tired on the metro, with Anziano Calvagna and Sorella Margheriti (from Sorella Battezzato's blog)

Looking tired on the metro, with Anziano Calvagna and Sorella Margheriti (from Sorella Battezzato’s blog)

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