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Roma 1 – Week 22
Transfer 4, Mission Week 28


Buongiorno tutti! Speriamo che avete avuto buona settimana. I have a bit of writer’s block for this weeks email so bear with me.

We got to see our investigator that can meet a lot and he is doing so well! We saw him one day last week and he was reading the Book of Mormon which was super cool and we were excited. He was in 1 Nephi 2 and then we saw him two days later and he was in 1 Nephi 15! We were super excited for him. I really hope that he keeps reading and really comes to know that the Book of Mormon is true. We are super excited for him and we had such an amazing testimony brought by the member that came with us on the last lesson. He told a story that I think really helped our investigator understand what real intent is. If we read the Book of Mormon with the real intent of acting on the answer we receive. When Joseph Smith wanted to know what church was true he had the intent to act and join the church that Heavenly Father would give him in response to his prayer. With the real intent we can truly all come to know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God translated by the power and gift of him.

We had another lesson with another one of our investigators we didn’t have the chance to meet with for awhile and we are really seeking to establish a plan to get him to read every day and really help him to develop the wonderful habit of daily scripture study and then as well as easing him into church attendance.  He is doing well with it and the last lesson we had with him went really well!

We didn’t have a chance to see anyone else this past week. We had stake conference on Saturday but we had to go up to Terni so that Anziano Rasband could do a baptismal interview since both the zone leaders had taught her. We went up there and did that Saturday and came back down after helping them do a little finding up there. It is so wonderful to see the beautiful Italian countryside and Terni is such a cool city. It would probably be about the size of Champaign.  It is a little slower than Rome but still has foot traffic. It was a really good time to go up there. Getting to see Anziano Calvagna is always a good time too.

We had plans fall through here and there but we had a great week and we were able to see some new faces at English course which is really exciting. Three of the new students are super awesome and we had this one kid that we stopped for street finding the other day show up. We were sharing the “Grazie Lui” video with people on the street and he passed it up, but we gave him an English course pass along card and he was interested and he came! That was a super cool miracle we had last week!

We did some district singing finding on the metro the other day that went well! It was the first time we tried something like that and we want to try it again with some of the members. Should be fun to get to try it with them.

The weather is cooling off here and the trees are getting close to changing colors.

The tree line along the river of Rome will start looking super pretty soon. It’s wonderful to be here in Rome and I am excited to continue through this transfer. It is crazy how fast it has already flown by.

I was studying out of the New Testament and I am in Romans right now. I read these verses and I really like them.

3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5)

I really love this verse and I am thankful for my trials and how I am able to learn through them and really take away things from those trials and tests and try to strengthen myself. I am so grateful that He blesses us with the trials we have, and I am thankful that He is merciful to allow us to remember them. Even though it may seem weird that He does so, He allows it to stay with us when it comes to a sin we have committed.  I know that it is really a blessing. We can remember the pain we felt through it and know that the experience we gained through it can be for our benefit. I am grateful for the love that Jesus Christ has for us enough to perform the atonement. I really love this Hymn a lot.

I Stand All Amazed

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.  I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.


Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me!

Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine, That he should extend his great love unto such as I, Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.


Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me!

Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!  Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?  No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat, Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.


Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me Enough to die for me!

Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

The love that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for each and everyone of us is truly unimaginable. I am so thankful for their love and I want to continue to strive to be able to draw closer to them throughout my life. I love you all so much and hope that you all have an amazing week and I will talk to you all soon!

Anziano Garrett

[There were no pictures this week, but these two came from Sorella Kennedy’s blog]

Sorella Cano selfie of Roma 1 district, from Sorella Kennedy's blog.

Sorella Cano selfie of Roma 1 district, from Sorella Kennedy’s blog.

P-Day from Sorella Kennedy's blog.

P-Day from Sorella Kennedy’s blog.

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