Here are some pictures of Katie in Italy!!!!!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
How are you all! It sounds like things are super busy right now! I am definately sad I am missing the play! Rock on Jake! I know you are awesome! Sounds like things are busy, but Thanksgiving is coming soon so that will be a nice break right? He he (easy for me to say!)
Well I want you to know that I am doing wonderful! We had another great week here in Genova! Man, everytime I walk down the streets here and look around me I just think, how lucky am I to be a Missionary... and in Italy! I just love it here! This past week was really busy, lots of lessons to teach after a week of being inside.
This week I had my first experience of having to drop an investigator. It was a young girl named Paola... (I don't know if I have ever talked about her before). She was doing so great and her life was changing, the trouble was, she didnt realize it was the gospel that was making the difference. On saturday we had a lesson that turned out to be disaster to say the least. We had an amazing lesson on faith and watched Finding faith in Christ. The spirit was so strong and Slla Bowman invited Paola to make a baptism date.... It was all down hill from there. She said she had already been baptized so she didnt need to, who were we to say we had the authority, that her faith would be enough in the end and that God still loved her even if she wasnt baptized. She said she didnt need to read some book to know the truth. BOOM... yep. It broke our hearts. I promise I was devestated... she had everything in her hands and just turned away! We hope that one day she will be willing to listen again. But the reason I share this experience with you is because it totally strengthened by testimony... how? you may ask... Well I will tell you. Because during everything she said, I was not phased one bit. The thought that came to mind mind, was "I am so sorry, but you are just so wrong!!!!" I bore my testimony to her that I KNEW Joseph Smith saw what he said he did! I KNOW he restored the church to the earth, and I KNOW That this way, by being baptized a member of this church, is the ONLY way back to our Heavenly Father. Yes, faith is important, but faith without action... is nothing! I LOVE THE GOSPEL! It is sooooo precious!!! I realized that as my heart broke as Paola turned away. AH! Don't take it for granted!
Now one more story! We have another girl named Liz who we are teaching, same age as Paola, 16. She came to church on sunday for the first time and LOVED IT! She has sooo many questions! Yesterday was the 3rd time we have met with LIz, we reviewed the Plan of Salvation with her because we actually taught it to her on her first lesson because of her questions, but that was 2 weeks ago so we wanted to review. We set out the first peace of the plan, the spirit World. I was about to talk and she was like "Oh I know this" and she went ahead and explained the entire plan to us! WHAT??? This little girl is amazing! She is reading the Book of Mormon, and Told us how she used to just think her life didnt have a purpose, but she is so happy to know it does, know that she knows about the plan of Salvation! AH!!! I LOVE THIS GIRL SOOO stinking much! She is awesome! I love being a missionary and seeing the joy the gospel brings to peoples lives!!! It is such a blessing!
I love you all so much and pray everyday for you!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Yo! This is a ShOuT OuT to all Y'alls that Write Katie!!!Anyone can write to Katie's email but she will have to write you a letter back. She can only email her family.Her address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to drop her a line....and oh she said today that she gets her regular mail on transfers....that means every 6 weeks (give or take). So, if you have written to her and she has not written back that is why!
Yes, Yes, The time flies when you are a missionary! Can you believe it is already November??? How was the party? I hope you had fun! I attached a few pics of Mine and Sorella Bowman's Halloween Celebration... we had fun! Italians arent really into Halloween, but I took a second to dress up as a Magical Missionary complete with My Harry potter Sheet Cape and Wand courtesy of Jake! Thanks bud!
Well this week was awesome as usual! Claudia got the Holy Ghost on Sunday. We had a really awesome experience with her on Monday. We invited her to come with us to teach a lesson to a 16 year old girl named Liz. Liz is a friend of a member named Erica. Liz had lots of questions about where we go after death, what is soul, who am I... All the questions you love to hear as a missionary! We taught her about the plan of salvation. The real miracle was listening to Claudia! She bore her testimony of the book of mormon, described what it felt like the first time she felt the spirit, and told Liz that she understood where she was coming from because 6 weeks ago she was Catholic! It was so powerful to hear her testify of how her life is changed! I just love that Girl! And we will be meeting again with Liz later this week! Claudia also told us that She saw some pictures of a girl in our ward on her mission, and she thought of us. Then she imagined herself with a name tag. She said she prayed and promised Heavenly Father that as soon as she finished school, she would serve a mission! WHAT????! The gospel is amazing... That is ALL there is to it!
We have had a lot of neat experiences teaching people as we have bumped into them, or seen them on the street. I am really working on opening my mouth... I worry too much about not understanding what they say back to me, but I am trying really hard to have more faith! Last night we went to the Hospital. Lina Salazars son Daniel's appendix burst. They did an operation, but it was very infected. The anziani gave him a blessing and we are praying all will be well. We went there to comfort Lina, the least we can do for all that she does for us. While we were there a woman who saw Lina talking to us and crying came up to talk to us. She asked who we were and then starting asking a bunch of Questions. Her son is in the Hospital and she lost her mom a few years ago. Her name is Manuela. We told her about the restoration and that as part of Heavenly Fathers restored gospel, we can live with our families forever after this life. Well, just about as we were going to have a prayer, a woman walked up, and joined in the conversation. We she heard we were talking about Christ, she told us she totally believed in Christ, because she had see him. Yep. What do you say to that? Manuela then asked if we had seen Christ. We told her no, but that we had faith and that we knew he lived and was our Savior. Allora! Anyway, we gave her a pamphlet and told her to read it. We are hoping to see her when we go back to visit Daniel.
Well this week has been full of adventures! I finished my first transfer... cant believe it! I will be staying in Genova for the next transfer too! I LOVE IT here! I love getting to be apart of bringing the Gospel to others. I know that everyone says this... but when people talk about a mission being a sacrifice, It is really actually such a blessing! I know this is true! I feel so lucky to be here watching people come close to their Heavenly father! I know that it is through the gospel that we find true and lasting peace and happiness!
I hope all of you are having a great week! Good luck with the play and stuff! Have fun and know I love you and am always praying for you!
P.S. Anziano Healey from our stake is totally in my Zone! And I was at a members house last night... Kate... she is from South Africa, and she showed me Dylan Mckinnons wedding announcement she had! I was like... What? He was in my ward! Apparently He served in the same ward I am serving in Here in Genova.
Oh and Dad, President Moon's Nephew, Anziano Thomas was in my district! He actually just got transfered... he will leave tomorrow, but we finally made the connection that we knew the same people!