Wednesday, October 18, 2017

this is written by Sorella Montgomery

This week y’all are getting a new perspective on the life of Sorella Rachel Meager because she is somewhat biased and probably doesn’t explain how awesome she is in her weekly emails. Anyways this week was packed with goodbyes and sadness because she is going to TREVISO to open up a companionship of sorelle for her LAST TRANSFER! Of course her roommates and companion were devastated to find that she would not remain in Bologna, but they are finally beginning to cope with the news. They also realize that if anyone could open up a city successfully, it’s Meags. 

She went on scambio with the Reggio sorelle Friday and Saturday, and arrived at Corticella (a small city outside of Bologna) for a sports night with Friday, his family, Magdalene, Samuel, and Grace (the African crew). Also the other Bologna sorelle and the anziani. That night was great and she might have kicked a soccer ball into a child’s face but it was all in good fun, and he forgave her:) we played every sport imaginable, and were even joined by some Russians wearing very short shorts who wanted to learn about American football. 

Sunday was fantastic, church was solid. Meags gave a heartfelt testimony which reminded everyone of her strong love for this gospel and her desire to serve. We were also fortunate to attend a broadcast with Gary Sabin and Elder Ballard, which took place in Germany. They spoke about stuff which I wrote down but don’t recall off the top of my head.

Monday was full of FHE and who knows what else because I’m not her companion. She shared a scripture from the scriptures and I don’t remember what it was, but it was good.

Tuesday we had district meeting and had an American lunch, consisting of fried chicken, gravy, biscuits, and mashed potatoes. It was SICK because food is life. We invited a member named Tanya, and an investigator that she’s passing to the anziani named Giuseppe. 

Basically nothing else from this week was noteworthy. SORELLA MEAGER IS THE BEST BYE

Thursday, October 12, 2017

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Michael Buble'

I've been hyped for Christmas since August so I've been playing Christmas music for about 3 weeks straight now. So I'm getting in the Christmas mood and everything makes me excited for Christmas, apparently. Because I was reading the Book of Mormon in personal study the other morning and I was in Helaman 8 and in verse 22 it says,

"...also almost all of our fathers, even down to this time; yea, they have testified of the coming of Christ, and have looked forward, and have rejoiced in his day which is to come."

Yes, please!!! I'm finally not the only one that's super stoked for Christmas this year. The prophets and people in Jerusalem and Ancient America had been testifying of the birth of Christ for hundreds of years before it happened. They had been preparing for generations for the coming of Jesus Christ. Obviously, it was a little more real with them because Jesus Christ was actually been born and coming to the earth, but when we celebrate Christmas every year, we can re-celebrate His miraculous coming to the earth.

So yeah, I'm super stoked for Christmas.

Just when I thought life couldn't get any weirder... It does. Anziano Cuthbert has come to be zone leader in bologna. For those of y'all that remember my emails from transfer 3 in Rimini, he was born in my district and he is my "mission brother". He has followed me my whole mission and at the end of my mission, we'll have served 3 weeks shy of a YEAR together in the mission. I'd say that's a record for siblings to serve together. 

Bring it on.

Weekly miracle:
Blands purse got stolen and I got 5 hours of sleep and then at the questura, we met a girl Ilaria and gave her a bom and then GUESS WHAT? A woman called saying she found her purse in her bushes so she got her purse and everything back (except the iPad) # miracle

Now to end with some funnies:

1. I played live fruit ninja on the balcony with a kitchen knife and montgomery throwing fruit at me
2. Montgomery and I slapped each other with pancakes in the face
3. Also tortillas
4. We played sand volleyball last week and today in a park full of bunnies, roosters, and people smoking weed 🙅🏼lol they were far away from us
5. I went slacklining for my first time and I didn't fall off 

Also, I'm sure y'all saw my video on Facebook about the Book of Mormon. I invite y'all to share with YOUR friends and family the joy and happiness that comes from reading the bom. The book is true, people. Read it. Pray about it. Try it out. God will answer your questions and prayers. That's my testimony.

I love y'all so much
Sorella Meager 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cute comp in San Luca; Mustache women; Family Home Evening; Testimony on my back; Go ASU






John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16

That was the first thing that came to my mind when I was trying to
think of a title for this week, so we'll just go with it. Also, it's a
good song, so y'all can go listen to it.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.

I know I already shared this on Facebook (still sounds weird to say
that) but I love this scripture because GOD LITERALLY LOVES US SO
MUCH. Not even joking. How amazing is it that if we believe (and do
our very best) we will have eternal life. Flipping awesome. But wait,
there's more. The very next verse says:

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but
that the world through him might be saved.

Woah. Christ didn't come down to make us feel useless or unimportant
or discouraged about being completely imperfect. Cause we are
imperfect and we don't really deserve, or at least, we often don't
feel that we deserve God's love. But we receive it. And He does love
us. And He sent His son to die for us. And Jesus loves us. He doesn't
want to make us feel sad or like we can't do this. He wants us to have
hope and faith and to believe in Him AND in ourselves. It reminds me
of something that Dieter F. Uchtdorf said in a conference talk one
time:

"God sees you not only as a mortal being on a small planet who lives
for a brief season--He sees you as His child. He sees you as the being
you are capable and designed to become. He wants you to know that you
matter to Him."

Just think about that y'all. Sorry I'm getting really lovey and
feelingsy. My emotions are flying all over the place. I have 10 weeks
left and that's freaking me out. I'm not thinking about it a lot and
just focusing on the work and my roomies and scambi and it's awesome
but yeah. This was an unnecessary part of this email but there's my
feelings flying out.

Also, I got to go to Rimini (My first city where I spent 7.5 months)
and it was awesome and also a roller-coaster of emotions because I
love those people so much and haven't seen them in a long time. I love
Italy so much. I never want to leave place that has become home.

Also, I got peed on this week. :)

Love y'all,
Sorella Meager

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mustache man; awkward moment when y'all do silly pose & no one else does; My girls; Posterity; Roomies; dog I fell in love with <3






Thursday, September 14, 2017

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Something old
        •       Our apartment. LOL it has been an Anziani apartment for almost two
decades and for the first time in forever there are now Sorelle living
here. But it's super nice (cause it's spacious, not pretty). And we're
making it cuter and girly-er to try to cover up the burnt baseboard
and missing pieces of the apartment, etc.
        •       Two of my old comps (My babies) are in my zone and it makes me so
happy. In fact, of my posterity and lots of my favorite people will be
in zone conference and I'm so excited to see what these next few
months hold!
        •       The gospel of Jesus Christ, but heck, of course it is because we
read that "God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him
there is no variableness neither shadow of changing..." (mormon 9:9).
But it is still just as good as ever!! I love the gospel of Jesus
Christ and what it can do for us as individuals and families.

Something new
        •       New apartment (to us lol)
        •       New Sorelle (Sorella Montgomery is training a greenie and I love
both of them so much) it has been a BLAST living with them and I have
shot all of them with the nerf guns at least 50x.
        •       We are getting new phones in the mission (smart phones) at zone
conference and that is super exciting!!

Something borrowed
        •       The Firenze STLs came to stay at our apt Sunday night because we
had Consiglio Monday in Milano so we went to the station to pick them
up. We were waiting and then they called and in the middle of the
phone call, I dropped the phone on the ground and it broke. Whoops.
(It's already 10pm) We were running around asking nuns if we could use
their phone, paying for a public phone that didn't work, and then the
Rimini Anziani honk their car horn at us...!! We end up using their
phone to call the Sorelle back and everything worked out più o meno.
Anyways, so we're borrowing a random extra phone that was in the
Reggio Emilia apt this week because we were phone less and broken.

Something blue
        •       Okay, so y'all probably saw my post on Facebook (still feels weird)
so y'all know that my mission now does online proselyting. At first
when they presented the idea, I was pretty hesitant because I didn't
know to be a missionary AND have Facebook, but as we've been trying
out this week, it's been super cool to see how it works!! It's so
awesome because now when people ask "do you have a Facebook?" We're
like "YEAH!" And then we become friends with everyone. its awesome. I
know that this work is the work of the Lord and that He is hastening
it here in Italia and all over the world. It is incredible to see the
changes made and all the miracles that come from living the gospel of
Jesus Christ! If y'all have any questions about my church or the Book
of Mormon or my mission, message me on Facebook!

Love y'all,
Sorella Meager

"If you want the Lord to guide your footsteps, you need to move your
feet." -said in consiglio by someone important

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

tortellini making; whey; scambio; I love nature!; with the Anziani


2 - 1 = 4

What is this math, you ask?

2 missionaries- 1 dying missionary= 4 missionaries

Cioè:

My comp is dying (as in she finishes her mission tomorrow) and so as
normal, I'm getting a new comp to replace her. However, little
surprise: we're also getting 2 other Sorelle in our apartment. (They
are training so I'm about to have a lot of fun with this greenie) Oh,
AND we're switching apartments with the Anziani. So, yeah. I'm a
little thrown off by the whole situation. But it's all gonna work out
:]

We have spent the past couple days packing and moving and being
confused and crying and acting crazy and eating Gelato and moving some
more. Cause let me tell y'all, it is NOT easy moving apartments in
Italy. With buses. And a bunch of suitcases and bags. In dresses. We
were quite the sight this week to say the least. But I'm so super
stoked for these last 2 transfers. IT'S GONNA BE WHEY AWESOME. (This
is what happens when the Anziani have their stuff all over your
apartment.)

I'm whey excited to see what these next 3 months hold. There are going
to be 3 sorelle depending on me for directions and I've been here for
1 transfer and we moved... LOL HALP. We're gonna be lost a lot.

Speaking of getting lost...

We got lost in the mountains with Owni and the anziani and my comp and
I ended up putting flowers in each others hairs. (Yes, there will be
pictures) Anyway, while we were walking, we heard horses neighing in
the distance and we were like "Oh hey, are there horses around here?"
Then Owni perked up and said, "There's snakes around here and they
sound like horses." Ummmmmmm okay. Interesting. So: Snorses (snakes
that sounds like horses) are real, people. I heard em.

Yeah.

So, basically I feel like I'm living inside a snow globe and a super
excited little kid just came and shook it a bunch and then set it down
upside-down. That's my life rn. And it smells like man in our
apartment and that makes me feel weird. Also, there's ghosts of
Anziani haunting our apartment, traces of old name tags, whey, shoe
prints on the wall from handstand push-ups, scratches on the table,
nerf pellets and a broken airsoft gun... This is gonna be sick.

Love y'all,
Sorella Meager

p.s. God loves you. And so do I.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

rep TX, 4 scoops gel, venezuelan food, comp, happy beaujeu, andrea,



Houston, we have a problem

I'm sure y'all know about Hurricane Harvey that came and destroyed
Houston a couple days ago. As soon as I heard about it, I thought of
all the people that were coming from near cities and states to help
out and it reminded me of a country song: It's America by  Rodney
Atkins. There's a part that says...

"I saw a little town that some big [hurricane] tore apart. People came
from miles around, just to help their neighbors out. I was thinking to
myself, I'm so glad that I live in America."

Amen to that, Atkins. I'm so grateful to be an American. I'm grateful
for the men and women that have sacrificed their lives to protect our
country. I'm grateful that God guided people throughout history to
help build America into a land of freedom. I'm grateful for all the
blessings that come from being American. God Bless America 🇺🇸

I'm also extremely grateful for God's hand in my life. I've noticed in
my mission how constantly His hands are guiding me, and the work here.
It's amazing to notice the way God works in our lives. We may have
this big picture of what we want our life to look like, but God has an
even great one and it's one that will make us better people, happier
and become more like Him. He is preparing us to return to Him and
become Gods one day. We need to prepare to live with our Heavenly
Father again. That should be our top priority. We read in 3 Nephi
13:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all
these things shall be added unto you.

Not second, not third. Not last. We seek FIRST the kingdom of God and
He will take care of everything else. I know this to be true and I
have seen it in my mission so many times. God is a worker of MIRACLES.
Speaking of:

We did scambio with ravenna sorelle and they are in the same transfer
as my comp (12) and it was hilarious. We all sang I'll Be Home For
Christmas, told lots of stories, and bought the biggest Gelato of our
lives. Go big or go home, right? HA. It's funny because they're
actually going home, except not because that will be me in a few
months and I don't know how I feel about that.

Anways, during the Scambio, we met a Filipino woman while doing
finding that had studied with the missionaries in the past and has a
good friend that's Mormon. We got her contact information and she said
she wants to meet with us again!! We also got 3 other people's
information, so we'll see where it goes from there. Yay for scambio
miracles!!

Also, biggest freaking miracle of the mission: the prodigal son has
returned. His name is Andrea. I had never met this dude until last
Sunday when he just shows up to church with his mom. He's got long
hair and earrings and looks like a rocker from the 80s. They invited
us over for dinner and his hair was gone! He looked completely
different and he was making burritos and fresh guacamole (Holy mother.
It was so good). Then during dinner, he just spills out his life
story. He was baptized as a kid when their family met the
missionaries, got some bad friends as a teenager and left the church,
then had a hard experience a couple years ago and decided he needed to
turn his life around and finally this past Sunday, after 23 YEARS, he
shows up to church again. Just like that. He told us that he felt so
good at church and he didn't want it to end, so after church he went
home and sang through the hymns 4 times!! He started crying during
dinner and then tears came to all of our eyes as we talked about how
great God is and how incredible the gospel is.

Okay, sorry this was so long. There's so many more miracles I could
write but I just wanna say that God is great and the Atonement is
real.
Love y'all and have a great week!

Con amore,
Sorella Meager

Saturday, August 26, 2017

mostra; happens in Scambio, comps with S. Carter, my cute comp, amordi patate


BOOM

okay, i just wanna make a reference to the title BOOM. it stands for
"be on our message." it's something that the APs came up with for the
mission and i really like it, so i wanted to share it with y'all.
basically someone says "boom" and a gospel topic and then you have to
do these 4 things in 3-5 minutes.
        1.      teach the topic
        2.      share a scripture on the topic
        3.      bear testimony
        4.      ask a question/ invite

my companion and I have really enjoyed "booming" each other randomly
on the bus, during lunch, while i'm buying train tickets, you name it,
we've done it. it's been super awesome, because you always have at
least 3 opportunities a day to speak italian, teach a lesson, and
share your testimony with your comp. I've learned a lot from her and
there's such a benefit from sharing your beliefs with someone (even if
that someone is with you 24/7). I invite y'all to try it. boom your
mom. boom your brother. boom your dog.... maybe not. teach the gospel
to people. make it simple. be personal.

so we had two scambi this week in bologna and lemme tell y'all, i
still don't know how to get around. 3 weeks is not enough. first
scambio, i was with my dear sorella carter (from the mtc) and we got
lost a record of (wait for it...) 3 times. the last time was at 21:00
and it was pitch black and we ended up walking almost a mile home
through a creepy park. sorry carter. but we had an awesome scambio and
we were able to do an fhe with wale, bumni, and clinton.

then we had scambio with the sorelle from pordenone and meno male we
all went to the same places, so I didn't have to be a tour guide.
sunday night we had mostra with the anziani, who were also on scmabio.
so we had 8 missionaries when we usually have 4. that was also really
fun and then after italian class on monday, we turned on "I know who I
am" by sinach and danced for 6 minutes with 4 african women and I love
them so much. it was so awesome.

yesterday, we were sitting on the bus trying to figure out what we
were going to teach a less active member, giovanna. after like 30
seconds, "figlie di Dio" (mormon message) came to my mind, but before
I could say anything, my comp turned to me and said "let's show figlie
di Dio." HOLY spirit. it was an awesome lesson and then she told us
about a man that she thinks would be ready to hear about the gospel.
God bless referrals.

we went and taught goodness, tina, and gospel in the park yesterday
and during the lesson, we look over and gospel was peeing. (she's two)
and she was so upset that she peed on herself that she started crying.
it was kinda funny. but also not. but hey, if you're two, you gotta go
when you gotta go.

we went shopping and ate amor di patate for lunch today and it was
awesome. I love bologna and the mission and Jesus. God is good. Gelato
is good. And people are crazy.

love y'all so much
sorella meager