i forgot to mention this last week, but Luca (our English class student and bud) passed his English exam and is going to AMERICA for University!!! We are so excited for him and he wants to make a bucket list of things to do in America :) so if y'all think of anything that Luca needs to do in America, email me!!!
also, I'm going to city #3 and that is.....
tbh I'm freaking out and I have no idea what to do so any advice or nice emails are welcome, I'm totally open for whatever!!!
During Sunday school, we analyzed section 121 of the doctrine and covenants, which starts off with a question "Oh God, where art thou?" At this time, Joseph is in jail in Missouri and had been for months. He and others were pleading with God for relief from their trials and thus section covers God's response to them, which says:
7 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; 8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.
He continues on to talk about revelations and the priesthood, etc. But I really liked that He started off with "My son, peace be unto thy soul" I imagine him standing there with His hand on my shoulder saying, "Peace be with you". But I feel like usually with me, He's like "Rachel, would you calm down? I'M RIGHT HERE." And then I remember and I'm fine, but sometimes I forget that He's right there. Listening. Waiting. He never ever leaves us. (John 14:18) I can testify of that truth. That is a truth that was emphasized a lot this week.
Monday night, we made pizza with Gabriele and his mom, Rita. While making the pizza, Gabriele and I got to talking about his depression and trials and why we go through hard things in life, and I shared with him this quote that my mom sent me:
"Don't you give up. Don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead... It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come." (Jeffrey R. Holland)
Then Tuesday morning, we met with Gabriele Albano. He lost his wife about a year and a half ago. Sorella Miele came with us to the appointment (she lost her husband about 20 years ago). We were planning on teaching the plan of salvation, but we got in and they immediately starting talking about their spouses and the tragedies of their deaths, the role that Jesus Christ has played in their lives, and the peace they received from knowing that they would see their loved one again. It was literally so awesome. By the end of the lesson (taught by Sorella Miele) Sorella Miele, Gabriele, and I were all in tears.
Basically, it was an awesome week and I'm sad to be leaving this place. We get transfer calls in 2 days and I'm freaking out. I've got 3 transfers left and I haven't come to terms with it. Yeah. Here are some funny things that happened this week:
Weekly funnies: 1. Met a dude on the bus and i gave him a bigliettino and asked him if he would watch the
video "Prince of Peace" and he straight up said no. Haha well, points for honesty 2. Hit a kid in the face during dodge ball. 3. Then hit my companion in the gut 4. Then got hit in the head 5. Drenched Anziano Robinson with water 6. Got drenched with water
Also, I celebrated ONE YEAR in Italia with homemade lasagna :)
First off, I'm so sorry y'all that my group emails have been all over the place. My iPad won't send group emails and so I have to use the computer and sometimes we don't get to the church until late, so I apologize and I'm trying to fix it.
This is the email I tried to send 2 days ago:
This past week, I reread the talk called "My Heart Pondereth Them Continually" by Devin G. Durrant and I've been studying the scriptures more intently and really focusing on PONDERIZING them, instead of just reading them. I'll paste the part of the talk that mentions the invite to ponderize.
"I invite you to “ponderize” one verse of scripture each week. The word ponderize is not found in the dictionary, but it has found a place in my heart. So what does it mean to ponderize? I like to say it’s a combination of 80 percent extended pondering and 20 percent memorization. There are two simple steps: First, choose a verse of scripture each week and place it where you will see it every day. Second, read or think of the verse several times each day and ponder the meaning of its words and key phrases throughout the week."
"In my case, I feel the Spirit more fully as I ponderize weekly. My love of the scriptures has also increased as a result of striving to “let virtue garnish [my] thoughts unceasingly. ” Consider this invitation and supreme blessing shared by Nephi: “If ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” In the spirit of “feasting upon the word of Christ,” ponderizing is like taking a bite of delicious food and then chewing very, very slowly in order to enjoy it to its fullest." (My Heart Pondereth Them Continually By Devin G. Durrant)
I love this invite and I shared it with my comp and then, like 3 times last week, we taught members/investigators about this new way of studying the scriptures and ponderizing. Every time, I got to bear testimony over and over again of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. It was really so cool and I strengthened my own testimony of the power of the Book of Mormon in my life.
Specifically, I loved sharing this with Daniele (our investigator that's the son of the woman we were teaching) on Thursday. We sang a hymn, which immediately brought the Spirit into the room, and then we shared this quote with them and asked them to find a scripture that spoke to them. For about 5 minutes, we each searched the pages of the Book of Mormon for a scripture that spoke to our hearts about Jesus Christ. It was really special for each of us to share the scripture and bear testimony of the importance of each scripture. You could really feel everyone's love for their chosen scripture. Daniele and Silvana both picked scriptures from Alma about Jesus Christ being a light for the people. I chose 3 Nephi 15:9 Behold, I am the law, and the light. Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life. Through Jesus Christ, I know that we can find happiness and peace and receive eternal life, which is the greatest of all gifts. I am grateful for Him and His atoning sacrifice for us.
I won't go through the details of every single lesson we had, but I just want to invite each of y'all to pick a scripture to ponderize this week and REALLY ponderize it. Read it multiple times a day. Memorize it. Focus your week around it. And email me about it. I wanna know how it went. I wanna hear about the experiences you have. (:
Con amore, Sorella Meager
p.s. My scripture this week is 1 Nephi 21:16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Meise was confirmed a member on Sunday and that was one of the happiest moments of my life :) I am so happy for her and she was so happy when she received the Holy Ghost.
I had exchanges on Monday with SORELLA HUNTZINGER and it was the best 8 hours of my life. I had literally been praying to be comps with her for more than a year at this point and it was everything I dreamed it would be. We met with a little family and talked about the importance of scriptures, we made pizza for lunch, translated the "I found my friend" missionary story, sat on her bed and studied together, ran into Jimmy (new convert that is one of the happiest guys ive ever met), shared a message with a girl that just got called to the Temple Square mission, and ate Gelato. It was a super successful day and full of laughs, stories and catching up from the past year.
Okay, I'm so sorry people. I PROMISE TO AMERICA that next week my email will be better because I honestly do not have the voglia to write today.
God Bless America and God Bless Texas Sorella Meager