Skype on Mother’s Day

D&C 88:126 Pray always, that ye may not faint, until I come. Behold, and lo, I will come quickly, and receive you unto myself. Amen

So good to see you yesterday!!!!! Wish I could do it more often!!!! Just keep me updated with EVERYTHING!!!!

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Well this week felt more normal as I’ve started to get into the swing of things and have been teaching more now we have a working phone!! And boy have we seen some miracles!

Studying every morning is such a blessing, I really like the last section of chapter 1 in PMG where is says “Your success as a missionary is measured primarily by your commitment…” That’s really the only thing you can control as a missionary, as others have their agency and can decide for themselves whether or not to accept your message – but you can control your attitude and commitment to the Lord’s work. Some may reject you, which seemed to be all that happened on Saturday night but the words in PMG comforted me yet again, “You should not, however, become discouraged; discouragement will weaken your faith. If you lower your expectations, your effectiveness will decrease, your desire will weaken, and you will have greater difficulty following the Spirit.” Disappointment should only drive you forward in your resolution to be more committed and willing to follow the Father’s will. The way to know wether or not you’re a successful missionary is the last paragraph: “When you have done your very best, you may still experience disappointments, but you will not be disappointed in yourself. You can feel certain that the Lord is pleased when you feel the Spirit working through you.”

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This week, as usual, has been full of ups and downs. Our miracles started when we saw O and L, who are both less active. O agreed to start reading the Book of Mormon again and L agreed to that as well. L also asked that we send her a text every night with a scripture or two to read, so Wednesday night we sent her a text asking her to ready Alma 7:11-12 (one of my favourites) and then on Thursday she called us and wanted to see us again saying that the scripture really helped her and she loved it. On Thursday we saw her again, and she told us that she had seen miracles as she exercised the atonement and wanted to come to church on Sunday! Alas, she didn’t show up yesterday, but she still seems happy reading the scriptures and praying, so we’ll see her either today or tomorrow to see what happened!

We went to visit Sorella R on Friday, and her friend turned up so we taught both of them and her friend wants to be there when we next come round – she seemed very interested! So fingers crossed 😁.

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Saturday was a tough one! We went out to the suburbs of Foggia to a place called Cep (pronounced chep) to visit an elderly couple in the ward and the sorella likes to talk… We were able to give our message in 90 minutes and then they invited us back for pranzo (lunch), little did we know that would be another 2 hours of listening to the sorella go on about how we don’t understand how to do work, because we’re from America and England and that we all live relaxed lives… Needless to say that during 3 1/2 hours of Italian, I was zoned out during most of it. Plus when we were eating the fruit course, I was just munching on my apple when she pretty much shouts at me and tells me that I’m doing it wrong; apparently I have to cut off the skin and cut the apple into pieces…. Interesting to say the least. Then we had another appointment in Cep with an investigator called L who accepted a baptismal invitation!!! Made the visit all worth it!!!

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We have zone conference tomorrow in Bari; my first one (obviously!) and I’m going to have to give my birth testimony in Italian so I should probably start practising….😳

Also, next time you want to send a package, could you include some of that M&S Mexican spice mix? That stuff is so good!!!! Oh and any other foody stuff that you think I miss!

Love you and miss you,

Sorella Tacchi xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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