What’s happening to our country? I heard DC resigned? Keep me posted!
I thought I’d share my Italian testimony with you; you can use google translate if you need to!
Io so che il mio Redentore, Gesù Cristo vive. So questo perché sento il suo amore e la sua guida ogni giorno, tramite altre persone e i tanti miracoli che posso vedere. Grazie a lui posso migliorare e diventare più come Cristo. Sono grata per l’Espiazione di Cristo anche, grazie a questo io so che lui può aiutarmi in ogni difficoltà che io ho nella mia vita: grande e piccolo. Con il suo esempio posso aiutare gli altri, specialmente qui in Italia mentre invito le persone a venire a Cristo, e posso condividere con loro l’amore di lui e l’amore che il nostro Padre Celeste ha per noi. Un giorno possiamo tornare a vivere con loro e le nostre famiglie per eternità se seguiamo il esempio del nostro Salvatore, abbiamo umiltà, speranza e fede. Tramite Cristo possiamo avere la gioia, nonostante abbiamo le volte di provi. Lascio queste cose nel nome di Gesù Cristo, amen.
A week of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf appreciation!
I first came across this talk when looking for something for someone who we are teaching and realised it wasn’t what I was looking for but decided to save it to study during personal study because it seemed like a good ‘un! It’s called “Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, from October 2014 Conference.
It’s hard to believe in things we cannot see. When we testify of truth to those who do not know, don’t be discouraged when they don’t believe you or laugh at you. They do this because they haven’t yet received the light (truth) that you have. Don’t doubt it. It is real.
“But I tell you this: God cares about you. He will listen, and He will answer your personal questions. The answers to your prayers will come in His own way and in His own time, and therefore, you need to learn to listen to His voice.”
“The Church is a home for all to come together, regardless of the depth or the height of our testimony.” – We’re all just walking each other home.
“In the end, we are all pilgrims seeking God’s light as we journey on the path of discipleship. We do not condemn others for the amount of light they may or may not have; rather, we nourish and encourage all light until it grows clear, bright, and true.” – Look around you, share your light with others; it will not make your light dimmer but it will make theirs brighter.
Spiritual light and truth is yours to be had. Seek it daily, pray for inspiration and revelation. Be humble enough to listen and to be enlightened. God wants to give you this knowledge but you must want it enough to never stop seeking. So what you already have, take nothing for granted. You testimony is your most prized possession.
Another talk which I wanted to share is from this last conference, but I hadn’t read it until yesterday when it was the topic of our Relief Society lesson. I ended up reading it during RS because I couldn’t really understand what what being discussed: Italia ladies like to talk very quickly! It’s called “In Praise of Those Who Save” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf from the Priesthood session.
Although it was taking about marriage to the men of this church, it was really interesting to see how it applied to me as a female missionary, who is obviously single! But here on the mission marriage seems to come up a lot, whether it be us teaching about eternal families or missionaries discussing what they want in their future spouse or hearing about friends getting married back home.
According to Anziano Vrska it’s coming in the second year home off my mission, as he rewrote my 3 year plan! Seriously though, marriage is wonderful I hope that someday I’ll be ready to make that commitment to la mia anima gemella (new word Sorella Condé and I learnt this week meaning Soul Mate). The more I think about it, the mission really is marriage prep 101 like our branch president’s wife said in the MTC, because our companions teach us how to be a good spouse and our investigators teach us how to be a good parent.
“But strong marriage and family relationships do not happen just because we are members of the Church. They require constant, intentional work. The doctrine of eternal families must inspire us to dedicate our best efforts to saving and enriching our marriages and families. I admire and applaud those who have preserved and nourished these critical, eternal relationships.”
Just like companionships in the mission, we’ve got to work at working together, it requires sacrifice and patience.
We’re never going to be given the perfect companion, (nor will my future husband I’m sure!) and that’s okay because in this life we’re not meant to be perfect. But we need to always remember this, all relationships in life are built little by little (as are our testimonies). We’re all working to a common goal: exaltation. And all who we meet, we should help them get there, whether they be mission companions or eternal companions!
“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
Remember to love, to be kind and to be humble. Remember to seek out the good and to work hard.
As for the adventures this week, we didn’t really have any. In fact I’m not too sure what we did, but today we ventured out to Foggia’s mall with our trusty granny cart. Really nothing to get excited about but I bought a new skirt and we discovered a real supermarket!
Also this morning we discovered that the bus times have changed, meaning they come less frequently and there aren’t as many buses… So after we had done our food shop (spessa) we had to sit and wait for a bus for 20 minutes because they only come every hour….
But today is Anziano Vog’s birthday! So we made him a cake! Also we get to meet our new mission president this week, President Pickerd!
Last nights we had FHE with the Ms, a new convert and her Mom. We decided to do the lesson on the Family Proclamation. It was beautiful, and it really goes well with the theme I’m seeing this week of being a member or a worldwide family, a mission family, a literal family and preparing for my future family. What a blessing it is that we have a family and have the privilege of creating our own.
I hope you have a wonderful week,
It’s not about me, it’s not about us.
Sorella Maja Tacchi xxx