His hand is stretched out still

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Whilst reading the Book of Mormon this past week one particular phrase keeps occurring (particularly 2 Nephi 19): “his hand is stretched out still.” In these chapters, the people are wicked and yet this phrase is mentioned over and over again, it just proves that no matter how far away we think we are from Christ he will never stop loving us, he will never stop wanting us to come back to him and therefore his hand will always be there for us to take. But we must choose to take it. This links nicely with my thoughts on 2 Nephi 22:2 (and also the whole of chapter 22):

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid; for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also has become my salvation.”

The Lord Jesus Christ did not perform the Atonement for us not to use it. He did not provide a way back for us just to turn your back. He performed the Atonement for us because he loves us, because he wants to save us, because he wants us to be happy. He knows that it is hard, but he has borne our trials with us, he knows what’s we need to be strong. “His hand is stretched out still”, so take it. Take his hand because he will strengthen us to do this, he will keep us company because he will never leave us. Take his hand and he will save us, he will walk us home to our Father in Heaven, we are his lamb.

I also studied personal revelation in chapter 4 of PMG this week. “This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted–by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed.” Joseph Smith.

“[God] is anxious to support you in your practical and specific challenges. You have been promised inspiration to know what to do and have been given the power to do it.”
He will help you in study
He will guide you to people
He will give you power to deliver
He will shower you with blessings
Remain worthy of this. Ask. Seek. Knock.

D&C 43:15-16
“Again I say, hearken ye [missionaries] of my church, whom I have appointed: Ye are not sent forth to be taught, but to teach the children of men the things which I have put into your hands by the power of my Spirit;
And ye are to be taught from on high. Sanctify yourselves and ye shall be endowed with power, that ye may give even as I have spoken.”
Sanctify yourselves: make yourselves clean, holy, by ritual washings and proper behaviour (Joshua 3:5 “And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.”)

Teach these people by the revelation you are entitled to receive for them. Through study and practise on following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. When you do this you will teach them the things God wants them to hear; you will teach people not lessons (hahaha, yay for 12 week!). Make sure you are worthy and listening – He has appointed you to them: you have the power. Trust and have faith.

Alma 17:3
“But this is not all; they had given themselves to much prayer, and fasting; therefore they had the spirit of prophecy, and the spirit of revelation, and when they taught, they taught with power and authority of God.”

Seek revelation through continuous prayer and fasting. When you show Heavenly Father how much you want this, and when you use this revelation, it is promised that when you teach: you will teach with the “power and authority of God”.

Have the faith that what comes to your mind to teach is from on high through the Holy Ghost. As long as you’re worthy of the companionship you need not fear – “perfect love casteth out all fear”. “The Holy Ghost will help you in every aspect of your work”.

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I got to see Sorella Dustin from my MTC group as we met our new Mission President, President Pickerd! He’s so lovely, I know that he is called of God to preside over us here in the “Great Italy Rome Mission”. He and his wife are so genuine, and they both served here in this mission! I felt the spirit so strongly when we had the chance to meet them personally and when they talked to us later in the day. Every time they hiked the Y mountain they’d take our pictures and names with them so they could memorise our names and where we come from. They thought I was a first generation Italian who moved to England! Haha, but they knew I was from Bristol and they just seemed so interested in me, as they were in all of us! They gave us some invitations and people to look out for when finding.

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Some things that really interested me when they spoke were (talking about Enoch in Moses 6 & 7) that God calls those who the world doesn’t see fit for the role. For example, the Lord called Enoch to be a prophet who was hated by his people; he called Mary who was a virgin to be the mother of Jesus, everyone knows virgins can’t have children; he called Sarah to have Isaac who was 80 years old, everyone knows that 80 year old women can’t have children; and the Lord called a 14 year old boy named Joseph Smith to be a prophet and restore Christ’s church on the earth once more, everyone knows 14 year old boys can’t be prophets. Then he related it to us; the Lord has called young adults in their late teens and 20s to bring his gospel to the world, in the eyes of people today people our age are good for nothing, we’re ignorant and selfish. But they Lord has called us because he knows we can do it; there are around 75,000 of us around the world who a prophet has individually called to preach the gospel.

They invited us to walk with God: Moses 6:34 in Italian “walk” is in the imperative form – it is not an invitation it’s a commandment. D&C 84:88 if we walk with God he will always be with us. Walking with God appears 256 times in the standard works.

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Read D&C 31:1-9 and insert your name also read D&C 80 and insert your name and the name of your companion – what an awesome promise! You are called for such a time as this.

“Engraved on the marrow of your missionaries bones is the name of the Saviour, Jesus Christ” Henry B. Eyring during the setting apart of President Pickerd.

Some adventures from this week included the glass in our door smashing; whilst we were doing a role play the wind slammed our door shut and the glass smashed…

We found a really good place to get fried polenta whilst trying to find a referral in what can only be described as the ghetto of Foggia, kinda looked like the streets of Brazil. Then also found a place to get a really good panino; we’re going back there tonight because it’s the 4th of July and Sorella Condé wants a burger because, you know, America. She made us sing all the American songs in the back of the hymn book (of which I only knew-ish the ‘star spangled banner’ thanks to all the basketball games I’ve attended!), then she sang another which had the same tune as ‘God save the Queen’ which I sang over her singing about one about America. She’s wearing red white and blue today too, so are the other American Anziani; but I and Anziano Saffer (who’s Swedish) are just chilling on another HOT summer’s day!

We saw an amazing miracle yesterday, we were walking to centro when we see a guy and a girl who are probably in their 20s waking towards us and we decide to stop them to see if they spoke English so we could invite them to English course. Turns out they’re both pretty much fluent in English and we ended up teaching them the Restoration, gave them both copies of the Book of Mormon, and got their numbers so we can see them again. The guy texted us last night saying that he’s started to read the Book of Mormon and thinks it’s really interesting and really wants to see us again to talk about it! The Lord is always putting people in our path we just need to open our mouths to do His work.

We embarked on Saturday to obtain my package from a parcel depot in the middle of nowhere, we walked along the side of a busy main road because there were no buses. We finally find this depot and ask if there was anyway to get back to Foggia, to which they replied ‘no’. But the only lady in the entire depot said that we could get a lift back with her if we waited 40 mins until they closed. Che miracolo!! It was worth it for all the cigarette boxes I squished giving me lots of husband points! There’s is nothing more satisfying than the noise it makes under your foot – it’s just one of those mission quirks that I’m sure every mission has!

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We had a really good scambio this week; Sorella Nelson came down to Foggia and Sorella Condé went to Bari. It was kinda cool to prove to myself that I can find my way round the new bus times and around the city and also seeing my Italian improving. It was also lovely to get to know her more, but I’m pretty sure she’s moving of the zone this next transfer. We get on really well and have lots in common!

Which reminds me, this Saturday is transfer calls! Who knows what’ll happen!

Have a lovely week, stay strong and keep smiling! Vi voglio bene!

It’s not about me, it’s not about us.

Sorella Maja Tacchi xxx

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