We tread a path covered with diamonds, but we can scarcely distinguish them from ordinary pebbles.” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Ciao tutti,

I read a talk this week by Elder Dallin H. Oaks called ‘The Challenge to Become’, it really struck me because it made me reflect on where I am in terms of my personality and how I let my knowledge and experiences change and shape who I am. I just want to share my favourite parts with you in the hopes to inspire you, not to discourage you. “The Final Judgment is not just an evaluation of a sum total of good and evil acts–what we have done. It is an acknowledgment of the final effect of our acts and thoughts–what we have become. It is not enough for anyone just to go through the motions. The commandments, ordinances, and covenants of the gospel are not a list of deposits required to be made in some heavenly account. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a plan that shows us how to become what our Heavenly Father desires us to become…
“To testify is to know and to declare. The gospel challenges us to be “converted,” which requires us to do and to become. If any of us relies solely upon our knowledge and testimony of the gospel, we are in the same position as the blessed but still unfinished Apostles whom Jesus challenged to be “converted.” We all know someone who has a strong testimony but does not act upon it so as to be converted…
“Now is the time for each of us to work toward our personal conversion, toward becoming what our Heavenly Father desires us to become. As we do so, we should remember that our family relationships–even more than our Church callings–are the setting in which the most important part of that development can occur…Exaltation is an eternal family experience, and it is our mortal family experiences that are best suited to prepare us for it.” 
I never fully realised this point, the family setting cultivates personality. We hope that we can be together for eternity but we have a responsibility to help one another become the person they need to be in order to get there. We need to be an example, support and encourage one another.
“Our needed conversions are often achieved more readily by suffering and adversity than by comfort and tranquillity,…Through the justice and mercy of a loving Father in Heaven, the refinement and sanctification possible through such experiences can help us achieve what God desires us to become.”
Unfortunately this is true, you become a stronger disciple of Christ when all you have is your faith, when life brings you to your knees you’re in the perfect position to pray. It is through these hard times we discover the significance of the gospel and we are more humble to let it help us become the person we need to be.
“The reason charity never fails and the reason charity is greater than even the most significant acts of goodness he cited is that charity, “the pure love of Christ” (Moro. 7:47), is not an act but a condition or state of being. Charity is attained through a succession of acts that result in a conversion. Charity is something one becomes. Thus, as Moroni declared, “except men shall have charity they cannot inherit” the place prepared for them in the mansions of the Father (Ether 12:34; emphasis added)…”
There’s a reason that charity is the greatest act of goodness, because it is the sum of goodness, charity is pure, refined and sophisticated. It takes time to develop and requires the acquisition of other Christlike attributes, that become a part of us through conversion.
“We do not obtain our heavenly reward by punching a time clock. What is essential is that our labors in the workplace of the Lord have caused us to become something. For some of us, this requires a longer time than for others. What is important in the end is what we have become by our labors…”
For others it takes longer or less time to become who they need to be, it’s not a competition, because it’s personal. It’s who we are because of our own personal experiences and conversion.
“If we are losing our desire to do evil, we are progressing toward our heavenly goal.
“The Apostle Paul said that persons who have received the Spirit of God “have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16). I understand this to mean that persons who are proceeding toward the needed conversion are beginning to see things as our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, see them.”
Becoming who we are meant to be takes time, so be patient with yourself and other too. Rely on his grace to understand and go through trials. Rejoice with him, he knows the joy of everything too.

The reason for the title is that I was reading President Uchtdorf’s talk from last   Conference about the plan of salvation, and how we sometimes forget the marvellous truths that come from the plan of salvation, we become used to the idea of eternity and we become preoccupied with the day to day. I need to make more of an effort to appreciate the knowledge and blessings I have and make sure that I’m working toward my eternal goals.

Okay so this week was good, despite at the end coming down with a cold and went to sleep at 8:40 Saturday night! On Tuesday we found some vanilla oranges, after Anziano Moscon said we should try them. They tasted really good, but tasted nothing like oranges but still really good!

Nutella is life

Then on Thursday we had a horse sandwich, it was actually pretty tasty, I’d recommend it! Don’t know what all the fuss was about a few years ago about the horse meat scandal! Before sacrament meeting on Sunday, this guy pulls us aside, shows us the price of oranges at a local supermarket then tells us he can cut us a deal and he’ll sell us oranges for €1/kg which is half the price of the other place!

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Today was a somewhat boring pday, but we got driven to the mall by an English course student and got treated to Italian translations of video game music!!

I hope you all have a great week and know that I love you!!! I hope you all have a great week and know that I love you!!!

Love Sorella Tacchi xxx

Birthday present?

Face masks and painted nails

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