This week consisted of a lot of preparation for my part of the Addestramento (I don’t really know what it’s called in English speaking missions, but the part where the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders teach) during Zone Conference. We were focusing on our identity in 3 categories: as children of God, as masters of agency, and as disciples of Christ. My part was on discipleship and I really enjoyed studying it. It made me think about how not only can I use my talents and gifts to develop on my path of discipleship and help others along the way, but I have been given a unique set of weaknesses to help others too. “Exaltation is our goal; discipleship is our journey. As you exercise a little faith and begin your walk as a peaceable follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, your heart will change. Your whole being will be filled with light. God will help you become something greater than you ever thought possible. And you will discover that the gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed working in your life. It works.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
I really enjoyed reading ‘Becoming a Disciple of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ by Elder Hales as preparation too. He helped me think about Christ’s characteristics and how they’re all interwoven together. He uses wonderful imagery of our lives as tapestries made up of interweaving threads of his attributes. When we strive to develop or enhance a certain characteristic, other characteristics are developed along with it too. There’s a line in a song called ‘Tapestry’ by Hillsong United which says “our life’s a tapestry of faith your hands have weaved together”. Christ takes us and develops us into these beautiful and unique tapestry woven by his hands. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to become more like him everyday, to follow him more diligently, and to love him more devotedly.
I was reading in section 59 of the Doctrine and Covenants and in verse 23 it reads “But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come.” But we must be willing to give our all in order to receive more than all we can imagine. If we want to follow him, we have to be willing to go where he went, to do what he did, holding nothing back. “There can be no such reservation. We must be willing to sacrifice everything. Through self-discipline and devotion we must demonstrate to the Lord that we are willing to serve him under all circumstances. When we have done this, we shall receive an assurance that we shall have eternal life in the world to come. Then we shall have peace in this world. …
“Let us each day in solemn honesty confront ourselves with the rich man’s question, ‘What lack I yet?’ And thus, with utter frankness, discovering our own limitations, let us conquer them one by one until we obtain peace in this world through an assurance that we shall have eternal life in the world to come.” Marion G. Romney. I love the idea of his peace, not the worlds. We can have his peace amidst the turmoil we find ourselves in in this life. I’m so grateful for a loving Redeemer, who made pure joy possible to find in this life.
This week was jam-packed. It started with an exchange with the Catania sisters. It was a lot of fun, even if nothing seemed to go to plan. I guess I had to keep my 2015 New Year’s resolution of spontaneity! But I really do love being with sisters, it’s a little overwhelming sometimes and reminds me of school being with lots of girls, but it can still be fun! We ended up laughing so so much!! Wednesday and Thursday were a little less exciting, but consisted of Zone Conference prep and our last dinner at the Walsh’s home before they head back to the UK. Friday was pretty exciting because G GOT BAPTISED!
The day was a little stressful, we didn’t know how long it would take to fill up the font, and I had to go into the underground passage under the church to check that the hot water was on. All was well, the young women sang a beautiful musical number and the whole thing was magical. Another daughter of god is on her way back home.
On Friday also we finally got our NEW WASHING MACHINE! And we haven’t stopped doing laundry, I will never ever take a washing machine for granted, ever again. Ever. Hahah. Saturday I came down with a cold… and then Sunday was Stake Conference with all the members in Sicily in Catania. We rented out a conference suite in a hotel so it was weird! A British member of the Seventy came, I could immediately tell that he was from North London. It always weird to hear British accents! That afternoon we had interviews with President in which he told me that I will not be staying with Sorella Ferre for a 4th transfer… but he gave no hints as to whom is leaving Siracusa. I guess we’ll just have to wait 2 weeks until transfer calls. That night we all did a gesso together and Sorella Ferre and I were talking to a newly wed couple from Rochester NY and they, living close to some church history sites, had a lot of deep doctrine questions. It was pretty intense, but it was really cool to just bear testimony on how I received my answer that the Book of Mormon is true, the spirit was just incredible and I had to hold back the tears. Rochester Missionaries, a referral is coming your way!
Monday was Zone Conference, which was fun. Being on the teaching end was fun too, I love being united as a zone. After conference we were all waiting for a bus but realised that they decided to have a strike despite taking the bus in the morning. So we had to walk, and I was wearing my more Sunday like shoes which have no support and I had my backpack contained my quad, my Italian scriptures, my study journal, my gratitude journal, and my camera. It was a struggle let’s just say, especially in the heat.
That night we had yet another gesso, and as I was stopping people who were walking past, I saw this one girl and in the corner of my eye I see this other girl and I remember distinctly thinking, wait talk to that other girl and I’m so glad I did because she was from Siracusa and we got her phone number and we’re going to see her this week!
Last night I laughed so hard, seriously the girls in my zone crack me up! Today was pretty fun, despite my cold getting worse, we played ultimate frisbee again and it was so much fun! Feeling like I’m about to die now though, so early night for me!
Have the best week! Love you!
Sorella Tacchi xxx
Here is the handout I made for Zone Conference, and the take home sheet to help the missionaries learn more about their identity and photos from the week.