It was a bit crazy this week because we had almost-mission-wide conference in Rome with the presiding authority of the Europe area. His name is Elder Kearon and he is awesome; from England and a convert when he was 26 years old. He and I had an interesting exchange during the conference that I enjoyed. He had some really awesome simple things to say that as missionaries we already know but it’s easy for some of us to forget as time passes. I personally loved it. He focused a lot on not worrying so much. Work hard and stop worrying! I think that’s something we can all strive to do more frequently in life. Aside from the conference itself it was really awesome to see other missionary friends that I haven’t seen in a while, some of them almost a full year ago! My MTC group was reunited, the power four. It blows my mind that the sisters from my group are going home in less than 5 months. Also I had the chance to see Anziano Coe one last time before he finishes the mission!
Regarding the missionary work it got interrupted pretty severely this week with the conference but still we had some great experiences. We followed up with Maria Grazia about the answer she received about being baptism. She said she wants to be baptized but the one thing holding her back is that she is aware of the prerequisite to abide by the law of chastity and she and who we thought was her husband are not married. We helped her to see how it is a blessing from God to have this commandment to keep intimate relations within the bonds of marriage because then we can become that much more meaningful and special. We asked her to pray to know if this is really a commandment of God and to be willing to act on the feeling that she has. In other news Matteo’s mom, Mariella, is doing well and has continued cooking delicious food for us while we teach her the gospel. This time she made us oven baked gnocchi and meatballs!! So good!! That about sums up the week! It really flew by.
I wanted to briefly touch on the fact that General Conference is coming up. Every six months the whole world has the opportunity to listen to and watch living apostles of Jesus Christ who do not speak only for this church, though that is the grand majority of the audience, but also testify to all the world as special witnesses of the resurrected Savior of the world. For those who are members of the church, let us prepare ourselves now to be ready for conference. Pray every day to be sensitive to the messages that will be given. Think of and write down questions. This can be the highlight of your year, if you let it be.
For those who aren’t members of the church, I would like to invite you to think about the possibility of Jesus Christ having apostles on the earth today. What would they say? Then find the time to watch one session of conference.
I promise all who read this that the words that will be spoken during the conference can touch the hearts of any one who has prepared themselves and are desirous to learn. I testify that there are living apostles of Jesus Christ on the earth who receive revelation through the Holy Spirit to guide all people on the earth. If we are willing to follow their council, we can be blessed with everything that Heavenly Father has waiting for us.
I love you all and I want to pray more specifically for you so please help me out with that!