Sister Rebekah Anderson

Sister Rebekah Anderson

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What a Time Paradox ...

Italian Word of the Week

Boh- Whatever, Oh Well

Thursday- We helped Simonetta in her garden but were interrupted by a storm that came in. It hailed so hard and they were huge! I've never seen it hail that bad. It was coming down so hard that leaves were torn off of trees and it was crazy. The ground was white from hail. Then 20 minutes later it was sunny. Haha glad I'm already used to the bipolar Utah weather. Then we were able to see a few of our other investigators. It was nice being able to get to know them!

Friday- We taught Ersi and Eni. They are such a good example to me. It amazing to watch their faith grow every single time we meet with them. We also saw the Gori family and they fed us pizza. It was way good! Just a regular Friday night haha. It's weird when we hear the apartments around us playing music because I forget that Friday is a day that people like to go out. I have no sense of weekend here haha.

Saturday- This was probably one of the best days I've had out here. It was hard to pick which miracle I wanted to write on my calendar at the end of the night. I was exhausted by the time we got home but those kind of days are usually the best ones. We met a woman who had talked to sister missionaries before. She has 3 kids but she stopped to talk to us while we were leaving Nonna's. I think she thought I was the sister that she talked to because I'm American but she was so sweet. Her kids were adorable and she wanted to see us again.

Sunday- I'm finally starting to understand more at church! We had a lesson with a new investigator that we have. Her name is Rosa and she's been to church with her friend twice. We owe her brownies because she's never had them and so we told her we would make some for her. She's from Romania and she's so sweet!

Monday- In the morning we did a lot of running around for my visa. Thankfully, everything went well and we got it all done. Now we just wait to get it. Then we met with the Martenucci family. They will be moving to Canada soon but they have a little girl who is 9. She's super cute and loves the sister missionaries. She made me a little tiny foam craft and gave me a big giant kiss on the cheek haha.(Italian culture) Then we made the trek to Milan by train for the new missionary training.

Tuesday- The new missionary training was amazing! I love trainings. You always feel spiritually uplifted and ready to tackle the next week or transfer. But the thing that perhaps made me happiest was seeing the sorellanza and the fact that I know they are alive haha. I missed them a lot and catching up with them was amazing! It was the usual laughs and smiles. I already can't wait until the next time I get to see them all. I don't know when it will be but hopefully not too long haha. I just love them. My face hurt from smiling with them all haha.

This week has been a little crazy. I think what I really liked from the training was a video they showed us. It talked about why we have pain when we repent, why missionary work isn't easy, and why we have trials in our life. It was never meant to be easy. Enduring to the end, repentance, and the path we must walk is hard because it was never easy for anyone. Even Jesus Christ, the literal Son of God, asked for the cup to be taken away from Him. It's not easy and it may be painful, but it's worth it. I know that even with the pain that anyone might have, if their path leads to Christ and follows His example, they will receive happiness that they never could've imagined.

                                                    Time to work in the garden

                                 Look at the beautiful Italian countryside

                             The river with the lights at night. I will send pics of it during the day.

                                       Hot Chocolate is seriously so much better here!!
Look at these two at a sidewalk cafe
                                                           The Sorellanza !!!

                               I have missed them so much !
                                                          Sorella Mackenzie!!!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Call Me Galileo - haha just kidding

                                          I cut her hair and she she likes me I think....

Italian Phrase for the Week:

Meno male- it could be worse

Wednesday- We went to Livorno. It's a little port city about a 20 minute train ride from Pisa. It was really cute and it was so nice to see the ocean! Yesterday was a really good p-day. We ate gelato twice haha. It was definitely worth it.

Thursday- It was a day full of miracles. We were able to meet a super nice couple in the park. They were so kind and open to talking to us. I think they were the nicest couple on the street that I have ever met. We also met a lady named Zina. She had gone through so much in her life but instead of denying God she said "of course I believe in God. I wouldn’t be here if it weren't for Him".  We also went to the Marina Di Pisa for a lesson. So we got to see the ocean twice! Yay! It's not a beach it's just a bunch of white rocks. It's beautiful though. I love it!

Friday- We helped Simonetta in her garden and she made us another fabulous lunch. We cleaned the church with the Relief Society President and did some finding. We found a little old lady from Volterra. She was our miracle for the day. She stopped to listen to us but she was deaf and had to read our lips. It was just nice to stop and talk to her. Little things like this throughout the day help us to become more Christ like by getting to know the people around us and developing a love for them.

Saturday- Sorella Visconti made me lunch. She let me relax and so that was really nice. I love her so much and everything she does for me. Then we taught Ersi and Eni about charity. We went those the Dalipi family. This was a miracle because we hadn't been able to get ahold of them and then when we were at the bottom of the apartment we ran into the dad. We had a good object lesson and it was nice to finally meet them!

Sunday- Church was great as usual. I can tell I'm understanding more and more each week. Little by little haha. We had a baptism today for an 8 year old girl. It was so fun to be able to be there. Ersi and Eni really liked it. It was the first baptism they have seen. We were barely able to meet our goal that we set this week. Heavenly Father really does answer prayers and His timing is perfect.

Monday- We had Zone Conference so we went to Florence. It was so much fun to meet everyone and get mail! During the conference I learned a lot about what I can do for our investigators to help them. On the train ride home we talked to a guy in his late 20s. It was amazing. He said he liked that the fact that the Restoration happened in America. You never hear that from anyone so it shocked me! We had dinner at the Di Ruscio's. It was a really good lesson that really touched me. We watched "Will of God" and read the scripture Alma 26:27.

Tuesday- We taught Ersi and Eni. I love them so much. It was amazing to see them reading the scriptures and applying the principles we taught them. They make us laugh all the time. I'm really so grateful for the opportunity that I have to get to know them and watch them grow.

God's timing is perfect. It can be really hard to accept this and we may ask why we don't receive our righteous desires or have trials in our lives. What I like about Alma 26:27 is that they were about to turn back. Sometimes we are so close to the finish line but we don't know it because we can't comprehend everything that we can or are supposed to be. Thankfully God does. We need to trust Him in our trials and His timing. He will always know better than we do. Sent from my iPad


                    We FINALLY got to wear jeans while we helped Simonetta in her garden.
                                                       Only in Italy haha
                                        Selfie with a pope. He smiled when he saw us.
                                                  Zone Meeting in Florence, Italy
                                                    Missionaries in my Zone
                                                       Marina Di Pisa