Sister Rebekah Anderson

Sister Rebekah Anderson

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Finally August is Over !

So Thursday we went to Pisa for my visa. Surprisingly we didn't have to wait too long so we had some extra time in Pisa. We went and saw the tower real quick because it's like a 10 minute walk. It was nice to be back in Pisa because I felt more familiar with the city. It was also weird that I wasn't going home to the apartment though, haha. Our connecting train was late so we didn't get to Modena in time to do anything other than go to English class. But we met some great people on the train. We met an Italian lady and she was so nice and funny. She gave us the bacii (where you kiss each cheek) before we got off the train haha.

Friday was a little bit better. We were able to go see a member. Her name is Nella Palmieri. I love her and her husband so much! They love the missionaries and are such giving people. She hasn't had an easy life at all but she told us the most precious thing to her is her testimony. It was fun talking to her and getting to know her. The rest of the day was mostly spent trying to find a new bike and fixing the other bikes. The Anziani helped us fix the bikes and get things ready. We ended up not buying a bike until Saturday. Our landlord, Silvio, helped us pick it up from the store. Oh my goodness! He helped us out so much! He helped us buy it, took it in his car, and made sure it was a good bike. He has had the missionaries in the building for about 20 years he said. He joked and said how he's like a second dad to the missionaries. He really does do a lot for us! 

Sunday we had fast and testimony this week so we could fast for the victims of the earthquake. It was such a good meeting. Going to church and listening to people's testimonies, you can feel the Spirit so strong. 

Monday was a good day. We mostly just did finding. It was amazing. We were doing "casa" and here it Italy you have to ring the buttons at the bottom. Then, people talk to you through the little intercom before they let you into the building. Needless to say it's pretty hard to get through that first step. When they do let you in, it's usually by mistake or because they misunderstood you. But in the last little bit of finding we were doing for the day, we decided to do casa. On the second name we rang, a lady let us in. So of course we run inside the building and are booking it up the stairs as fast as we can so we can talk to her before she gets sick of waiting for us. We finally hit the 4th floor and it's a cute little old lady! She was so sweet and let us in! We were shocked because that never happens! Then she told us we could come back when her daughter was home. 

We had zone training in Verona on Monday. It was a really good zone training and we found out Elder Holland will be coming to Milan for a missionary conference! All the missionaries get to go! That will be on the 18th and we are so excited! Then a lot of the missionaries went to an American food place called Steaks&Shakes. It was a burger place and it was so good, even on American standards. They had super good shakes! It was fun to get to know the missionaries in this zone and there were some missionaries from Tuscany that I had already known before. 

This week more than usual I have seen how my prayers have been answered. Just like the scripture in James 1:5, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." 

He has sent people into my life to answer my prayers and has shown me how I can improve every day. If we earnestly ask, it will be given to us what we need. He will show us what we need to do. He never leaves us alone, but we need to turn to Him and let Him into our lives. We have to be humble enough and willing enough to let Him guide us. 

Ti voglio un mondo di bene!

The Maserati factory ! 
Today we are going to the Ferrari Museum.

The Verona Zone ! The biggest zone in the mission !

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hey Juliet !

People sign the wall and touch the boob for good luck.

Verona, Italy

Sorella Stevens

Gelato is shaped like a flower

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A Whole New World !

Well I don't even know where to begin! It's been a crazy week! 

Wednesday was mainly just getting ready to leave because we had a train at 5 to go to Verona where we would stay the night and then in the morning Sorella Stevens and I would part ways with our companions. Luckily, there were more than plenty nice people to help me with my luggage as we changed trains 3 times to get to Verona haha. Poor Sorella Rosano had to help me lug them around everywhere. 

We arrived in Verona ready to sleep and get ready for the journey tomorrow. However, the lock was jammed and we couldn't get into the apartment. We were outside of the apartment for two and a half hours! The Anziani had tried and everything. President was about to have us sleep in the Anziani's apartment and then they would go sleep in the Zone Leaders apartment but thankfully the Zone Leaders tried to open it and it worked! So it all worked out we were just dead the next morning.

We got to Modena and the Anziani of Modena were there to help us with our bags and show us where our apartment is. The apartment is a mansion compared to the apartment in Pisa haha. I think it's meant for 4 missionaries but we have two bathrooms! It's really nice. Plus, our landlord is super nice and he does a lot to help us out. He helped us with our bikes when my brakes didn't work, when we didn't know where the grocery store was, etc. I still have to get a new bike but he fixed it up for me so I could at least use it for this week. 

We have been doing lots and lots of finding. First, because it the end of August so people are just starting to come back home. Second, because we don't know anyone. Haha. We are just finally starting to set up appointments and get to know people. It's definitely interesting getting to know a city on your own. We are starting to get the hang of it though and we have a map app on our iPad so that helps a ton!

The ward here is super nice and they are so excited to have Sorelle again. I don't remember all of their names but I just know they're awesome. I'm excited to get to know them. Modena is a cute little city that reminds me of the east coast a lot. There's a ton of trees and parks. It's more spread out than Pisa and it's really growing on me. It's going to be so pretty when all the leaves start changing colors.

We have a new investigator. Her name is Irene and she's from Nigeria. She's amazing. She opened up to us about her story even though she doesn't like to talk about it a lot. She is so willing to be guided by God and isn't concerned with the materialistic things in life. She told us her gift from God is singing so I hope we get to hear her sing sometime! 

I met the new district and they're great. We had a district lunch. The Reggio-Emilia Anziani made the pasta and it was pretty good! We tried to make zucchini cake but I guess we are still trying to figure out our oven because it didn't cook right and we ended up having to throw away the whole pan! It's been an adventure this week and I've never felt more like Russel from Up with our gps (aka iPad).

"Correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord empower us to hush our fears because Jesus Christ is the only source of enduring peace. He declared, 'Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me' (D&C 19:23)"

There's so many things to be afraid of in this world today. There's the small everyday things and there's the fear of this world or the bigger decisions in life. I'm grateful that we can always look to Christ and find peace through the big and little fears in life if we follow Him and continually persevere to the end.

I love you all!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Last Week in Pisa

So who knew the Olympics were going on?? I sure didn't until we had a dinner appointment with the Gori's and Nicola (the dad) told me! Haha you could say I'm oblivious to some things. But he likes to watch the sand volleyball and so we talked about how Italy and US played each other.

Thursday we visited Ersi and Eni in their new apartment because they moved. We actually ended up talking with their mom and grandma which was really good. We talked about how they believe in Jesus. It was a good conversation because it really helped us to start building a relationship with the mom and to get to know her better!

We had a funeral of the mom of a member in our ward. Her mother wasn't a member so it was my first Catholic funeral. It was really different. It wasn't very personal. I've never actually been to a Catholic mass before so it was cool to see their different traditions and learn more about their religion. I will admit it was hard to understand a lot of it though because they used a booming microphone and in the old Catholic Church it echoes. There was a lot of support from the ward so that was nice to see.

My tire was flat again so the Anziani came over to patch it up for me. Now my bike is all fixed up! Hopefully it won't have any more problems for a while because it's a pain. We are so much more time effective with the bikes though.

We met with a new investigator from Nigeria who is a die hard baptist. We tried our best to explain that we don't worship Joseph Smith. I honestly don't know if she understood what I was trying to point out but she agreed to meet us again anyways. While we were teaching this lesson we missed a call from President Allen with TRANSFER NEWS!

So I will be leaving Pisa sadly. I will be going to Modena. It's a city in the middle of the mission and it's close to Bologna. I will be whitewashing (there won't be an overlapping companion who has served in the area before) and re-opening the city for Sorelle. Modena hasn't had sorelle, well at least for 6 months or something like that. My new companion will be Sorella Stevens from the Sorellazna! I'm so excited! Sorella Rosano will stay in Pisa and train. She will be a great trainer.

We Had quite a few lessons with members this week. We ate with Gianna and we ate salmon and tuna! You would all be proud to know that it wasn't that bad and I wasn't dying inside. But that's Gianna for you. She's an amazing cook! We said goodbye to a lot of people. I love the members here so much. They have taught me so much and it's such a great ward. Pisa will always have my heart.

We had a lesson with Diana. Her kids saw us down the street waiting for the bishop to come and they ran towards and gave us a hug. I seriously just melted inside! It made my week! We taught her the Restoration with the bishop. It was a really good lesson. We could truly feel the Spirit. It sounded a little bit strange to her at first but she agreed to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. We were able to all kneel in prayer together. Little moments like this make everything worth it.

I know that people come into our lives for a reason. (I can't tell you how many times we have run into the same person more than once.) There are no chances. Heavenly Father knows who we need in our lives to help us grow and learn. I'm so grateful for the people of Pisa and everything they have done for me. Heavenly Father is always trying to help us along our way back to Him.

This week I want you all to try something to help to see the small ways He helps you every day. Write a way you saw the hand of the Lord in your day every day. It doesn't have to be something big it can be something as small as a big hug from little Roberto. I know that if you do it you will be able to notice all the small things that contribute to happiness. You will be able to feel the love of God in your life. Then if you really want to you can write me and tell me how it went!

Vi voglio bene! (I Love You)

Some of Pisa's Finest


Sorella Di Ruscio


Fratello Ventura aka Ward Mission Leader

Ersi and Eni. Gonna miss them! 
(Don't mind their Grandma in the background haha)

The district plus the Livorno Sorelle

I absolutely love Pisa at night !

Last run to the Leaning Tower in the morning