Monday, November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving - 11/20/17

Anziano Ridd in front of the Rome Temple
Hey! Happy Thanksgiving!

This was a pretty sweet week. I had some scambi with Anziano Osmond, and saw some cool success throughout.

So at the beginning of the week we had the scambio. I loved working with Anziano Osmond. He is a great missionary and a really hard worker. I saw his desire to serve the Lord and it was evident that he has been giving it his all. We got to teach a few great lessons together, during which we saw a lot of progress in our investigators. 

One of the awesome things we saw this week was in the P family. In their family right now, only the 2 older daughters are members, and the mom is taking the lessons. On the visit with Anziano Osmond, Sister P opened up and asked if the next time we came we could give a blessing in her home. Fast forward to the next time, the Spirit was super strong. We talked about how the Spirit really is our comforter because of his role to testify of Jesus Christ and lead us to His truth. When he does that, we receive comfort as we believe and gain the hope that comes through Jesus. I then got the opportunity to bless their house, and the Spirit was so strong, which was awesome because they also had their brother and sister there who were not as interested. I know that in that lesson we taught exactly what the Spirit gave to us in that moment. 

We picked up two cool new investigators this week, ZL and BL. They are married and have a new baby girl, G. They are seeking the truth and are so excited to have met with us and have found more of it. We are excited for them. 

This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so many things: the mission, my family, all my companions. But I think the one that sticks out to me the most right now is our ever constant companion, the Holy Ghost. Truly he guides us, and helps us know our true identities as children of God. He has so much patience when we don’t listen or understand his whispered promptings and will always be there to confirm the truth. This is definitely one of the greatest blessing of God to those whole are baptized into the church, and one I will always be grateful for.

I love you all! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Anziano Ridd
Anziano Ridd and companion, Anziano Hughes

Monday, November 13, 2017

Huntsman and Ridd, Still Working Together. 11/13/17

Perugia City in the clouds
Anziano Huntsman and me
Hey guys, it’s been another good week in Perugia,

This week was full, and we some some solid success. Especially with single women. Weird. 

Starting off the week at a good pace, Anziano Huntsman and I did a scambio here in Perugia. For those who don’t know, Anziano Huntsman and I are from the same home ward in The Woodlands, and we are good friends. To say the least, we were thrilled to get the opportunity to work together. Huntsmans and Ridds seems to work naturally well together, as we saw a bunch of success. And one can now assume that rings true whether it is in business or teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The reference at the beginning to single ladies was a reference to our amazing two new investigators. Both of which were clearly prepared by God to receive us. There is RL, who is pretty young. She was super interested when we taught someone the Restoration on a bus, and wanted to know more. Then we have EL. She is sooo nice and friendly. She wanted to know if we could teach her private English lessons and we said we could - if we also teach the gospel. She said yes, and it turns out that her English is nearly perfect and she is more interested in the gospel. We are excited to continue teaching her. 

If that wasn’t cool enough, we have a couple sweet miracles of the weekend. Both have to due with some of my favorite people in Italy, G and C. First, C had a dream that her grandmother approved of the Mormons, and she is now making steps to follow the Word of Wisdom; and second, they both drove from Perugia to Roma (2 hours) to come to Stake Conference. There they met tons of their member friends, along with the stake patriarch, President Pickerd, and the full stake presidency. It was a fellowshipping miracle and they were the only 2 people from Perugia there. Go and fellowship someone this week. I’m sure if you ask the missionaries, they can put you to work. 

Missionary life is the best. Have a great week!

Anziano Ridd
Anziano Osmond and me at the Rome Temple

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Mission Family - 10/6/17

Posterity (left to right):
Anziano Hughes (new son), Anziano McConkie (fabulous middle son), me,
Anziano Youngblood (the first adventurous son), Anziano Imes (hilarious grandson)

Hey family!

As y’all can imagine, this week was weird and long. But now things should be a bit more consistent.

On Tuesday I received my new companion, Anziano Hughes. He is a good guy from Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a very musical person, and it seems as if I am meant to learn more about musical stuff/ musical theatre. Training again is strange, hahaha. 

Then on Thursday, we headed up to Rome to go to the Mission Tour. Elder Engbjerg of the Seventy came, who is from Denmark. It was great, as my favorite thing taught by him was “never give up.” He taught “don’t ever quit.” If it’s something that matters or that’s good, then it’s always worth hanging in there. There is joy in finishing what we set out to do and accomplishing. He then talked about his experience with his sons, riding their bikes from NYC to San Francisco. He said at a certain point, his son was in bad pain. They were so close to the end, but his knee kept locking up. It got so bad that they stopped, and Elder Engbjerg asked his son if he wanted to call a cab to take him the rest of the way. His response: “Are you crazy? I have come all this way, and you think I could take a cab the last bit?” I think whether we are at the beginning or toward the end of our goals, the only answer we need is if it is worth it for us. If our goals or pursuits make us better, and bring us closer to God - or they are something we want - don’t quit. Chase what is most important. 

That was also super cool because I got to see a ton of my friends here, and I got a full family pic of my sons/grandson in the mission. I’ll throw that in here too. 

We had some cool experiences when finding recently. One of my favorites is E. He is from China, and moved to Italy because he is a convert to Christianity. I talked to him on a bus, and he was so excited to hear about the gospel from us. 

G and C are still awesome. In fact, C got into my Italian genealogy, and because of her vast knowledge of law, she revealed to me that I am the last generation of my ancestors to be able to claim my Italian citizenship. So pretty soon I’m gonna hit up my Italian passport and become an Italian. Pretty cool huh? That means my kids can claim Italian citizenship too. Two thumbs up for C. 👍🏻👍🏻

This Sunday was fast Sunday, and President Pickerd came to our church. It was held in Terni, because right now that is where we do fast Sundays. It was cool, because after the meeting we had food and got to get to know some of the members here. G and C came and also got to go see the new chapel that will soon be done in Terni. They are excited because that is where they will be baptized. 

Anyways guys, don’t quit. Love you.

Anziano Ridd

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

One For the Books - 10/30/17

Hey fam!

This week was crazy, but next week will be crazier, I’m positive of it. I got to meet a ton of sick investigators that we have, and even found some in the process. In the madness of it we also had a sweet District Meeting, which felt really good because I got the whole district involved in it. I love being a District Leader with so many great missionaries here. I’ll give a quick overview of who we have. There is my companionship; then we have Anziani Osmond and Allred of Perugia B; the Zone Leaders in Terni - Anziani Farinotti and Daniels; Terni B - Anziani Bentley and Huntsman; and the SISTERS OF TERNI who just opened the area to Sisters - Sorella Taylor and Worth. All amazing missionaries. 

This week I got the amazing opportunity to meet with the R family, the F family, and G and C! The R family is a member family. Their daughter served a mission and is so cool. Right now we have been discussing the importance of faith with them.

The F family is one of the coolest Italian families I’ve met. They are investigating and in their family there are A, M, An, L, and J. They are super awesome and love to talk about Jesus. They live in Assisi, a city nearby which is famous because it is stunning. I’ll send some pics. Hopefully we can help them to get closer to Christ through the baptismal covenant. 

Oh boy, G and C. They are probably two of my favorite people on the planet. I met them about a month ago while on a scambio in Ascoli. They are almost completely converted already to the gospel. They are both lawyers and are so smart. I think I have never met two people more cultured than this couple. History: they know it; Art: they know it; Law: they know it; Science: they know it. Just completely fantastic. We hope to be able see them coming closer to Christ through the baptismal covenant as soon as the new Terni chapel opens!

Ok, I’ll let you in on some crazy. So this week, I’m going to get my new Greenie. Anziano Wijesundera is gonna go home and do his darndest to help his whole family accept the gospel (along with his army of friends that he left there). My new companion is Anziano Hughes, whom I don’t know yet, but will meet tomorrow. This means I have the largest posterity in the mission (in the sense of number of people trained by an Elder... crazy, right?). President just loves to mess with me, hahahha. The third son!

This week also will be the “mission tour,” which is sort of like a mission conference, except Sicily gets left out, hahha. So we have a sweet (Norwegian?) Seventy who will come and instruct us. That means I’ll have a full “Ridd family missionary tree” picture for next week. Get hype! And I get to see all my companions in the mission, hahaha. 

So this will be crazy! I am so excited to turn Perugia into a branch! President Pickerd and I have been working together a lot to make it happen and make it structured here. #makeperugiagreat

Love you all, 
Anziano Ridd

Monday, October 23, 2017

The 10 Euro Miracle - 10/23/17

Anziano Ridd with his new companion and apartment mates.
L-R: Anziano Osmond, Anziano Allred, Anziano Ridd and Anziano Wijesundera
New companions!
Anziano Wijesundera and Anziano Ridd in Perugia

Hey guys!

This week was soooo pack with stuff. I mean, PACKED. This email is a small attempt to explain what has been going on. 

Well the event of the week was definitely Elder Ballard coming. He is amazing and has such a powerful testimony in Jesus Christ. He talked to us a bunch about miracles and prayer. I loved that he invited us to seek the will of our Heavenly Father instead of try to command him around. He knows what’s best for us, we just need to ask him what we should do. Also he totally remembered Dad by name. 

So, the results of transfer calls on Monday surprised the masses of our house. The go like this. Anziano Waddell is going to work in the YSA in Rome, Anziano McConkie is going to be with Anziano Toronto and remain in Pescara. I have been sent away to serve in the most northern city in our mission, Perugia. So after many goodbyes, and much sadness, I am in the beautiful Perugia. Things are great though. I have a great companion, Anziano Wijesundera from Malibu, California, and the guys in the house up here are studs as well: Anziano Osmond from the land of Provo, and Anziano Allred from Williamsburg, Virginia. We make a great team to get the group here to become a branch. 

I came crashing down in Perugia is its most famous moment. Perugia was in mid-swing of its Eurochocolate - a massive European chocolate festival. It was so busy here. Surprising, I found myself broke due to all the travels and couldn’t buy much chocolate to fatten myself with. But if you wanna know, Perugia is a city of chocolate. When we wake up we smell chocolate in the air...also due to the fact that the Perugia chocolate factory is right next to our house.

Blessings on blessings, KL was baptized and confirmed last weekend. It was awesome to hear from him and he told me how great he felt. He even brought a friend who now wants to follow Jesus and be baptized. Go KL!

Now to the ten Euro miracle: so, I mentioned I was broke. That was true except for the 10 euro I had saved to buy groceries today. So, limiting myself to 10 euro, I bought a bunch of stuff and made sure it was under 10. As I checked out I saw that it was 10 items, and I got worried I spent too much. The cashier looks at me and says, that will be 10 euro. EXACTLY. that was the sickest thing ever. Miracles happen! Have faith.

Love you all! 
Anziano Ridd 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pescara’s Got Talent (and Baptisms) - 10/16/17

Anziano Ridd & Anziano McConkie with their good friend
Pescara missionaries with President Pickerd, at the first meetings of the new chapel
in Pescara a few weekends ago.
Photo credit: Pickerd's Italy Rome Mission blog

Hey family!

This week was pretty dang great. Besides seeing success in teaching a few new families, there were some awesome experiences I want to share. 

First thing, tonight is transfer calls, so this week I may leave or my dear son and life-long friend, Anziano McConkie, may leave. Either way, I most likely will have a new companion next week. Sad.

Then J, one of the sisters' investigators, was baptized! So we got the chance to witness that and congratulate her on following Jesus Christ. And right after, K passed his interview for baptism and next weekend he will also be making promises with God. We all are excited!

Following the baptism of J, we had a ward talent show. It was magnificent. Let’s just say that after every talent show, I feel so much love for the members and happiness to serve with them. They are so talented. 

So as an appetizer to our mission conference this week with Elder Ballard, he did a broadcast for the whole European area Sunday night, which was awesome. He is an apostle of Jesus Christ. Anyways, I wanted to share a bit from what he said because I loved it. 

Elder Ballard invited us to heed Jesus Christ’s advice to Joseph Smith to “be still and know that I am God.” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:16; see also Psalm 46:10). With that, he shared an experience he had when he sought to follow the will of God and was led to ask a blessing upon the land of Ethiopia. Because of that, the drought that was in the land was broken, and every day he was in Ethiopia it rained. He goes on to say that this had nothing to do to him; it had to do with his willingness to seek the will of God and believe in miracles. He then said something that I have realized here in the mission: The greatest miracle is the miracle of accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ. I realized that if we seek the will of God, He will always lead us to people who are ready to accept His word, and we will see the miracles in their lives. I hope we all choose to help someone accept the gospel this week, and help bring a fullness of joy into our lives and theirs. 

I love you all a ton! Believe in miracles, and take time to know the Lord and his will.

Anziano Ridd