Tuesday, May 31, 2016

2 Conferences and No Food - 5/31/16

Zone Conference with Presidente & Sorella Waddoups
(photo credit to Waddoups' Rome Italy Mission Blog -  grazie!)
Anziano Ridd, sharing his "beginning" testimony in Zone Conference
(photo credit to Waddoups' Rome Italy Mission Blog)
Anziano Ridd with his friend, FL (aka Santa)
Anziano Moraes, Anziano Jensen, Anziano Bellows & Anziano Ridd
Ciao Family!

Wow, it's been a very busy week! So pretty much it was taken over by meetings and things.

We got the opportunity to do some good finding early in the week and have 3 new investigators. One is more promising than the others, because 2 are from Bangladesh and we are not sure how much they actually understand. But hopefully they can keep trying to understand. Then on Thursday we had interviews with President Waddoups. The next day we had Zone Conference. On Saturday we had 2 meetings for Stake Conference, and on Sunday we had Stake Conference again. So the week was really packed full of meetings.

With how the week went we didn't get to teach DM this week, but we were able to see him at English course. He does have a baptismal date, but that's going be pushed back a week or 2 - but I think he really wants to be baptized. His friend didn't come to English course so next week we will see him.

I really loved Zone Conference. Specifically, we went over the first lesson and finding. So that was super awesome. I also got to give my birth testimony and Anziano Bellows gave his death testimony. My biggest take-away from it was probably that of goals and planning. It's so important to have goals that we work for at all times so we can improve and reach these goals. The way we do that is to make a plan to achieve these things every day.

“I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.”
 –Elder M. Russell Ballard

Ok, so Anziano Bellows left on Friday, and that means Anziano Moraes, Jensen and I are in a legendary tripanionship with a ZL, a DL and a Verdino (ZL = Zone Leader, DL =  District Leader & Verdino = Greenie!). So yeah, we love it so much. That Saturday we had few interesting appointments in the tripanionship. Anziano Ray will replace Bellows.

Then on Saturday and Sunday we had Stake Conference. That was super awesome. We had a Seventy from Costa Rica come and teach us about the theme of the conference, Self-Reliance. It was a really good conference and I think it is exactly what the Stake needed. Sadly, since it was a Stake Conference it was at a location that was further away, so we didn't end up getting any investigators to church this week.  But this next week will be amazing. We are gonna get all of our investigators pumped about baptism and find whomever the Lord has prepared for us.
It has been a great week and I am excited to see how I can help the people of Italy come to Christ this upcoming week and transfer. 

Today I am sitting in the questura, waiting for Anziano Jensen to get his fingerprinting done…sad Pday. Oh well, it is what it is. It's still fun to sit and talk to some great friends.

But now we are going to go buy food because of all the missionaries that ate our food over the conference weekend. Yay!!!

I love you all. Keep your head up and realize how blessed you are.

Anziano Ridd

"Decide where you are going to go and walk in that direction.”         
-Elder Obando Vindas
We ate a big burger! 

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