Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Buon Natale! 🎄 12/19/16

Hey family! 

This week was pretty solid. I can't lie; I just keep getting more excited for Christmas and the holidays. So that's fun stuff. 

Ok, so I'll start off with a pretty cool thing that happened this week. Anziano Youngblood and I were walking around last Pday when we heard a voice say, "Elders." We saw who it was and it was an African man. His name is V and he had met with missionaries in the past. So we made an appointment to go visit him. When we confirmed his appointment, he told us that he has a surprise for us...which is always fun. So we met up and he pulled out a triple combination (The Holy Bible plus The Book of Mormon) and says, "I need to tell you the full truth." He then goes on to tell us that he joined the church about 3 years ago in Spain, where he was living for 24 years. He expressed a desire to come back to church, so he should come next Sunday with his whole family, none of which are members. We are excited for him! 

Then that night we attended the baptisms of L and Jo. They are these two little girls of a member that the zone leaders were teaching. One is 11 and the other is 8. It was super awesome. 

J is still progressing to baptism. We are excited to teach him this week, and eat at their home for Christmas! What's better is we also get to bring F. It will be an amazing day. That and I get to Skype my family! 

I would like to throw a shout-out to the best mother in the world. Today is her birthday, and she is still doing it all and young as ever! I love you, Mama! 

Also a side note, things are getting pretty Christmas-y here in Napoli. We have some cool pics of lights and things that I will send over. One might say that Italy is very Christian, so they do love Christmas. That's nice.

Anyways, I love all of you and wish you all a Merry Christmas! A small spiritual thought is Mosiah 4:6-10:

6 I say unto you, if ye have come to a knowledge of the goodness of God, and his matchless power, and his wisdom, and his patience, and his long-suffering towards the children of men; and also, the atonement which has been prepared from the foundation of the world, that thereby salvation might come to him that should put his trust in the Lord, and should be diligent in keeping his commandments, and continue in the faith even unto the end of his life, I mean the life of the mortal body--

7 I say, that this is the man who receiveth salvation, through the atonement which was prepared from the foundation of the world for all mankind, which ever were since the fall of Adam, or who are, or who ever shall be, even unto the end of the world.

8 And this is the means whereby salvation cometh. And there is none other salvation save this which hath been spoken of; neither are there any conditions whereby man can be saved except the conditions which I have told you.

9 Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and in earth; believe that he has all wisdom, and all power, both in heaven and in earth; believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend.

10 And again, believe that ye must repent of your sins and forsake them, and humble yourselves before God; and ask in sincerity of heart that he would forgive you; and now, if you believe all these things see that ye do them.

Learn of God. Believe in Him. If you do, follow His teachings. The best gift you could give to your Father in Heaven is a broken heart and contrite spirit, so be generous this year. 


Anz Ridd

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