Monday, June 12, 2017

He Got Sposed - 6/12/17

The wedding
The baptism!

Hey family, what a week. 

I'm gonna just say, this week was pretty dang amazing. So I'll throw it down in bullet points/chronological order. Also, I had my first baptism LITERALLY in the center of Rome this week. Go CS and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • This week I got to go on a scambio with the OG Rome 3 squad, Anziano Bourne and me. We had a great time calling a few people to repentance and warning of the suffering of not being able to progress eternally. Then we got to meet with one of my favorite families in that ward, the “C” family. All I've got to say is - cheers to Anziano Bourne and a mission well served. He is leaving for home tomorrow and he was a fantastic missionary from beginning to end.                                                                   
  • We had a cool opportunity to do some PR for the church as well. Some master’s students from the biggest university in Rome - and I think in Europe - came by to learn about the Mormons. So, along with a few of the leaders here, we were able to present the church to them and also teach a ton of history. It was a solid experience and I'm sure that we will see more students in the future.                                                                                                                                                          
  • Saturday was the night of the WEDDING. CS and his new wife CA got married by our bishop and it was so awesome. The gospel truly changes lives, and they are on the way to having an eternal family.                                                                                                                                             
  • On Sunday we had a solid day at church, and then we had the BAPTISM of CS and SM, one of the sisters’ investigators. They were all so excited and it was such a great experience to see the long-awaited joy start coming into their lives. Baptism is the first fruit of the Gospel.                                                                                             
  • OL showed up a bit too late to see the baptism, but told us he was having a terrible day. But he prayed to Joseph Smith and felt happier and lighter. Sadly we don't pray to him...we pray to God...it’s a work in progress.  :P                                                                                                                        
  • We ate at the bishop’s house and it was fantastic. He and his wife are SOOOO Italian. They told us about their experiences in America and it was hilarious. For example, he despises burritos. He can't handle putting all the food together and eating it like that; he needs to taste and eat each ingredient separately. Lol, that probably makes no sense to any of you not serving in Italy.                                                                                                                                            
  • Then I topped off the cake by seeing Fabian, one of my new converts from Napoli, come to Rome. I saw him for a bit and it was awesome. I adore this guy, and he is such a blessing to all the people around him.                                                                                                                     
Anyways, it was an amazing week. We get transfer calls tonight so I'll let y'all know what goes on next week. I assume I'll still be here though. 

I love you all!

Anziano Ridd

Fabian, Anziano Boscán & Anziano Ridd

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