Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Nativity in the Corner

Ciao Tutti!!
Buon Natale in about 2 days!! :D I hope everyone has the best
Christmas ever! Even though it has been so different not being home
for Christmas and around family, I have really loved this Christmas
season growing closer to Christ and thinking about Him ALL the time in
EVERYTHING that we do. Christmas season in the mission is so great. It
makes it so easy to talk to people and share a little christmas share
with everyone :)

I want to thank everyone for all the great birthday wishes I got!! I'm
so sorry if I'm not able to respond to everyone, but know that I loved
them all! You are all so sweet! It made my birthday that much greater!
Gelato for my birthday!
So last Friday we had a zone training which was great and then that
evening we had serata familiare in the church and our investigator
Chiara came. It was a good FHE where we talked a lot about the savior.
The spirit was strong.

Saturday we had a great day! It started well where we went out to the
park for about an hour before weekly planning and ended up being able
to show the Christmas video to some pepole and giving out pass along
cards. Little miracles! Later we were able to go to caroling in centro
with some members! That was fun :) So centro is such a busy place,
especially at this time of year. There are stores everywhere so people
are doing their Christmas shopping. And then on Saturday there just
happened to be lots of people in the palazzo by the duomo who were
playing music or doing different things.  There's the tree
The tree in Centro
with lights and other decorations up. It was pretty crazy. We were
trying to figure our where to sing. We decided to go in this area just
off from the main place and tucked away in a little corner is a
Nativity set up. I would've never known it was there if we hadn't have
decided to walk over there. There were some benches some ways off with
a few people sitting. It was a lot quieter there and we decided to
sing there by the nativity. It was actually pretty neat because people
would come in and take a look at the nativity and then stop to hear us
sing for a bit. There weren't as many people there as the other place
but we were still able to touch a few people. And then we went out and
we could hear the music again and there were lights and people
everywhere. It reminded me of how our Savior was born. In a
tiny stable that no one really knew about. Only the humble shepherds
and His parents were there. He wasn't in the center of everything and
didn't look for attention. It was kind of like he was tucked away in a
corner as we found him in Bologna.
The nativity in the corner
Then we headed to the church for the ward Christmas party! We ate good
food and listened to good music. Several members made lasagna.... mmmm
mmmm good. It was probably the best lasagna I've had! And of course
the bishop kept feeding us so much food! Then he told us that as a
tradition they have the missionaries go up and sing. So we just did a
little song and then some members dressed up as Santa and came in carrying
huge bags and boxes. I thought they were gifts they were giving out to
everyone but they just plopped them in front of us. What?! The ward
gave each companionship a HUGE bag of food and another gift that we
haven't opened yet in a big box. We were NOT expecting that! They were
sooo nice! Our cupboards and fridge are well stocked :) That was
pretty fun to carry home haha :)

"All the food we got from the ward. The big yellow box in the back is a sweet bread like treat called Pandoro.
On Sunday they didn't have Sacrament bread, so they used Pandoro left over from the ward Christmas party.
Only in Italy."
A miracle that I want to tell happened on Monday. It was the evening
and we were trying to do some less-active passbys. We tried one and
found out she didn't live there anymore so now we just needed to
figure out how to get to the next one. Sorella Russell had the map and
was leading us and somehow we just kept ending up on the EXACT street
that we needed to be on, without really realizing how we got there.
Everything was working out perfectly--even the bus that came just a
minute after we got to the bus stop even though it was supposed to
come in 10 minutes. So I just knew that there was a reason we needed
to go to this passby. So we get there and it reminds me of dorms or
something. There were a ton of apartments. We looked for the name of
the person on the citofino, but no luck. She didn't live there
anymore. So we start ringing other people. If she wasn't there, then
there was someone else we were supposed to talk to. We get let in the
building and start going to people's doors that we could tell were
home. Eventually we get to a door and the lady is sweeping the
doorstep. But she didn't want to talk. Then we get to another door and
a lady answers, but she wasn't interested. Then we get to another door
and a lady answers and says that she's busy but then we ask if we can
just show her a 2 minute video and she decides to let us in and gets
us chairs. And we end up sharing the Christmas video and teaching the
whole restoration! And they were so interested! So these people are
from Romania. There were a bunch of people there because they are
brothers and cousins married with babies. And they were just all
visiting each other. They love God and learning about Christ and
everything and had really good questions. It was such a miracle!!! We
should be able to see them again tonight (speriamo bene :)  We left
just in awe. We were definitely guided to these people. It was a great
miracle after not that much that has been going on lately. We have
talked to lots of people and have tried to find people, but really
it's God who guides us to those who are ready. Another part of this is
prayer. Pretty much every miracle I've seen on my mission comes AFTER
prayer. And this time it was after tiny little prayers of the heart on
the way there. I was saying little prayers asking for guidance to the
house we needed to go to and an opportunity to talk to someone who
needed the gospel and Heavenly Father sure answered those!
I know that if we pray for miracles and for little opportunities to
serve and help someone this Christmas season God will truly answer and
give us those opportunities.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas and remembers the tiny babe born
in the humble manger two thousand years ago.

Buon Natale e Vi voglio bene :D
Sorella Dixon

"Stamping a bunch of Christmas pass along cards"

"Lights by our apartment"

Lights in Centro

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