Wednesday, February 17, 2016

For My Yoke is Easy, and my Burden is Light

Cari Tutti!
Buongiorno tutti! Come state? Sorella Albos and I are doing great in Bologna! We love it and the work is just on fire! This last week was so busy and so full of miracles!

So Thursday when we saw Gilda we brought Sorella Whiting. And this time Gilda was home! yay! So we were able to have a great lesson with her. Sorella Whiting served her mission in Romania so she speaks Romanian and they made a great connection. Sorella Whiting is willing to help us out and read the Book of Mormon with Gilda. So hopefully this will help Gilda really gain a testimony. Sorella Whiting and her husband are here for school, and they love missionary work. We actually had a lunch with her this week and we got to talk about all of our investigators with her and she wants to help us out so much. She said that part of the reason coming to Italy was in the hopes that she would be able to help out because she knew that a lot of Romanians come to Italy. And now we are getting soo many Romanian investigators... so it's perfect! God just plans everything out so perfectly. 

On Friday and Saturday we were able to do a scambio with Sorella Osborn and Sorella Yonk from Rimini. They came here, and it was so great! I got to work with Sorella Osborn and it was so fun being with her since she is from my MTC district! Sorella Yonk was so happy to be back in Bologna since she served here a few transfers ago. She was able to see Chiara with Sorella Albos and I think that was exactly what Chiara needed. They said she really felt the spirit and really really wants to find the truth for herself. She has a tough situation because her husband doesn't like her to come to our church because they are veeeery catholic. So she doesn't want to cause contention in the house because every time she brings up the church it turns into an argument. She is such a great person though and really wants to follow God's plan for her. She has sooo much faith. So we are praying for her husband's heart to be softened.

On Sunday after church we traveled home with Helena because she has now invited us over to her house for lunch after church every Sunday :) We were at a bus stop and Sorella Albos and I were talking about the week and making sure we both knew about the appointments that we had since we were talking to a lot of people in church, and so Helena just decided to talk to the people there! Haha she wants to be a missionary so bad! We are trying to teach her how to talk to people because she just taaaaaalks so much haha!  But she really is good at talking to people on the bus and has asked us for pass along cards and stuff to give to people, so it's great :)

That evening we went to try to find the house of Corina and Ovidio's cousin and we actually found it! So now we have more Romanians to teach! It was actually a lady who is the mother of 9 children and there were 3 of her children there. They are all in their 20s or 30s. She doesn't speak Italian but one of the sons speaks really well and was able to translate everything for us. It was really good. Rhe mom is very religious.   Before them we were trying to figure out the appointments we would have the next day since we had another scambio so we needed double the appointments and nothing was working out. Well, after we leave their house and look at our phone we saw that we had a couple of missed calls and a text and it was the Palmieri's family inviting us over for an FHE with Helena! So that was perfect! When we told Helena she was super happy. It was so nice of them to think to do an FHE with her :)

So Monday and Tuesday we had a scambio with the Ravenna sorelle-- Sorella Snow and Sorella Arbon. I got to be with Sorella Arbon, and she is in her second transfer. So cute! It remineded me of when I did my first couple of scambi as a greenie :) I just love being with new missionaries. They can't speak that well, but they sure are full of the spirit. Everything she said in the lessons we had was so powerful. Simple, but full of the spirit. It reminded me to be simple in my testimony and say short powerful statements. We were able to do a lot of work and saw a lot of miracles! We were even able to squeeze in doing casa just so she could experience that. haha And it sure was a typical evening of casa where there are a few people who were nice and listened for a little bit but most people weren't interested.

Oh another little miracle this week was on Saturday and SundaySaturday night we had an activity with the ward for Carnevale. A girl named Bruna came with her uncle who is a member. She came to a talent show we had a few weeks ago and loved it. This time she brought her friend Ylenia. They are 15 and 12 and... Italian. Marilia, a young woman leader, invited them to church the next day and they came!! And they loved it! We were actually able to teach the Sunday School class since their teacher wasn't there, so we just combined them all with gospel principles and it was a great lesson! They made great comments and don't seem like they are 12 or 15 at all. We should be seeing them this week again so we'll be able to explain everything more!

This week I've been thinking a lot about Christ and the Atonement. Mainly this scripture:
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

I know that Christ does carry us. His way is the easy way. As we take His yoke upon us he will give us rest and lighten our burdens. As I was studying more about this I found this quote:

"Because of His atoning experience in mortality, our Savior is able to comfort, heal, and strengthen all men and women everywhere, but I believe He does so only for those who seek Him and ask for His help. The Apostle James taught, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:10). We qualify for that blessing when we believe in Him and pray for His help" -Anziano Oaks

Pray for the Savior to comfort you, heal you, and strengthen you. And then LET Him. The Atonement is something we need everyday. I know that Christ truly strengthens me in my work. I wouldn't be able to do it without Him. 

Have an amazing week!
Vi voglio bene!
Sorella Dixon

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