3/23/2016 (week 73/104)

I know, I know. It’s been an entire month! But we haven’t had a great amount of time lately!! Here’s what happened: I was transferred to the beautiful lake city of Como where I am now with an absolutely STALWART companion named Anziano Thomas (who is also the nicest man on planet earth). Right now, we are serving as the Zone Leaders of the Milano Ovest Zone which covers Milano, Como, Busto Arsizio, Varese, and the Swiss section of the mission, which comprises of Italian speaking Switzerland. What can I say? I’m happier than I’ve been in a very very long time. Definitely the happiest on my whole mission. Being a ZL was described to me as thus: you are a normal missionary, you just have a much grander pool of people to serve that now includes the missionaries in the entire zone. And what an opportunity it is!!! Having more people and more opportunities to serve is the greatest thing in the world, and it is truly the reason why I am so happy. Not only that, but the work is starting to really blow up in Como right now, seeing as we found 6 new people last week, will try to set 6 baptismal dates this week, and the other guys should be having about 5 baptisms next month!!!!! What????? I seriously don’t feel like I am in Italy any more 🙂

I hope to get time to write more soon but until then I love you all and wish you all a wonderful week!!!!

Anziano Squire

We live right next to the lake so we do lake studies occasionally.

 The last group of missionaries in Como.

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3/2/2016 (week 70/104)

Ciao Tutti!!

Beenawhile hey?

So, lots of developments recently!! First off, I’ve been sick for a few weeks which is kind of a let down, but I have been able to do someR&R at the apartment, which I have discovered that I desperately needed!

     As for the fun stuff though, we have been moving forward with our member project and we have been finding families!! Multiple families!! It is one heck of a miracle and I know that it has all been led by God’s hand because this kind of success is not normal here! Also, a few weeks agoIi gave all the transcripts, plans, write-ups, everything really, to President Dibb and he said he would have to take a closer look. Next thing I know, we are at a zone conference a week ago and our zone leaders introduce a new “member missionary plan” that Dibb has given them
to institute throughout the whole mission. BAM. Fill up the font boys! Seriously, I could not be happier with the way this thing is turning out!!! 

     Another big thing, we met a new guy named Nicolas a few nights ago that we set a baptism date with that night! He is incredible, and we introduced him to the gospel library app, so he’s been reading like crazy! In fact, when we went to teach him about the restoration
yesterday, he had already seen and read everything that we were going  to share with him. All he says is, “I know its true!!!! It makes complete sense!!!” 

                                                Where did you come from??

     But yeah, we have 3 baptisms coming in the district within the next month and a half, including Nicolas, so you can say things are going wonderfully! Transfer calls are this week though so we will have to see what happens. I think Allred and I won’t be staying together for a fourth transfer, so I’m 95% sure that one of us will get moved! I’ll keep you all updated!

Cultural Bit: Some people in this region of Italy don’t even speak Italian, they just speak Venetian dialect. It is the ugliest sounding thing in the world.

Spiritual Bit: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isa. 1:18)”

     We have a very specific promise from the Lord of the reality of His Atonement and the living reality of cleansing. It is a simple and very complete process, and all we have to do is ask for it! But how often do we reach for the wool? How often do we really seek out the snow? Do we believe in the reality and literal possibility of the cleansing? Or do we each believe, deep down in our hearts, that there will always remain a faint stain? Do we really have the simple certainty that our faith brings, that we can be completely clean?

     One of Satan’s greatest weapons is making us question ourselves, making us think of ourselves as undeserving commoners, no more worthy to blessings and divinity than ground we walk on. Even as he approached Moses after Moses’ glorious vision of the heavens given by
the Father (Moses 1:1-25,) he first tried to make Moses forget his true identity with the patronizing platitude “Moses, SON OF MAN, worship me”. Striking down the divinity in us, he searches to constrict us to the degrading dogmas of eternal anonymity and unworthiness. He doesn’t want us to think of ourselves as the children of God that we really  are and of the reality of the “snow”. But, as the Lamb lives, we ARE worthy of the “wool”. 

     If we have the faith to push aside the downgrading darts of the devil and make full use of the sacrificing atonement, then we can have faith in a full healing. If we don’t believe it is for us, then we will never achieve it.

     You don’t have to suffer anymore because someone already bore that yolk. It may seem like we must take upon ourselves greater pain and a greater punishment, but for a love we can’t comprehend, and in a way we can’t fully understand, we don’t have to.

     Our Brother made it possible. Have the “faith to be healed” and “be of good cheer” for it is truly “according to [our] faith that [we] will be healed”. This I share in His sacred name, amen.

Till next time in……Tuscany? Maybe? 

Anziano Squire

   Padua

    
  

Eight of us went to the American Military Base Commissary and stocked up on American food!