Saturday, October 18, 2014

It's Babylon out there and Zion in here - October 15, 2014

Ciao, Famiglia!

So, wow this week went by super fast. It's crazy, every day feels like a million years and each week is super fast, oh well. 

So, questions, I think everything is on schedule for us to leave, and they haven't told me about any problems with my visa. I can't remember if I told you, but the second week or something, most of the zone had to go to the consulate to finish up visa paper work. Sorella Hawks and I didn't go because she had already done it in NY and I guess SoCal and some other places don't need to go in because it's easier for them, so I think I'm good on my visa. 

Some of the other MTCs and missions in the US get to see Meet the Mormons, but we haven't yet. We've watched some trailers with the district and we realllly want to see it, but I don't think it's gonna happen here and no way it will in Italy, so that's a bummer. Oh well, I'll have plenty of time to see it when I get home. 

My birthday was seriously awesome. A lot of missionaries got me cards and stuff and the sorelle threw a little party in our room at the end of the day, using the decorations you sent mom! Sorella Mohrman and Fratello Knutson both had the district sing Happy Birthday to me (Tanti Aguri- Many congratulations) Grandma Vacc sent me this huge poster card and it was delivered in the cafeteria and I opened it front of everyone, it was pretty fun!  I got the boots and Grandma Snow's package on the 8th and Mom's package and Sis Chapple's cookies the next day. It was so awesome getting all of that! We all love packages and letters and Dear elders! The boots are good mom and I like them, so thanks! 

Okay, so what's happened this week. We loved the comic strips mom! We all sat in a circle passing the pages around so we could all read them. We don't really know what's happening outside the MTC, and whenever we ask F. Knutson he says that it's Babylon out there and Zion in here and that we can't talk about Babylon in Zion. Oh well. 

We watched The Testaments. It was super cheesy but I love the parts about the Savior and all of the miracles He's done. The rest of it was kinda of goofy but we had fun! 

Monday we met with Antoine again (yeah our investigators are our teachers but we are supposed to do our best to treat it like it's real and they won't help us with the language during the discussions) . He'd committed to stop drinking and he did pretty good but slipped over the weekend. We taught him the rest of the word of wisdom and read Corinthians 3:16(I think) which talks about how our bodies are temples of God. I think this really helped him understand the WoW and he's committed to live all of it. We invited Keyla to be baptized and she said yes! We also invited her to bring her mom with her to lessons, so We'll see if S. Mohrman has to bring another teacher to be her mom.
So, this week we accidently got caught up talking right before bed and didn't realize how late it was until 11:45! We were zombies the next day. that was Monday, and the elders had a bad experience that same night. One of the anziani sleep walked (sp?) got up turned the lights on and told everyone it was time to get up, at 11:45 at night. The Anziani were all pretty upset and tired the next day.

One of the sisters in Kim's room took this picture of her because she thinks
Kim looks like a caterpillar in a cocoon in the mornings before she gets up.

We did choir again this week and it was pretty good, the director has the best stories! Oh, and the Anziani got to host senior couples this Monday, so we had class alone with Fr. Knutson and it was pretty fun, he's so awesome. Then we combined with some other sorelle for an hour to have a sister power discussion and F.K. was just sitting there nodding and smiling and giving thumbs up while we talked about how being a missionary can help us become better moms. 

What else? We sang Christmas songs yesterday during all of our classes becasue it was p-day eve. 

I LOVE Italian. It's so beautiful and I can't wait to go! We only have two more weeks and are getting super excited. Oh, one mess up this week. One of the anziani asked S. Mohrman if we could take a break and go to the bathroom. He said Facciamo una pausa e essere il bagno? Which means "can we take a break to be the bathroom?" So we teased him for awhile about that. Other cool words are bello for sweet or forte for cool. Ummm, I think that's it for now! 

I love you all and I love and appreciate all of your letters and support! Talk to to you in a week! 

Love, Sorella Snow
Ghost Buster!  Giving service can be fun...especially when you get to use the "ghost buster" vacuums!
The district at the Provo temple


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