Friday, March 11, 2016

One more time... - March 9, 2016

Ciao, tutti!

Alright, so we were pretty busy this week! We had a ton of people we
needed to see before I leave. Last Thursday, we saw Gaia in the
morning. We always have great lessons with her. We talked about Esther
and watched a Mormon message about courage. That afternoon, we saw
Liri. It had been a long time since we'd been able to because things
just kept coming up and either she or we would have to cancel. It was
a really good lesson, she's a really sweet lady. That night we saw
Valeria. She wasn't feeling too well so we just had a short lesson and
I said goodbye.

Friday, we saw Sorella Alteri. She committed to trying to think of a
friend with whom she can share the gospel. Then we saw Marilyn with
Marisol. It was good. Marilyn committed to starting to read the Book
of Mormon again, she said she would also come to some activities in
church, so we're excited for that! Then we went to see Morena but her
mother was sick so we could only stay with her for a few minutes.

Saturday, we did weekly planning. I'm not gonna lie, I'm relieved to
be done with weekly planning. That day we saw Sabrina and Paolo.
We (the sisters) had stopped visiting them and the anziani had been
going instead (Sorella Bastian hadn't been able to go because she was
allergic to their cat), but they asked us to come one more time so
they could say goodbye to me. We also got transfer calls. Sorella
Arbon's new comp is named Sorella Bartsch, she's from Germany.

Sunday, we had church! It was sad to say goodbye to everyone. Sorella
Alteri had thought of a person she could introduce to the gospel so
she gave us the name of a friend to passby. We did some different
passbys that night.

Monday, we had district meeting, like always. That afternoon we saw
Diva and Debora. They're so funny. After that, we saw Sanela! She got
back from Germany. Cristian, the first thing he did was ask again
about when he can be baptized. We had a really great lesson with them.

Tuesday, we got in contact with the friend of Sorella Alteri! She was
about to leave her house when we passed by so she didn't let us in but
told us we could come back! We saw Marisol and Antonio to say goodbye,
we also saw Maria. That night we had FHE and a lot of members showed
up to say goodbye to Anziano Gibbons and me.

Wednesday, we have been running around crazy to get stuff ready.
Sorella Arbon's new comp also was scheduled to come a day early so we
picked her up from the station and have had to walk all over town
because we don't have another bike for her to use. It's been good
though,so she seems really nice.

Well, I'm really sad to leave but really excited to see you all! I
love you, I hope you have a great day!
Love, Kim

Speriamo bene! (Let's hope so!) - March 2, 2016

Hey, all!

So, it's been a good week! We're trying to see everyone before I leave
so we're pretty busy.

Thursday, we went to see Liri, a less active member. She's in a
paesino that is kinda far so we were pretty disappointed when she
canceled after we'd already gotten there. Fortunately, President
Gresta called and when we told him our appointment had canceled he
suggested some other less active sisters who were in the area that we
could pass by. We did and they were there! There are names are Alma
and Martha. They're from Mexico. They were really sweet and together
we lamented the lack of good Mexican food in Italy. Hey said we could
come again some time. Then we went with Sorella Gresta to see Sorella
Serra and do visiting teaching.

The next morning we saw Sandra. That night we saw Marilyn with
Marisol. It was fun. Marilyn is a super sweet lady and is really open
to the idea of coming back to church. She said she would come to a
relief society activity so, speriamo bene!
"My comp opened the fridge this week and saw that my Chapstick was inside our pepper bag.  We have no clue how it got there.  I had been looking for it for a week."

Saturday, we had correlation and I did a lot of area book. Also tried
calling a lot of less active members.

Sunday, church! We also went and saw The K family that night,
they're so great! Plus weekly planning took a good chunk of time, as
always.
Cristiana & Sorella Snow

Monday, it was leap day, woohoo! We had district meeting and we saw
Cristiana. She's super sweet. Oh, on the ride back into town, our bus
driver side scraped a car or something, it's always a good time when
the driver gets down to yell at other drivers and your bus in sitting
in the middle of traffic with cars edging around it. When we got back
to our bikes, Sorella Arbon noticed that our bike chain was weird and
looked closer and saw that it'd been cut three fourths of the way
through. Whew, thank goodness Heavenly Father was looking out for us!
We had to go get it replaced.
Sawed bike chain
Sandra & Sorella Snow

Yesterday, we went and saw Sandra again. We're trying to see her
pretty often to help her out. She's doing well. Then, we went over to
Marisol's house to teach a lesson to her husband. That night we had a
lesson at the branch president's house with Augustine and Patience. It
was really good. President Gresta is an awesome teacher. It was funny
though because Augustine and Patience speak English better than
Italian so we were switching back and forth the entire time.

Today, we went to the markets and ran some errands around town. We ran
into the anziani a couple of times and then, when we got lunch, we ran
into the Anziani from Ancona, which was a surprise, especially since
Ancona is so far away.

Well, I love you guys! I'll talk to you next Wednesday!
Love, Sorella Snow

Thursday, February 25, 2016

"Dying" testimony - February 24, 2016

Hey!

So it's actually been a pretty eventful week.

Last Wednesday, we English class, as always. We taught them some
English idioms (for example, apple of my eye) and they had a ton of
fun leaning them and trying to guess what they mean.

Thursday, we spent most of the day doing pass bys of members the
branch president asked us to go by. My area right now has a lot of
littler outlying cities. He assigned us ones we could get to by train.
Then we biked to another one that was closer to Ravenna. That night we
had mutual and branch counsel. It was great. President Gresta is
really awesome and working really hard to reach out to less active
members.

Friday, we had weekly planning. That afternoon, we had an appointment
with a woman whose number the anziani had found in their area book.
Afterward, we went to Sandra. She seemed to be doing well and we
had a good lesson with her.

Saturday, we had correlation in the morning. That night we had a
carnevale party in the church! It was way fun. There didn't end up
being a ton of people but one of the members brought his daughters who
aren't members and they seemed to have a blast.


Sunrise from our balcony

Sunday, we had church! I translated. A member volunteered to drive
kinda far to go pick up Augustine and his family so they could come to
church. So it was him his wife and two daughters. We were so excited
to have them there! We also had a branch lunch after church and it was
a ton of fun. That night we went and saw Valeria. We haven't been able
to see her a lot lately because she's been so busy with work but we
were happy to finds that she's doing well and has been feeling really
close to the Savior and trying to follow him.

Monday, we went to the questura (police station) to see if Sorella
Arbon's permesso (gives her permission to stay in the country) is done
yet. It wasn't but it's almost ready. That night we got a call from a
member in the branch telling us that Sandra needed help and an
ambulance was on the way to her house. We raced over and found that
she needed to go to the hospital but needed help being dressed first.
Luckily, Sorella Arbon is a CNA and not squeamish so she was amazing
and we were able to help her out. Afterwards she was taken to the
hospital. We've heard word that she's doing better.

Tuesday, we had a zone conference. It was good. We talked a lot about
the importance of members. I also gave my "dying" testimony to the
zone. That night, our ward genealogy missionary asked us to go to a
fireside on genealogy. It was pretty interesting. Maybe I'll have to
start working on genealogy with you when I go home, mom ;).

Sorella Yonk and Anziano Mayberry - "We had to take a pic cause we're all from the same group."

Zone conference


Today, we went to Rimini for pday. We wanted to check out the markets
there but we ended up having bad luck and despite the forecast for no
rain it was drizzling and there weren't a ton of stalls set up,
bummer. Oh well.

Well, it was a good week. I hope you guys all have a great week! I love you!
Love, Sorella Snow

We smoked the anziani! - February 17, 2016

Buonasera!

I hope you've all had a great week. Life's been crazy here like always. 

We had English class as always last Wednesday night. They're a super fun group. They told me I should be an Italian teacher when I go home :). 

Thursday, we saw Sorella A with Marisol to do visiting teaching. Sorella A is so funny but she always gets super off topic and we end up talking about the strangest things. We had a couple of appointments cancel that night and went to AMM, Italian mutual. It was fun, the youth are so great. 

Friday, weekly planning in the morning. Then we went and saw Cristiana. We finally met her oldest daughter. Cristiana's super nice and we're the first sisters who have ever really visited her so she loves finally having women to explain the gospel, she says it's easier to ask us questions. That night we saw Sanela. We redid the resto lesson because it'd been awhile and it was great. Cristian sat in with us the whole lesson and the end was asking perfect questions to lead into the plan of salvation, so we promised we'd teach him that next time. He also was telling his mom he might want to be baptized!! We just need to help her sort out some stuff first.

Saturday, we finally saw Augustine and Patience! They're a couple of simps we've been trying to see for months but they've been out of town or busy.  We also had a cool miracle that night. While we were waiting for our train to arrive to go home (it was after nine because we could only go see Augustine later), a woman shows up at the station, she is a friend of a member. We'd seen her the week before when we'd go to visit the member in the hospital. She started a conversation with us and we had a great discussion. She said she'd meet with us again so we're excited for that. 

Sunday, church! Plus Valentine's Day! Hope it was good for all of ya ;). I wanted to make my comp some heart shaped pasta for lunch but she nixed that idea. We saw Ben and family that night. 

Monday, we had district meeting in the morning and we did a how well do you know your comp quiz. We smoked the anziani. Then we had to take off for scambio. Our STLs are in Bologna now so it's a little bit closer for us to get to. All four of us stayed in Bologna for it. I was with Sorella Albos, who I actually did a little mini scambio with at the beginning of our missions so that was cool. Plus she and I have had three cities in common (Livorno, Lampugnano, and Torino) so that was pretty fun to get to talk about people we both knew. We went with a simp to have she with a member family. It was so much fun! 
Sorelle Dixon Albos, Arbon and Snow enjoying gelato

Tuesday, we were supposed to have an appointment but it canceled. We finished out the scambio and came home. We saw Diva and Debora. They're so funny. Then we went to Maria. She's still reading so we're really happy about that. 

Today! We've been taking it easy. It's been kinda rainy. We went to get some crescioni for lunch and while we were eating, the Rimini Sorelle actually showed up and ate with us. It was kinda funny, we weren't expecting to see them. 

Well, I hope you all have a fantastic week! 
Love, Kim 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Ear infection and new shoes - February 10, 2016

Hey, everyone!

Hope you all had a good week! Ours has been fine.

So, last Thursday, we were supposed to go see Cristiana and we caught
our bus and everything but our bus driver was new to the route or
something because he got horribly lost and didn't even go near her
house. So, we had a fantastic conversation with him and taught some of
the restoration and invited him to English class but we didn't end up
getting to see Cristiana because by the time we got there, we had to
leave because there's only one bus going back and we couldn't miss it.
So that was a bummer. Then we went with Marisol to meet some of her
friends. It was a nice lesson but they were super rushed so we only
got to talk to them for like 10 minutes. Marisol wants to take us back
though, so hopefully they'll have more time the next visit! Then we
went and picked up the new anziani from the station and showed them
how to get to their apartment. They seem like they're really nice guys
and they're willing to work hard so we're happy.

Friday weekly planning, like always! We also finally got to teach the
neighbor of Marisol, Maria! We did the rest and it went well. She seem
really cool and we're excited to start working with her.

Saturday, correlation in the morning. That night we did passbys.

Sunday, so we had church in the morning and during the middle of the
first hour, my ear started hurting horribly. I made it through church
and we got home and I called Sorella Dibb. She ended up telling me to
go to Pronto Soccorso, the Italian ER (don't worry, they go there for
everything, not just serious stuff). We did and the doctor there told
me I have an ear infection... In both ears. So that stinks. By the
time we got that all sorted out, it was late so we went home.

Monday, we had district meeting in the morning. That night we went to
go see Maria (Marisol's neighbor) at the home of Marisol. It was
really good, we taught her the plan of salvation. She's seems really
interested and Antonio said he'd give her a lift to church on Sunday.

Tuesday, my ears were hurting again so we took it easy in the morning
and did area book. That afternoon, we went to see a less active sister
with Marisol because it was the sister's birthday. It was a lot of
fun! Then we had FHE that night.

Today, we went to Rimini. We wanted to check out the markets there but
unfortunately, it had rained in the morning so most of them weren't
set up. We did end up going with the sisters there to an awesome shoe
store with cheap deals. Real leather shoes for an amazing price. It
was fun.
Cute shoes!


Well, it's been an interesting week. We've had a lot to do. I love you
guys and I hope you all have a great week!
Love, Sorella Snow

I'm just awful at English now! - February 3, 2016

Ciao a tutti!

Hey, everyone, I hope you've had an awesome week! Everything's going well here. So Dad pointed out that I called the senior couple weird in m email last week, so I just want to say they are most definitely NOT weird, that was a totally a typo, they're super awesome!

Last Thursday, we had our District meeting (we didnlt have time to do it earlier in the week because we and the anziani were busy with a ton of stuff). That afternoon we went and saw a less active sister with our RS president, Marisol. It was great, Marisol is so sweet and everyone just opens up to her. That night we also had mutual and branch counsel, so we were pretty busy. We went through the branch list and the president has asked us to go pass by all the people on the list that he doesn't know. 

Friday, we were supposed to see Gaia but she and her daughter got sick so we couldn't, but that's okay, we did weekly planning instead. We had a lesson with Maria that night and she's been reading!! We were really happy about that. Then we went and passed by Sandra again in the hospital with Marisol. She's not doing very well, she had a lot of back pain. President Gresta was there as well and he gave her an amazing blessing. We're all so lucky to have him, he's an amazing branch president! 

Saturday, we had correlation with our ward mission leader in the morning and we got transfer news. Sorella Arbon and I are staying together, like we knew we would, but there always has to be a surprise with transfers,,, Both of the Anziani are leaving Ravenna and we'll get two different ones. They're both pretty bummed to be leaving. That afternoon we did all of the passbys that President Gresta asked us to that are here in Ravenna. Unfortunately, all the people except one have moved away and the one wasn't willing to let us in. The rest of the passbys are in areas that are further out so it'll take us a little longer to get to them. 

Sunday, we had church! It was really good. Valeria came! She has been out of town for awhile and hasn't been able to. Also Augustine! The rest of the day there was a training on missionary work for the ward missionaries and ward mission leaders and full time missionaries that was held in Rimini. It was really good. The stake is doing a lot of new things to emphasize the importance of member missionary work. 
Sorella Carducci with Sorella Snow.  She got transferred to Savonna.

Monday, I registered for classes! Super weird. I registered to do summer term. We had district meeting which basically consisted of us helping the anziani get everything ready for them to leave. That afternoon we saw Marisol and Antonio . They're doing well. It's funny because we've seen Marisol like 10 times in the last week because we've been going out with her so much. She's amazing.
Our district was a "family" this last transfer because I was the mom and my
daughter is my trainee and Olsen and his trainee were father and son.
So we did we did a family photo with the uptight mom, oblivious dad
and fighting kids.

Tuesday, I was sick. I have a head cold. So we did a lot of area book and planning inside for most of the day. That night we had FHE where the branch said goodbye to the anziani. 

This morning, the anziani were told to leave this morning so we went and helped them with their luggage and picked up their apartment keys and phone to give to the new ones. They're super awesome elders so we'll miss them but I'm sure the new ones will be great as well.

Well, that's been our week! If my spelling and punctuation is just awful, I'm sorry. Gmail updated it's app and it's no longer compatible with the restrictions put on our ipads so I'm using the church computer, which has super sticky keys and ya know, I'm just awful at English now! 

Well, have a great week! I love you guys! 
Love, Sorella Snow 

Worldwide Missionary Broadcast - January 27, 2016

Hey, Famiglia!

I hope you all had a good week! Everything's going well here.

Last Wednesday, we had a worldwide missionary broadcast. It was really
great. We learned a lot about the spirit and how the most we can do is
bring the message of the gospel to people, the spirit is the one who
does everything else and we need to be using it! Then we had English
class. English class is starting to get back into the normal swing of
things with everyone starting to show up again, so that's good.

Thursday, we went with Sorella Gen to do visiting teaching to
Sorella Gres. It was great. They're both such strong solid women
with amazing testimonies. That afternoon, we went and saw Cristiana
again. She's really sweet. After not having any contact with
missionaries for a while, she's really happy to have us start visiting
her. Then we went and saw Maria. We set up gospel library for her on
her phone so that it can read the scriptures aloud to her (she doesn't
read very well) so we really hope that will help her get better at
reading and help her progress more. We had mutual that night.

Friday, we did weekly planning in the morning. That afternoon, we went
and saw Sorella A with Marisol to do visiting teaching. It was
good, Sorella A is soooo funny, then we got a ton of bidoni that
night so we did passbys.

Saturday, we did a ton of passbys again because we got some more
cancellations. We also did some finding and I spent some time making
calls to set up appointments for the next week because Sorella Arbon
was supposed to stay in Ravenna with the STL for a scambio. That
night, we saw Ben and his family. They wanted us to teach them the
vocab for praying in Italian so they can start practicing at home,
they're amazing!

Sunday, church! It was a really good sacrament meeting, entirely
dedicated to missionary work! Our branch is so awesome! We did more
finding, passbys that night. Then we went to the hospital to see
Sandra, our new convert, she hurt herself a couple of weeks ago at
work and she ended up in the hospital this week (don't panic, they go
to the hospital for everything here) she's not feeling too great so we
went to visit her.

Monday, we had to clean our apartment in the morning because our
senior couple came today to inspect and we had to get it done before
the scambio. Then we went and saw Marisol and Antonio. After we had to
jump on a train to go switch with our STLs and the rest of the day was
spent getting up to Venice.

Tuesday, I was in Venice and Sorella Arbon stayed down here. It was a
good scambio! The morning was rough because everyone canceled, but the
afternoon was great and we were able to meet with a lot of new people
the Sorelle had been trying to get in contact with. The Sorelle in
Ravenna had an awesome day as well. They were able to meet a new
person that Sorella Arbon and I had passed by about 5 times and
finally she was home! So we're really excited to work with her.

Wednesday, we came back down to Ravenna to switch. The STLs stayed and
went around the city with us for awhile. We went and saw some of the
churches with the cool mosaics.


Man, it's felt like a crazy week! We have a ton of appointments
planned for this week so I'm pretty excited, it should be really good.

I love you guys! I hope you have an awesome week!
Love, Kim

Eskimos and random new things - January 20, 2016

Hey, everyone!

Here are more pictures from San Marino last week.  It was really windy so our hair is a little crazy! 



So, last pday, we had English class that night. No one in the medium class showed up so I got to join Sorella Arbon in the Advanced one. It's always so fun to be in the advanced class because they just want to have conversations and we just end up talking about the most random things, for instance this week, we talked about Eskimos and a different tribe of northern living people who hate being called Eskimos. Yeah, the people in the class are always teaching us random new things.

Last Thursday morning, we went and did some pass-bys. That afternoon, we went with Marisol and Antonio to go visit Sorella Pog.. who's been kinda sick lately and hasn't come to church in a few weeks. Then we went to mutual that night. The young women class just got two new beehives, so the entire program just doubled in size! They're all really great girls,we love getting to work with them. 

Friday, we finally got to see a less active sister I've been trying to get in contact with for like three months! It was a really great lesson and she said we can come back again, so we're really excited to start visiting her. She's really sweet. That night, we saw Valeria for the first time in about a month because she's been out of town for holidays. She's doing well. She's really sweet and has a really good heart.

Saturday, we had correlation in the morning and in the afternoon  we tried some for pass-bys and dropped off Sorella Arbon's bike at a repair shop. Poor Anziano Olsen has been fixing it once or twice a week for the last month but has now said he can do no more for it, so we took it in, which meant we were bike-less until Monday afternoon. We walked to Maria's house that night and had a lesson with her. 

Sunday, we did our weekly planning and saw Ben and his family that night. They are so great! They just barely got back in town from vacations so we were really happy to see them again. 

Monday, we had more pass-bys and a few bidoni. We finally picked up Sorella Arbon's bike and I needed to replace the brake pads on mine. I thought it'd be quick but apparently I'm an awful mechanic because it took me a couple hours and I didn't even do it right (poor Anziano Olsen did it the next day for me).

Tuesday, we had some more bidoni and did some finding. We were supposed to have FHE that night but it got canceled last minute. 

Today, we went to Rimini to do some shopping (you all know how much I love shopping!).  We met up with the Rimini sorelle and we had a pretty good time. We're planning on doing it again before the sales end and we're going to go look at shoes, which is what I'm excited for. Tonight there's going to be a worldwide missionary broadcast with almost all missionary's across the globe tuning in, so we're really excited for that. 

Well, I hope you all have a fantastic week! I love you! 
Love, Sorella Snow 

Monday, January 18, 2016

Befana and more bike problems - January 13, 2016

Hey, everyone!

So last pday, it was the holiday of the Befana, an Italian witch who
brings candy to kids in their stockings, so everything was closed and
only one person came to English, but we had a good time talking with
that one dude.

Thursday, we had zone training. It's always kinda a long day because
we have to get up early and get home kinda late in the afternoon and
don't have time to see a ton of people. We saw Maria really quickly
and had a little lesson with her and then we had branch counsel. It
was good.

Friday, we saw Gaia in the morning. She's a really sweet member and we
love seeing her. She has an adorable little girl named Alice. We had a
good lesson with her, afterwards, we needed the anziani to come and
fix Sorella Arbon's bike because the brakes were putting too much
pressure and making it hard for her to ride. Turns out her wheel was
actually loose and was hitting the frame and that's why it was so hard
to ride, so it was really good we figured that out because otherwise
the wheel could've popped off while she was riding. We had an
appointment cancel on us after lunch and then went and saw Marisol and
Antonio. We hadn't seen them in a couple of weeks because they had
been out of town, so we were really excited to see them again. After
we taught them, they actually asked us to go downstairs and teach a
lesson to some of their neighbors, so that was super awesome! We had
another bidone after that and tried some more finding.

Saturday, we went finding before correlation and then did correlation
with our WML. We saw Sanela that afternoon. Unfortunately, she was
super sick and not feeling well, so we just left her with a small
message and then left her to rest. Then we went finding for a few more
hours and that night we had a dinner appointment with a less active
sister named Eliana. We've been trying to call her for weeks but she
hadn't let us come over. This week she actually called us and invited
us over, so it was a definite miracle. We had a really nice lesson
with her.

Sunday, we had church as usual. It was really nice. Afterwards, that
afternoon, we had another bidone (no show for an appointment). And
spent seriously the rest of the day finding. So our mission president
had asked us to try and get 21 lessons this week. We didn't end up
getting that many but we did triple the number of lessons we had been
getting and we finally got in contact with multiple people we'd been
trying to visit for months, so we saw a ton of blessings for all the
hard work we'd done.

Monday, we had district meeting in the morning, that afternoon, we had
another bidone. And we did more finding (I'm seeing a pattern! :)). We
also did weekly planning because we'd been too busy the last week to
do it.

Yesterday, we finally got in contact with another less active sister
and went to go see her. She unfortunately lives kinda far away, so we
left kinda early in the morning and it took us an hour and a half on
buses to get to her. It was an awesome lesson though! She promised to
come to church on Sunday! Then there wasn't a bus back until 3 that
afternoon, so we had to stay in this teeny mini village of like 8
houses until then. That night we had FHE. The branch decided to do a
movie night so we obviously couldn't stay but we went to help set up
and greet any friends or less active members who came.

Today, we went to San Marino. Almost the entire zone was there. The
Rimini Anziani had also brought a member with them who ended up
showing us all around the city, it was great!


San Marino


Sorry, the emails kinda lame/ boring. I didn't have a ton of time to
write today, promise I'll be better next week!!
I love you guys ! Have a fantastic week!
Love, Sorella Snow

It started raining - January 6, 2016

Hey, Famiglia!

So it's been a good week. We've been starting to get really busy again
because people are coming back from vacation, so we're really happy
about that.

Last Saturday, it started raining. So everyone's been telling us that
the winter has been really mild so far this year and that we'd better
buckle up for it to get a lot worse, so this week, it got worse. Still
not as bad as last year yet (finding in the snow is not an experience
I'm eager to repeat) but it's starting to rain and on the bikes we get
soaked. We did a lot of pass bys and had a few people cancel on us.

Sunday, we taught young women's in church. It was fun, kinda weird
cause I felt like I should still be the student, not the teacher :).
That afternoon we saw Maria. We shared the story of Esther and the
Mormon message about her and Maria loved it.

Monday. Okay so, in everyone's first transfer, President Dibb
challenges the new greenie and their trainer to get 21 lessons one
week, and that's this week for us. So we're kinda running around crazy
trying to do that. We saw Diva and Debora. They're really sweet and
love having us over, we also tried to pass by a less active sister and
saw a new convert, Sandra. This is the first time I've ever been able
to visit her because she's usually so busy. It was really good though,
a great lesson. Then we had a bidone (a no show) that night. Plus, it
was raining all day.

Tuesday, we saw the B family, a family of members and had a great
lesson with them. They're really cool have a lot of faith, they asked
us to start giving out the ward Facebook page to all our simps and
everyone we meet and they want to post "inspiring messages" to help
bring people closer to the church. It's just really great to have
people who are trying to help in any way they can think of. We saw
Gabriella also. To get her, we take a train ride, then a bus ride and
then walk a little, so that took up a lot of the afternoon. But it was
really great. She's really nice and has a lot of faith and trust in
the Lord and it was really beautiful to see. That night we had FHE.
For the past month, we've only had one new convert who's been showing
up to FHE, but people are finally starting to come back from vacation
so we had a good group this week.

Today, it's an Italian holiday, the befana. She's a witch who brings
presents to kids and puts them in their stockings. So basically
Italians take their holidays seriously and every single store was
closed today and it was also raining, so we stayed inside most of
today.

Well, it's been a good week so far, we've been keeping busy! I love
you guys and I hope you all have a great week!

Love, Sorella Snow

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Happy New Year! - January 1, 2016

Ciao Famiglia!

Hey, I hope you all had a fantasic Chrismas! It was pretty good here ;).

So, last week, after pday, we had English class. It was getting pretty
close to Christmas,so not a lot of people showed up, only a few of the
advanced course people, but it was fun. We played hang man

Last Thursday, it was Chrismas Eve! So, we made some brownies and then
spent a lot of the day biking around to all of our members and simps
houses and caroling and giving them brownies. We went with the anziani
and ya know, it's always kinda funny when we have all four of us
biking around with our church dress and helmets and we're sticking out
like a sore thumb, we get a lot of strange looks.

Friday, Christmas! It was great! We went to the P family for
Christmas lunch and ate too much food. Sorella Arbon's face was pretty
funny when I told her that we ate a relatively light Christmas lunch
(it was only like 4 courses, Italians are crazy!). Then we got to
skype with our families!! That was super great, I was really happy to
see you all, it was definitely the highlight of Christmas.

Saturday, we did a lot of area book and phone calls. We went outside
and the streets were literally deserted. So, that was a little rough.

Sunday, we had church! We also were recruited to teach the lesson in
relief society. Trying to keep an Italian lady from talking too much
is hard when you have a one on one appointment, trying to keep them
from dominating the conversation when it's 10 of them versus one
"seasoned" missionary and one greenie is even more difficult. But it
went well in the end.

Monday, we had district meeting like usual and then had a lot of
finding and area book and trying to set up appointments. This week was
kinda the awkward time between Christmas and New Years where
everyone's still out of town.

Tuesday, in the morning we had to go to the police department to work
on stuff for Sorella Arbon's visa. I'm the afternoon we did more
finding until Sorella Arbon's brakes broke. Luckily, Anziano Olsen is
amazing at fixing stuff and loves doing it too, so he worked on them.
We're so lucky that he's here to help us because that bike has broken
about once a week since I've gotten here! Then we had FHE. Samuele and
Sandra, two new converts, were the only ones to show up. We had a
really awesome lesson with them though.

Wednesday, we had new missionary training in Milano, so we had to wake
up at 5:30 that morning to catch a train and make it there in time. It
was great though. We both learned a lot and got new ideas for
missionary work. It was really good. One cool miracle, on the way
there, there was a young man who started a conversation with us. He's
a less active member. He was really cool and we had an awesome
conversation with him. We left him with the site for the Christmas
video. Hopefully he'll look it up. Then on the way back that night I
met a nice little old man on a train, he gave me a sudoku to do but he
also tried to convince that I should be Catholic, so that was an
interesting conversation :).

Thursday, we had to go to the police office again to do more stuff for
Sorella Arbon's permesso. Then we saw Sanela! She's so awesome! Turns out
Serbians celebrate Christmas the 31 instead of the 25, so we kinda
went over on their Christmas Day, oops. But she was happy to see us
and we had a great lesson. Afterwards. Her nine year old son was super
interested and asking us a lot of questions, so we're hoping he wants
to start investigating as well. :) then we had to be inside early that
night because the festivities for New Years can get a little insane
here. Such as people launching fireworks out of their living room
windows.


Today, was pday! Unfortunately, literally every store was closed in
town because it was the day after New Year's Eve. Equally as
unfortunate is the fact that we have run out of food because we had to
delay an extra two days to do our pday. Luckily, we found an open
place to get lunch and everything should open up again by tomorrow :).

Well, that was my week! It was a long one! I hope you all had an
amazing Christmas and New Years. I love you!
Love,
Sorella Snow