Thursday, March 26, 2009

♥Twilight Movie Night♥

How lucky were we to have EDWARD join us at our party? :)
Yes, we watched it on Friday night, (early!!) and partied till 4:00 am!!!! Isn't it just amazing how something so silly as a Vampire can inspire so many fun get togethers? We have partied for over a year now because of these books and the movie ;) As you can see, plenty of food, some kissing?, and great friends made a great night!!!!

My best friends, Melody and Sheri!! Stevie and Kortney came to hang with us too. Having him stand by the screen was a little distracting!! heehee♥ We're looking forward to New Moon!!!!!!!!

Kayla's first transfer!!! Hello Milan♥

Saying good-bye to her first companion Sorella Moreno, and all of the other people she has grown to love.This is Victoria and she is an artist and almost ready for a baptism challenge. This their family home evening group, so she had the chance to say goodbye before she left. Just a few fun pictures from Torino, like the Chocolate Festival, a random human statue? and other Sorella in Torino.

HELLO MILAN!!!! How pretty is this street? I'm sure you noticed she is posing in front of some mighty fine vehicles!:) How else do you really enjoy Milan on your first P-Day? Buy some cheap sunglasses and relax for a bit in the park.....This is her new companion Sorella Glass, she is from Arizona and they seem to be a perfect match! It's so good to hear her talk about laughing and being happy and really feeling at home with this transfer.

Her new apartment. It must be nicer than her last one because she never sent any pictures of it!

Here is some of her last email. It's nice to see a little of her old personality come through along with all the growth she is experiencing!! Enjoy!!!

So, I have to tell you something. I absolutely adore Milan! I feel so at home here and its so beautiful! I feel like I have been here before because most the time I dont feel lost and I feel comfortable. I could live here! But not for a while. The ward members are amazing and the Bishop and this wife and I have a good report! She even gave me a recipe for Riso con latte e canella which is divine! My companion and I are getting along really well and we are so much alike. Last night we didnt feel tired so we just stayed up talking and lo and behold, she loves baking and the movie Stranger than Fiction and we decided to just open up a bakery in San Fransisco when we get home and cook Italian sweets. Yes, really silly, but so fun!

We have an investigator named Irania who is 14 and just lost her mom 3 weeks ago. We are trying to get her to go to Young Womens and I wish Jaisha was here to be her friend! I would kill for it! But the girls here are good too. Irania is doing really good and we are planning on an end of april/mid may baptism for her. Her whole family are members, but inactive and she is getting them activated again. She is so with it too! They all hound her about getting baptised, but she doesnt give in. She told us she wants to understand everything and really choose! I love her. We also have Valentina and Marco. Marco is less active and Valentina is an investigator. They are getting married in July and then she is getting baptised! They live together, or else she would already be baptised. I cant believe I get to see all these miracles! I love our investigators! Yesterday we had a lesson with one named Maria Cruz who speaks more Spanish than Italian, but thanks to the gift of tongues we are able to understand one another. Anyway, it was my first time meeting her and our second lesson with her and we had planned to teach her the restoration, but she wanted to wait until her grandkids were there. So, we were like, ok...umm... then S. Glass had a thought to teach 2 Nefi 31 which is all about baptism, so we taught it and it went really well! She wants to get baptised! With S. Moreno, I always felt like a baptism invite came after we had taught them everything, but instead, PMG says we can invite them the first time we meet them. Im learning so much from S. Glass and I love it.

We have 4 baptism dates for our companionship and we have 10 as a district!!! Its so exciting!

Here, every teenager and little girl asks us if we have ever met the people on High School Musical and of course we havent. But, I have an in! I tell them my cousin danced in High School Musical two and they go crazy! So, Brittney is super famous here. I show them the pictures of Elexias wedding so they know what she looks like. If she ever comes here, she will be mauled by our investigators.

I miss the people in Torino a lot. It was really hard to leave a lot of them and when some cried I really had a hard time. I was of course crying right a long with them because you know me, but I didnt think it was going to be that hard. I think its harder than saying goodbye to friends at home because there is next to no chance that I will ever see those people again and that just hurts. I cant think about it too much because I need to love the people of Milano just as much, if not more than them so I can do my duty to the fullest!

I still dream in English. Blast! But everyone says I speak really well in Italian and I understand almost everything. So, its ok. Maybe that will come. Its so nice just to say what I want to say in lessons and on the street. But, if Im under pressure its really hard still. Yesterday I forgot the word for hand dryer and couldnt think of it! It was frustrating/amazing. Its getting harder to speak well in English. S. Glass and I try to say something conjugated and we have to think for a while. This morning I wanted to say "we arent capable" but I kept saying "its not in our capaciability". Which makes sense in Italian, but in English it sounds wrong. So much fun!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

So this is the new hair "trim".... uhmm looks like a lot more than a trim to me! But since she looks so good I guess it's ok!! haha

Kayla says she is always wet and usually cold. Definitely looks that way, but it just doesn't seem to dampen their spirits! I wonder what the summer will be?

A few of the sister's serving in her area...

Who could resist being drawn to this group of young ladies? I think they just glow!!  Here are a few parts from her last email. She spent a couple of days with another companion, it was time for their switch thing they do every so often....

Im over a 1/3 of the way through and I will be home before you even know it. I am keeping my companion pretty focused and we are doing much better. I laughed A LOT over your last email! this last week was really rough, but its ok. I learned a lot and am so glad is over. Its funny you asked about my health because I had a bit of the flu that I am getting over. Monday night, Tuesday and this morning we did scambi (traded companions) and I had to go to Genova to pick up S.lla Rasmussen. I was feeling pretty sick and threw up on the train and then threw up on the train home and just wasnt ship shape. That night I just went to bed, poor S.lla Ras! The next day I felt like lying in bed all day and doing nothing, but I prayed the night before to be able to go to our appointments and did. We had 3 appointments! We were out pretty much all day and I unwisely decided to eat pizza ( I was hungry!) and we ended up having a really great experience. First off, Sorella Ras is awesome! She is so happy! So, we had this boy that we met doing mostra and his name is Luigi (no he doesnt have a brother named Mario, I checked ;) ). Anyway, he is 19 and he had a girlfriend who was a member but she died two years ago. When she was alive she answered some of the questions that he had about the church,but when he really got interested, she was already gone. When he saw us at mostra he was really happy and so we set up an appointment to meet him and give him a book of mormon. He was really excited, wants to know more and is really just ready. He is coming to F.H.E tonight!!! We already have a friend lined up for him and are really excited to see where this goes. Its so amazing! I have sad news for you though, Lucia dropped us. She says she has her religion and doesnt need anything else. Its sad, but maybe this was just her first contact. They say everyone needs at least 6 or 7. But, good news! We have 6 new investigators this week! Our work is really growing and its growing fast! I dont even know how to keep up with it all! The Anziani are a little jealous, but Im telling you, the blessings of obedience and doing casa (knocking doors) and praying are where its at. 

Transfer calls are the 10th. So, next wednesday I will know if Im going or staying!! 

I got a little teary eyed when you described what happened the first Sunday Kambren passed the sacrament. I dont know what we all did to deserve each other, but Im sure glad we did it!  I love being here on my mission. I dont think I can say it enough. Its hard, Im cold and wet a lot, I have people look at me like Im crazy, but I get to see MIRACLES every single day. My prayers are answered and I feel so close to my Heavenly Father. He wipes away my tears when I feel like its too tough.  We are so fortunate to have such good parents. It is not the norm and I know how lucky I am. I always get choked up when I talk about you two. You definitely chose well! I love you mom!!!