Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rule 157: Enjoy the journey and keep moving the WORK along.

It has been the busiest week! With Zone Conference, Stake Conference, and traveling across the country to pick up my companion's permesso,  I feel like we have been out of Bologna more than we have been in it!

Last Friday we had Zone Conference in Venezia-Mestre. It was such a great conference. We talked about how our Decisions Determine Destiny. Every decision we make today affects our future. It is important that we decide today to make decisions that will improve our tomorrow. We also watched "Meet the Mormons" at Conference. It was so good. We just found out that it will be translated into Italian by May! 

We also got another great announcement. This is from President Dibb's letter this week:

"For the past two weeks, Sister Dibb and I have been traveling the mission meeting with all of the wonderful missionaries serving here. As we have done so, we joined with others in expressing our belief that the year of 2015 is going to be the best year ever in the history of the Italy Milan mission. In the middle of last week, when we only had a couple of more zone conferences remaining, we received a letter from the Area Presidency that has confirmed again our belief. 

We are pleased to announce that on Monday, April 27th, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles will be coming to Milano for a six hour conference, just with the missionaries of our mission. We have all been invited to sit at the feet of one of the living prophet, seers and revelators of the Lord and receive his instruction on doing our missionary work."

We have already seen some amazing miracles as we are trying to make 2015 the best year yet. Bologna is changing!  I can see it. We received some amazing referrals from the anziani (elders) this weekend and got 3 new investigators because of it! Sorella Hogan and I are seeing some wonderful fruits from our labors and are teaching some amazing people. We gave our investigator Camilla a restoration pamphlet but we hadn't explained the Book of Mormon yet. We brought a Book of Mormon for her to the next lesson and she told us she was planning on buying it! She wanted it so bad! 

We also had Stake Conference this past weekend. The Venice stake just had their Stake Presidency reorganized so it was a beautiful Conference. Anziano DeFeo from the 70 and Anziano Texiera, the Europe Area President, came. The Conference was so wonderfully simple: everyone talked about Christ. That should be our focus always. It was one of my favorite Stake Conferences I have ever been to. Anziano Texiera talked about Daniel and the importance of prayer. It is important that we are not ashamed to pray in front of people. Who are we trying to impress: God or other people.

Lastly Sorella Hogan and I traveled to Sanremo Monday and Tuesday so she could pick up her permesso. We had a nice 7 hour train ride there. Sanremo is beautiful and right on the beach (considered part of the French Riviera)! We got her permesso with only a few bumps in the road! It was a long trip and I am glad to be home in Bologna! 

We are ready to find some more miracles this week!

Hope all you stay warm this week! Sounds cold!

Vi voglio bene,

Sorella Dani Hamblin

P.S. Shout out to Danielle who just got her mission call to Denver, Colorado!!! I know she will be great there! Colorado should get ready!

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