October 22, 2015
Sorry I'm emailing a day late, we had a conference yesterday with Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, Sister Burton, and President Johnson. It was such a fun conference! All the Sorelle in the mission came and the anziani who lived close to Milano. It was so great to hear from General Presidents of the Relief a Society and Young Women and also their husbands and also President Johnson, a member of the seventy, and his wife. All of them talked about not losing the skills, habits, and talents we learn on the mission. They stressed the importance that the mission is a training for the rest of our life. Not only did I learn a lot and receive spiritual support, I also got some major moral support from seeing all my past companions who are still on the mission. There are eight! It was so great to see them all and say goodbye before I leave in three weeks. I love each and every one of them and I am so proud of the work they are doing. I am so lucky to have served with some of the most amazing, hardworking sisters!
On Sunday we went to Bishop's fireside for the GANS (young single adults). A fireside in Italian is called Camminetto which means "little walk". I thought that was interesting. It was such a good fireside! Sometimes as missionaries, missionaries think they are not a part of the ward, but I feel like such a part of this ward. Bishop said some things that I really needed to hear that night and I'm so thankful that he is inspired!
Last Friday and Saturday we did a scambio with the Milano Sorelle. I went to Milano with Sorella Hibo. It was such a fun scambio. I love working in Milano because it is jam-packed with people. We talked to so many people in the little time we had to do some finding. One lady was just coming from serving some elderly. We talked about how the real purpose of life is to help others. She didn't want to learn more but she was touched by what we were doing.
My Ponderize scritture this week is Mosiah 14:4-5 "Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
I thought the scripture was fitting for this week with Ina getting baptized tomorrow. I don't remember how much I've said about her but our investigator Ina finished her cancer treatment and the doctors have declared her cancer free! She is getting baptized on Friday! This is answer to many fasts and prayers by missionaries and members in Modena and Reggio Emilia! She met the missionaries three years ago in Reggio Emilia. She has battled cancer treatments off and on these past three years and has been waiting to be cleared by the doctors so she can be baptized. She said the doctors are very surprised how quickly she has recovered. This past tumor was only found 5 months ago and she is cancer free now. The doctors have attributed her rapid recovery to her incredible faith. She has truly relied on her Savior and Father in Heaven to get her through this. She has trusted that whatever was supposed to happen would happen. Her faith truly is incredible. On Sunday she didn't say much at church because she was so excited for her baptism. I know she is ready because I have never met anyone who understands the healing power of the Atonement so fully! We visited her today as the spirit was just so strong. All she talks about now is helping others. She wants others to find Christ like she has. She is one of the most humble, most special people I've ever met. I am so thankful I get to experience this with her. She is going to do some amazing things.
President and Sorella Dibb said they are going to try to make it to her baptism tomorrow.
Well all in all it was a pretty fantastic week. I'm so tired, but so happy. Praying you all see some miracles this week too!
Vi voglio bene! Sorella Dani Hamblin