Thursday, July 26, 2012

July 25, 2012 Oh Man...Miracles are afoot!

Well, long days, but I know hard work pays, so the MIRACLES are getting long too.  I really like that song, doesnt matter.  Anyways, it says it all.  HARD WORK=MIRACLES!!  We have been seriously rabid wolves this week doing all that we can to get 20 lessons and finding new investigators.  And let me tell you what, I think the whole city knows us now.  I think that we did all that we could do find the new people and we found em, and we are teaching them.  I love the work.  I love the sweat that comes from the humid Italian air.  But you know what, the Italian air may be humid, but it also carries the aroma of freshly baked bread.  Grandma, I know you would love that!!  hahahah.  ITs such a good aroma.  And its literally everywhere.  Everyone is baking bread, always!!  Its good stuff.  But we are doing the work. And the lord is saying, hey, they are working hard, I am going to help them.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH HEAVENLY FATHER!!  Let me start with this

We did some casa a casa the other day looking for a family with 4 kids, and what happend, we knocked on the door of a lady from the Ivory coast, she has 4 kids, married and is totally stoked to hear the gospel.  We went and taught her the plan of salvation with her yesterday.  She ate IT ALL up.  Especially amazing when she said that she read the pamphlet, the Testimony of the prophet joseph smith.  She said that she got goosebumps when she read about Moroni visiting Joseph in the room at night.  I was like, YOU ARE SO GOLDEN, Just a little rough around the edges.  She expressed that she feels like someone is hugging her really tight when we come and teach her.  Let me just clear it up, its not me, its the spirit. I am not allowed to hug girls.  Dont worry.  Anyways, she accepted a baptismal date for the 25 of August and ... I am so freaking happy.  

Bike problems continued, we found a new bike and its going to be mine tomorrow.  I dont know what is going on but I just never have seen worse bikes EVER!!!  Mission bikes, i think that the missionaries just want to do everything and anything to get a cheap bike, BAD IDEA!!  they break.  Anyways, that is why I am buying a better bike.  But because the bad bike I have lost another 7 pounds, watch out, i am going to need some new clothes when I get back there.  hhahahaa

Italy is just amazing.  I never thought that I would like gelato but let me say this, its AMAZING!!!  still however, i must say that Sac Town Ice Cream has my heart forever stolen.  Gelato is just good when its hot and I want something fruity, go and buy a lemon gelto with watermelon...yeah, simple and amazing. Well dont want to make your mouths water too much.  I am going to go get one right now.  

I love you all

Anziano Treadway...signing off.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

July 18, 2012 Bergamo

Bergamo.  Where do i begin.  Well let me just say that this past week has been the most fun that I have had on my mission. Anziano Thomas and I are just working our heads off.  Always goign.  Never really stopping.  Like lunch is not really lunch its like eat for the next 10 minutes and lets get out there again.  Or sometimes we dont even eat lunch.  And that is just strange for me.  I am really just doing all that I can to be the best missionary right now.  We are running every morning.  Fun little story, in the MTC I was really good friends with Thomas.  And my teacher pulled me aside one day and said that he had a dream that is my 4th transfer, Anz Thomas and i would be serving together.  And so here i am in my 4th transfer and we are serving together.  I am such lucky guy.  

In the Berg, there are so many people willing and ready to lesson to the gospel.  its so much more different than Lecco.  I loved lecco, but this is amazing.  we taught 20 lessons last week and on track to having another 20 lesson week.  And the ward is just amazing.  They are all wanting more people to be baptized so they are talking to their friends. everything that I want to happen is happening here.  we are getting tons of new investigators and they are just helping us so much.  

MISSION BIKES ARE TERRIBLE!!!  Its like they dont realy work, they just roll, like its a piece of medal with wheels.  HORRIBLE!!  So I am buying my first mission bike.  This is a big step in the life of a missonary. you dont want to get the wrong one.  It should be good though.

Okay and for all those that feel the desire to write me.  My address here in Bergamo is this:

Anziano Treadway 
Via 24 Maggio 23A
Bergamo (BG) 24100

All letters are accepted and I dont let a letter go unresponded.  I love writing letters so just hit me up.  I am always here.  I never go on vacation..oh wait I am in Italy!!!!  I love it

Anziano Treadway

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

July 11, 2012 On the Road Again

Hello everyone of you amazing people.  I love you all.  As you could probably guess by the title line.  I am on the road again.  I am going to be transfered tomorrow.  And you probably want to know where I am going.  Not too far but to a much larger city.  I am going to Bergamo.  I am stoked out of my mind.  It is such a larger city than lecco.  They have 3 wards there and the work I hear is going amazing.  President called me to tell me.  He said that they need a little spark in Bergamo.  They gasoline is on the ground, but I am going to just put it up in flames.  And then put it out with the baptisimal waters.  I already know my companion.  His name in Anziano Thomas.  I was in the MTC with him.  He is in the group right above me and such a freaking awesome kid.  I am really excited to do some work with him.  

Speaking about baptisms.  IT FINALLY HAPPENED!!  We tried 4 times on sunday.  Like she was in the font but she was just a bit scared of going all the way under the water.  But its all good.  We figured another day would be good.  It would be a lot easier with less people and all the time in the world to do it.  Dont worry.  She went under all the way.  The coolest part about it.  IN A POOL!!  Technically I went swimming today.  (we did the baptism this morning).  It was awesome.  She was just so ready to go and she finally did it.  I am so happy for her.  Loretta has changed her life completely.  Stopped smoking and completely accepted Jesus Christ and his gospel.  Amazing.  

I am going to miss Lecco with my whole heart.  All of the members are amazing.  Things are changing here.  There are so many people here just prepared to hear the gosple and the members are doing some good work with us.  They are willing to come to the lessons, they are helping them in church and bringing their friends to church.  Its just amazing.  I am super excited for this place.  I am going to miss it though.  

I hope that everything goes great.  I really wish that things are going well, I mean what coiuld go wrong, you got baseball season, summer, some of you are ON MISSIONS!!  Great job buddies.  But the work of the lord is moving here in Italy!!!  BOOOMM!!!|

From Lecco, for the last time.

Anziano Treadway

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

June 27, 2012 Well, the Storm has Arrived...

Hello all.  I am really diggin my mission right now.  I dont know what else I would be doing.  there really isnt anything that I would want to be doing. I really hope that all of you are doing really well and that you are all finding joy in life.  That is why we are here.  might as well make it happen right????

Well me here in Lecco.  This storm I speak of.  Its not physical, but its just the lack of investigators that we are facing.  We baptized two people and we have one more on sunday, but we dont have anyone after that.  I have been praying super hard to figure some way to get the people flowing so we can teach.  Like the past 4 days, 3 lessons.  BASTA!!  Its been really difficult.  But the prayers have payed off.  I know that we weather a storm, we are usually in the difficult times.  Like it seems like there is no end.  But keep going because at the end, the sun is so great.  The rays are there.  And then smog is all gone and its super clear.  Whats that song.  "I see can clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way."  Yeah, that is how it is here in Lecco, the rain is gone, and the obstacles that are in our way are so easily diverted and the people are coming.  We have found four people including two families.  SUCH A BLESSING!!  PRAYER WORKS!!  KNOW THAT!!  I have been praying so much and the investigators are there.  I am SO HAPPY!!!  Like I cant even tell you how happy i am right now.  Its just such a testimony builder that the lord is always on our side no matter what.  

As for the Euro Cup.  I have seen it, I have heard it, I have felt it and I have lost sleep because of it...more importantly, I LOVE IT!!  Italy is just on a buzz all the time.  Every one is worried about the game this week.  I think that Italy could do it.  Let me just say, the last game against england, the bars were playing it on loudspeaker.  I heard every single thing that announcers were saying, and the people at the bar.  GO GO GO ahhhhhh  and then the sigh because they didnt score.  at about 11:15 when the penalty kicks were going on, I heard that.  there was definitely explosions in the crowd, and then the sky, THEY FIRED FIREWORKS FOR AN HOUR AND HALF!!  I was up till one o clock because they were celebrating right outside my appartment.  I LOVE IT!!!  If they dont wanna talk about the gospel, the game is just another convo starter and then we can get em to talk.  Its awesome.  BEST TIME EVER!!  

Well I love everything here.  I love my companion and his help for me.  I love the growth that I have seen. The lord is here for us.  

Love you all

Anziano Treadway