Tuesday, September 25, 2012

September 19, 2012 What's Up

Hello family.  I love you all.  I just wanted to write a quick email today.  Nothing to blow you out of the water or anything.  I know that some things have been going on back there that arent expected in the ward its really hard.  I really know that God lives and that he loves us.  And even if anything happens, with the testimonies that we have about the gospel and the Plan of Happiness, we dont have to worry.  We will see our friends and families again.  1 Nephi 11: 17.  Its just a little something to think about.  We dont understand everything but there is a plan.  

We have had a really cool experience.  We met a man the other day, on Monday.  We have been talking about Awkward finding situations, to put us away from talking to people like people crossing the street, or on the bus, or on the phone or a bike.  In the end, we are here to talk to everyone.  Anyways, we were walking down the street and we saw fall of his bike, awkward level goes up one level.  We go over there to contact him, and he is on the phone, and we just stand there, awkward level #2, when he starts talking, he is drunk, #3 and we teach him a lesson.  And set up a time to go back.  He has been praying for a change to happen in his life, and he actually had told his girlfriend that he was going to change his life, THIS WEEK!!  And we show up the next day.  We taught him yesterday, really good lesson, and he accepted a soft baptisimal invite.  SWEET!!!  

His name is Adriano, for further reference, just so you know who I am talking about.  

I am loving the mission.  I think that Bergamo is awesome.  Cant wait to show you all pictures.  
Also, another question, is there some film out about Mormons that talk about us being Awmish, I get that a lot here.  Just wondering.  Love you all

Anziano Treadway

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012 Things are Going Good

Yeah things are going well today.  Everyone here is doing okay.  Our people are doing well.  I cant put there names in the email anymore.  The church has been having some problems with that and people getting mad at the missionaries.  So just look at the names.  

N is doing well.  Didnt come to church so that slows down the baptismal progress.  Not making much progress anyway.  its sad, just kind of coasting.  i wish that I could jump start her.  All it takes is prayer and N is not doing it.  Its sad.  But what can i say.  We are teaching everything the best as possible.  We are doing everything that we can.  I dont wanna drop her but it might come down to it.  Unfortunately...I hope that when her kids go back to school she can really focus on this and really start progressing, taking time to read the book of mormon, pray, and listen to the spirit.  It will be okay.  

M is doing really well.  coming to church every single sunday.  He is really enjoying our lessons.  He is learning so much right now and progressing really well.  I think that he is going to be baptized for sure on the 29th.  He is coming with us this week to Verona for stake conference, its like 2 hours away. its going to be really nice, especially so he can see that we arent that small.  that there are a ton of italians that are Members and that can be too.  Its a regional conference again so it should be good.  they are creating yet ANOTHER STAKE here in Italy.  Milano stake is getting split.  let me just say, the NORTH is better than the SOUTH!!  There will now be 5 stakes in the north!!  thats just crazy.  

We have another person that we found, kinda.  Its the son of a member that was never baptized.  He is 10 years old, which is great, he is just taking in the word of god.  I love teaching him.  he is hilarious.  First day we asked him to be baptized, he goes,....why not.  Good stuff.  We are goin to teach him really quick.  He is doing well.  29th is also his day.  

Pray for my people.  Please.  They really need some divine help.  

As for me, PANTS are my worst enemy.  I have gone through 3 pair already.  Just getting worn out.  I am going to live on the last pair that I have for the rest of the year, but I am going to be back in suits here pretty soon.  I hope that those pants dont get messed up either because I only have like 1 pair for each suit. 

Love you
Anziano Treadway

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 5, 2012 Change of Heart

Good Morning all you.  i hope that this gets to you all happy and healthy.

I hope that you have had a wonderful week.  I have had a week to remember.  It was nice and rainy, and the Lord was just giving us the miracles.  I was so happy.  I dont know what else to describe it as.  First, Wednesday we went to Citta Alta, the high city of Bergamo for Pday.  Super nice.  Super beautiful.  I have been so blessed with the cities.  Today we are returniing to lecco to show my companion the beauty.  Then thursday.  Thursday was the coolest day of africans that we have had yet.  They are just so happy to hear the work of God.  I am so happy to share it with them. Destiny is this one african that is just loving the word of God.  He doesnt have a job so he is always able to talk with us.  This week we told him to read the Book of Mormon 10 minutes a day and it will change his life.  I told him to just open it up and the Lord will bless him with what he needed to read.  So I opened it up, and I found the lord wanted me to read Alma 12.  yeah, boy didnt I have need of that.  It was amazing to see that the lord works in that way.  When we use the faith that we have, he will always guide us to the right people.  thats what happened about two weeks ago.  We had planned to see and talk with a man that had a blue shirt on and sunglasses, on his head, not on proprio.  So Anziano Thomas went out on the Scambio with Anziano Hess and found the guy.  Moreno.  We taught him on  Friday, and he is so golden, so ready to accept baptism.  So ready for the gospel, and so we taught.  During the lesson, i felt really strongly to ask him, " Moreno, vuole essere battezato."  Do you want to get baptized.  He said yes, and boom.  Gave him a date for something quite close to my heart.  September 29th ay ohhhh.. happy birthday brother.  someone is getting baptized.  

natacha is just doing amazing.  So amazing that she came to church for the first time this sunday.  how good a day it was.  We were wating for someone to come (moreno) and some african guy was walking down the street.  We didnt know who it was and boom, he started to wave.  IT WAS DESTINY!!  he was dressed in his african suit.  Just looking so good and ready to come to church.  We brought him into to Gospel Essentials.  he just said so loud, GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!!  Hahahah.  I was laughing so hard.  These past two weeks I have had the amazing oppurtunity to Translate for the Africans from Italian to English.  Its been wonderful being able to bring the gospel to them even when they come to churhc.  But Natcha looked great.  Dressed really nice and she loved it.  She decided that she is going to have her entire family this next week.  that should be really sweet.  If they come, what a miracle.  her 17 year old son is really amazing.  he is just such a stud.  he wants to learn more about the church so he can understand why his mom is always changing churches.  its great to see how the lord prepares people.  

I have been so blessed with the love and support and sometimes the help that you give me in my mission.  i have not taken full advantage of it yet.  Its time for things to chanbge.  I love you all so much for the things that you are helping me to do.  I know that you pray for me.  I know that things are going well for you becuase I am praying for you.  I love you all.  I want you to know that.  WE TAUGHT 20 LESSONS!!  6 NEW INVESTIGATORS!!  TONS OF FUN!! And a great scambio to cap off the week.  I know that its time for me to work, so thats what I am going to be doing.  I pray for the love and support needed.  Thanks for everything you do.  

Love Anziano Treadway