We can feel the love of God

Hey Everyone!!!

I hope you’re all doing awesome! I am so glad that Trek went well for you Mom and Dad!

I don’t know that my week can compare to how amazing Trek was for you. I remember how much I loved that when I went.

First thing from this week. If any of you know me well, you’ll know that I NEVER remember my dreams. Like ever. I think I maybe remember one or two a year. Well, since being in Romania, not only do I remember my dreams almost every night, but I have the WEIRDEST dreams I have probably ever had. Hahahaha I always wake up, and think “What the heck???” Haha it’s super funny. Some of you have been in my dreams but you’re all here in Romania learning Romanian with me, so good thing they’re just dreams. I don’t know that you all could handle Romanian ;).

This week looked like lots of heat, lots of rain, lots of money, and lots of maintenance problems. Ha ok here goes.

Tuesday we had our study with Brielle. She was so cute haha she had found a new workout that she was starting. She was really excited to show it to us. We told her about our mission trainer named Emmett and we’re going to tell each other how each program goes. Then I cut her hair!!! ME!!! I can’t believe she trusted me…. I wouldn’t trust me if I were her to cut hair! That’s so scary! And I cut bangs for her!! BANGS!!!!!! This woman has faith, lemme tell ya. Anyways, it actually turned out super cute! And she liked it (or at least that’s what she said, haha) so I felt better. She showed us her knitting project as well. She had coded her name in binary and then made a pattern to knit it into socks. I was super impressed. Ha, I don’t even know what binary is so that word alone had me impressed. Then we talked about the talk “Mountains to Climb” by President Eyring. I had watched the Mormon Message video for it on Monday and printed the talk to study. I love this talk!! I love what President Eyring says about our faith in Jesus Christ. “If we have faith in Jesus Christ, the hardest as well as the easiest times in life can be a blessing. In all conditions, we can choose the right with the guidance of the Spirit. We have the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape and guide our lives if we choose it. And with prophets revealing to us our place in the plan of salvation, we can live with perfect hope and a feeling of peace. We never need to feel that we are alone or unloved in the Lord’s service because we never are. We can feel the love of God. The Savior has promised angels on our left and our right to bear us up. And He always keeps His word.” That bolded phrase really hit home for me. As a missionary, sometimes I’ve just felt alone. It’s hard, people don’t like you, people don’t always understand you, you miss things and people from home, etc. etc. etc. haha. But every time that I’ve felt that way, I have felt the Lord lift me up. It doesn’t always happen right away, but it always happens. I know, so strongly, that we are never alone. We are never alone, especially when we feel that way the most. The Lord is there, with outstretched arms, to love us, to understand us, to listen to us, to let us know we are worth something. That’s one of the greatest gifts we have. Anyway, it was a great meeting and chance to discuss that talk.

Wednesday the Zone Leaders came up for exchanges. We had planned to go to Campulung, so Elder Dearden and Elder Contos stayed in Pitesti and Elder Poulsen came with Elder Manning and us up to Campulung. It was pouring when we got there. We grabbed lunch at this little pizzerie that made Sora Newell and me feel like we were in America ha. It was really nice and had super good food too! I had some lasagna that was great but not as good as yours Dad :). We had a lesson with Alexandra and Tania came!!!! We hadn’t seen Tania in over a month because she had so much work. We had an amazing lesson with them. We talked about the temple. For them, it’s hard to discuss this because they have to wait a year since their baptism date, and they don’t have enough money to go for a long time probably. We focused on how we can prepare to be worthy to enter the temple. They asked us what the temple was like inside. There was a beautiful spirit there as we described how white, quiet, and peaceful the temple is. Alexandra said that when you are in the temple, you are closer to God. She’s absolutely right. I miss the temple!! I wish I could go every week still. Don’t ever take the temple for granted. Most of you live so close to a temple! The saints here have to go to Ukraine. They can’t go there right now, so they have to go even further to Germany. Usually it takes them two weeks for the trip. I can’t believe how close I was to a temple for my entire life. I never had to travel more than 30 minutes to be at a temple. There is a spirit in the temple that we need constantly in our lives. I hope you all go to the temple as often as you can! Do it for me!!! πŸ™‚

Thursday was a weird day for us. We had our district meeting and then got lunch. After having lunch, both Sora Newell and I felt really really sick so we went home for a little to try and feel better. It didn’t quite ever go away 😦 But we went out and tried to work through the weird stomach feelings haha. It was a strange day.

Friday and Saturday were both kind of off days as well. We had two activities that nobody showed up for, which was really disappointing. But at one of them, we were able to talk with a man who had lived in America for a while! So that was cool. He spoke probably the best English I’ve heard here yet.

Sunday we had church in Pitesti and in Campulung. Brielle spoke in church in Pitesti and shared some amazing verses that I loved. She read Mormon 9:27-28. I love when it says “Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart…” That is so awesome! I love the idea of beginning “as in times of old.” I know for me at least, that there are times when I am not as faithful or righteous as I was a day, or month, or whatever ago. But we always have the chance to begin again! And be like we were before, and then become even better.

I love you all!!! I hope everyone is doing great and that life is great πŸ™‚

Miss you, love you, stay classy πŸ™‚

Sora Emily Marcheschi

I Know That My Redeemer Lives

Hey everyone! Crazy week.

Monday, we had our pday and had a visit with a member in our branch. Tuesday was our study with Brielle in the branch and we talked a bit with her husband too. We had English and the Elders did a cool spiritual thought about the Atonement.

Wednesday we went to Campulung, had a lesson with Bogdan and another lesson with Alexandra and Constantin. After our lesson, Constantin wanted to show us a traditional Romanian song. While he played it for us, Alexandra got up and started “dancing.” She was moving around really fast like a penguin, haha, we were laughing so hard. That night our STL’s came and we talked for a while and had fun planning for Thursday.

Thursday was great! We had our exchanges and I went with Sora Hebdon. That morning we went running! It felt so good to run again. During my studies that morning, I found some amazing passages. I was reading in 2 Nephi and found some there that I love (2 Nephi 8:12, 2 Nephi 9:18). Then a footnote took me to Exekial and as I was flipping there, I opened to Lamentations randomly. I read a little and then found chapter 3. I love this chapter! Especially from verse 22 to verse 41. Sora Hebdon and I had a great companionship study talking about those verses, why we come/came on missions, and why people are called here to Romania. She has so much wisdom. I loved listening to all her thoughts and just talking with her. She said that she thinks all of us missionaries were called here to learn personal lessons, and that we’re called to Romania to learn how to be leaders for the future. We had our district meeting after studies. We covered a ton of business, Sora Hebdon gave a boss language tip, and then we had a talk that was unexpected but ended up being so so open and real between all of us about missions and everything that that entails. It was amazing. The Spirit was truly there. We made tacos (with real taco seasoning that Sora Newell’s mom sent her!) for lunch and then headed out to contact. We went to the park where we had our America party and chalk contacted. We drew a line from 1-10 and a frowny face and a smiley face. Then below that we asked them “How happy are you?” As people walked by, we would ask them how happy they were on that scale and then we tallied their responses. It was crazy and kind of sad how many people refused to give us answers. When they did, they were either super high or really low. We split into companionships and two stayed by the picture and the other two went into the park to talk with people. When Sora Hebdon and I were by the picture, she asked a man how happy he was. After looking at our drawing, he said he couldn’t give us a number right now because his wife has cancer. As he left, he turned to me and told us he wished us lots of success. He walked to the crosswalk and was waiting to cross. As I was watching him, I had the strongest prompting and desire to give him a Book of Mormon. We don’t usually just hand them out on the street without really talking with people first, but this felt different. Without thinking about what I would say, I ran over to him. I got there right as the light turned green for him to walk. I just looked at him and smiled and said, “For you.” Literally that’s all that came out of my mouth. Ha it’s funny now to think how little I said but it was perfect in the moment. He smiled at me and said “Thank you.” I walked back and continued contacting. A minute or two later I was overcome with this sense that Heavenly Father was so proud of me. It was so strong that I cried, haha, but that’s not surprising to anyone who knows me. On a mission though, that really is the best feeling. Especially for me, cause oftentimes I feel inadequate in the language and my ability to teach and reach these people. So it can be hard to feel like I’m doing all that I can, just because I still have so much to learn. I was so grateful that Heavenly Father gave me that small opportunity to serve someone in need and that the Spirit pushed me to do it without being nervous or anything. It was a huge blessing to me this week.

Friday we used internet time to look up FAQs for an open house we’re going to have next week. There are so many! Ha it’s crazy. The church literally has every category in alphabetical order and it’s a long list. We spent time looking over those and then Sora Newell had to order some scriptures so I read all the summaries of the talks given by the First Presidency and The Twelve Apostles to the new mission presidents. I cried. Hahaha again. πŸ™‚ But they are so amazing!! President Monson called us missionaries “precious commodities” and every talk was completely inspired and made me want to do all that I could to be my best for my Heavenly Father. It you have time, go read them! Sports night on Friday was crazy fun! We had more people this time and I actually tried harder to play as well. None of the kids know how to say my name. They all call me “Marchesy” so that’s fantastic. The elders have taken to it as well sometimes, haha. As we were playing a game, it started thundering really loud (Romania has awesome storms-they come really suddenly and have lots of thunder and the rain POURS) and most of the Romanian kids/teenagers ran to get shelter. Elder Manning, Robi (a friend of Marius) and I kept playing though. It poured and I was soaking wet but I was having so much fun. I started doing cartwheels and handstands and running all around, hahaha, it was funny. When it cleared up we played more soccer. Marius started a game that he calls “Donkey,” which is basically monkey in the middle. He said it would help me get better because I “need help.” When we were done, Elder Manning gave a spiritual thought and then Marius wanted us all to run 15 laps around the field, haha. I had already been running from soccer, and I had run 5 laps in down time between games, so I was not looking forward to that. I ran another 3 or 4, but after that we left β€˜cause Sora Newell’s knee was hurting again.

Saturday we had English with Florin and Eugen. We read a story with them about a family who takes care of 5 mentally challenged adult men. I told them a lot about my uncle Jon and Eugen especially seemed to like hearing my stories about him. After class, I had prepared the spiritual thought. During my personal study I hadn’t been able to find/think of anything that felt right to share with them. The thought came that I could sing a hymn. After spending time figuring out which one, I chose “I Know that My Redeemer Lives.” I shared my experience of how hard it was to come on a mission, to leave everything and everyone I knew and to come here. Then I repeated how Eugen had told us that we’re a “very postive, happy people.” I told them that even though we have our trials, like the one I shared, we are happy because we know our Savior, and that He lives. We were happy because we believed the words of the song I was about to sing. I sang then, and the Spirit was so strong, it was awesome! That song is beautiful in Romanian. Afterwards, Sora Newell and I bore our testimonies and then closed. We went up to Campulung and had a lesson with Bogdan and then took him to meet the members there! So that was cool.

This morning I was reading in 2 Nephi 31 for part of my personal study. This chapter is amazing enough as it is, but this morning it hit me with things that were so personal for me. It’s so amazing that the Lord can reach us so many different ways. He really does love us so much.

I hope you all are doing well! I pray each one of you and miss you all! Stay safe, read your scriptures, go to church, pray. The primary stuff ya know πŸ™‚ But they’re the best things we can do. I love you all!!! Thank you for your emails and letters and encouragement and love. πŸ™‚

Stay classy as ever πŸ™‚

Love,

Sora Emily Marcheschi

What I needed has now become what I want

Ciao!

It’s Italy week at Lidl so that’s totally appropriate. I was able to buy actual prosciutto which I can never find. So I’m quite happy today :).

This week was awesome! You already heard about Monday so I’ll start with Tuesday.

Tuesday was our first day of English for this transfer. And we love English, haha. Before that though, we went contacting around the city. That morning I had stubbed my left pinky toe pretty bad and I actually think it might be broken…it doesn’t look quite the same as the other one…oh well haha. So walking around was a bit interesting and we got more looks because of my limp but whatever. We had bought sandals on Monday so I wore those around thankfully so my toe didn’t get any more squished ha. Anyways, English! Our first class was super small but it was great. We only had Florin in our advanced class and we went over a bunch of grammar. It’s funny how much I’m learning about English from teaching it. Florin was also the only person who stayed for the spiritual thought. It was really cool. The elders taught about love, more specifically God’s love for us. Florin had a bunch of questions, like why do some people have really hard lives if God loves everyone, etc. You could tell that he hasn’t really felt love from God in his life very often, if at all. The elders did their best to answer him by the Spirit and then at the end, Elder Dearden asked me to pray. As I was praying, I felt the Spirit so strongly and God’s love for Florin so strongly as well. Things were coming to my mind that I had never thought to say and/or didn’t know how to say. But I was saying them all anyway. It was so cool. I could feel the Spirit and I really hope that Florin could too.

Wednesday we beat the elders to the train station around 7:10 in the morning for our train to Bucuresti (probably one of the bigger accomplishments for us hahaha). We go to Buc and went straight to the Panduri chapel for interviews with the Ivorys. We had some time while they interviewed other people, so Sora Newell retaught me how to play Table (ta-blay–it’s backgammon) and I love that game. It’s super fun and I want a board now so we can play at home. We took some pictures with President and Sister Ivory and then had interviews. I went with President first. He is so cool! He has already been on quite a few splits with the missionaries and he’s been in the country less than two weeks. Legit. We talked about my parents and my connection to Italy (both he and his wife served missions in Italy). We figured out Dad, that he was probably there just a few years before you! Super cool. It’s also awesome that he can pronounce my last name and know that it’s Italian! Romanians are constantly asking me if I’m Polynesian. That is so random! Do I look polynesian?!? Like really? Haha so weird. We talked about the language and he gave me some awesome advice. Every day he writes a page in Romanian. He writes prayers, his testimony, a lesson he wants to teach, etc. things like that. Or anything I wanted he said. But he said to write a page every day in a journal. We kept talking about how I was studying the language and he told me I was giving him good ideas. So that’s good! I really like him. He’s very business inclined but in the kind of way that reminds me of what people have told me about Nonno actually. He’s going to great things for this mission. Then I met with Sora Ivory. She is the sweetest. So easy to talk to and very loving. We talked about my family and how my mission has been. I told her I had just finished the Book of Mormon and she was so excited for me! She’s going to be a lot of fun to work with. She’s been going on splits with the missionaries as well! We started the conference after that and the ideas that President has for this mission are great. Their kids were there to introduce them and their family. Then their oldest daughter talked to us about loving to find people. She had been on a mission to Rome and I loved everything she said. Sora Ivory then talked to us about repentance. She asked us to think about our vision of who we are, and what this mission means to us. What is it going to do for us? She asked us where our hearts were. That was interesting to think about. I realized that my heart really was here in Romania. With these people. These members, their friends, all the people we pass. It’s an amazing feeling. We talked all together about how repentance is such a positive thing. It’s progression! It should never be viewed as a negative or sad thing. It’s a chance, a way, to grow closer to our Saviour and our Heavenly Father. I don’t know about you, but I want that! I was really inspired as I sat and listened to her speak. It was cool too to observe how President and Sora Ivory work together. They’re a total team. She was over her time by a little bit and President very kindly let her know and she acknowledged, and finished where she was. So professional. It was super awesome for us all to see how well they work together. President Ivory then talked to us about how the mission is going to go. He wants us to be constantly working with three groups of people: investigators, members and less actives. Elder Nelson said that if we are only working with one group of people that our conversion to the gospel isn’t as full as it could be if we work with all three. It felt so right to me. I had been wanting to work more with less actives and strengthening the members for a while so I was really excited! He said that as we work with and strengthen the members, they trust us more, we get more referrals, etc. and that the number of people we can teach actually increases! It’s going to be amazing. It already has been! As we left back to Pitesti, we were talking about what we could do for streetboarding the next day. I came up with the idea to have a focus just on suntmormon.ro which is the romanian mormon.org. I got more and more excited as we kept talking about it.

Thursday we prepped for streetboarding for most of the day, cutting out tons of pictures of Latter Day Saints from Liahonas and getting the materials we needed. We put together this awesome poster of Mormons all around the world. We had them grouped in regions and then specified the specific countries they are from. Often here, Romanians think that our church is just in America, or that it’s an American church. So we hoped that this would help show that we have people everywhere. It turned out to be an awesome way of contacting. People who had seen us streetboarding before came up and told me that this was much better and more eye catching. I talked to someone on my own too! So I was really proud of myself. I just wanted to talk to everyone and it was so much easier for some reason. Well, because God was helping me. Duh πŸ™‚ haha

Streetboarding!

Streetboarding!

Marius and Elder Manning with our poster

Marius and Elder Manning with our poster

Friday we had another activity with members and non members. We had planned on doing a sports night and playing ultimate frisbee and futbol (soccer). I was giving the spiritual thought for it and during my studies that morning had been praying to know what I should share. I felt that I should focus on how we are never forgotten to the Lord and was going to share the verse where the Lord tells us that we are engraven upon the palms of His hands. So beautiful. Anyways, so I had done studies and all and then gotten snacks for our activity. We showed up at 5 and no one was there. We waited and waited and waited haha and finally Marius came with one of his friends. He told us more of his friends were showing up in a little bit. We got to calling more people and making sure they knew where it was and everything. In the meantime, we were throwing the frisbee (I’m pretty bad at that….) and kicking around the soccer ball. Marius’ friends showed up and we started the game. Sora Newell hurt her knee pretty bad right before we started though, so she sat out and read while we played. I’m still not any good at soccer. Mission goal haha. Maybe. We’ll see how that goes. It’s just really embarrassing to play around 7 year olds who are insanely better than you. Soccer is huge here and kids are really really really good. I love it. I want them to teach me haha. After we played, we had our spiritual thought. I was nervous cause they were all teenagers but I shared what I had. One of Marius’ friends was sitting by me and was helping me when I was reading the scripture with the words I didn’t know how to pronounce, which means he was reading along! So cool. My thought ended up turning into an hour discussion with these guys about God and science and we gave this one guy a Book of Mormon and set up another time to talk more with him. Oh, I forgot! So because I’m not that great at soccer and I was scared of the 7 year olds, I had wandered to the side of the field. This man came up to me and asked me where I was from. I told him America. He was one of the dads of the kids that was playing with us and we just started talking about why I was there and if I liked Romania. Then this guys pulls up the Bible on his phone and we just start reading together. It was so cool! We talked about the Book of Mormon and although he wasn’t interested we still had a super cool conversation. I felt so awesome, especially because it’s getting way easier to talk to people on my own in Romanian.

Saturday we had two lessons in Campulung. They were both really good, although we feel that one of our investigators is so skeptical. It makes it really hard to teach him. He’s told us that he already feels “close enough” to God. So we’re kind of stuck with him, but we both feel like there’s just something special about him and that we need to keep teaching him. We’ll see what happens.

Member and investigator in Campulung

Member and investigator in Campulung

With Sora Newell in Campulung

With Sora Newell in Campulung

Sunday I gave my first talk! It was on repentance and I was nervous but everyone told me it was really good. We had church in both Pitesti and Campulung so it was a long day but I was really happy. πŸ™‚

I love this work. A year ago, who knew I’d be saying I love being a missionary?? Ha not me. This was never what I wanted, but it was what I needed. And what I needed has now become what I want. I can’t even imagine leaving these people. And I’m only in my second transfer! It’s going to be so hard to leave after 14 more months here. I’m already planning my trips back here. πŸ™‚

I love you all!! Stay safe and keep reading your scriptures. They’re the best books you could possibly read!

Haha ok. Love you all tons. Thank you for your prayers, love, encouragement and examples. You’re the best πŸ™‚

Stay classy!

 

Monday, July 7, 2014 at 9:35 a.m.

Hey HEy HEY! (read that like Fat Albert…haha)

How is everyone!? I hope you’re all in 90 degree weather like I am. It’s the best! Ha, I kid you not. It’s like being in hot yoga all day every day (shoutout to Chris, mom and Amers!). It’s cleansing. Hahaha, ok, enough joking. It really is beautiful here! God sends me lots of breezes during the day so I haven’t actually died yet. This week was great! We did the most contacting we have ever done which felt awesome and we exceeded most of our goals. That’s always the best feeling.

On Monday, I already told you all about the super awesome American party that we had. But we found out from Marius, that us grilling was illegal and that we were super lucky that the police didn’t catch us. Oops!

Tuesday we did our Bible Study with Brielle. That’s been a real blessing I think. It’s formed a great relationship between the three of us and has even stretched to her husband, which I think has helped him be more friendly to us. It’s made things at church a lot smoother which I am grateful for. We did English contacting the rest of that day. We’re trying to talk to as many people as we can, so that we have lots of people for English!

Wednesday we went to Campulung. Sora Newell and I wanted to do a bunch of contacting before our lesson with our members up there. So we literally walked all over the city. We got super awesome tan lines. And by super awesome, I mean super super bad. It’s embarrassing, haha. Oh well. πŸ™‚ It was super beautiful though. And when we got lost in the middle of nowhere, we ran into some people who asked us if we were from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We were super confused but responded that we were. Then the man says, “I know Marius!!” Everyone seems to know Marius. Haha, that man knows the entire country. It’s super cool. Then we had a lesson with our members. We ended up teaching with the elders, which was cool. We took a maxi home as usual, and I still don’t do well on those bus things. I feel super sick every time. But they are fast and so much cheaper than taking a cab.

Thursday we had district meeting and then a lesson with Iosef. Iosef is amazing. He’s a teacher for his church and knows so much. You can see the light of Christ in his eyes whenever we talk and I love whenever we meet with him. He always “pups” us, which is kind of weird but I don’t mind much anymore. He doesn’t mean it in a creepy way at all so we don’t make a big deal of it. We had thought about what we wanted him to do from our lesson and we really wanted him to start reading from The Book of Mormon. I was especially adamant about that because of having finished it a few days before. We go into our lesson and are just talking a little bit. He had some questions that we got cleared up (he had confused what we believed with what the Jehovah’s witnesses believe about the second coming! oops) and then we started reading with him. We took turns reading each verse in 1 Nephi 1. That’s an amazing chapter. He loved it. He kept confirming everything we were explaining. It was really cool. I got to testify to him about how that book had changed my life and brought so much love and peace and guidance to me in my life and that it would do the same for him if he would keep reading it. He actually ended up taking another book and told us he was going to read it with his son!

Friday was the best day ever. We were having a party with the branch for the fourth of July. We had invited all the members and our English students and Marius had invited a ton of his friends. We weren’t sure how many people were going to come, but honestly we didn’t think that many would show up. Still, we bought a ton of food. We met the elders and Marius at Kaufland that morning and bought 7 kilos of meat, like 10 huge loaves of bread, haha, chips, watermelon, and toppings and condiments for burgers. Sora Newell and I made dessert. Sora Newell’s mom had sent her some baking stuff, so she had cupcakes and I made cookies. Haha, ok, it’s so funny β€˜cause cookies just don’t work here. I don’t know how to explain it. They’re just not cookies. Either they’re like little cakes and are super fluffy, or they’re completely flat like they were on Friday. Ha, they still tasted awesome though which was good. We did weekly planning at the church while everything was baking. People started showing up way early (it started at 6). Marius and all his friends showed up first, so they just started playing ping pong. We got all the food together. It took the elders and the men a long time to grill but it was all good. Almost every member of the branch was there and one man even brought his nonmember wife and kids. One of our English students came with his sister and her children who have lived in California for the last 12 years, so we spoke with them a lot. One of the members named, Marius, who is the branch mission leader, invited a ton of his friends. They’re all teenagers, or people around our age, so we were playing ping pong and cards and just having tons of fun. It took forever but people were nice and patient. And then afterward Marius hadΒ fireworks stuck in the top of a watermelon, hahaha. Anything flies in Romania. I taught Marius’ friends how to play bs. It was funny because I didn’t know exactly how to explain it but I was trying. All the guys were laughing and copying me but I just went with it. It happens here. And they were being nice and not creepy which we appreciated. But they had the hardest time understanding how to play. It was super funny. They didn’t understand that when you don’t have the card, you are supposed to fake it and put another one down. They would just say “I don’t have it.” Haha, it was really fun. Then they taught us how to play a Romanian card game that’s really similar to UNO. It was a great time for everyone and we had several reports from members and nonmembers about how much fun they had and how nice we were. So we were really happy. πŸ™‚

Saturday we did a lot of contacting. It was cool because we had come home for lunch and were really tired, hungry and hot. We honestly didn’t want to get up and keep going out. But we did and we talked to so many people! And they were all interested in what we were saying. Some women in the park we were in even got up and wanted to walk and talk with us! It was so much fun. Probably the most fun I’ve ever had contacting.

Sunday was great as usual. It was fast Sunday and almost every member got up to bear their testimony. That’s something I love about this branch. They have the most amazing testimonies and stories about their conversions. I love them all so much. I feel like they’re my little family here. I’m going to be really sad whenever I leave. Hopefully I’m here for a bit longer. We went contacting for about 3 hours after church and correlation. It had taken a while for correlation to start and by then we were starving. It was really really hot when we went out and there was hardly anyone outside. We walked for a while, talking with anyone we saw, but it got super hard to have energy. When we got home afterwards, I was so hot that I stuck my head in our freezer, haha. We were talking about how amazing Christ was for doing that for 40 days. We really appreciated that moment in his life right then. We had an AMAZING dinner and I don’t know that I’ve ever been more happy/relieved in my life than I was right then. It was awesome.

Today I died my hair! It was scary, haha. But it looks fantastic, haha. Sora Newell was laughing so hard at how funny I looked with my hair in two buns on the sides of my head but you know, you gotta do what you gotta do. We went with our elders down to this park and rented go kart bikes and rode around for about 45 minutes. It’s been a fun relaxing day.

The language is coming slowly…it’s hard, haha. The work is slow too but we have some good people we’re teaching. English starts again this week and we have our first zone conference with President Ivory so we’ll see how things change! I’m doing well. I feel really inadequate a lot of the time, not even just with the language, but just who I am as a person. I feel like I don’t deserve all the things that I have been blessed with and I feel so bad that I have to use the Atonement so often. It’s hard to feel like I want to change but then have such a difficult time actually doing it. How do we ever “forsake” our weaknesses? Haha, I feel like I will never fully do that.

I hope everyone is doing well and that you are all happy, reading your scriptures and praying every day! I know that doing those things will bring you so close to the Lord and that you will be happier. πŸ™‚

Lots of love to everyone!
Stay classy πŸ™‚
Sora Emily Marcheschi