The adventures of an LDS missionary serving in the

Italy Rome mission from June 2013- June 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Last One

Hey guys!!!!!!

   Well here it is.  The last email.  I have been running around like crazy this last week making sure everything was ready for the baptism.  It almost didn't happen.  But we were able to do it.  

   So Monday we skyped, Tuesday we had our district meeting and a scambio with the APs that carried over to Wednesday, then Thursday we had Moses's wedding which went well.  Friday we had a branch activity about the pioneers.  It was fun. We got bolo ties and sang a couple country songs, and then me and Anz. Bates shared some stories about our ancestors that crossed the plains. 

   And Saturday we had the baptism!  It went well and there were a lot of people.  Most of the Branch was there, and then there were all the relatives of Mimmo and his wife.  I made cinnamon rolls for after and I guess they were pretty good 'cause they were gone in 2 minutes!  There were a couple people who wanted the recipe so that was cool.

   That is what we did for the week. We didn't have very many lessons because we were running around so much dealing with all these crazy activities!  But it was good.  The week went by really fast.  We said goodbye to everybody yesterday at church because they were going up to the temple this week and because I am leaving to Rome on Saturday.  We have a scambio again this week so we won't be back at our house until Wednesday afternoon.  Then I need to pack, write everybody, and print out pictures to give people.  It is going to be a crazy week. 

   Looking back, I think one of the biggest things I've learned on my mission is that the gospel gives you what you put into it.  If you are going to church and doing what's right, that's great.  Good on ya'. You can go through life pretty happy.  But if you are anxiously engaged in the gospel, if you are constantly looking for more, looking to learn, and looking to help others and follow the counsel of the prophets, you will gain a lot more.  You will be happier, and the Lord will use you to complete his work.

   I am glad that I have served a mission.  It has been hard, but I am glad.  I love you guys very, very much and I can't wait to see you!  I will see you next Tuesday!!!

   Love always, Anziano Rigby

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's day & Conference with Elder Bednar

We enjoyed Skyping with Elder Rigby the day after Mother's Day.  In fact, it was the highlight of our year so far!  He is doing great and will be completing his mission in two weeks.

Also, on April 28, 2015 all the missionaries in the Italy Rome Mission were brought together for a special conference on technology with Elder David A. Bednar and two members of the Quorum of the Seventy, as well as their wives.  

According to President and Sister Waddoups' blog, "Very little was said about Ipads, but much was said about obedience,  listening to the spirit, avoiding evil, and learning the importance of using technology properly so when they go home they will continue to use technology to bless their lives and avoid the pitfalls that can be associated with it."  Skyler also told us that Elder Bednar spoke a lot about marriage and families.

Elder David A. Bednar

All Italy Rome Missionaries together for Elder Bednar's Technology Conference

Monday, May 4, 2015


Hey y'all!!!

   Wow time is flying by!  It's crazy.  So this week we taught Mimmo, and he is getting ready for baptism on the 16 of May.  He is a really good guy, and he is ready!  We also have Moses that has a bap date for 30 of May.  She is just waiting for her marriage papers.  But it's all good.  We also got a new investigator named Carlo.  He is so cool.  I love him already!!!  He is so sincere.  He is the friend of a member and he has been coming to church for the last 3 weeks, and this last week he even bore his testimony in sacrament meeting.  We are going to invite him to be baptised on the 6 of June.  I think it will go through.

   Other than that, we are doing some finding and we are also teaching other people. They just aren't really progressing that much...but that's okay.  We are also teaching a couple 7-year-olds in the ward who are getting ready for baptism.  It's pretty fun.  Haha, I've never done it before in any other area but it's good.  I enjoy it because I can practice teaching really simply.

   Other than that, I have nothing.  The work is going well  and I am excited to see you guys on Monday!  10 o-clock your time!  :)  Take care my friends.  Have a good week!

   Love, Anziano Rigby