Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Work is Hastening

January 2, 2013
Hey! I am doing good this week. I got my new companion all moved in and we are hard at work. I’m super excited and glad I get to work with Anziano Memmott. We have a lot of fun and he’s obedient and ready to get some work done. It’s a fresh start and a new look at things, and the work is getting better as we go. I was happy to hear that Anziano Smith got home safe and sound. I do still miss our days in Siena. Let’s just say Busto is not known for its beauty. Its rather depressing around here as far as the beauty goes. But that’s alright I’m here to work, not on vacation. The work in Busto is increasing so that’s good enough for me.  
The work here is picking up. The mission is all about this hastening that is going on and with that hastening more people are being prepared to hear the message of the restored gospel. The first 18 year olds and 19 year old sisters are getting ready to come to Italy and we are all very excited to see an increase of our forces here in Italy. The work is going great and we are praying for the hearts of the people to be open to receive the message of the restored gospel. We had a great week with tons of investigators in church. We have been pushing to get more people in church and we had 6 nonmembers in church this week. We also are getting a baptism all lined up for February with a part member family that we found. Her name is E______ and her husband is a member but was inactive. We found them and got their number at the train station in Busto, called them up, and went and saw them, so now she is our most solid Investigator. They didn’t know there even was a church in Busto until we found them. She is very committed and there family is from Peru, so we gave them El Libro de Mormon haha. They are great and they have a very cute family: One 3 year old boy and one 10 year old boy who we are looking to baptize as well. Also we have another investigator A_____ who came to church for the first time after 3 weeks of trying to get him there. I think he liked it. He is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. So we are super excited and the work is hastening! M_________ that we baptized on the 21st is baptizing the 8 year old this week since he got the priesthood this Sunday. We are proud of him and he will be a strong member in the church. There are about 6 part member families in the ward where 1 member is a leader or active member in the church and the other family members don’t want anything to do with it. It makes me sad to see such dedicated members give everything they have for their service in the church but their own family is not sealed in the temple. Sad, but we are praying that these part member families are being prepared also. 

Sounds like you all had a nice holiday. I’m glad you got to go skiing with Ellie and sounds about like Maverick Mountain. No one there haha. Makes for some good snow I’m sure. Wish I could have been at the cabin with you guys and Congrats to little sister Ellis on getting into college.

 Love you all and Happy New Year!

Anziano Benson

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