Conference Talks on Marriage

Hey Famiglia!

This last week was awesome!  I really enjoyed General Conference, holy cow.  It was really good, and lots of fun.  We watched it in the church with all of the other missionaries.  I dunno if it’s just because I’m coming back soon, but it seemed to me that all the general authorities talked about was marriage, haha.  Maybe it’s because there’s like 30,000 missionaries about to finish their missions this summer.  Who knows!  Haha.  I really enjoyed all the talks.  The music was really good too.  I took lots of notes on all of them, and actually we’re gonna catch the rest of the talks tomorrow.

Easter we spent in the church, haha.  I was in the church from 10:30 to 8:30 on Sunday, and we caught all of the sessions and ate lunch in there.  I packed a couple sandwiches.  It was a good little marathon.  I got a little Easter basket from Sister Stevens in the office, and some more from Sister Sutton.  The office missionaries are SO great.  I’m so glad I got to meet all of them, and see what really goes on behind the scenes up here!  It’s a lot of work.

Yesterday we gave our house a good thorough spring cleaning.  It looks amazing now, haha.  I love having a nice clean house.  I’m going to be a lot neater of a person after my mission than I was before!  haha.

So I’ve got a TON of photos from this week and last week.  It’s kind of a double whammy because I didn’t send any last week since I emailed early that day.  Me and Anziano Castillo still haven’t had the chance to go out and eat yet, but we’ll have to do it soon.  We got invited for a FHE [family home evening] last night at a Filipino member’s house (the Lesano family), and it was also Brother Lesano’s birthday.  I had Filipino food coming out of my ears by the time we left, and literally a couple bags of it too, because they sent us away with a good bit.  There were so many spring rolls!!!!  Seriously hundreds.

This week me and Anziano Castillo are determined on getting a fresh baptismal date.  Right now we have all the names and all of the contacts we need from our finding efforts, but last week was really busy for all of them, and it was really hard to get appointments with them all.  We’re getting my LAST transfer call of the mission this Saturday!!! Holy cow.  That’s bizzarre.  I’m not overly anxious about it, because chances are I’ll probably stick with Anziano Castillo to finish training him.  I’m really excited.  We’ll have to see though!

This week we did a General Conference activity.  It was a chalk activity at the Spanish Steps advertising our General Conference.  It was actually a really good conversation starter.  People were really interested about the idea of a conference like this because they are pretty used to the idea of big gatherings with the Pope speaking to people.

We were teaching our golden investigator Eduardo [name has been changed] again this week (who can’t get baptized because he works for a disabled man almost 24/7 and can’t come to church) and we taught him about tithing.  As we were getting started explaining the principle of tithing, he chimed in, “I think it’s important to do it with a willing heart, too!  Not because we feel obliged!”  Haha.  He is so GOLD.  He loves everything we have to teach.  We are praying he can find a new job!!  He’s really tired of it himself.  We are searching for a miracle for him.  I’m sure we’ll get one!

Well, I’ve gotta run.  Randy’s bike looks super cool!!! Tell him congrats on it!

Ciao!
Anziano Jones

Note:  Craig wasn’t kidding when he said there were TONS of photos this week.  He sent me 127 of them, but I went through them and picked 50 of the best ones to post here on the blog.  He didn’t give me descriptions for any of them, but it appears that most were taken at various places around Rome.

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Anziano Castillo and a sister missionary who looks like she is having a fabulous day!

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Jonathan (a member), Anziano Line, and Craig

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I think it’s funny that he’s so excited about a can of root beer.

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This must be the feast prepared by the Lesano family.

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And I bet this cute little guy is the Lesano’s son.

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The rest of these pictures were taken today when the missionaries went to Castel Sant’ Angelo for P-day.  In English, the name is Castle of the Holy Angel.

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Craig and Anziano Line

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Craig and his companion, Anziano Castillo.

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Craig and Anziano Castillo

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