Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Apr 24, 2017

We had some good experiences this week! We went to the mission home and had new missionary training. That was fantastic. I loved being back there. But then one cool experience was the other night. We were praying about where to go. We had the prompting to go knock on this random house. A woman came out and she was very friendly. She started talking about the trials in her life. There was so many I thought it was a joke. We testified of God's love for her and of the plan of salvation. We said a prayer with her and she said she felt peace. It was cool to literally be moved by the hand of God to somebody in need!









Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy late Easter!

Apr 17, 2017

This week flew by for sure. We talked to a lot of people. Since we are both brand new we are trying to find solid people to teach. I'm not really sure how it happened but by the grace of God we hit our goals for the week! That sure was a miracle. Two people randomly showed up to church. One of which was the son of a family returning to activity in the Church. He is now wanting to be baptized!

Later on Sunday, we prayed to find more people to teach. After being rejected a couple of times we saw a man washing his car. We went up to talk to him. He was very friendly, then his two sons (3 and 4) ran towards us and started talking. Then their mom too. Next thing we know we are talking to the nicest family ever. They had just moved from Florida because the father retired from the Army. They said they were looking for a church. We testified of the Restoration and we are coming back tonight.

Well, I hope everyone had a good Easter. I sure did. It is a wonderful time of the year to reflect on the gift of the Savior. It is really because of Him every good thing comes into our life. Because of His resurrection, we too will live again. All that is unfair in life can be made right through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. What a wonderful truth it is that He lives today! And he directs His church by revelation to His Prophets and Apostles. Love you all!


I got to see a lot of the other missionaries like Elder Taylor 
and my old companions and the Welchs at Zone Conference!

Elder Keetch my MTC comp, is now my DL and we went on exchanges the other day!




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 10, 2017

Being doubled in is fun! Neither of us had really any idea what was going on! I love Kentucky in the spring. It's so green! I have a really nice area. Not a lot of ghetto and a lot of middle class. Really friendly people out here too. 

We were praying to find people to teach and we walked into church Sunday and there was a man sitting in the foyer. We introduced ourselves. He said it was his first time coming back to church in 5 years. He just really felt like he should come again. He has a fiance and a brand new baby. Before he left church, he came up to us. He had tears in his eyes. I knew He felt the Spirit and the love of Heavenly Father. He gave us his number and asked us to come by. Was it a coincidence that our first time in the ward was his first time in 5 years? No. God knows His children.
Love Elder Verdoni

1. Elder Folino my new companion!
2. Our district



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

TRANSFERS

Apr 3,2017

Well Just like it says I am being transferred one last time. I am going to Kentucky! I am really excited to labor in this part of the Lord's vineyard. 

This week I had a really neat experience. We met a man through unusual circumstances. He described how his life had been hard to him and how he had never really gone to church or prayed. He is in his 60's and lives alone. I was surprised when he invited us back. We came and we taught about God, our Heavenly Father and how He loves us. I invited him to pray and was surprised when he accepted. I didn't think he was going to. He said he didn't know how, So I got down by his side and taught him how. I again was surprised at his willingness to pray with us and kneel down. 

He said his first prayer and it was heartfelt. He let us come back again and this time we taught about Jesus Christ and His Atonement, about the peace and happiness that can come from forgiveness. He then accepted the commitment to pray and ask to be forgiven. He had prayed every day since the last time we met. This was now Sunday morning and we invited him to General Conference the next hour and he came. He loved it. Step by step he is coming to know that God that gave him life, his Father. It was a really cool experience. Everybody has potential and it is never too late for anybody.

I really enjoyed watching the Lord's servants. I sustain them and follow their counsel. They are men of God. There is truly a prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson, there are 12 apostles and this church is led by the Living Christ. 
Elder Verdoni











Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mar 27, 2017

Hello everyone! this week was great. We went on a lot of exchanges and talked to a lot of people.
The other day I had a real neat experience with the scriptures. I turned to Preach my Gospel and studied the Restoration in the Book of Mormon. I felt a strong Spirit and things really made sense to me. I was really excited to share that Heavenly Father has brought back so much truth so that we wouldn't be blind.

And we found a lady and had the most powerful restoration lesson. The Book of Mormon truly is the word of God brought forth by His power through the prophet Joseph Smith so that we would not be blinded by the craftiness of men.

We went on two exchanges, the second one I trio'd with some Elders in Oxford, one has been out almost 9 months and the other 7 months. I went just because I wanted to. It was so fun! They are some young elders. I didn't realize how long I had been in the mission until that moment. It was such a blast. They asked me questions the whole time and it was a really neat teaching experience. I was way impressed by them.  

Oh also before one of the exchanges we all stayed at the ZLs place and moved all the mattresses outside on the patio. It was pretty cold.
I love life!





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mar 20, 2017

We had a really cool experience with finding this week! We had a thought after we prayed to go visit a family that we contacted a month ago. We knocked on their door and the grandmother let us in. She looked really distraught. She was dealing with a bunch of paperwork to keep her mother in a nursing home because she had a massive stroke, which left blind and deaf. She can't really speak anymore either. We testified of God's love and the Restoration of Christ's gospel. She cried and was at peace. We left a book of Mormon and asked for referrals. Her grandkids she is raising quickly piped up and shared their friends. They walked us over to their friend's house and that mom let us in too! then her kids gave us referrals. It was a fun chase for sure. I am doing very well and its finally starting to get warm.
Sure Love you!









Monday, March 13, 2017

Mar 13, 2017

Hey Everyone! This week was soooo good. We had a Zone conference in Muncie and that was a blast to be in my old area. We went to Indianapolis temple afterwards and that was so neat. I felt the spirit so strong. We had a member call us earlier this week. He had a friend who was going through a really hard time. so we met up with him at the members house and taught the restoration. I felt the Spirit testify through me as we bore witness of Christ's restored gospel and His love. We also were able to go see a family and testify of the Book of Mormon and how we can find peace through it.

I had my own experience of that earlier. I was starting to do college stuff and I got really stressed. I didn't know what I was doing and my questions couldn't be answered. And I didn't know what to do. At the point where I was about to pull out my hair, I realized I hadn't read my scriptures yet! I hadn't involved God in my life. I walked into the Chapel and knelt in prayer. Then I read the Book of Mormon and how it testified of having the power of the Holy Ghost in my life as I exercise faith in Christ. I felt so much peace and relief. I felt the Power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ comfort me through the Holy Ghost. I then said another prayer. The answers came clearly and I felt reconnected with God. Always Read and pray even if you are busy, because you don't want to be busy without Heavenly Father's hand in your life. Love you!
Elder Verdoni