Monday, December 26, 2016


Hope everyone had a great Christmas! I had an amazing time with my family. I had a blast this last week. We had two mission Christmas Conferences. They were so much fun. They were pretty much mission Christmas parties. It was amazing. I was with my friends and we were celebrating the birth of our Savior. What is better than that?

This has been a great season to reflect on the gift that Jesus Christ really is. I have pondered and teared up many times this last week. How amazing is it that we have a savior! Heavenly Father wanted us to return with Him and have the same eternal happiness He has. So He created a plan for us. He created a world for us. And He sent our fist parents, Adam and Eve. As a part of His plan, they partook of the fruit. Because of that we could be born, learn and grow from mistakes and now experience happiness. He gave us the opportunity to choose to do good and follow Him. But also with that, sin and death came into the world. Misery and sorrow. All of us would pass through this, and all of us would make mistakes and sin. Heavenly Father knew this was going to happen. So He provided a Savior, Jesus Christ. He overcame sin and death. He has overcome every effect of the fall of Adam. Because of Jesus Christ, we can return. Because of him, we will live again. we can find forgiveness, healing, love, joy and happiness. He overcame sin but he also overcame everything. We don't have to be miserable. We don't have to be stressed. We have a Savior. A Redeemer. A loving Father in Heaven who knows us. So He sent His son, to help us. This life is supposed to be joyous. And because of Jesus Christ, it can be.

What a beautiful time of they year where we get to celebrate this amazing gift being born into the world! I testify that God lives and loves us. Jesus Christ also lives and it is through Him we can find our happiness. I love you all!

Monday, December 19, 2016

This week was fantastic. It was really cold. Thursday was a snow day,! It snowed and rained freezing water then everything froze too! Our car doors were frozen shut haha. 

We went to the airport to drop off some departing missionaries. It was weird because those were the Sisters I came out with. But man this week was jam packed of stuff. So many good things. 

I ate this hot sauce called king pepper. It is 500 times hotter than a Jalapeno. It was the hottest thing I have eaten in my life. I cried for 20 min. I didnt mean to my body was just freaking out. If air touched my mouth it burned. My body was freaking out haha. Man that hurt so bad. Most pain I have ever been in ever. It was great. 

But I am doing well. This week is going to be so great. It's Christmas week! I love Christmas. Such a great time of the year for everyone to remember our Savior Jesus Christ. He was born, He lived, He died, and He rose again. Jesus Christ lives. It is through Him we can find healing and happiness. This I know to be true. I am a changed person. My worries have gone away. I am not stressed I am not angry. The promise is real "My yoke is easy and my burden is light". 
Love you all!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Jesus taught others and so can you!

Good afternoon! This week was very good. We had the opportunity to be taught from the director of proselyting in the missionary department. I learned a lot more about how I can be more effective and how I can better teach repentance. 

We applied what we learned and saw a lot of miracles. Inviting others to repent and come closer to the Savior is amazing. One of the people we are teaching has had a big change of heart this week. His wife and kids got baptized 6 months ago. His whole countenance is changing. He wants to change and be a better man. He desires a happier family. We invited them to pray together as a family and taught about how that is a commandment. 

He was so excited to keep this commitment he made to God. Sincere and authentic prayer is the one sure thing that will change the trajectory of our lives. It is when we can create a relationship and communicate with God. I know He listens. The power of family prayer is the one sure thing to keep happiness in a home and love in a family. I know from my experience with my family, that family prayer will change the lives of the children and parents forever.
Love you all!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dec 5, 2016

Well, things here have been great. I am now on the west side of Cincinnati. I am having a blast. My two companions are hilarious and we have so much fun together. 

We have really been seeing the hand of God in our work. After an extremely busy week, by the grace of God, we were able to reach our goals. Heavenly Father really does want to bless us. He wants to grant us our righteous desires. And something I do know to be true is that when we are obedient and faithful He will pour out blessings on us. In my case more than I think I really deserve. But He is a loving Father. And it's great. We rely on Him and have fun and we get a lot done! Things always seem to work out somehow. 

Funny story: we were trying to get dinner one night and we tried 4 different places and for various reasons, we couldn't go. Then... I was peer pressured into a hard decision. I didnt want to starve so I had Mcdonalds for the first time in a year and a half. I tried to go my whole mission without it but that didn't pan out. Oh well haha. 
Love you all!!
Elder Verdoni

Letter to Mom - asked what his new responsibilities were:

I love the Christmas season! We have helped people set up lights and trees already. It is so much fun. 

Hmm, responsibilities? Well, criteria wise we are to run a model area and baptize. We minister to Zone Leaders and help them fulfill their responsibilities. We also minister to all the missionaries in the mission. We are to teach love and bless. To live the vision President Welch has set and show how it works. We also assist President Welch in all his responsibilities. We spend everyday in the office helping with the affairs of the mission. We are some pretty busy people haha.

This week was crazy how fast it went by. The day of transfers we had to pretty much run around the mission giving people stuff they forgot and left behind. But pretty much we are missionaries to missionaries and it's great. The Lord really blesses us too! We don't have very much time to proselyte but yet we have so many people to teach. We receive so many referrals and Heavenly Father literally brings people to us. It is actually pretty weird. But I love it. I love being here. We get t literally help everyone in the mission with stuff.