Robert's Mission Call 12 03 2009

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Dear mom and dad!
(mom share this message with dad cause I'm running out of time! ha ha)
Dang that was a freaking long letter! But that is so cool to hear about everything that is going on at home! yes I heard from Coulton, Matt and Andy! And also Jack Rihneer! Before I forget can you try to get Whitney Wilcox's email for me too? Thanks for Ashlee's!!! I'll write her next week for sure cause I had a ton of emails today.
But don't worry everything here is going good! My comp and I are fine we get along good and it just seems to get better each day! Ya it's not perfect but it is good!
So for a little story... last night i invited these two 29 year old guys to get baptized and they said yes! The spirit was so strong so I just did it! So hopefully if all goes well and they accept the rest of the lessons it will all work out! It totally makes all the long and hard days totally worth it! I'm so excited and happy to be here! It seems like I learn to enjoy it more and more each day!
The Italian is OK! I'm still learning it but I think I'm improving a bit! Anziano Mosley is a really good missionary and teaches really well so I think I'm learning a lot from him!
Dad I know your job might be hard sometimes but it's better than nothing! Plus that is sweet that you guys have that new car! I want one that gets gas mileage like that!
I cant wait to get your guys packages either! You guys are so so nice and loving! Too nice! ha ha and I think I'll get it June 22nd or something like that. I think that's when our next zone conference is. I'm excited for it so thanks!!! :)
I love you both so so much and pray for you guys every night! and yes for Brian too! He is growing up so so fast! I love him so much too! Make sure he is a good boy and doesn't turn out like me! ha ha ha jk!
That's so sad to hear about uncle David and all them.... that's just hard. I will definitely keep all of them in my prayers for the next little bit.
But we are teaching Giovanni the first lesson later tonight! So hopefully everything goes well! He seems interested so I'm optimistic for it! I'm eating good don't worry!! ha ha a lot of focaccia :) There are no bad things! ha ha except for the bubbly water! That stuff is just something that I can't seem to get used to!
But ya it is exciting that all my buddy's are out serving the Lord! I know we will all be blessed for it and He is looking out for all of us! but ya please let me know where Beau is going!
That is so freakin funny that you punk'd McClain like that! I busted up when I heard that! ha ha ha ha! Oh also can you send me Anthony's email too. I need and want to check up on him! He needs some type of good influence so I wanna be there and try to be a good example for him.
But yes everything here is just going great! The weather is so nice... a little hot... but we get to take our jackets off in a week so that will be nice!
My testimony just seems to grow and grow each day! Ya it is kinda easy to get discouraged but then it all goes away once you are able to share the gospel with someone! It really does change peoples lives and hopefully I can help some people! I would love to see Zio Pino one of these days! I did meet that one elder and he is nice! All of the anziani here are ballin!!! so ya I'm happy to be here and love you both so dang much! You guys are the best! :) I can't wait to get both of your guys email next week! I LOVE YOU GUYS :) never forget that!
Thanks for everything.
With much love,
Anziano Robert Bona

Dear Brian,
I'm doing great dude!!!! :) How are you!? Geez you are growing up so fast!!! That's so cool that you had your first cam pout! They are so dang fun you are gonna love all of them!! I did and I know you will too! But ya go Suns!!!! I hope they win too! Keep me updated! Thanks!! And that's sweet you went to Classic! And oh that's sad about Miss Rawlins... who is your teacher gonna be next year? I love you so much and miss you tons! Have so much fun at your party tomorrow! Be good and listen to mom an dad! :)
love your ballin brother,
Anziano robert bona :)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Dear Mom and Dad!!!
I don't have a bunch of time right now so I gotta write you both together!! ha I'm glad that dads job is going well and everything is going well at home! I got an email from beau and Kourtney which was nice! Tell them both to check there emails today but not to answer back till next Tuesday! ha ha
So that is awesome that Scott and Matt are going into the mission soon! They will love it. That's sad to hear about McKay and the Wittingham kid. I hope that they are both OK! I don't look down on either of them! Missions aren't easy!!! hahahaha
But mom don't worry I eat just fine!!! I promise! I think I'm gonna grab some focaccia for lunch today!!! Jealous!?!? ;) hahahaha
But normally on a normal day we leave the apartment around 10ish to 1030. Then we do work till around 1 and that's when we go have lunch. Then we start work up again around 3ish sometimes a little earlier just depends! haha Then just normally get some little snack then eat when we get back at home around 9 or 930. Last week kinda sucked because Friday we had to stay in because my companion was sick and then Saturday I caught it and had to stay in on Saturday too!!! It was not fun at all!!! hahaha But we both feel way better now so don't worry!!!
We had our first zone conference on Monday in Torino and it was nice! It was really good!
But about the memory card ya just put it in the package your gonna send!!! And yes I have the new address! haha it is... Via della Republica 58/21 18038, San Remo (IM) Italia. if you wanna just send letters to there you can do that to. but if you ever wanna send packages send them to the mission home!!!
So ya besides being sick the last week has been good! and yes I do like doing casa! We get like a billion doors slammed in our face or people just wont answer, but when they do and they let you in and you get the chance to share the gospel you just feel so good! haha
So yesterday was interesting! It was the first day in a few days that we went out to do finding work cause before we were sick and in Torino.... so yesterday moring we left with a great attitude ready to work hard and find people that were ready to accept the gospel. Except the whole moring we got stuck doing my permesso di soggiorno stuff, then after lunch we had to go clear out to the outskirts of town to meet with this lady, who we dropped cause she is just kinda crazy ha, so by that time it was like 4 and we hadn't done any real finding work. So then we started to do casa..... and we got nothing!!!!! It sucked and was discouraging because we prayed so much and so hard to find someone today but we didn't.... and it was hot and Anz Mosley was just being annoying so it was just kinda sucky!!!! But at 730 we had our English class that we teach every Tuesday night. I was happy to go to it just to get a break and get inside somewhere. So we did it then after this 16 year old boy named Giovanni comes up to us and says... there is something different about your guys church, can you teach me all about it?.... It was just like an answer to our prayers!!! hahaha it was great! He is under 18 so he had to get his parents permission so we called him later that night and they said that he can meet with us so it turned out great!! It was so cool to see how the Lord really does place people in your path so you can get the chance to share the gospel with them! I think we are gonna start meeting with him later this week! It totally strengthened my testimony and made me so happy to be out here! so ya hopefully everything goes well with him!!!! hahaha So ya there is a little story!
But ya everything is going just fine for now don't worry! My shoes are just fine now! I prayed that they would work out and the next time I wore them they felt fine! I think i just needed to break them in a bit!! hahaha so ya everything is good here the weather and food and all is great! I know if we do what we are supposed to the Lord will provide a way for it to all work out and happen!!!
I love you guys so so much and am so excited to get your guys package!! :) You are both the best!!! Can't wait to here from you guys next week!!! Love you both and make sure Brian isn't being a puck!!! haha
LOVE Anziano Robert Bona

That's cool that everyone is waiting for there mission stuff! Missions are legit my friend! That's ballin that you get your Wii! play it extra tons for me to! haha Your gonna have such a fun summer I'm so excited for you! I love you so so much! Be a good boy and listen to mom and dad!!! What is going on in the sports world!? Gotta let me know ;)
iIlove you so much and miss you tons! love ya bro

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mission President and Companion

We recieved a letter last Thurday the 13th from President Dunaway, Robert's mission President. He sent us the following picture of Robert with his companion, Anziano Mosley.

Robert had told us previously that President Dunaway was an amazing man, and from his picture you can tell he is.

Benvenuto a San Remo Anziano Bona, e buon lavoro!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May 12, 2010 San Remo

Dear Family!!!

Yes I'm doing good don't worry! I was just a bit tired because the day before I had walked all over the place and my legs and feet were hurting. But guess what!?!?! Now they are fine!! ha ha I promise they feel great and I'm doing good too so don't worry!
It was so nice to be able to talk to everyone twice in a week too! It made me so so happy! ha ha and ya the trip was long but it was good. The Duomo the first day was ballin. It is so dang big and so pretty! But kinda creepy at the same time! ha ha But I was with Anz Barney and one of the AP's and we went around talking to people and what not ha I was way nervous but it turned out ok because he was there to help us when we didn't know what was going on ha ha But ya there were a ton of Asians it was so nuts!!! I was basically laughing the whole time!! hahaha jk.
But my first week here has been good! It really is beautiful here and the members are really nice and sweet! The food and gelato are just balling too! Focaccia is just too good too! Americans are totally missing out! haha
Our mission standard is to have 20 lessons a week so that is what we are shooting for! This week we didn't quite get it because there was just so much going on stuff! ha Approaching people isn't that bad anymore. The first day or so I just walked around because I was just scared ha ha but now I can do it just fine! I just can't say to much afterward is my problem ha ha actually I'm OK I just don't respond back as fast as I should because it takes a while because I have to think of what to say and all!! Once I get the language down I will be set!
Yes don't worry we are getting along just fine! It's not as good as Dunshee and I but it is going really good!!! I just feel bad because he is sick today! Poor guy. He woke up with a fever and all but he is doing a lot better now!
As for the food we each buy our own food and all ha and he has only had to cook once ha other then that we just get a little foccacia or just don't really eat. I don't get that hungry out here it's kinda weird! And for right now I don't need to buy anything that costs a lot of money so I am just fine with that! Anything that you wanna send that is not an email just send it to the mission home for now. The mailing system here in San Remo is really bad and things get stolen or lost so whatever you wanna send just send it to there. You should already have that address!
I'm glad dad is enjoying work! That makes me really happy! And that is awesome Beau is coming over for dinner in a few nights! Tell him hi for me. And ya it was really cool to see Scott and all his family! I love them they are so nice! Thanks for the complements but I think they are a little overrated hahahaha!
So something interesting that happened was that I already had a scambi (splits) with the district leader ha. We had district meeting here and then I went back to Sevona with Anziano West. I got to know him better and he is really nice too. All of the missionaries here are really nice good guys. It's been cool though, we've taught a lot of people and it's just really cool to see what a bunch of people think about our church and stuff. This one one girl Adriana is progressing really well and we are all really excited for her!
Um at the moment we don't know the exact address to our apartment ha ha but if you wanna send anything you can just send it to the mission house in Opera and I will get it..... sometime... hahaha
But nope Kourtney didn't email me.... :( but it's OK she's busy and what not with school ending so it's OK. I have her address but I'm not gonna email her this week cause she is probably busy. Maybe she will email me next week ha
But yes everything is going great here and I'm happy to be here! Really!!! hahaha How is everything? How is work and the ward doing? I hope all is ok! ha Let me know, keep me updated :) oh quick favor real quick.... Ashlee Whit has written me a few times and I never got the chance to write her back so can you get on my face book and tell her it is you and get her email address for me so I can just email her instead of having to buy stamps ha if you could do that that would be great!!!
Well I love you all so so very much!!!! and miss you all but I am happy to be doing the Lords work here! Can't wait to here from you all next week!!!!

Love Anziano Robert Bona!

(Brian's letter)

Hey bud!!!!
I'm doing great! It was so nice to hear from you on Sunday!!! We are teaching a few people and the moment and it is sweet! But ya the food is just ballin!!! hahaha :) That's so fun that you are going to get a Wii! I'm jealous, your gonna have so much fun with it! That sucks for the Jazz though... oh well there is always next year! Keep me updated on sports though!!! hahaha
Keep doing good in school!!! I love you so much and miss you tons!!!
Your the best! I LOVE YOU
Love Anziano Robert Bona

PS: If you want to know more about Elder Bona's phone call home on Mother's Day, go here.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

City #1 San Remo

We received a call from the mission home today letting us know that Robert arrived just fine. He spent the day with President Dunaway and the office staff.

Sister Dunaway called to let us know that Robert is a wonderful young man who smiles a lot and seems happy and that he is very polite and will be a great missionary.

She also told us that he will be serving with an Anziano Mosley (sp) in the city of San Remo.

Here are a few pictures of the area and a map...

Sanremo[1](Sanrœmu in Ligurian) is a city with about 57,000 inhabitants on the Mediterranean coast of western Liguria in north-western Italy. It was founded in Roman times and is now best known as a tourist destination on the Italian Riviera and the host of cultural events such as the Sanremo Music Festival and the Milan-Sanremo cycling classic arrival.
Sanremo enjoys special weather conditions throughout the year due to its vicinity to the Mediterranean Sea and the presence of Maritime Alps right behind the town, Monte Bignone, the highest peak, being some 1,300 m above the sea level. So the town shows a climate that is often described as one of 'perpetual spring', with warm days and chilly nights and little variation of temperature around the year. These conditions make Sanremo one of the most attractive tourist destinations on the Italian Riviera.


These are the latest pictures from Elder Bona...his last few weeks in the MTC

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Robert called home today! He is doing great. He left the MTC this morning for Italy..
to know what he said, go here....
He will email us with companion and city info in the next day or so.....