Robert's Mission Call 12 03 2009

Thursday, October 27, 2011


Dear mom and dad,
Thanks for your emails this week!
It was a good week. We had district conference and yup I got to sit by Alli with my companion so it was cool to see her again. Don't know if it will happen again, we will just see, with the possible transfers.
Conference was awesome. Elder Lopez of the Seventy was there and spoke Saturday and Sunday. His talks were all really good and I translated some but not a ton because Anz Winward helped me translate for Victor so it was cool. Last Saturday was Anz Free's birthday as well. The conference that day was in Livorno, the city were he is serving so we went there, attended conference and to chill with him on his birthday. After the conference we went to a member's house with Anz Free. The members were awesome and crazy. They are south American people who are so chill. They made us super good food and we got to play Wii with them. We played the funniest game that you guys need to get! It's the Michael Jackson game for the Wii. You dance to it and it's just so fun!!! ha ha I wish I  had my camera! As you can see we had a nice time. Then Sunday we had the Conference in Firenze. It was really good. Monday was a great day too. We had our interviews with President Wolfgramm. He is so inspired and such a great man! He really is called of God to lead and guide our mission! My interview with him went so well. I love that man... he is great!
By the way, I got both of my packages! Thank you so so much for everything in them! Much needed!!!
After all that, Anz Free and I started our scambio. We got home around 9 on Monday evening so we just went straight to bed. Yesterday we had a fantastic day! We had a super bomb lesson with Louis, our new investigator and we set a baptismal date with him! :) it's for the 27th of November. Keep praying for him! We just taught him about baptism and read 2 Nephi 31 with him and it all went well!
The only negative thing is that the second we finished the lesson and got out it started flooding, literally!!! It was crazy! The water was at our shins! You know what that means? Yes... our clothes got owned!!!!! ha ha We ran home and we were just laughing the whole time cause we knew we were soaked!!! We just stayed in after that because it was crazy out there!!! Today it's better and it's sunny and a decent nice day!! I don't know how that works out but it just kinda does!!!
It is great that you saw some of my friends at Magelbys fresh! That place is so so yummy! I miss their french toast!! Next time you see any of them let them know I say hi!
So...a new ward or changes...huh? It is going to be way interesting.... hmm... I hope we get some cool people in our ward but I'm so glad that we are staying in it cause I love them tons!
We have another baptism this week! Nicolo is getting in there! We are so happy! He is awesome! :) It's always a good week when someone is getting baptized!!!
Just as FYI I've spent a lot of personal money the last few days.... sorry :( because we had so much traveling we had to do this past weekend. Unfortunately my comp also got his credit card eaten so I had to pay for him too.... .. ugh. oh well it happens! Sorry about that, I hope it is OK, We should be getting money again soon.
Well overall things are still going OK. I think I'm staying for another one month here and that Anz Winward is moving to another city. (but who knows?) I will let you know next week! Well I love you guys tons! Thanks so much for everything!! You guys really are the best!!! take care let me know how things go!!!!
vi voglio bene
Anziano Bona

Thursday, October 20, 2011


Dear mom and dad,
So I will start off quickly by telling you guys that Victor's baptism was awesome! It all went perfect. Fratello Giannelli baptized him. It was awesome and interesting because he is literally 1/2 size of Victor! ha ha Victor is huge and a sharp looking brother too! Sunday was amazing too. He asked me if I would be the one to confirm him. I was so honored. It was amazing. I honestly felt like I was an instrument of the Lord - literally- when I was blessing him. It was the first time I was able to do that. It was amazing... the Spirit was so strong!

Dad thanks for your email! It was awesome and what you said was so true! Thanks for being a great worthy priesthood holder! You are exactly what our family needs! Thanks for your example! :)
I'm glad you liked the pics! I think I will be sending some more soon! you guys want to hear my story for the week? It's actually pretty funny.... so there is this "crazy" lady who lives under us who always yells at us. I can't remember if I've told you about her or not before... anyway... so I was on a scambio with Anziano Patullo from Monday to Tuesday afternoon. For lunch we were cooking and the smoke alarm went off. I knew this would be a problem so I thought "we gotta shut it off quickly" because I knew she would come up and yell at us for being loud. So we started looking for it but we couldn't find it!!!! Then I heard it!.... The door rang.....  I answered it and there she was. La "Strega" (I think that's how you spell it? ha ha). I told her how it was an accident and that we are trying to turn it off. Suddenly she came into our apartment. Kicks me straight up in the knee and then kicks over all the trash. So I tell her we are calling the cops because it's not the first time she came up and touched me and caused a "casino" (big scene) like this. So she tells me to do it and then she tells me she is going to break my face and going to kill me. That's when it kinda made me laugh and I should have ignored the comment but I just said to try it and see what happens: the Lord would protect me....that is when she just left and slammed the door. Man it was fun ha ha bless her heart! We have been praying for this lady to stop being mean to us but it is just not working at the moment! Oh well happens.
To answer your question Mom, the person from Milano is Susana! Her cousin is Percy! They are awesome! Tell them I say hi! Oh more good news! I don't know if you remember Nick and Omas from Ravenna but they are people I started teaching and taught them about 2/3s of everything. They got baptized :) so that makes me happy!!! :)
Overall things are going really well. No worries at all. We just need to make our investigator pool a bit bigger now. So ya I think that is all for now! Have a great week. I will keep you all in my prayers. Have a great week! I love you guys tons! ciao ciao!
Love Anziano Bona
Note to Grandpa:
Hey grandpa!
How are you guys doing!? Well I just wanted to take a sec and tell you guys I love you! Thanks for all you guys do for my family! All here is going great! Victor, one of our investigators just got baptized and I had the honor of confirming him. It really was amazing. This gospel is such a great blessing in our lives! Thanks for being such a great example to all of us! Have a great week! Tell Lorraine I love her too and am so dang thankful for her as well! Well I gotta go so take care! ciao ciao!
love anziano bona

Anz Bona in Ravenna at the Dam


Monday, October 17, 2011


Thank you to Fabrizio Gianelli for this photo!
Victor was baptized on Saturday Oct 15, 2011
and this photo was taken that evening!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

LA SPEZIA w/ Anz Winward

Zone Conference

Another great blessing of serving in Italy~
Anz Barnes amd Anz Bona
we have grown up in the same ward since we were 8 yrs old!

Paolo and Anz Winward


Arno River


silly,goofy elders...oh my...