Robert's Mission Call 12 03 2009

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Dear Mom and Dad,

Hey guys!!! I'm glad that the house is all in order! That's good.
Please don't worry Andrea will be feeding me EVERY Tuesday night as long as I am here in La Spezia. ha ha. He is a great kid. There has been such a great change in him. He reminds me a lot of myself ha ha. I pray that I can stay here throughout the holidays! That would be so good. I'll be so sad if I get transferred the week right before Christmas! Oh well we will see what happens.
This past week was good. It went by so fast. Things with Luis are good. We feel that he made some good steps. He just got work on Monday so now it's gonna be a bit harder to meet with him. It's a great blessing but at same time kinda stinks a bit 'cause we wont be able to see him as much! ha ha But we are happy he finally found some work.
Our finding work seems to be getting a bit harder. We've just had a few tough weeks finding, and it's probably gonna get harder before it gets better thanks to the holidays. I remember last year.... ugh it was a pain! ha ha But just because it's harder doesn't mean we are gonna give up!!!! It just means that there are more chances for us to see amazing miracles! :)
We did find this man named Matthew who seems pretty dang bravo, but he just lives outside of La Spezia and it just almost seems impossible for him to get to church.... we are gonna have to find a way to work it all out!
That is a super amazing story about Mr. Deeds.  :) I don't got much to say about it because you can't really explain with words the feelings that come after hearing that!

I'm still trying my best. It can be hard sometimes. Especially when you wake up not feeling good and it's freakin cold and stuff. But it's OK because it'll all be worth it in the long run. Things are going well though, and  Saturday is gonna be sick. A member here is getting married to a member from San Remo (my first city), and it is taking place here in La Spezia!!!! So members from San Remo are coming here! I'm so stoked to see them!!! That's gonna be so fun! I'll let you know how that goes!

So... pretty much all is good! Anz Angel is so chill and we are just having a good time. and PS.... we have been listening to Christmas music for the last 3 weeks!!! ha ha we love Christmas! :) ha ha
Well have a great week! I love you guys tons!!!! ciao ciao!!!

love Anziano Bona


Dear Mom and Dad!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Please eat so much for me too!!! I love that food and miss it tons! ha ha The activity at the base was awesome. Man it was so much fun to play around and just chill! And it was so good to eat some good American food too! Man we all ate so much it was hilarious! We took a few pics and had a good time. Over all it was a success! There was only one downside... and that was the day after we were all so dang sore and like couldn't walk! I couldn't sleep 'cause my legs and back hurt so much! It was really crazy! Now we all feel better thankfully! ha ha
Overall things are going well here. Anziano Angel is chill. We have fun and all is good. I'm just so tired lately!! And the holiday season is always rough cause I miss home and my friends a ton. But it's OK. We are still going forward!
I am really so thankful for my mission. It has been amazing and I wouldn't trade it for the world. The things I've seen, felt, and been a part of have solidified my testimony. I'm still not perfect and I'm so so far from it. But now I know what I need to do to piano piano get better. I am really so thankful for the church. It's awesome :)
Thank you guys for your emails! ha ha I'm gonna keep mine short too cause I'm super tired and need to go to bed soon! Good luck with all the house stuff! I love you guys tons!! I'll write more next time!
vi voglio bene :)

love anziano bona

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


P-day started with going to Cinqueterre
Anziano Bona had the opportunity to go there one last time.
Little did he, or anyone else know, that a few weeks later 
there would be major flooding in this part of Italy
and several of these towns have been destroyed.
Hopefully wiith time they will be rebuilt. 

Bona and Winward

Good friend, Alli, from high school.
She is doing study abroad in Italy this semester!

2 days worth of 5 o'clock shadows...
that is what happens when you have sensitive skin

Another p-day spent in Pisa with the elders from there.

Bushman, Bona, Lenhardt, Andrea Manucci, and Winward

Victor's baptism

Bona, Nicolo, and Winward

Gianelli and Nicolo

Anz Angel, new companion


Dear Mom and Dad,

How are you guys doing?! Sounds like things are going pretty well! I'm really glad. I'm happy that you guys got the pics and I'm glad you enjoyed them! ha ha It had been a while! Ya Cinqueterra is so legit. Peccato that the flood jacked it up for a while. One day it'll be back to normal though. Dude, dad I loved the story that you shared. Freak Lion King is so deep! I love it! It's true. we need to always remember who we are and what we stand for ;)

So this last week was pretty dang good. Anz Angel is a really good kid! I like him a lot! We laugh and get along great! We do good work too. But of course there is room for improvement. There always is. So ya Friday we went to the district leader training meeting. Yup my comp came with me!!! Man it was really cool. We learned a lot of neat stuff and we always leave those things spiritually on fire! It was just a bit different cause normally we talk about helping investigators and stuff but this time we talked about helping other missionaries. It was really good.

Monday I had my scambio with Justin! aka Anziano Barnes! ha ha Man that kid is a freakin machine! He is a perfect example of perfect faith!!! And perfect faith= no fear!!!! And that is something he has. We had a really cool lesson with Luis. We felt like we taught him pretty well but with the language barrier (he only speaks Spanish) it's kinda hard to know if he's totally understanding and stuff! We did have a cool miracle though. We asked him for referrals and if there were other people who he wanted us to teach and he gave us a few and one of them was his brother in-law. And right then the brother in law walked in the house and we taught him right there with his wife and right then and they said they would get baptized if they get an answer from God saying the BoM is true. So we will see! We got more potentials. ha ha, and Anz Angel and Anz Heninger found new people too. So overall it was a very successful day!

Yesterday was sick too. We had a training meeting in Modena. Basically like a zone conf type thing. It was sooooo good, and after lunch President Wolfgramm had us watch a movie, its called 17 Miracles. I would love for you guys to watch it too. It's really powerful. The reason we watched it is 'cause we were talking about visions and our goals and how it's all about the process of reaching our goals. That's where we grow. Reaching it is important but if we don't grow in the process its pretty much for nothing. But this movie is so powerful. You can just look it up on google and you'll find it. It's only like an hour long. It's really good.

Tomorrow we are going to the military base in Pisa. Our whole zone got invited to go there and to play in a turkey bowl and then eat lunch with them!!!! We are so stoked!!! It's game time :) ha ha so that's gonna be sick.

But all is going well! Luis will probably have to get his date moved back. But that's OK he is still awesome. We just gotta make sure the people are ready before we baptize them. Everyone has their own time. But it's all going well!

I love the holiday season! ha ha its getting a bit cold but it's OK! ha ha it's not as cold as last year thank heavens! ha ha

I love you guys tons! Have a great week!!!! and mom........ HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! I LOVE YOU SOOOOO FREAKIN MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HA HA I get to talk you in like a month and 9 days! :) ha ha Have such a good day! Dad get mom something nice k!?!?! ha ha Later guys hear from you guys next week! ciao ciao!!

love anziano bona

Thursday, November 10, 2011


Anziano Bona wrote us a lovely letter this week. He is doing really well in La Spezia and loves his new companion Anz Angel. He says that his name matches the type of person that he is. He is from a town near San Diego, California, plays the guitar and drums.

Luis still has a baptism date set for the end of November. He also asked for us to pray for the Gianelli family. Due to the flooding in La Spezia , Fabrizio has lost his job. They were the only family in the branch really affected by the floods. This Friday Anz Bona and his companion will be going to Milano for a DL training that he has to attend, and then on Monday he will be doing splits with Anz Barnes (his ZL) who is also from our ward, and he is looking forward to that.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Dear Mom and Dad!

How are you guys doing? Sounds like you guys are doing well. This is a quick email because of transfers: to answer your question mom, Alessandra Po is Andrea's mom!! She is so awesome. She is less active at the moment.... because they got some family stuff going on, but they are one of my favorite families here in La Spezia.

Speaking of La Spezia there is going be a change. My companion is out. He is going to Merate (close to Venice) and I'm getting a new companion!!! His name is Anziano Angel. I have no idea who he is because I've never met him!!!! He is going into his 3rd transfer so he is young, so... I guess we will see how he his!!!! I will let you know more next week!

Nicolo' is awesome. His baptism was awesome! Then after the ceremony, we went to his birthday party!!! Man it was fun! Nicolo' is so bravo and his family is amazing! They also had a Halloween party last night! Man it was fun! There was like a haunted house in the church and people came and we just ate and had fun! I do love La Spezia.... I have come to love it tons! The young people here are so chill! The members have just accepted us and it's been nice!

Now the work is kinda slowing which means we got a lot of finding work ahead of us and with my new companion I know it will all be ok! I really don't have much to say today! I'm super super busy! We are at Andrea's house and I'm just on his computer quickly doing emails but I will write much more next week, I promise.

Dad, thanks for the great email you sent me, as always! Tell everyone hi for me!! :) I love you guys tons!!!! have a great week!

Love Anziano Bona