Robert's Mission Call 12 03 2009

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Vicenza, a city in north-eastern Italy, is the capital of the eponymous province in the Veneto region, at the northern base of the Monte Berico, straddling the Bacchiglione. Vicenza is approximately 60 km west of Venice and 200 km east of Milan.
Vicenza is a thriving and cosmopolitan city, with a rich history and culture, and many museums, art galleries, piazzas, villas, churches and elegant Renaissance palazzi. With the Palladian Villas of the Veneto in the surrounding area, and his renowned Teatro Olimpico (Olympic Theatre), the "city of Palladio" has been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994
As of December 2008, Vicenza had an estimated population of c. 115,927 and a metropolitan area of 270 000. Vicenza is the third-largest Italian industrial centre as measured by the value of its exports, and is one of the country's wealthiest cities.  Especially due to its textile and steel industries which employ tens of thousands and about one fifth of the country's gold and jewelry industry is made in Vicenza, greatly contributing to the city's economy. Another important branch is the engineering/computer components industry (Federico Faggin, the microprocessor's co-inventor was born in Vicenza.

Dear Mom and Dad,
Well sorry to say, but as usual, I really don't have much time here so it might be a bit short but I'll try to answer everything and still give you guys a good letter. Well I'll get right to the point. I'm getting transferred. I'm going to Vicenza. It's in between Verona and Venezia (Venice). So I'll be able to see both of those cities! I haven't been to that side of Italy so it'll be a brand new adventure! My new comp is Anziano Duque!!!! I freakin love him! You know that one picture of me at San Marino holding the missionary's hand? We looked kinda funny, I know ha ha well that's him! He is from the Philippines! (I have no idea how to spell that place! ha ha) I was in his district when I was in Ravenna. He is such a stud. I'm so excited! This is gonna be his last transfer! So I'll kill him then I'll get a new comp the transfer after and he will kill me.

President Wolfgramm explain to me why he transferred me now, because he knew how much I love La Spezia and how much I wanted to stay. As you know already I think, I'm coming home a week early so my last transfer is super short. If I would have stayed that would have been 4 in La Spezia then he would have to transfer me and then I'd be in a new city for less then 5 weeks. So he decided to get me out of here now so I could have time to get to know the people there too. Anziano Rodrigez is coming to take my spot here. He is super amazing. La Spezia will be in good hands.
Monday night I went to the Zarulli's house to say bye. That is Nicolo's family! Man it was so hard! I love them. Last night was even harder. It was my last time at Andreas house. Man, I love the Manucci family so much! Allesandra is awesome and so funny! She has changed a ton since I've been here! I can't wait to come back and visit them. I'm so excited for Andrea and his choice to serve the Lord. Once he gets his call please let me know where he gets called to go! We just talked and laughed and had a good time.
Tonight is gonna kill me. I'm going over to Mauro and Floras house. He's the branch pres here. I don't know if  I've mentioned them much but we go over there every Sunday night. They have a daughter Mirjam, my age, I think we are friends on Facebook. They are easily one of my favorite families in all of Italy. It's gonna be rough I can already tell ha ha man, I suck at goodbyes!!!! The mission has made me such a softy inside! :p ha ha Oh well.
I am excited though. Duque is amazing and I'm stoked for him. I just would have loved to spend  Christmas with everyone here. Oh well. Everything happens for a reason! But for real I WILL come back and visit everyone here!! ha ha La Spezia has and always will have a special place in my heart!
Well I gotta go! I gotta go say bye to Victor and Sharon right now!!! I don't know exactly everything for Christmas but I will let you know next week. Thanks for your emails. They were amazing. And dad FYI reading in Italian doesn't give me head aches!!! :P ...... just writing it does! hahahaha Well have a great week!! I love you guys tons!! I'll talk to you guys next week! Take care!
Vi voglio bene!!! :)
love anziano bona

This is Judi. Had the opportunity to "chat" with Anziano Bona this morning for a few minutes. He is sad to leave such special and dear friends that he has made in La Spezia, but is looking forward to serving in Vicenza, which more than likely will be his last city.
He will no longer be a DL...he says that Pres Wolfgramm told him it was time for the "young ones" to take over. He looking forward to serving with Anz Duque!
Also, as a side note for those of you who may not know...his return date has been changed. We recieved travel itinerary two days ago, and instead of returning on March 9 he will be returning home on March 2! He sends his love to all his family and friends.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

What a great letter! Ben loves Anz. Duque. They'll have a great time together.