Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"It is Done." "It is Well."

Hello Everyone! This is Sister Amber Zibetti! I am home now. I arrived on Wednesday Aug. 14th and got released that night.
My advice? Don't come home from a mission. Ever. It's the worst thing ever invented. :(
Okay, maybe I'm being dramatic, but it was really bad and it is still hard. I've never been this emotional in my life! I miss being a missionary so much. It hurts. Sometimes I just cry for no reason. Silly self.
I trust that God has a new plan for me! That is something I learned as a missionary, to more fully put my trust in God and not in the "arm of flesh". I know my Father in Heaven has a plan. And I know it is a better plan than my own. He actually knows and sees the eternal picture, whereas I am still learning to see. There is no need to worry when the future is in God's hands. Don't ya think?

For your information, if you'd like to come to my "homecoming" slash "non-homecoming" talk, I have been randomly selected to speak in church this Sunday, August 25 @11am. Your ticket to get in is a non-member or less active friend. :) you think I'm kidding....I am. But seriously, try.
 The address is: 2876 West 1390 North Provo, UT 84601. Hope to see you there!
Church is then 2 more hours (if you were not aware :) ), but if you'd like to and can stop by at my house after Sacrament meeting ends I will be there. My mom strongly suggested that I be there. :) my address is 1388 North Geneva Rd. Provo. Much love sent your way! I am excited to see you!
-Sister Amber Zibetti

Monday, August 19, 2013

Upcoming: August 25, 2013

My beloved name tag

August 12, 2013

I am very busy with the Lord's work. So much going on. We went tracting on Friday and Saturday so we could teach the new sisters how to do it before they have their outbound winter assignment in a new mission. I had a miracle. A while ago I met a man in the Walmart at Keokuk (a small city near Nauvoo). I got his contact information and have been teaching him over the phone in the Visitor's Center. (Teaching over the phone is a whole 'nother ball game.) Then GUESS where I was assigned to tract?! Keokuk! I was able to find his address and we happened to be tracting in that very area! SOOO amazing! My temporary companion (Sister Searle) and I were able to find his home and teach him a little lesson. We were trying to talk about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and he just wasn't getting it. My companion asked him a simple question: "Do you believe that God exists?" He said "so-so". YIKES! I said, "Well, we need to go back to the basics." Sometimes people are not ready for the bigger doctrines, but just simply need to know that they have a loving Heavenly Father who wants them to know He is there for them, and has a plan for them.

I know that God is in the details of my life. In all honesty, I am terrified to come home. I'll be in the same place I was before my mission with the same people, and I DON'T want to go back to who I was. I have become a servant of the Lord and I want to keep becoming that for eternity and I trust that God will help me with that, but I am just a little nervous. I am SO excited to see everyone and get to know them and how they have changed.
Thank you for being my support. See you soon.
Your sister in the Gospel,

August 6, 2013

Hi family! Isn't it a wonderful day to be alive?! Wow! God loves us so much that He gives us life so we can learn to become like HIM.
I can't believe that you were here 3-ish weeks ago. Time has been flying by. It has NEVER gone this fast! Sometimes I wonder if Heavenly Father put me on His time, like the "thousand years to us is one day to him". I feel like one day to me is like a thousand years!
Pageant ended on the 3rd. We are now going tracting this week to show the first summer sisters what it is like before they go out and do it in 2 months. Before I know it I'll be on a plane; heartbroken, but excited. I have accepted that this is God's will. All good things come to an end right? Because our options are good, better, and best! Elder Oaks wrote a whole talk about that! The best moment will be when we reunite in the Kingdom of our God, with all our families eternally.

We had another recent member of the 70 visit Nauvoo and when he, Elder Zwick, was here he said that "missionary work is the life-blood of the church". I have been pondering that. Doing missionary work keeps this church alive and growing.
That is what I hope to continue in my own ward in whatever capacity I serve. My desire to serve the Lord helps to keep His church alive since we are all His hands.
 Well, I love you! I've gotta go, but I am excited to meet you again!
God be with you till we meet again,
-Sister Zibetti

July 30, 2013

Mom!!! The sisters LOVED the socks and hi-chews! Thank you so much. They say they love you! It was SOOO good to have you here!
I'm soooooooo glad you got to come. Did you have a spiritual experience in Nauvoo? Do you mind sharing? Did you get to go to the Temple? Why did you like Trail of Hope? I love that trail. I think you are all so wonderful and I am excited to see you too. It is going to be hard to leave this place though.
The YPM's are great. At the beginning of last year I was a bit jealous that I wasn't doing what they were doing, but then I realized that my call was to preach the gospel to the people in Nauvoo and in the Call Center. The YPM's preach the gospel through performance, but I get to do it talking face to face with people with real problems, and I get to see them change and the light of Christ come into their lives.

Taking upon the name of Christ is our responsibility as baptized members of the His church. Perhaps read Mosiah 18:10-15 or so. That discusses the baptismal covenant, which we renew every week. You can read in Preach My Gospel from the Christ-like attribute section! It is amazing. There is a quiz you can take that is absolutely perfect for self-evaluation. I have taken it a couple times throughout my mission and it is amazing what I learn about myself.
Personally, taking upon the name of Christ is a way of life. Our actions and behaviors change and become more God-like because that is what Christ emulated. For me, it has been hard to find the balance between taking upon Christ's name and answering the call to "be ye therefore perfect even as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect". When we try to become like Christ, our weaknesses are made more visible, as Ether 12:27 so clearly states. When we come unto Christ, He shows us our weaknesses, but we are given those to become humble and teachable. Then Christ can make those weaknesses strengths. Only He can. That is the enabling power of the Atonement. I know that when I strive in the smallest way to be Christ-like, I am given divine assistance.
That might help some.
I have a question for you: What do you think classifies as a "miracle" that a missionary can experience?
I've got 16 days left. I'm not "trunky", but reality is hitting my heart and it hurts. Pray for me to have a miracle please. I love you all!
-Sister Zibetti

July 23, 2013

In Nauvoo with Sister Zibetti

I love you family! You are here right now and it is awesome. It is a strange feeling to have my two worlds collide. My family and home, with my mission and home. I have not been happier! I love you all and hope that you have/did enjoy Nauvoo. I pray that you will act on spiritual promptings that you did receive while here in Nauvoo. This is a place for revelation.
-Sister Zibetti

July 16, 2013

I'm excited to see ya'll! It is very busy and crazy right now. There is an excitement here like none other! It is wonderful! I love the spirit here, I love the people, I love the light of the gospel that is here.
I hope you love it here as much as I do.
Don't stress too much about staying right on schedule, it is flexible. The Spirit just needs to know your plan so that as you go about Nauvoo, He can direct you otherwise if God needs you elsewhere. There is a lot to do and see, and a little bit of time. Enjoy Nauvoo.
I love you! See you soon!
-Sister Zibetti

Sunday, July 14, 2013

July 11, 2013

So a neat experience as of late! Sister Mills and I met D, who is Catholic, and he is doing an internship here at the Community of Christ church. He gives tours of the Joseph Smith sites. He is awesomesauce! Sister Mills and I gave him a tour in the Visitors' Center a while ago and we established a contact with him and have been emailing him. He is reading the Book of Mormon but hasn't prayed about it yet. We invited him to come to the Pageant with us and he actually CAME last night when all of the sisters got to see it. He said we could call him at 6:30am on Sunday so he can make it to church by 7:40am! haha! He is so great! He just wants to learn a little bit more. I can see Heavenly Father working through us "by small and simple means" to bring about something "great" (Alma 37:6).
He liked the Pageant. good sign. :) I LOVE Pageant! It is the most powerful play ever!!!!!! Why? Because all of the events are true because of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ; that gospel being restored through my friend Joseph Smith.

This week my testimony was strengthened of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know by the power of the Holy Ghost that Christ knows our hearts and desires. He knows what it feels like to sacrifice. In the True to the Faith, it talks about how with an eternal perspective, sacrifice doesn't seem like a
sacrifice at all. I have come to understand that so fully as a missionary and representative of the Lord. I am not sure how Christ felt about His infinite and intimate Atonement, but I know that He had a perfect eternal perspective. I know He sacrificed because He loves us. My favorite part of the week is partaking of the Sacrament each Sunday. That is the renewal that I need. There is nothing like it. Here in Nauvoo, during the passing of the sacrament, it is silent. Last year as I was thinking about the Savior's sacrifice, I listened to the cups dropping back into the trays. I closed my eyes and to me, it sounded like "great drops of blood" falling to the ground. That Hymn "This is the Christ" says, "How many drops of blood were spilled for me?". It always makes me wonder. I am so grateful to have a Savior and to know Him. How do you feel about Jesus Christ?

Gots to go! The church is true and I love you!
-Sister Zibetti

July 4, 2013

There are YPM's here (Young performing missionaries), and one of the Tech Elders just told me to tell you hello from him! His name is Elder Mortensen, and actually, his companion Elder Anderson served in Germany on his full-time mission and Kylen was his MTC teacher! Ha!

We had the Carthage Commemoration this week and is was so powerful! President Gilliland didn't even use notes as he addressed us!!!!!!!!!!! I love that man. The sisters had a special meeting in Carthage Jail after all the guests had left. We had a testimony meeting in the Martyrdom room. The Spirit was so strong you could cut it with a knife!! Some things I wrote down from the sisters testimonies goes as follows:
"It's not about the piece of plastic we put on every day, it's about painting that tag on our hearts." -Sister Holt
"Have sacred moments with the Savior." -Sister Gines
"How can we be more sensitive to the Spirit?" -Sister Kim
"[at the restoration] when the light pierced the earth it never left us and now we have a piece of that light within." -Sister Umphenour
"This is a moment that matters most." -Sister Ripplinger
"Would I exchange anything for this moment? Never." -Sister McInelly
"How DARE you forget the Savior in your missionary work? Remember your own nothingness." -Sister Hall
"Christ is the source of peace." -Sister Streeter
"I can go on faith. We can because He did." -Sister Richardson

Don't you love them?! I do! I love these Sisters!

Well, I only have like a month left of my mission and sometimes Satan tries to make me feel like I am a terrible missionary, and that I haven't learned anything. That is kinda how I've felt recently.
For the past 2-ish weeks I have felt sick every morning and every night. It kinda goes away during the day. I feel like I want to throw up, but nothing comes out. I have just been pushing it aside and dealing with it throughout the day because I don't want my mission to be hindered, nor do I want the Lord's work to slow because of me. I know God is giving me the strength that I need to serve. Sometimes I think: "I can't do this!" And then I remember: "Oh that's right. I can't. Only Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ can do it through me. They give me the strength."
So I am doing well! I absolutely love being a missionary. I have never been so happy in all my life. Every day I get to invite others to come unto their Savior. It is the most humbling thing I've ever done. I love wearing this tag.

Thanks for caring enough about me and all of the sweet sisters. This is the best mission in the world. I have never felt so much a part of a family of saints. I love Nauvoo!

I love you all!
-Sister Zibetti

June 24, 2013

I am so excited for you to all come to Nauvoo! Nobody comes here by accident! There are many reasons why Heavenly Father wants you to come. I'll make sure you are a part of everything you possibly can be. There is SOOO much to do here, and you have a limited amount of time, but we are going to make the best of it.

Oh my goodness!!! That World Wide Missionary training was AWESOME!! It helped light the fire for missionary work around the world! Wow, you were there? That must've been so powerful! I didn't get to see dad sing in it, but I could feel him there!
While watching that, I realized even more that missionary work isn't something "extra" that we do, it is a part of who we are and who we are becoming. This is God's kingdom on the earth, and now is the time to act. We ought to be eager to find qualified and repentant people for the Lord, and bring them into the fold and care for them as our own family. Someone at the broadcast said, "Wishing will not make it so. Action is required". That is so true! Even as a missionary! Just because some wear the tag it doesn't force them to act, we all still must choose. Elder Nelson said, "Missionary work comes alive when we hear stories of personal conversion". I think we should all share our conversion story, or parts of our increasing conversion, with all those around us! Every testimony shared makes that place or that soul holy. Let us not postpone sharing our testimonies until a handbook is written. After watching that, what do you want to do differently in your life?

After that training, Vocal Point, who is here in Nauvoo, did a fireside. It was SOOOO powerful! Wow! The sung and spoken testimony really touched my heart. I feel re-energized to Represent Christ with everthing I have and to do my best to honor Him.

Vocal Point in Nauvoo (we borrowed this picture)

This week I was calling in the Call Center! Over the phone, and online missionary work has already happened in Visitors' Centers around the world. A couple of weeks ago my companion and I met a man named at Wal-Mart in Keokuk. We established a contact with him and I called him last week. We talked for about an hour about the church. He had a lot of deep questions of the soul like: Where did I come from? what is the purpose of life? Why did my mother die? I was able to talk about the plan of salvation and many other random things over the phone. It is going well and he has become a friend through the gospel.

This week on Thursday June 27, we have the Carthage commemoration. That was the day that Joseph and Hyrum were killed years ago. We will have a powerful meeting at the base of the building. Afterwards, the sisters and President will spend some special time in the Jail and in the Martyrdom room. That was one of my favorite experiences last year. I hope you take a minute and think of Joseph and Hyrum that day. I challenge you to ready D&C 135, which is the account of that day by John Taylor.

So! Last year we had 20 sisters, this year we received one more recently and have 21. We were supposed to be getting 3 more sisters in August when some of us are leaving, but the MTC switched their times, so they are arriving on July 17! Right in the middle of Pageant. Things are going to be crazy. We will have 16 sisters in the Hatch house and 8 in Carthage. Heavenly Father really is going to use me to my fullest ability here and I can feel Satan trying to stop it. I thank you for your prayers and constant support. I love you all!

-Sister Zibetti

June 17, 2013

This week there is an Archeological dig happening in Nauvoo that we get to be a part of! We are volunteering there to help dig things up near the Joseph Smith sites. The Community of Christ is doing this dig, so we have had some great missionary experiences already. I'm going tomorrow for the first time.
I am going on an exchange to Carthage this week. We do exchanges occasionally and it is wonderful to get to know the different sisters so well.
An experience of this past week? ...Well. I was able to go on an exchange with a sister who is struggling in her companionship. We'll call her Sis. H. Her companion will be Sis. S. Both of the sisters in this companionship are amazing and trying to make things work. They just have VERY different personalities, but neither one of them want to hurt the other. So I was kinda in the middle of this because I went on an exchange with Sis. H. and heard some of the legitimate concerns. I am SUPER close with her companion, Sis. S., so it was really hard for me to hear some of their struggles because I love Sis. S. so much, but I feel for Sis. H. AHHH! It was really jarring to be in the middle of it all because they wanted me to fix it...but I can't. THEY have to fix it. I was just there to listen, give advice, and supervise and then I had to give them their space so they could figure things out. Which they later did.
It hurt so badly to be on both sides and feel for both sisters. It nearly broke me. I sat in the bathroom one night and just cried. I haven't cried much on my mission, but this was a hard moment for me. I'd never felt so alone. My heart literally felt like it was ripped open and was bleeding inside. I felt wet all over inside. I mean, I know that I am already wet inside haha! But it didn't feel so good. It hurts now even talking about it. I wondered "where is my Savior and why isn't He healing and comforting me right now?!"
The next day I had to distance myself from a best friend so things could work out. Eventually things surfaced and got better. My heart is better and healing, with a lo t of help from my companion. :) Sister Mills. She helped me talk it through. She helped me see the Savior's light again, which was always there, but I was just too blind to see. I know Christ is always there and I know He felt my same exact pain and poison. He is my "healing balm in Gilead".
Anyway, I hope that was not too sad. But it came to mind. I really am so happy; the happiest I've ever been in my life! This mission is the greatest experience ever. I got a blessing from President Gilliland and he said in the blessing that my whole mission will culminate together in these next 2 months; it'll all come together and I will have "mountain-top experiences"! So I know that the lowest of lows have an opposite and I will feel the highest of highs soon!
All is well in the Kingdom!
I love you! I've gotta go!
-Sister Zibetti

June 10, 2013

I am sooo sorry, but I don't have much time right now. I received an email from an Investigator in DC and had to respond. It took most of my email time.

Choose the Right! Search, ponder and pray!
Vocal Point is coming to Nauvoo soon! I am so excited to see them perform!
I love you all! The church is true and no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing.
-Sister Zibetti

June 3, 2013

Things are going well!
We did our Sociable/Fireside last Sunday. It turned out really well and very spiritually powerful. Sister Streeter and Holt were the directors and they did such a great job!!! Seriously. All of the missionaries who came to watch loved it.
Wearing the vest!

Clearing the trees
Last weekend there were 3 tornado's that touched down in Hannibal, a small city about 2 hours from here. We were able to go down there on Wednesday to do some clean up with the Stakes down there. It was awesome! I've never worn a "Helping Hands" vest before and I got to!!!!!!!!!!!! It felt so good to serve! There is nothing quite like completely forgetting about yourself and helping someone else out. Someone who is in a more dire circumstance than your own. We cleared fallen trees. It was so fun!

Loading the truck
 Mom and family, I cannot wait for you to meet all of my sisters here!!!!!!!!!! Just know that you will be adopting them all into your heart through me because they have each changed me in wonderful, spiritual and eternal ways! And a little piece of you is in them because of your influence on me. They all can't wait to meet you as well. I feel the same way about their families. This is one way that we can all become ONE with God. We must love the family we have here on earth. Each person we pass on the street is a child of God.
Elder Packer, President Packer's son, said that "If you don't love someone, you don't know them enough". I love that. And I know it is true!

I have to tell you this funny thing that my best friend Sister Streeter said the other day. We were talking about how we don't want to go home, nor give up the opportunity to be a missionary for the Lord and she said, "I just want this forever. Why don't we have Mormon nuns?!" haha! It was so cute. I thought ya'll would laugh.

Last Tuesday I served in the Lyon Drug and Variety Store! Love it! A family came in that I gave a tour to in the Visitor's Center. They are so amazing! I love them. I love seeing people more than once in the same little city. Heavenly Father is in each detail of scheduling so that we can meet the right person at the right time in the right place. After giving them a tour in Lyon Drug, the youngest boy, gave me a hug. It was the sweetest thing ever. He reminded me of a mini version of Dallin. :) It made me so so happy!

Mom, you have got to see if you can find this song in youtube or google it somewhere. I think it is called: "She Put the Music in Me". The song relates a daughter who's mother taught her all about the primary songs and it has made a huge difference in her life. It is so cute. You should look it up. It reminded me of you.
Love you!

Sister Zibetti

May 21, 2013

Things are going well here in Nauvoo! I cannot believe this 6-week transfer is already over on Thursday. This transfer went by sooooo fast. It felt like a week. I am so behind in my journal. Probably a month behind. ! ah! Yesterday in the VC (visitor's center) it was very busy. Almost the entire time we had someone to talk with. It was so great! I had some really great experiences.
We have a 12 Apostles display and I watched a young boy go over to it and start listening to the testimonies. I walked up to him and said, "Did you find the best one yet?" "No." he shook his head. "Do you know who these guys are?" "No..." "Do you know who Jesus is?" "Yes." I realized that this boy,  was not a member. He also had some sort of socially challenged disability. He wouldn't look me in the eye almost at all. I talked to him about how when Christ was on the earth, He had 12 men follow Him around. They would help teach, they would heal people and that is who these guys are today. I said, "Do you see that statue over there? That is Joseph Smith. He was 14 and he saw Jesus and Heavenly Father. How old are you?" He perked up at this, "Almost 12!" "Could you imagine in 2 years seeing Jesus and God?" "Yeah!" That was so sweet. I talked to him for quite a bit longer and he was smiling happy. I showed him on the map that he could go to the blacksmith and he could go on the carriage ride. So sweet. His grandmother came up to me after and said, "He is very shy. I've never seen him talk and open up to anyone like that before."
It was a neat experience.
So there was a "tornado watch" here the other day. We were driving back to Nauvoo from Carthage and we were right in the thick of the storm. We had no idea until later that it was one of the dangerous areas. It was pretty scary. We were in 10 minutes of severe pounding hail attacks and pouring rain. Literally. This rain is not like anything I've ever seen. Utah can't even SPELL rain after seeing this Illinois rain. We were driving slowly while the windshield wipers were going crazy fast; and we could still hardly see. There was thunder and lightening all around us. Literally right in front of the van. One crack was so loud that a sister screamed. I grabbed onto my companion until we were safe. One of the sisters prayed for safety and I know that is what brought us through.
-Sister Zibetti
1. Our turtle friend that Sister Richardson and I found by the VC. His name is Borris of course
2.  This car might have gone through the car wash with the rug on it's back haha! had to get a picture

May 14, 2013

I loved this and thought all the moms out there would enjoy it.

-Sister Zibetti

May 7, 2013

Everything is going so great! I am busy but I like it that way. I have a spare moment very rarely, but I told Heavenly Father to help me serve with all my heart, might, mind and strength, and He IS doing that. He is taking full advantage. Careful what you pray for, because you just might get it all. :)

Here is something I just emailed to a dear sister that I thought you would like:
"I am so proud of you. The 12 Step Atonement program is like the best thing on the planet. :) I have met so many people on my mission who have been in the gall of darkness and through the Atonement of our Savior, have come into the light. We will never be perfect in this life. Christ is perfect, so when we make a covenant with Him, like our baptismal covenant, it is like we are attached to Him. Let's look at it mathematically. Okay, I've never done this analogy before and I've never been good at math so just bear with me. haha!
Jesus Christ performed the infinite and intimate Atonement so He is the "infinity sign" (~) (that'll be the pretend sign for now) and we as individuals, are the (x) or (y).
Here: (~)(x) = (~)
We don't know the value of the (x) because it is not quite measurable yet. We know we are all God's children, so we have a lot of value and potential. But for every one person's part, there is different effort exerted in the gospel and different doctrines understood. And THAT is what God can draw upon.
There must be two people to make a covenant. Jesus Christ gives us the power in the covenant (promise). But we still need to do things on our part so we can be a part of the covenant. There can't just be a (~) chillin and expect to attach somewhere without being invited to an (x). WE must invite our Savior in. No matter the value of (x), if it is multiplied by (~) then it will ALWAYS be (~) infinite.
Therefore, we must stay true to the promises we have made with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. And when we mess up, which I have done many times in my life and on this mission, just get back on the path again. I have felt the enabeling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ change me forever."

-Sister Zibetti

We went on a handcart trek yesterday. It was so awesome.
These pictures are from yesterday. The one in the yellow dress is my Companion Sister Richardson.

April 30, 2013

Nauvoo is about the Savior and the Saints who followed Him through a Prophet of God. It is a beautiful place of peace and you will be healed here. It would be such a wonderful experience for you to come feel and know for yourselves of the truth, in the way that God wants you to. Pray about when you should come and let me know how you feel, and what God says. You'd also love a Sacrament meeting full of missionaries on a Sunday. :)
I am able to go to the Temple here. The 40 new couples are adjusting. They, in their old age, are asked to perform every night for the plays and shows we put on here in Old Nauvoo. They are amazing and very tired, but God gives them ability to do what they are called to do.
All of my Nauvoo sisters did come back; they came home. It feels great to be here with them all.
President Condie is the President of the Nauvoo Temple here. He gave us a fireside that was just amazing! He was a member of the 70 and shared some stores from the Brethren. 
He shared a story about President Hinckley. One time, the King of New Zealand gave President Hinckley a big, beautiful hand carved bowl made from fancy, ancient wood from New Zealand. As a joke, when he received the gift, he picked it up, looked at the bottom of it and said aloud, "Made in China"... haha! It was so funny. I love to hear stories about the Brethren that have their personality in it.
-Sister Zibetti

April 23, 2013

I don't have a ton of time this week. I had a bunch of people to write and not a lot of time.
My companion is so great. All 14 sisters live in the one house. No ASL people have come to Nauvoo yet.
This week I learned that the power of the Holy Ghost really can bring all things to our remembrance. There are things He is bringing to my memory from last year that are helping me now. It is incredible. I am so grateful for that.
44 Senior couples came this week! Isn't that great?!

-Sister Zibetti

April 16, 2013

Yes that photo was at Mt. Vernon, near George Washington's home. haha! My new companion is Sister Richardson. She is soooooooo great. I love her so much. The only thing that worries me about her is that she thinks I am perfect, and I am far from perfection. As soon as she realizes that, things will be great. She keeps saying she wants to be like me when she grows up. I am thinking the same thing about her! She is so much braver than I ever was last year. She just wants to talk to people and help them out and give tours right now. I am so proud of her. She rocks at ASL. She dated a Deaf boy before her mission, so she is teaching me many things.

We are serving in the Brigham Young home for my first site tomorrow. I am so excited!!!!!!! I can't remember the rest of the week's sites. There are so many things to be done. I was blessed by President Riggs before I arrived here that'd I'd be able to remember the things of Nauvoo when I arrived, and I have. It is great. The Lord is truly blessing His servants.
President Gilliland just got back on Sunday and said that Elder Cook said there are basically 2 more things that need to happen to fulfill prophecies: 1. The Gathering of Israel, 2. The Savior to come. That is it and it is soon approaching. Soon in the Lord's time

April 12, 2013

Well, I'm back in Nauvoo. It was really difficult to leave, but I asked for a blessing from President Riggs and things started to feel better from then on. He told me in the blessing it was time to "look forward". Leaving was still hard, but my heart was going back to Nauvoo before I was. I traveled to the Dulles Airport and actually met another Nauvoo Sister, Sister Petricek, there for her connecting flight. We were so excited to see each other and got to talking....and talking. We were completely in our own world and yep, we missed our flight. Oh my goodness! I couldn't believe it. It was like a bad dream when we realized. I know that Heavenly Father is in the details of my life. He knew we'd miss our flight, so he had another flight scheduled for the same place about 2 hours later. We talked with the man who boards people on the plane and he seemed frustrated with us. He said he had called our names numerous times. We accepted and took full responsibility for our actions and apologized profusely. He was kind enough to get us a new boarding pass on the next flight to St. Louis Missouri; no charge. Wow. What a miracle!
Now we had to tell President Gilliland...We didn't have phones, so we used the pay phone there. We called the Emergency number which the Church gave us and informed them. They told us President Gilliand already knew we missed it. We felt terrible! We called the Nauvoo Visitor's Center and tried to make contact with the secretary so she could call President or give us his number. We didn't get through, but we made it on our flight this time just fine.
Six of the returning sisters had things go wrong with their flights. Either we missed the flight, or there were storms and the planes couldn't land. Finally about 5 hours after what President had originally planned, we were on our way home. The other 14 sisters had already left.
President Gilliland called two sister Assistants and we were off to Nauvoo from St. Louis.

Coming back has been overwhelming. It is strange to completely leave everything from DC in the Lord's hands. I can't even think about that part of my mission anymore. I can't even hardly pray for my previous investigators. It is almost like completely cutting ties. I just must focus on Nauvoo and these amazing sisters. We have 10 wonderful new sisters here fresh from the MTC. I am training Sister Richardson. She is amazing. I love her so much already. She is an ASL sister and just so motherly. We are similar in personality. She is from Elkridge UT.
There is a lot to do here in Nauvoo. Much to plan and figure out. We got our site dresses yesterday and moved into our different rooms in the Hatch house. 6 Sisters are serving in Carthage. The next few days we are going to be watching the movies, seeing some sites and shows. President Gilliland and his wife left yesterday at 11am. They have a mission President seminar for 3 days. So he gave us the information and schedule for the next three days and had to leave. He gets to sit at the feet of an Apostle of the Lord; Elder Quentin L. Cook. President and his wife are not happy that they had to leave, but they know they are supposed to be there. We had a wonderful meeting with them before they left. We talked about Proverbs 31; being a virtuous woman. I loved that chapter. It says about a virtuous woman that "strength and honor are her clothing". That is what it takes. All of these sisters are amazing and are these virtuous women. The Assistants have taken over all the scheduling and different room, fridge, and cleaning assignments. It is pretty overwhelming.
But it is so great to be back in Nauvoo. All of the returning sisters had about a 2 hour talk about our outbounds and different experiences we have had. We discussed what more we can do to better prepare these new sisters for their outbound experience.
I've got to go, but I love you all!

-Sister Zibetti

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 8, 2013

Sorry I don't have much time at all today. We went to Mt. Vernon where George Washington lived and to Alexandria, a masonic temple is there. It was fun and interesting.
I know that Christ is the ultimate physician and can heal any pain and sorrow. Go to Him. 

One of my favorite things from General Conference was something Elder Scott said: The greatest blessing we can give to the world is a Christ-centered home.
I am so glad that I was raised in a Christ-centered home. Because of this I am on a mission serving the Lord and God's children.

Gotta go
-Sister Zibetti

April 1, 2013

This week has been a week of miracles. There were many times where we had so many options on what to do. There were choices and we were able to zero in on the Spirit without even knowing that between the decisions of "good, better and best", we chose the best. The confirmation of the truth, came forth after we had the faith. For example. Yesterday, we were invited to come to a members home to celebrate their son-in-law's birthday. He is not a member. He is married to a less active sister. The second day Sister Kraemer and I were here in Aquia, we had a first lesson with him. We taught about the Book of Mormon. He was realllly struggling at that time. There had been an incident at home and he was waiting to hear from the court/judge whether or not he'd still be able to live with his wife and son. I could see the imprint of guilt and shame engraven on his face 2 months ago. He was in the depths of despair. This was the first time he really sat down and wanted to listen to the missionaries. In a time of crisis.  Since then, he has been going to church with his wife and learning here and there from the missionaries in Pittsburgh where he lives. Yesterday, I could see the huge difference in this man. The gospel of Jesus Christ truly does lift burdens, erase feelings of guilt and calms the troubled heart. He had become a "new creature in Christ" as the scriptures say: Therefore if any man be ain Christhe is a bnew creature: cold things are dpassed away; behold, all things are become enew. 2 Corinthians 5:17
He is not baptized yet, but he will get there. Anyway, we were able to share a message about eternal families, which they all needed to hear.
We almost didn't go to the home because we wanted to try and accomplish our weekly goals for the key indicators, and we knew that we wouldn't accomplish them if we went over there. But we did and the Spirit confirmed to us that is was the best choice. 

In any situation, we have the opportunity to choose: good, better, or best. It is similar to the 3 degrees of glory. Let me explain that. At any given time, we have the opportunity to make a Telestial, Terrestrial, or Celestial choice. We are the author of our future. Let us be more mindful of the choices we make. Do they reflect a Telestial body or a Celestial body? Is a decision going to lead us to truth, light and knowledge? Or not? Think about it.

Another miracle from yesterday alone, an investigator came to church who we have been working with for like 2 months! It was her first time there, on Easter Sunday. She loved it. She had to sneak out of her house though. She didn't tell her husband. He doesn't really like us all that much. He doesn't even like to see us at his house when we go teach. BUT! This work will not be stopped from progressing. No, not by anyone. Not an annoyed husband, nor a legion of Satan's demons. This is the work of God in which we are involved and we as His missionaries and representatives of Jesus Christ are on the front lines of the battle. Bring it on.

I love J and M. They are so fantastic. We are meeting with them tonight, but we have been able to keep daily contact with them. Yay! 
P is so hot and cold. She is off and on in the gospel. She promised us she'd come to Easter Sunday and she did not show up. We tried calling her like a million times yesterday before church. We don't know what is going on. I don't think she understands our role as missionaries. We are not just friends to hang out, we are representatives of the Lord who teach the gospel. We explained to her that her father (who was a preacher) never had the authority that he thought he did. That might've hit her in the heart. But the truth hurts sometimes, it cuts to the very center.

-Sister Zibetti
My last district

Eating MREs

March 25, 2013

What was the first word in the first vision? Do you remember? "Joseph". That's right. God knows us all by name and has an irremovable love for us. It is unconditional.

Mom!! Hi! You are amazing. I want you to know that. There is nothing you can't do. Thank you for choosing the right. Thank you for following the spirit. Thank you for joining the one and only true church on the earth! Thank you for loving the Book of Mormon. All of these decisions you have made have blessed my life eternally! Can you believe that? ETERNALLY! My companion's mom was also Catholic and converted to the LDS church. Cool huh?!

J and M are awesome. They went out of town this weekend. It feels like forever since I have seen them! As missionaries, we are supposed to have daily contact with our investigators. It is so hard! A phone call or a text or a visit every day! Just to help them remember their commitments or to read the Book of Mormon. Plus a lesson within the week. It is a lot, but it is important. Do you want to know why? Because Satan never stops. He has daily contact. So our influence for good must be brought to their attention. 
We haven't explained that to them yet, but we will.

S is one of our investigators. She is one of those who is sometimes referred to as: an eternal investigator, or an eternagator. :) She has been married to a member for years and has had the missionary discussions numerous times. She even had a date to be baptized! But she is "just not ready." she says. Which is understandable. It is her decision when she feels it is right. Her entire family is not supportive. But S is incredible

Oh P. Love her. She is crazy. The other night she asked one of our members, who we brought to meet her, if they could get some men over there to baptize her son A. (I'm thinking: hello...that's what we are here for. Investigators have to go through us...Anyone over the age of 8 must be taught by missionaries to join the church...) Then we asked her if she'd be baptized. "Re-baptized?" she asked. We explained authority again. She just doesn't get it. We went over the baptismal interview questions. She agreed with them all except Joseph Smith. If people cannot accept him as a prophet. They cannot accept the keystone of our religion; the Book of Mormon. If they can't accept that, they cannot accept a modern-day prophet. Just a small issue. :) We love P and her son A. She has some word of wisdom issues too. It will be a very slow progression with her. But this gospel is true and everyone needs it.

What do you remember about your baptism?

I'm glad you got the picture of us. :) This ward is so incredible. We are doing a 40-Day Fast. You know how the Lord fasted for 40 days? We are going to do that with the ward. Today my companion and I are fasting. Yesterday our Ward Mission Leader fasted. Tomorrow it will be another family. So on and so forth, for 40 days. 24hour fast. It will never cease. The focus of the fast is on missionary work. At the end of the 40 days, and throughout, the doors will start to open for us to teach. New revelation will be brought forth. People don't have to necessarily fast from food, they can fast from something that would be a sacrifice for them for 24 hours. It is such a cool concept. Ya'll should think about it in your ward.

Something President Riggs has asked us to do with the members is: choose 14 families and ask them a specific question each week. Take only 10-15min to do this. The question is "Have you received any revelation on how we as the full-time missionaries can be of better service to you, your family, your friends or your neighbors? How can we assist you in your missionary efforts?" They respond. Usually they don't have anything, or they ask for service at their house. Which is great and totally fine! Then we ask them to pray for revelation this week. We are here to support the members. It is not the other way around although some people might think so. We are at their beckon call. I hope you are all praying for missionary opportunities and then taking them when they arise. I also hope you are praying for revelation on how the full-time missionaries can help. I remember at home, I rarely saw the missionaries. I wish I made it more of a priority to help them in their missionary efforts, now that I am on the other side haha!

I know Jesus Christ walked this earth over 2000 years ago. I don't know how He did it, but He walked in my shoes. He has felt every pain, misdeed, sorrow and joy that I have ever felt. It was my sins which nailed him to the cross, and His love for me which motivated Him. I know that the tomb is empty. The Savior rose on the 3rd day. This is one of my most favorite times of year because I can remember Him. 

I love you all
-Sister Zibetti

March 18, 2013

Things with our investigators are going well, but we had a slow week this week with only 3 lessons. We did meet again with J and M! I love them! We are going to see them today. We taught them more about the Book of Mormon and then they started asking us so many questions about what do we believe about heaven and hell. Their questions are leading right into the next lesson! The Plan of Salvation! It is amazing how the spirit works. Sister Kraemer and I have been working on the "How to begin teaching" method from PMG. At the beginning of the first lesson with someone, the following are some ideas to use of what to say:
  • Because God is our Heavenly Father, we are all brothers and sisters. We would like to refer to you as brothers and sisters.
  • Each person we teach has personal challenges and concerns. No matter what your needs or concerns might be, the Savior and His teachings—the gospel—will help you.
  • Our message will enable you to improve the quality of your lives. It will help you deal with the problems and challenges that we all face in life.
  • Our message, which is centered in Jesus Christ, is of great value and importance.
  • We all make mistakes in life, and these mistakes create feelings of guilt and shame. These feelings cannot be relieved without repentance and forgiveness. They can be fully healed through the Atonement of Christ.
  • Our message cannot be learned all at once. Understanding will come over time through prayer, study, experience, and keeping God’s commandments.
  • We have weaknesses, as everyone does. We may not speak the language very well or be able to answer every question you have. But we have been called by a prophet of God to share what we know. We know that our message is true.
  • We will be guides so that you can learn the truth of our message for yourselves. It is your choice to accept and act on the message. Therefore, you should feel free to ask questions.
  • As you sincerely seek to understand our message, you may face challenges, but God will help you.
  • As you accept our message, you will learn how to make covenants, or promises, with God. You will learn how to make changes to bring your lives in closer harmony with His teachings. You will want to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and be baptized by proper authority
We are also trying to practice switching off teaching every 30 seconds. That is how to keep the investigator involved. Teach, testify and ask questions. That is a great method of teaching.
We have not met with the investigator who dropped us last week. She is so great. We are going to wait until one of her good family friends comes to visit her husband. This friend has a lot of influence on her husband, so the friend may help open his eyes to learning more. I'll probably be gone by then. It makes me so sad! I don't want to leave this mission! It is so hard to leave people you love. 

By the way, we as missionaries can now email our friends, not just our family. Pretty cool huh?

President Riggs is the most amazing man I've ever met. He is so loving and so bold and so full of the Spirit. He came to our District Meeting. A district only has a few missionary companionships within it, so it is not a common occurrence for the President to show up! We were so excited. And my district leader, who is so awesome and very humble, asked me on the spot to share my testimony! ha. Good thing we missionaries are always prepared....:) Anyway, to President we are like his family, so he loves spending time with the missionaries. We are his investigators. He shared a story. The other day he was going out to lunch with some missionaries and he beat a man to a parking spot just before him. When he got out, he went up to the man who had to park elsewhere and said in a joking tone, putting his hand on his shoulder, "If you had been living more righteously, you would've had that parking spot!" What?! Wow! Haha! It was so great. They continued to talk and he offered to pay for the man's lunch. This was just a great example of missionary work today. It is sometimes spontaneous. It is natural. It is applying things to the current situation. It is bold. It is loving. It is the Savior's way.

Here is something I have been thinking about this week that I think can help anyone.

Take your frustrations and deep concerns--even if the concerns are not your own, but become your own--to the Lord. Christ says in Matthew 11:28-29, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." It has taken me a long time to understand this scripture, and I still have not grasped the full concept, but here is what I have learned. 
I was confused as to HOW Christ's burden would be light and His yoke easy. He bore all of the sorrows and sins of each could His burden be light!? What?! But I know that it is because as we take upon us His yoke, we are doing hard things together. A yoke distributes the weight equally between the two pulling and pushing. It is like the saying, "Many hands make light work". The Savior will compensate for what we cannot do, and give us the strength we need.
Teach people that repentance is a beautiful blessing. Not a condemning consequence. There is a song that I have loved as I've heard it out on my mission. Some of the lyrics say, "You can fly. Wrap your mistakes in a cocoon and emerge a butterfly."
Alma. Yes. He did not feel exquisite joy until he remembered that his dad had told him about a Savior, even Jesus Christ. Pretty amazing huh? Now the question is, how do we apply the Atonement?
I think by loving others as Christ loves us and doing our best to live like He lived. Learn about Him, pray, read scriptures, renew our covenants during the Sacrament. Very simple but important things. 

I've got to go!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

March 11, 2013

You described a youth activity, it sounds like the MTC and companion study. Every day we practice teach something. We practice the restoration, or a baptismal invite or what we will be teaching that day. The way you practice is the way you end up teaching. It is the same with any sport. We practice the skills over and over again so that under pressure we may remember and act well. 

Here is a miracle that happened this week. 
On Saturday night, one of our investigators, P, said she was too busy to come to church. We explained that if she were to put the Lord first, she would be blessed in all other aspects of her life, even temporally. She had mentioned previously that her phone charger was missing, so my inspired companion Sister Kraemer said, "In two minutes if we can find your phone charger, will you come to church with us tomorrow?" She nodded. I prayed so hard as I crawled on my hands and knees looking under, around and through everything. We found it! P  started getting her church clothes ready for the next day. As we had promised, if she put the Lord first, even with this small commitment to come to church, she would be blessed temporally; the Lord was bound and she was blessed. That scripture in D&C 82:10 is true. "I the Lord am bound when you do what I say, but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."

One of our investigators basically dropped us this week. She said she is happy with the church in which she is. She hasn't even come to our church yet! She's never been able to come. She was going to come yesterday but dropped us right before church. We decided we needed to go over there and talk to her about this decision. This is eternal salvation! It was really hard and very emotional. It was ripping my heart out. She knows the Book of Mormon is true and it is her husband that is holding her back. He is very close-minded. ahh! We will not stop trying though.

This week we found 2 new investigators. We had an AWESOME first lesson with them last night. J and her roommate M. They are both Christian. After we explained the Book of Mormon to them, M asked, "Why haven't I ever heard about this before?!" haha. Well, it is time.

-Sister Zibetti

March 4, 2013

This week has been great, and interesting. We had a dinner with the C family and she told us about her neighbor who she invited earlier in the week to come. She told us to go check on him to see if he'd like to join. He recently lost his wife, and he was left with his 18 month old son. As we were walking over there, I heard down the street a child screaming and some other noise from children. I heard them speculating on how "it" happened. The kids were standing around him just yelling at him to "get up" and that he was "fine". He was crying and screaming for help. I couldn't bear the sound. I had to go over there and just see if I could help in some small way, also to see if it was an emergency. We walked over and the kids around the boy started walking away and into the house nearby. One girl was still there and the boy on the ground asked her to get his sister to come outside from the house. I asked the girl what happened and some of the kids heard me, so they explained that he fell and probably twisted his knee. He had a little scrape on his knee that was bleeding a tad. It didn't look bad, but he could not move his knee because it would hurt to do so.
He stayed in the same position the whole time we were there. In the middle of the street I got down so I could look at his face and talk to him. "What's your name my friend?" "B." "What happened?" "I fell on the rocks. We were playing basketball" "Can you move it at all?" He tried to raise his leg but flinched away in pain. He had tears and drool running down his dark face. His sister came out and asked him what happened. She was probably 16. She tried to call her mom who was not home. Ben was still crying and clenching his fists. He looked like one of those professional soccer players when they get hurt and really exaggerate it...but he wasn't exaggerating. I couldn't bear to see him like this. I told his sister that it might be a good idea to call an ambulance if her mom doesn't answer. The sister agreed and phoned them. She wiped off the tears from his face. 
As I sat by him I asked, "B, do you know who Jesus Christ is?" He nodded. "Jesus Christ is your Savior and he has felt everything that you are feeling right now. He knows the pain and I want you to rely on that okay? Remember that now." He nodded and held his fists tighter. I took my jacket off and put it under his elbow where he was leaning into the asphalt so he could have a cushion. I stared at his knee and called down the powers and virtue of heaven to heal his knee. I know I don't have the Priesthood, but I know it is real, and any thing that we obtain in this life is due to the power/Priesthood of God. I know that faith has the power to move mountains. So I prayed in faith that he could be healed and that he could feel better. After that he was much calmer. He wasn't screaming anymore. 
We heard sirens and the ambulance arrived. A man got out and assessed the situation. I asked B for my jacket back and the EMT took control of the matter at hand; asking him his name and what happened. Sister Kraemer and I left. 
I don't know what happened after that, but I saw the ambulance drive away without the siren on, which could possibly mean that Ben did not have to go to the hospital, and I hope that is the case because an ambulance is expensive. 
That was my cool experience from this week.
I hope you are all happy! I love you!
-Sister Zibetti

February 25, 2013

Hello Family!
It has finally arrived! Time for Trevor to go! This is gonna be fantastic. His talk and the song sound like they were amazing! Thanks for letting me be a part of it, but it is all in God's hands. It is all of His miraculous doings.
This week we invited some people to be baptized. One said she had never thought about it before. She was really shocked when we asked her. 
The other one said she had already been baptized in the Catholic religion. But she understood that it should be done by the Priesthood to be baptized. By that authority which John the Baptist had to baptize the Savior of the world. She was impressed that we perform baptisms in the exact same way in which the Christ was baptized, by full immersion. Her family is not really supporting her in her studying with us. Her husband doesn't want her to come to church, but he said that we could study with them and that they as a family will read the scriptures more. 
Do you guys still read and pray as a family every day? Does it bring peace into your life? It helps me as a missionary to know that my family kneels in prayer for me. I know that prayer works. God answers us because of His infinite love. 
This week we were checking on some old potential investigators in the area book. As we were checking on one, a man came out of his little trailer for a home. We told him we were looking for a girl. He told us that she doesn't live here anymore, but that we could check with her grandparents in the house down the street. We started talking to this man. He told us that his home burned down in 2011. He had let a man use his home and this man set it on fire, for he was an arsonist. C, the man we were talking to, had just finished his mortgage too. Now he has paid for the little trailer out-of-pocket. He has great faith and has looked for the positive things in life. We skimmed over the first lesson with him and gave him the Book of Mormon to read. He seemed very interested and said he'd read it! I really hope he does. We will go visit him again. C said that he use to live by a great LDS family. A Polynesian family of 10. Their example brought him closer to the church. Never forget what impact a good example can have. Just think of the Savior's impact. His perfect example has led millions to know truth and peace.
I know the Lord is looking out for me when he sends me someone who will just listen. 
We have an AMAZING new Ward Mission Leader. Brother Marshall! He is on fire. He is a convert to the church and just wants to get all of this rolling. He is going to have to with the announcement made with so many new missions opening up in the world! Ahhh! So exciting. I only have a short time left in Aquia. I am pretty sure that I will be staying here until Nauvoo. 
Also this week, the missionaries in my district put on a music fireside about the Savior. It was beautiful. We had enough musical talent within the district that we were able to pull something together for our investigators and members could enjoy. It was wonderful. Many people told us how much they loved the production. My favorite song was Prayer of the Children. It was so wonderfully done and the Spirit was so strong. It felt like this song was the only peace in the world. 
We do service at a place called S.E.R.V.E. We just put food in boxes; food with all nutrients which an individual or family would need. These families can come once a month to get a box for free from here. I love doing service like this. The people who work here are so Christian! I love em. I just wish they had all of the correct doctrine. 
Well, I love everything out here. I truly desire for souls to come unto Christ through baptism. I am praying to see that opportunity happen. 
Family! I love you! The church of Jesus Christ is on the earth once more. There are no variations from now verses when Christ was here. Everyone on earth chose the plan of salvation/happiness before birth. We as members are here to share this unique message with the world. Every member of the church is on a mission. We all bear Christ's name as baptized and confirmed members. "Be thou an example of the believers, in word in deed." 1 Tim. ? 

-Sister Zibetti

February 19, 2013

The Lord is blessing our family so much. Can you see it? Can you feel it? I can. This work is true. This gospel is one of love. God is love. 
With it being Valentine's Day this past week, we visited some singles ladies in the ward and talked about the love of God and Christ. It was great. 
We went to the Temple yesterday! It was so great. I love the DC Temple. I definitely miss that spirit from the Lord's house. 
Well things over here are getting more inspired. A lot more planning. Each week we are supposed to ask 14 member families a specific question from president Riggs. "Have you received any revelation on how we, as the full missionaries can be of better service to you, your family, friends or neighbors?" We are not just asking for referrals, we are asking our members who we can serve and how?! Miracles come because of it. We are teaching this wonderful lady L. I love her so much. We asked her to read part of a chapter in the BoM and she read the whole thing and liked it! She struggles reading because of a head injury from the service. She has two sweet children. I love them too. Her husband is not so keen on us yet, but he hasn't met us yet. We shall see. She was going to come to church, but the babysitter didn't show up! grrr.
A young man, D, an investigator came to church and he liked it! He said he'd come again! He is 19. 
I have not been so great at baptismal invites. Inviting people to be baptized. I have been working on it this week. It is a bold thing, but that is part of my purpose, and I need to be better at it. 
We are going to work harder and more efficiently. Sometimes we are all over the place and at the end of the day I feel like we haven't accomplished much. So we need to be more efficient. We are trying. 
A little girl from Gainesville who I taught got baptized on Saturday! We got permission to attend. We were late by like 10min and I missed the baptism itself, but got to see her confirmed. She gasped with excitement when she saw I was there. :) It made me so happy. Also, there was a little boy who was getting baptized that same day. His mom is Deaf and I had signed with her a few times. She is so great. I asked her if she wanted me to interpret for her son receiving the gift of the holy ghost. She was so grateful. It is interesting to interpret for a priesthood blessing. It is very powerful. My hands did things I didn't even know I remembered or could do. I know the Priesthood is REAL. That is how we can be sealed as families forever. It is that powerful. Baptism is the first step, and all of the people that surround us can one day be sealed to us as an eternal family. 
I best be off.
-Sister Zibetti

February 11, 2013

Oh my goodness! TREVOR YOU ARE GOING ON A MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are going to be such a great and humble missionary. I can't wait to see your life unfold. Dude, I mean soon to be Elder Zibetti, keep a journal every day that you can. It will help you see your progress as a missionary and as a representative of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. As you represent Him, you are SAVING lives. It is amazing. Even if it is just a friendly smile. A Christ-like smile is your best accessory. Represent Him well for this short time. He loves you unconditionally and so deeply. Spend time with the family as much as you can.

Things are great here in the Washington DC South side of the world. We met the sweetest lady from Jamaica! She is divorced and has one son. They live in a ONE room apartment. Literally. Their home is the size of our home's living room. There is a small bathroom. She is one of our investigators whom we hadn't met yet. We came in and asked if we could do her dishes as she was making dinner for her son and a friend. She gave me the strangest look after I asked. She didn't answer for a minute, just stared at me. I couldn't tell if she was shocked, surprised or appalled. Turns out, she was shocked and after we washed her dishes was grateful. She wanted to know more about Joseph Smiff, as she calls him, :) and the Book of Mormon. She is very simple and needs to learn in a very simple way. I don't think she understands that there is a simple and pure doctrine out there with all of the truth. She church hops. We have to repeat ourselves a lot and move slow. But she is so humble and amazing that it will work. She gave us a cup full of fruit and told us to come over for dinner the next day and said, "Don't be keepin' my cup. You bring it back!". She is such a sweetheart and wanted us to come back with the cup. She has NOTHING and is giving us anything she can. So kind. We are meeting with them again tonight. Her son said, "I think I'll stick with this religion". WHAT?! I love it. I am praying for her and doing everything I can to help them taste the sweet blessings of making covenants with God through baptism.

We are also meeting with E. Interesting story here. Her brother, is a recent convert of last year. He just left on his mission to Brazil this week and he gave us E's number to call her. We did and she didn't answer, but she called us after her brother was gone. She and her brother are very close and she wanted to know what he was getting himself into, and what religion this was. There truly are still people out there that think we worship Joseph Smith, and think the Book of Mormon is written by him, some think we have horns, they think we can't drink pop or wear makeup and that we have to do everything our husbands and fathers command. Yikes. People need the truth. Anyway, E is so cute. We are teaching her in a round-about way by saying, "This is what your brother believes and what he will be teaching." She is okay with that for now. She says what we teach makes sense. It is hard for her to grasp the concept of 12 Apostles today. She doesn't feel familiar with that. Which is understandable. But things are going well.

We went tracting this week and I met a witch! Can you believe it? We introduced ourselves and she said, "Oh that's nice, but I'm a 'wicken'." I said, "What is that?" I seriously had no idea. "I'm a witch." I said, "Oh coool!" She was shocked and stuttered on her speech, "Th-that is not the reaction I expe-pected. I don't believe in Christ. I thought you would be appalled by that." "Well, what do you believe in?" "I believe in the elements and as you do good, good is done unto you." "We believe a similar thing." I could tell she was not interested but pleased with our reaction. Sister Kraemer is awesome and handed her a card and said, "Well, we also do service, so if you ever need anything, we are here to serve." It was an interesting convo. 

I have interviews with President this week. I love President Riggs. He is amazing. Even though I am not originally from this mission, he still claims me as "his own". It will be one of the hardest things on my mission to leave DC south. My other President said to me before I left, "You better come back to Nauvoo." I promised that I would, but it is going to be so hard to leave this place.

I love you all.

An investigator told me a quote this week, "A family who prays together, stays together." and I thought of my own family. I am so glad we did that. And dad, thank you for holding the Priesthood worthily all these years. I think that is one of the most powerful things on this earth except love and the Atonement.

-Sister Zibetti

Friday, April 12, 2013

February 4, 2014

Yep, we tracted during the Superbowl!!!!!!!!

WELCOME TO AQUIA! (uh-kwi-uh) I have been transferred to a new area and I have a new companion! I felt it coming. It was hard to leave Gainesville, but it was time. I was becoming too comfortable and a little idle. Neal A. Maxwell said, "The holy ghost will comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." I think I shared that with you before, but I love it and often need a reminder.
Sister Kramer and me
My companion is Sister Kraemer. She just got out of the MTC 4 days ago! Haha! So I am training her AND we are whitewashing in the city of Stafford, the Ward is called Aquia. Whitewashing means that my companion and I are the new sisters in the ward. Usually, one missionary will stay and a new one will come in. That way at least one companion knows the area, investigators and ward, but this time it is all new. And let me tell you. It is all NEW! I love it, but it is very hard. I love the ward. They are all so welcoming and stoked about missionary work. The ward is a LOT smaller than Gainesville. I am now in the city of Stafford. We are finding people who are interested here. So far, the people here are quite nice. We have a lot more military families here. We are working hard to understand the area. I love my companion. She is a sweetheart from Ogden Utah. I'm excited to work with her.
I feel very blessed. Although everything is overwhelming me, I can feel the Lord calming my heart. Someone once said, "God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called." I am street contacting a lot more people. I don't feel so judged by my companion as I have in the past. My companion is so new to everything that it is overwhelming her, but she recognizes that and is trying her best to find the strength to move forward. I love her a lot.
I am so glad to be in this new area. I am so glad for new investigators, potential investigators, ward members, apartment and companion.
There was a "linger longer"/"break the fast" last night after church, so we got to meet some more members.

And yes, yesterday, we did tract during the superbowl. haha! It was pretty funny some of the responses we got, "You know you are tracting during the superbowl right?" I'd say, "Yep. What's the score?!" Not out of any curiosity of my own, but so they could calm down and know we are human, but we are servants of the Lord. We did get a good potential investigator out of it. My last companion did not like to tract, and it feels so good to be tracting again. That is just part of missionary work. I don't love it, but I know it reaps blessings.
Since we both just got here, we have no idea where anything it is. We have had some funny experiences so far. For example, the first night we got here, we tried to get into the wrong apartment! haha! The key didn't work and then the handle started twisting and a lady called from within and said, "Who's there?" We were so embarrassed but said, "The missionaries!" She opened the door and talked with us. She is so sweet and formally introduced herself as a Christian. :)
Oh dear...
Another funny thing, we were left in the apartment with ONE roll of toilet paper. okay... ha! So we had to ask a brother from the ward if it was okay that we took a roll of toilet paper from the church.
Haha! We only shop one day a week ya know? Unless it is a dire emergency, but here we were able to get something settled.

This week I learned that we can truly be forgiven for any mistake ever made. An investigator asked, "Can you really be forgiven if you murder someone?" My response, "Yes. Christ's Atonement truly is THAT powerful! And God KNOWS the intent of our heart. He will know if we deserve forgiveness no matter how grievous the sin." He was so shocked. I know the Atonement had to be done. There had to be an infinite and intimate sacrifice for all. It is very much on an individual level. The Atonement is real. I have felt it cleanse me and I have felt it enable me. According to the bible dictionary, the word grace does 3 things: cleanse/heal, enable, and exalt. I know these things are true, for the Lord God hath spoken it! :)

-Sister Zibetti