January 6, 2020


Ladispoli, Italy


Sorella Maylin Erickson


Ciaooooo happy new year happy holidays happy life!!!

This week was good.
I am alive. A Roman soldier helped us find our friend at Santa's house. We had several attenzione cade moments. We've had movie night every night this week. (aka we have been watching all of the 12 step recovery videos) I love my companion.

Okay. I didn't write last week ooops but new years was awesome!! We bought some small fireworks and had a small missionary appropriate party on the beach (just me and my lovely comp lol). And then for the rest of the week I kind of don't remember hahaha sorry mom. We did A LOT of walking lol. On new years eve it was actually the coolest day ever. Best way to end 2019 for sure!! So in Italy there's a tradition where every year on new years right at midnight you eat lentils because they bring good fortune. So we made little packets of lentils and took them with us to give away to people to try and find some new people to teach. We weren't really sure who to give them to but the first lady we stopped actually had met with missionaries years ago and knew who we were very well. She said she was grateful she ran into us because we helped her remember all of the good memories she had with the missionaries many years ago. We were able to get her number and we are going to try and begin teaching her! It was a small miracle and God helped us out big time when we tried using new techniques of finding people. His tender mercies are everywhere! 😊

I'm so grateful for the new year and for new beginnings we have! The year 2020, as president Nelson put it, is a bicentennial year, marking 200 years from the time of the first vision of the young prophet Joseph Smith. It's a perfect opportunity for us to increase our testimonies of the glorious restoration by studying come follow me with the Book of Mormon this year. As we do so we can "immerse ourselves in the glorious light of the restoration" as our prophet invited us to do. I'm so grateful for the Book of Mormon and am so excited to study it this year with a different perspective. Truly the Book of Mormon has changed me, and there's no other way that would have been possibile if it were not the word of God. I KNOW with everything in me that the Book of Mormon is the best tool we have on this earth to learn more of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As I have read it more on my mission than ever before, I have allowed a power to come into my life that has shaped me into a person who knows who I am, who knows my purpose here, and who is truly truly happy. This year I invite you to let the Book of Mormon change you!! Allow it to let the light of the restoration flood into your life, and by so doing you and I will all be happier as we focus less on ourselves and more on our Savior, our friends and family, and our neighbors for the rest of the year.

The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the only true church on the earth with the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have reason to rejoice in this knowledge!! Be happy!! and share the beautiful message of the light that this gospel gives you with someone else 😊💡☀️💛

I love you all so much, I love my Savior and I love the Italians!! Buon anno a tutti!!

Ciao ciao,

Sorella Nelson

1. Lentil deliveries
3. We found donkeys..?
4. Lunch with our beautiful friend Somma ❤️


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