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Feb 9, 2011

Ciao Ciao

Hello everyone,

So Bari is known for its Foccaccia and the other day we bought SUPER Foccaccia that was twice as tall as the normal kind and we tried to eat it while walking home and we probably looked like fools, but, it happens.

The work is good. We had lunch with a girl from English Course and she is SO cool. She made us foccaccia and deep fried pizza dough )Yes, it was good. Her motto is If someone else can do it, she can do it too. She makes earrings and teaches math and does just about anything else you can imagine. We are going to challenge her to try and live like a member of the church for a month. To read and pray and to keep all the commandments and see if she notices a difference.

We wanted to show Tonia the Restoration film but she didn't have a DVD player so we went and got one from the church. So I am walking around all sketchy and it looks like I stole a DVD player from someone and then we end up not having time to watch it because we were talking before and all the sudden we are off topic and she is talking about how she just wants to go to Africa and hug and kiss all the children there and give them shoes and Sorella Foote just starts laughing while I )who was sitting across from her, luckily try to keep a straight face.

Lots of our lessons go that way these days, we start out talking about Jesus and end up in Africa or why
Francesca really hates Bari or other things.

We had lunch with a family on Sunday and they were hilarious. There was a grandma that had to be like 4 feet tall and she was doing everything, running around and making lunch and hitting her grandson when he tried to steal her cookies.
I cant explain, but she belongs in a Pixar movie.

The other day we went to teach a lady who was less active, her son was on the computer and didn't want to participate. At the end of the lesson I asked him what he was composing. He took out the headphones and it turns out it was a rendition of one of the hymns. We were surprised, turns out someone made him be in choir when he used to come to church and he didn't want to but then he fell in love with music. He says he doesn't come to church because he works late Saturday night
but that he knows it is a lame excuse.

I still love our English course.
They are all so down to earth. We have talked about what makes us happy and what we would do with a million euro and they are always like, :Money cant buy happiness: etc. etc. And we are like, c,mon live a little! Ha, but they are really great.
I just want to be best friends with all of them.

We ran into our friend the Panino King on the street he was with some guy who looked 10 years younger than him and they were going to get a coffee, Panion King goes, Me and Francesco here and °Francesco° goes, °Antonio° and he goes, °oh, right, Antonio° Francesco-
Antonio did not look amused.
I laughed really hard once we were around the corner.

I don't know, my mind is kind of blank right now as I try to write this email, I cant remember anything.
But we have been busy, of course.
And eating good food.
And meeting the best, craziest people.


We like panzarotti, deep fried calzones essentially.
They are delicious. and a Bari classic.

and sometimes we eat healthy too.

and sometimes our less'actives make us take a cup of water and cookies and fruit with us when we leave.

Oh, I forgot to mention our dear friend Ludo, that's us teaching her the Plan of Salvation while sitting on the floor.

This is the passage we have shared with our members, lessactives, and investigators this week. I think its good for all of us to remember its from a talk by President Uchtdorf

The things we hope for are often future events.

If only we could look beyond the horizon of mortality into what awaits us beyond this life. Is it possible to imagine a more glorious future than the one prepared for us by our Heavenly Father?

Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we need not fear, for we will live forever, never to taste of death again.

Because of His infinite Atonement, we can be cleansed of sin and stand pure and holy before the judgment bar.

The Savior is the Author of our Salvation.

And what kind of existence can we hope for?

Those who come unto Christ, repent of their sins, and live in faith will reside forever in peace. Think of the worth of this eternal gift. Surrounded by those we love, we will know the meaning of ultimate joy as we progress in knowledge and in happiness.

No matter how bleak the chapter of our lives may look today, because of the life and sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we may hope and be assured that the ending of the book of our lives

will exceed our grandest expectations.

“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man,

the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

The things we hope in sustain us during our daily walk. They uphold us through trials, temptations, and sorrow. Everyone has experienced discouragement and difficulty. Indeed, there are times when the darkness may seem unbearable. It is in these times that the divine principles of the restored gospel we hope in can uphold us and carry us until, once again, we walk in the light.

We hope in Jesus the Christ, in the goodness of God, in the manifestations of the Holy Spirit, in the knowledge that prayers are heard and answered. Because God has been faithful and kept His promises in the past, we can hope with confidence that God will keep His promises to us in the present and in the future. In times of distress, we can hold tightly to the hope that things will “work together for [our] good” as we follow the counsel of God’s prophets.

This type of hope in God, His goodness, and His power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges and gives strength to those who feel threatened by enclosing walls of fear, doubt, and despair

Love you,

Sorella Laws

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