Thursday, August 28, 2014

la perseveranza

This week I have realized how hard it is to persevere. 

Literally everyday this past week there was always a little moment where I thought to myself,"Life would be a lot easier if I was at home right now".. But luckily each and every single day the Lord has shown me little miracles and tender mercies that help to realize that I have more work to do here in Italy. That I have more to give and sacrifice for his children here in Italy. 

I have a lot to learn still and through the Jesus Christ I have the chance to change to become more like him even if it hard. I am so grateful for my Savior and Redeemer. This knowledge helps me daily to know that I am a loved daughter of god and he is aware of all of the trials that I am facing because he felt them all. 



This video changed my mission. It has actually changed my life. I know that the Lord loves each of his children because I have felt his love for me and I have also felt his love for his other children. 

I am so grateful to be here in Milano although I am tired. The Lord gives me the strength everyday to do what he wants me to do. To open my mouth and talk to complete strangers. To speak a foreign language. To have love for all of his children. This is a miracle to me and I am grateful for his strength and support. 

This week we meet with a meno attiva that we found on the metro. She hasn't come to church in over 13 years. We met with her this past week and she told us that she will be coming to family home evening and to church on Sunday. I am praying that she will come this week because she is such a wonderful woman. 

Here in Milano we teach Italian class and our one student that comes faithfully doesn't speak English or Italian.. haha.. So it is very challegning to say the least. 

Everyday here in Milano we talk to so many wonderful people. I am grateful to be here right now. 

I just want to say Congrats to Ryan and Sonya because little Kalan Ryan Carter was born! He looks so cute! I can't wait to meet him and hold in in a short little while. I love you all and I hope Kalan and Sonya are doing well! 

I love you family! Enjoy cute little newborn Kalan for me! Give him lots of love for me! 

Vi voglio bene! 

Sorella Rebecca Carter 

my little plant

art we saw today

pday today

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Peru or Italy?

This past week I realized that I am serving in the same milano area where dad served, which is so awesome. The Lord is so interesting and I am excited to keep working here in Milano Cimiano. 

Today we dropped off Sorella Haslem to the train station, which was sad. I hope that everything will be okay. I am sure we will get lost every now again, but that is okay. It is going to be an adventure this next transfer. It keeps it more interesting that way! 

There are so many peruvians here in milano sometimes I wonder if I am serving in peru or italy... It is great! They are all so sweet here. 

It feels like fall her in Milano. It has been raining pretty much everyday here in Milano. It is pretty much hilarious everyday. I will never forget the rain in Italy. That will probably be one of my favorite memories of Italy. Getting soaking wet during summer. It makes me smile thinking about all of the funny memories that I have had with the rain. 

We are so busy here in Milano. There is so much work to do and there is always something that we can be doing. We have a wonderful investigator right now who is only 19 years old and is so cute and pure. We set a baptismal date with her for the end of october. After we prayed with her on our knees and she said the prayer. She said such a genuine and heartfelt prayer. She wants to know the truth and trying to figure out what is right. I love meeting with her and I hope that I will still be here when she will be baptized. 

There is a lot of work here to be done and it is exhausting! I am tired all of the time! But it is great to be this busying and always on the go. 

I am grateful this week again for the atonement of Gesù Cristo because through him I am not only  capable of changing behavior, but I am capable of changing my behavior as Tad R. Callister says. That is my goal for these last two transfers. To change my nature with some of my little weaknesses. 

I love my mission although I am tired, it continues to enhance my knowledge of my Savior Gesù Cristo and because of him we have this knowledge of our loving heavenly father. 

I love you all more than I can even begin to express! Enjoy the week and the blessings that the Lord has given us! 

Sorella Rebecca Carter

lima peru?

my life everyday on the metro

this one is for dad! we go to same area dad went to! 

last time to the duomo all together!

gelato! never get's old! 



I love Milano. punto basta. 

The ward here in Milano Cimiano is huge. We have 180 active members! It is crazy. It is wonderful. The members here are mainly from south america, so I am learning spanish a little bit. It is amazing how I can understand them, but I can't speak spanish back to them. Seriously they are all so sweeet and loving here. 

My suitcase wheels are gone.. They are barely connected to my suitcases. So Sorella Yost and I struggled to push my suitcases around. When we got to Bologna centrale we had to make a binario change.. Which was supposed to be 10 minutes.. But we were late so we had 3 minutes to go to the binario up and down the stairs..I thought I was going to die.. I told Sorella Yost, "Go without me! Keep the train open for us!"..haha menomale we made it to milano.. So when we got to the milano cimiano church I literally looked like I have been through it. The sweet members just started to pour juice and give us food.. They were soo good and kind to us. I am truly blessed to serve here. 

My greenie is Sorella Grossarth from Gilbert, Arizona. She is awesome. She already can speak the language pratically. So that is a blessing for both of us. She studied at byu microbiology and is 19 years old. It is going to be an adventure getting arouns milano but it should be fun! Sorella Haslem is wonderful as well. I am grateful for her help because I would be completely stressed without her. I am starting to get nervous because she leaves next week and I still don't know the city that well.. YIKES! haha It is going to be great!

Here in Milano Cimiano the members love feeding sorelle...Literally my first 5 days here we ate with a member everyday. When I get home you will be able to tell that I served in italy..hahah 

Thomas has officically been a member for a year! Yay! 

I am blessed to be serving here! 

Vi voglio tanto bene, 

sorella rebecca carter

Sorella Grossarth my little verdina!

My life

milano duomo

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Milano e la mia verdina

This past week has been crazy!!! Literally so much has happened this weekend! So saturday was the day for us to find out about transfers. I honestly thought that I was going to stay in Ravenna with Sorella Yost. We did kinder egg transfer guesses with eachother and I got a green little frog..  And based on what you get the other people have to determine what it means with the transfer news. She told me that she thought that I was going to train and have a greenie. Well she was right! 

The phone rang during pranzo hour and I freaked out because it said," Sorella Dibb". So I knew that something good was happening because they only call us for big news. I responded and it was President Dibb. He told me that I am leaving Ravenna... That I will be going to MILANO and that I will be training a new missionary there! I am going to have a cute little verdina!! I amso excited because I never thoughtthat I would train, but I am also a little bit nervous as well. So this should be an interesting experience for me.. He continue by telling me that I am pink washing aka we a replacing an old set of sorelle there..But there was another twist.. 


Yes another two week trio.

Her name is Sorella Haslum and she is great! She only has two weeks left in the mission so she is going to be our guide in Milano so I don't get completely lost and confused!!! I am so grateful for her!! I can do this! I will have help from another. I am just a little bit nervous because I don't know the city, people or anything yet and I am going to be the senior companion... scary. So I am just hoping that everything will go well and I hope that my little verdina will like me.. 

I am so excited for milano because I mean I am serving in the Italy, Milan mission it just makes sense that I should serve there. Our ward is called MIlano Cimiano.. It was actually the first church building that I went to in Italy on my first day here. So it actually is a pretty cool thing for me. I still remember going there and meeting Sorella McCann there! Also hearing everyone singing the hymns in Italian with the windows open the breeze coming in and the birds chirping. That was when I realized that I was serving in the best mission for me! 

The best part is that Sorella Yost is training too! Here in Ravenna! 

It was like that moment in "Father of the Bride 2" when the mom says, "Annie's pregnant and I'm pregnant too!" It seriously was too funny because I am getting old in the mission..

basically a nonna.

so I never thought that I would train on my mission. haha 

We are both soo excited because we are both training and we are going to Milano together today! 

Yesterday the branch had a little goodbye party for me and an another anziano that is leaving Ravenna as well! They were all so sweet to me and I made one of the sweet members cry. 

I love Ravenna. 

I have been through it here in Ravenna to say the least. I have been through the burning fire here in Ravenna, but the Lord has blessed me in so many ways. I have been blessed with an amazing branch and companion!  I am grateful for the testimony that I have now of my Savior Jesus Christ. He truly is our advocate and has felt our burdens that we will feel each and everyday. The people here in Ravenna have been a family to me and I will never forget the love that they showed towards me. It is always hard leaving behind a city, but I just feel grateful and blessed to look back at thae things that I have learned here in Ravenna. It was probably I would say the hardest part of my mission, but I was able to truly able to see the hand of the Lord each and everyday here. I know that that God can work miracles and I have seen them here in Ravenna. Most of all I have seen myself change here in Ravenna. 

I still can't believe that I am training in Milano. I am so excited to meet my verdina tomorrow and I hope all will go well. I love you all and please pray for my little verdina, sorella haslum and I! I will miss the branch, Ravenna and Sorella Yost! 

Vi voglio tanto bene, 

Sorella Rebecca Carter

lasagna with one of our members

grapes growing 

ticket machine in ravenna! It's a big deal!

the church

meno attiva that came to church again on my last sunday!


that one day we rode to our bikes outside for 5 minutes and got soaking wet and then had to get on the train right after to go to a members home.. they let us borrow some clothes because we were so wet! 

last district photo

meno attiva, membri e simpatizzanti 

cake a english class student gave me! too nice! 

I love this women!

la festa! I love italians!

they made a cake that said, " Vi aspettiamo". I love Ravenna