Monday, May 22, 2017

The J dubs got there first...















Hey Everyone! 

 I got some interesting stories that happened this week. So to start off we had exchanges on Wednesday. For our service me and Elder Scorsby filmed a show. A member from the Pittsfield ward invited us to film his show. His show is called Woodys world. Woody sang and the other guy that was with him was reading some books that were made by the guy who wrote Moby Dick. It was pretty interesting , we were filming in the Authors house.
Elder Little and I are getting some good exercise in by taking the Bikes. Now we usually switch off bikes. One bike has all these different gears and the other is an old bike that our Ward mission leader found at a dump. Anyways my companion forgot what bike he was riding and the nice one has brakes on the handles and the other bike you need to back pedal to brake it. So we were riding down this hill and he stands up on the bike thinking it wouldn't stop him and then he eats it. He tears up his shirt, glasses, bag, pants and even his wallet. He tears up his knees and hands and they are just bloody. Felt bad, but it was funny😅 Then we rode all the way to Salvation army and Goodwill to find a CD player cause we get to our first appointment with Guermillo in the morning, and we walk in and the J dubs were there. We introduced ourselves and they said oh Guerillmo has been studying with us for awhile and we said oh same here. We just told him that we would come back another time. It was really awkward... And Guelimillo said that he would  listen to the Scriptures cause he can't read to well. We ended up not finding a CD player😖
Last story is that we brought The stubbs family with us to go teach this lady named Maria. To give you some background info Elder McIntyre and I met her awhile back and she started speaking to us in Spanish and cried and gave us her Apt #. Anyways we go and we hardly teach at all, this lady would not stop talking and she would be talking to Sister Stubbs because she was the only one who spoke Spanish. We got to Prophets in the Restoration and then nothing. Our member also couldn't bring her back to the lesson it was just a failure. So we say hey we got to go and we wanted to say a closing prayer. So Maria gets up with Sister stubbs and it looks like shes trying to give her a blessing. Maria literally put her hands on our members head and said a prayer. My companion and I had to look away cause we could not stop laughing we were just Dying😂  Well this week was interesting but on the Spirtual side of things Zulma who has a baptismal date said the she Believes Joseph Smith was a prophet of God , She knows its true. She told us that before we met her she prayed for guidance and when we contacted her we were her guidance, sent from God. I would like to end with my testimony on the power of Prayer. I know that God listens to us and wants to help us. He will answer us but its on his time. Love you all,


-Elder Dalsasso

Monday, May 15, 2017

I know that this Church The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints is the Lord's Church



My companion and I have had some interesting things happen to us ever since he came in. So first we have picked up an Investigator almost everyday since Elder little has gotten here. We didn't pick up anyone on Thursday I think. Anyways that was awesome! we stopped by one of our Potential Investigators and his Dad comes to the door. His Dads name is KK and he's from india. Him and his Family were visiting to see there son Graduate. So we went in and started talking to KK. First off Mother Teresa is like next to God in their country,He literally said that... Then we talked about the Book Of Mormon and wanted to give him one and he said he couldn't read Holy Scripture outside of a Temple. He I have never had this problem where the Book Of Mormon is so Holy that he can't have one outside of a temple. So we got his information and are having missionaries in India Give him a Book Of Mormon. He also said that he would receive us in his country like we could sleep and stay over at his house, we chuckled. Then he looked at us with a serious look and he said I'm not kidding I'm completely serious you can stay at my house. So after the mission I might be staying in India for awhile...HAHAHA We also started to ride bike and on the way home my companion got his tire popped. So we were walking on the side of the Road calling people and our ward mission leader picked us up. That was pretty fun.

So to finish this off I would like to bare my testimony that I know that this Church The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints is the Lords Church. I know that we in our day have the priesthood , and by abiding by the precepts taught in the Book Of Mormon we will see our Father in Heaven again.
Love you all
-Elder Dalsasso

Monday, May 8, 2017

Always Follow the First Prompting




Hello, 

This week was AWESOME!  found a lot of people to teach. Also went on exchanges with my District leader(Elder Warner). So first off it takes about an hour to an hour and a half to get to there apt from Amherst. So Elder Warner and i got to there place and we still got like an hour or so to work and we didn't eat dinner yet. So we went across the street and got wings. Now they said it would be a 15 minute wait. So we were like lets go out and contact. So we contact one lady and she wasn't interested. But then we decided to go know on this door. Now on the previous exchange with the Elders we picked up this potential named Joey. Now we knock on Joeys door and talk to his wife and said hey we talked to Joey Ect. We go in and they have a family of 7 and 5 of them are eligible to be baptized. So we taught them and gave them a Book of Mormon, within 15 minutes we picked up 5 Investigators. We got back ate are wings then headed home. Then Elder Warner said so how many Investigators do you want to pick up this exchange. HAHAHA it was a blessing from above.
Next story is that we had canceled appointments and had nothing to do so we decided to Stop by some potentials. Now we stopped by a potential who we found out gave us the wrong address but knew the guy that was there. He wasn't interested. But before we got to this guy i saw a man and i was like i need to contact him. Ended up not doing it. now after we stopped by the potential we go and talk to this man his name is Jovonnie and he's from El Salvador. So we helped him unload his car and then we taught him a message on the trunk of his car and now were gonna see him this saturday. I have been following my first impression more frequently now. Like Elder Rasband said "First promptings are pure inspiration from heaven. When they confirm or testify to us, we need to recognize them for what they are and never let them slip past. So often, it is the Spirit inspiring us to reach out to someone in need, family and friends in particular. “Thus … the still small voice, which whispereth through and pierceth all things,” points us to opportunities to teach the gospel, to bear testimony of the Restoration and Jesus Christ, to offer support and concern, and to rescue one of God’s precious children." I testify that this is true that we should always follow the first prompting . Now i may not be perfect at it but i can promise that as we do it we will be blessed abundantly .
love you all
-Elder Dalsasso

Monday, April 24, 2017

This Life wasn't meant to be easy...if it was easy it wouldn't be worth it

























Hey! 

A lots been going on in Amherst, we are just working and working. We actually have to start taking the Bus because we have driven to so many places😂and maybe get some cardio in. Its starting to warm up here and i am so thankful for that😎 So we are actually trying to start up a couple groups right now. One in Portuguese and one in Spanish. This are will soon be a multilingual area. So we already have a few Spanish members and all we need is a few more spanish people to start up a group. Life is good! Our area is huge like you could take anywhere from 30min to an hour to get to one place or another. But most our work is In Amherst. We mostly leave Amherst for one of our Investigators or to see members. This place has been good to us. We just helped a member throw away old stuff and we got a bike and an An lounge for our apartment. Now were on the hunt for another bike to just bike everywhere. Work off some of the extra weight i got from the mission. HAHAHA But anyways this week went well, Adlyn is doing great shes studying from the Book Of Mormon and were planning on seeing her 3 times a week. We also had a ward missionary fireside that we got to speak a little bit about missionary work and inviting friends to come unto Christ.

So like always i'll end by baring my testimony on the things i know to be true. I know God sent us to this earth for a reason. We know why were here. We are to be tested to experience pain and joy ,sorrow and happiness. This life wasn't meant to be easy, but if it was easy it wouldn't be worth it like my son(Elder Phillipsen) always told me. We have Christs Grace to lift any bondage that we have. I love my savior, Heavenly Father and his spirit. I also love you all
-Elder Dalsasso

Monday, April 17, 2017

By Forgetting Ourselves and Strictly Just Following the Lord We Will Be Blessed in Abundance



Hey everyone, 

So this week has been another week of miracles and experiences. First miracle was having the opportunity to teach Adyln and set a date with her for May 13th. She is solid and we son't have a lot of worries with her. She use to have a friend in the ward who had passed away a few years ago. Thats how she got acquainted  with the Church. She even showed us a quad that she got from her friend when she passed away. The lord has definetley  blessed us with her. Also had the opportunity to go on exchanges with one of our Zone leaders Elder Sprehn. It was so much fun! we were in Springfield most the day. We had some crazy things happen while i was up there. We saw a drunk guy driving behind us and running a car off the road. Then we think that that same car was an undercover cop and pulled that guy over. Later in the day we were waiting for one of there members at the members home and this girl walks up and say"are you Jehovah's Witnesses?" we were like no were Mormons. She said ok will you teach me something😐 I was kinda baffled. So then we taught this girl on the members front lawn and got her number to call her back. Never has this happend  to either one of us where a random person comes up and asks to be taught. I won't lie and say i wouldn't want that to happen every time we stepped outside. But it was just the coolest experience. Easter was good, kinda forgot it was a holiday weekend. I thought of it as another day of work.

But anyways i would like to end with my testimony about not my will, but thine be down. It's crazy to think about the enormous blessings that come from being obedient and follow the council of our Heavenly Father. I have come to realize that by forgetting ourselves and strictly just following the lord we will be blessed in abundance. I promise that as we do the will of the Father and forget our will we will be blessed.
Love you all
-Elder Dalsasso

Monday, April 10, 2017

Slowly Learning Portuguese





So this was a week was a week of Miracles. We Were going hard. We picked up Rachel and Kathy and set baptismal dates with them. For the 20th of May. We're super stoked about them. They were former Invs. Kathy also said that she believes Joseph smiths experience. We also taught some Cape Verde's! i get to speak Portuguese. Slowly and slowly i hope to pick up Portuguese creole. We also got to go to Nick and Cheryls baptism in my last area. I got tons of pics but these computers don't take my SD card so I'm gonna have to find something to transfer my pictures over. But anyways it was awesome. I got to see some of the members in Framingham . I felt like i was home when i went back. But Amherst is sweet . As it gets warmer more and more people are out. We were walking from an appointment and there was tons of people outside. I tried shaking one guys hand and he just stood up and he looked like he was ready to throw a punch. So we just walked away. Missionary work😂 love it.
So my email is short but i don't have enough time to chat sorry... But i would like to end with my testimony. That i know that God has a plan for each of us. We are his children he wants us to succeed in this life and in our next life. His plan is simple , but beautiful. It will lead us back to him and i know that this is true. Love you all.
-Elder Dalsasso

Monday, April 3, 2017

NEW AREA AND NEW COMPANION

     So this week I got into my New area, Amherst. Its really different from my last area. My last area was richer and not a lot of young people. But there's so many people my age. There's like 5 colleges in my area. Umass and Amherst College our a few miles away from each other. There are so many young people here. ITS NUTS!!!! 
     Their is a lot of work to be done here I'm so excited. There is quite a few Cape Verdes here 2. So time to pull out that Portuguese again. Except it's Creole ,so... I talked to a Cape Verde yesterday... Understood like every other word she said. But i'm excited , definitely need to pray for the gift of tongues. 
     Anyways our ward has 70 active members. Were supposed to have a YSA ,but, their Inactive so a lot of reactivation . My  companion is named Elder McIntyre. He has been out for 7 months and he's from south Jordan Utah. He's a great missionary eager to work and wanting to do good. Were out in the western part of Mass. Tons of trees and Farm land . 
     So I got to go this day was Crazy. But I just wanted to share my testimony on General Conference. It's amazing that Conference to me has now been a spiritual Super bowl . Filling my heart with Joy and excitement. The spiritual uplift that it brings, the love that has been put in my heart, the good feelings that have brought me closer to my savior. I testify that each and everyone of the General Authorities have been called by God. I testify that the quorum of the 12 are God's apostles here on earth and I know that Thomas s Monson is the Prophet of the lord in our day and age. Let's not forget about the blessings that come from our worthy leaders. Let us rejoice in the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love you all.


Last supper in Framingham.


-Elder Dalsasso

Monday, March 27, 2017

I'M GETTING TRANSFERRED TO..... AMHERST

Hello, 

This week was great just like all the other weeks. We found 4 new Inv. Sam,yevon,Mirla, and  Sandra. Sandra was a former Inv. and the rest we found tracting. Just trying to talk to as many people as i can. We have definitely seen the blessings that come from talking to more people. I also gave one of my last baptismal interviews to the Sisters Inv named Nora. She was so awesome. She was super excited to be getting Baptized and recieve the Holy Ghost. In our prayer she said hallelujah  in our prayer. She was really funny. As soon as we were done i got a text saying that i was realesed from being a District Leader. Then later that day i found out that i was getting transfered to Amherst. It was a huge shock! i didn't know that they would Shotgun(take both missionaries out of the area) this area. I hear that Amherst is a college town . I'll be working with a lot of people my age. I find that a liitle weird but i'm excited. All were doing now is saying our final goodbyes and packing.  

Well i would like to leave you with my testimony that i know that we can live with God again. He has given us the priesthood so that we can unlock the gates to the Kingdom of Heaven. He has blessed us with temples that will seal with our Families forever. God desires nothing more then to just have us live with him again. God loves us more then we can imagine and well not let us fall in to the gulf of misery. I leave that message with you. 

Love you all.

-Elder Dalsasso




Hit a rock that was painted white and popped a couple of tires




Saying goodbye to some families in the ward.







Monday, February 20, 2017

The Day Sam Forgot How to Say a Prayer....

Hey whats up, 

So this week was crazy!!! so in the beginning of the week i had to drop off my companion Elder Western. Served with him for only 2 weeks but he was the Best! I know he is gonna bless the lives of the Hation people in Boston. After we dropped him off we went to this really expensive Brazilian place called Boca De Chao. Sorry mom... Afterwards i dropped Elder Roughan at the mission home and picked up my companion. His name is Elder Seely. He is from Lehi Utah and he was originally from the Maine mission. But when i left Revere they got 8 missionaries from the Maine mission and brought them down here to our mission. But he is on his last leg. This is his last transfer so hopefully he leaves here with 3 Baptisms. We just had Tarans Baptism and it was great! Before he got baptized we talked to him about maybe going on a mission because he's 21. So he said that he is gonna be thinking strongly about this decision on going on a mission or not. I asked him how he felt after he was baptized and he couldn't explain to me how he feels. There were no words to describe the pure happiness he was feeling. He was also successfully confirmed as well. I was the one to confirm him and it was a great honor. Tarans interview with our Zone leader was so great that our zone leader came out and said that he feels enlighted from what Taran had said. His Baptism was definitely the High light of the week.

So this last Sunday i got asked to give the opening prayer. I got up there and i stared by saying oh God our e... Heavenly Father. I then said my prayer. I was definitely embarrassed that i messed up a prayer. But as i sat down and was thinking about mistakes and a gospel Truth sank deep into my heart. That mistakes are the foundations of change. God placed us here to have trial and error moments. Paul had been corrected multiple times in the New Testament. That led him to be one of the best Apostles. I hope that we can all understand that mistakes ,trials , and errors will lead us to change if we truly desire to be better. Repentance is the process in which we realize our mistakes and  fix them to make our lives better. Love you all
-Elder Dalsasso