About Me

The adventures of Christian Toronto, a full-time missionary serving in the Rome Italy Mission (Dec 2016-Dec 2018). Christian grew up in Minnesota, then moved to Colorado right before his senior year in high school. He is the third of seven children. He was attending Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah prior to his missionary call. Christian's older brother Simeon completed his mission in Rome, Italy a day before Christian left for his so they literally swapped places. We call them our Roman soldiers for Christ. In his free time, Christian loves basketball, tennis, american history and politics, and music.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Return Appointments, Hastags, African Suits, and Italian Street Ballers

This week there isn't much to mention more than what was said last week, except that the work here in Pescara moves forward! After a tougher week, this week we were blessed to find 6 new investigators, each of whom have solid potential! Most awesome of those are Mimo and Mattia Salvatore, who own a fruit stand right across from the new chapel being built a 3 minute walk from our new apartment! After buying fruit a couple of times, and after a bit of small talk, this week we had the chance to teach the both of them the Restoration, and give them Books of Mormon. They were struck by the message we shared, and set up not just one but two return appointments with us this week! We are beyond psyched to teach them!

We still don't have hot water or gas in our new appointment, so we'll continue to shower quickly in cold water, and eat a lot of cold food and microwaveables! Im grateful for the amount of walking we do, which is currently justifying the amount of gelato we are eating... #RIPdresspants #Thank-heaven-for-Piazza-Italia-and-10€-slacks #using-hashtags-like-jjtoronto7 #like-father-like-son

I invite you to reach out this week to the one, that one lost sheep who is struggling to find their way! They are waiting for your invitation to return, or discover for themselves! As you search to do so, Heavenly Father will place those people in your path, and will guide you to them! Never let them pass you by!

Here is a pic of New(ish) Convert Felix with Anziano Ferrara and I, rocking his best looking African Suit, which he says he can get for us!

Anziano Toronto out finding where the people are... Can't tell you how shocking a big white American missionary who can dunk in missionary clothes (unfortunately not pictured here), is to Italian street ballers... but captured in the video, and throwing the alley-oop is a great friend we made this week from Belgium! He is 15, plays on the Belgian National 15U team, and is an absolute stud. Despite a language barrier, we had a solid conversation with his dad who speaks Italian, about the church and what we're doing here... Turns out he knows some members in Belgium, so I told him to go back and find out a bit more about them and the Church! Like Dad, I used Instagram this week as a missionary tool, sending my Belgian baller to my profile telling him we'd talk for real in a year and a half when I get back, and that he can see what I'm doing as a missionary on Instagram!

All my love, from Italia on this wonderful transfer Monday!

Vi Voglio Bene!

Anziano Toronto II  🇮🇹

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