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Friday, December 30, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Elder Coletti's Letter 12/25/16:

Ho Ho Ho!  Merry Christmas!  Wow!  This has been a very special Christmas season to me.  So much love, so much happiness.  Ah I love it.  I love my Savior Jesus Christ.

This week our entire mission got together for a Christmas Mission Conference.  It was a lot of fun.  We all ate, talked, watched a talent show, learned, etc. We just a great time!  One of the talents were two Elders that sang a song.  I had heard the song before and I absolutely loved it.  It's called "How Can I Be?" (I think, but I'm not positive on the title of the song;)).  It is just basically a song about how we can be like the incredible prophets in the Book of Mormon.  "I want to be like Abinidai, I want to be like Samuel the wise, I want to be like Captain Moroni, I want to be like my brother Nephi", etc. They radiated the Spirit.  They followed God.  "I want to be like Jesus Christ"  That was the one that really got me.  I want to be like Jesus Christ.  How can I be like Jesus Christ?  This question has been on my mind all week.  What do I need to do to be more like Him?  That is our purpose on life.  To be like him.  To win this "game" that God has started for us.  Jesus has already played the game.  He has already beat the game.  He knows what it takes for us to win.  That is why he gave us a "playbook" in order to help us succeed as well.  In order to help us win.  We are all on the same team here.  We all want to win the "game".  We all need to help each other win the "big game"!  That is what Jesus has done for us.  We need to be strive to be like him, and help others find this "playbook".  This is what all of these phenomenal prophets in the Book of Mormon have done.  They are sharing the "playbook of salvation".

"How Can I Be Like My Jesus Christ?"

Elder Coletti

Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Room

Elder Coletti's Letter 12/18/16:

I cannot believe it is Christmas this week!  Yes!!!!!!!  This Christmas season has been very special to my heart.  I have felt the Spirit in so many different ways.  I am so glad to be on my mission during the Christmas season.  My testimony of Jesus Christ keeps growing bigger and bigger.  I recently read about the suffering of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane in the book Jesus the Christ.  Jesus Christ is everything.  He plays a part in everything we do.  My mom and my best friend both sent me this story this week, so I had better share it too!;)  I know that Jesus Christ is the center in everything we do.  He is there when we most need him.  Remember him this Christmas week!  He is the reason we celebrate.  Rejoice in our Redeemer.  Love you all!  Merry Christmas!

Elder Coletti

The Room

Joshua Harris

"Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes. But this was a pity that didn't anger me. I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again..."

In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in a room. There were no distinguishing features in this room save the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endlessly in either direction, had very different headings. As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read "Girls I Have Liked". I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one.

And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was. This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my life. Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn't match.

A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content. Some brought joy and sweet memories; others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching.

A file named "Friends" was next to one marked "Friends I Have Betrayed".

The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird. "Books I Have Read", "Lies I Have Told", "Comfort I Have Given", "Jokes I Have Laughed At". Some were almost hilarious in their exactness: "Things I've Yelled at My Brothers." Others I couldn't laugh at: "Things I Have Done in My Anger", "Things I Have Muttered Under My Breath at My Parents". I never ceased to be surprised by the contents. Often there were many more cards than I expected. Sometimes fewer than I hoped.

I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived. Could it be possible that I had the time in my 20 years to write each of these thousands or even millions of cards? But each card confirmed this truth. Each was written in my own handwriting. Each signed with my signature.

When I pulled out the file marked "Songs I Have Listened To", I realized the files grew to contain their contents. The cards were packed tightly, and yet after two or three yards, I hadn't found the end of the file. I shut it, shamed, not so much by the quality of music, but more by the vast amount of time I knew that file represented.

When I came to a file marked "Lustful Thoughts", I felt a chill run through my body. I pulled the file out only an inch, not willing to test its size, and drew out a card. I shuddered at its detailed content. I felt sick to think that such a moment had been recorded.

An almost animal rage broke on me. One thought dominated my mind: "No one must ever see these cards! No one must ever see this room! I have to destroy them!" In an insane frenzy I yanked the file out. Its size didn't matter now. I had to empty it and burn the cards. But as I took it at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card. I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it.

Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot. Leaning my forehead against the wall, I let out a long, self-pitying sigh. And then I saw it. The title --- "People I Have Shared the Gospel With". The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused. I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches long fell into my hands. I could count the cards it contained on one hand.

And then the tears came. I began to weep. Sobs so deep that the hurt started in my stomach and shook through me. I fell on my knees and cried. I cried out of shame, from the overwhelming shame of it all. The rows of file shelves swirled in my tear-filled eyes. No one must ever, ever know of this room. I must lock it up and hide the key.

But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him. No, please not Him. Not here. Oh, anyone but Jesus. I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards. I couldn't bear to watch His response. And in the moments I could bring myself to look at His face, I saw a sorrow deeper than my own. He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes. Why did He have to read every one?

Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes. But this was a pity that didn't anger me. I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again. He walked over and put His arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn't say a word. He just cried with me.

Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files. Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card.

"No!" I shouted rushing to Him. All I could find to say was "No, no," as I pulled the card from Him. His name shouldn't be on these cards. But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark, so alive. The name of Jesus covered mine.

It was written with His blood.

He gently took the card back. He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards. I don't think I'll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side. He placed His hand on my shoulder and said, "It is finished."

I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There was no lock on its door. There were still cards to be written

Monday, December 12, 2016

Three Baptisms!

Elder Coletti's Letter 12/12/16:

So we have been having baptisms lately!  Let me tell about these incredible people:

謝濬鴻 (Harry):  Harry is 14 years old!  His mom was a long lost LA. Elders dropped by her house back in May.  Her oldest son (Jamie) was baptized in August, and then her youngest son (Harry) ended up getting baptized on December 3!  He is such a fun kid.  He absolutely loves missionaries and is very mature for his age.  He started talking about how he knows that this church can bless his family in the future. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to meet this kid.  I literally love him like my little brother.

賴盈廷 (Lai):  Lai is about 30 years old.  He ran into missionaries on the street back in September and he has been completely golden since then!  He loves learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it can bless his life.  He goes to the Gospel Principles Class every week and he loves going to church to have a peaceful reassurance.  He has some family problems, but he wants to make things right.  He knows that Christ can help him out.  He is one of the most humble human beings I have ever met.  You can feel his love every time he looks at you.  He wanted to change and he has.

竺藩盛 (Sean):  Sean is very special to me.  Elder Moss and I ran into him on the streets.  During our initial contact with him he had a lot of interest in English, but as we talked to him some more, he opened up.  He talked about how he wants more happiness in his life and that the messages we were sharing might really help him.  Sean is really awkward:)  He is just a little socially awkward because he grew up not having a lot of friends. He started coming to church.  Every time we sat down and had a lesson with him he would really opened up to us. He would talk about what he was thinking and how he was feeling.  He has an incredible testimony.  He knows that this church is true and that it will bring him more happiness.  I love this guy!

Well, that is what has been happening lately!  I am absolutely loving it in Taoyuan!  It is so much fun.  I have a cool lesson on faith that I experienced this week.  While we were biking in the night, we turned down this really small alley. I mean really small! We were probably 1 yard away (on both sides) of hitting the walls.  It was a very, very skinny alley.  It was also at night time and there weren't any street lights.  I literally could not see two feet in front of me.  As scary as this pathway seems, I have biked down it before in the daytime. I knew where it led (Key word: knew).  I knew that it was going to be alright.  As I was biking, I starting to think about how scary this would be if I had  no clue where this alley was going! I think that this is what faith is like!  Sometimes we don't know where the path we are going down leads to.  Sometimes we don't know what the result is going to be.  But when we have faith, it doesn't matter.  We just believe.  We know that it is going to be alright.  We know that we will see the light on the other side.  Faith gives us the power and the desire to keep moving forward.  It tunes out the "walls" to our sides.  It outshines the grim path ahead of us.  It's what keeps us moving forward.

Faith can have failure.  But Faith cannot have disappointment.

Love you!
Elder Coletti


Monday, November 28, 2016

Turkey Day

Elder Coletti's Letter 11/28/2016:

Hello!  This week was great.  Elder Lin and I are having so much fun serving the people of Taoyuan.  We had some service opportunities this week.  We helped people paint their company building, and also sang to the elderly!  That was great fun;)  Taoyuan also had a couple of baptism!  It was not in our area, but the Taoyuan 1 Elders.  We attended the service and it was wonderful.  A Member Family did a musical performance, and it was incredible. There was so much passion and love behind the musical number.  I was really moved.  I  felt the Spirit whispering to me that this church is true. Regardless of who or where we are, the gospel is exactly what everyone needs in their lives.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  The members took care of the missionaries and bought us a Turkey from Costco!  That was really tasty;)  Elder Lin ate the turkey's HEAD..... hahahaha!!!  The Taiwanese eat everything!  I love it:)

Christmas time is coming!   It is the perfect time to serve people!  You can shovel someone's sidewalk or say something nice to someone. The possibilities are endless.  Remember this: Because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can makeup the difference of our weaknesses, and become a complete person.  Christ makes up the difference.  He is the difference.  Jesus is the reason for season!  Christ is the reason we have Christmas. How do we make use of his Atonement?  We must be righteous, good people.  We must follow His commandments.  We must love our brother and sisters.  Choose to serve this Christmas Season.

Love you,
Elder Coletti

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Elder Coletti's Letter 11/20/16
Big changes!  I got transferred!  I am now going to my 6th area.  I am in TaoYuan!  I was in TaoYuan before, but not in the same area.  Before I was in TaoYuan 4, now I'm in TaoYuan 3.  TaoYuan is the Utah of Taiwan because it has SO many members.  They are super active too and so much fun to watch.  They all read Preach My Gospel and are learning how to share the gospel.  My new companion is Elder Lin.  He is Taiwanese!  It is fun to be with him.  He will finish his mission at the same time as me.  He has so much love.  He gives out compliments like they are candy!  I am excited to learn how to love the people, and connect with them more.  We also speak Chinese all the time!

Those are the big changes.  Love you all!  Talk to you next week!;)
Elder Coletti

Elder Coletti with his new companion Elder Lin

Elder Coletti with his "daddy" Elder Scovel

Elder Coletti saying goodbye to Elder Moss

Elder Coletti and Elder Lin

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ray was baptized!

Elder Coletti's Letter 11/13/2016:

Hello!  This week was a lot of fun!  Elder Moss and I had a lot going on in the area this week! We were biking to appointments at the speed of light. We were getting into a taxi so that we could make it to our appointment in time.  We were leaving our bikes in the process, and having to ask a member to drive us to pick them up the next day.  We had members feeding us food.  We had people learning about Jesus Christ.  We had  a little bit of everything going on here this week and I loved it;)

Something really special happened this week.  My best friend Ray was baptized!  Gosh, I love this kid!  He is hilarious! When I was in DanShui (My last area about 6 months ago), he came to English class with one of our Members named Jack. When he came to English class, I thought he was really cool.  He lived outside of my area, so I didn't think much of it at the time.  He came to class the next week and I thought he was really funny.  I thought the gospel could help him, but I would have to just give him to the Elders in that area.  He came to class the third time and I thought that I need to get him in contact with the other Elders! I passed him over to them  and he started his journey!  He needed some time and he initially didn't have much interest in the church.  He really just wanted some white friends!  Eventually that initial interest in English transformed into an interest in Christ, and Ray was willing to get baptized. 

A big thing that I learned from this experience is that it doesn't matter where people come from or where they live, we can still have an influence in their lives.  We shouldn't waste the opportunities that God gives us. God, through Jack, put Ray into contact with the church.  If I had wasted the opportunity to help Ray get in contact with the missionaries in his area, he may have never accepted baptism.  I'm just glad that God gave me 3 chances!  We shouldn't waste chances to help someone.  Everyone deserves a chance to have their lives changed.  Everyone.

Transfers are this week.  It is likely that I will be leaving this area, but who knows!  I am so glad to have been given the opportunity to train Elder Moss.  He is a rockstar.  He's already an incredible missionary.  We have had so much fun this past two transfers and made so many wonderful memories:)   Stay tuned next week!

Elder Coletti

Sunday, November 6, 2016


Elder Coletti's Letter 11/6/2016:

I've been busy, busy! That sums up this week in a couple of words;) Elder Moss and I saw a lot of success this week meeting with our investigators and we saw a lot of progression with some of them as well!  We had  two new investigators come to church this week.  This was HUGE because before they weren't making time for church. We met with them a couple of times this week, and they made time to come to church! I'm really excited!

This week was awesome. I love missionary work. I cannot believe how much I have grown on my mission. I love the people of Taiwan. I have met so many incredible individuals that I plan on staying in contact with for the rest of my life! I love serving others. Whether it's other missionaries, members or random people on the streets, I love serving and helping others have happiness. That's the biggest thing I have learned on my mission. I have learned that serving others and giving them smiles will put a smile on your own face. I love it.

Smile with all the effort you can muster.  People will appreciate it.  God will definitely be happy.  Smiling is showing our appreciation to God.  When we frown, we are taking for granted the blessings that God has given us.  Just be happy!  Ya!!!!:))))))))))

Donuts always make me happy.....;)

Elder Coletti

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Fourth Floor, Last Door......

Elder Coletti's Letter 10/3/2016

Wow! What an incredible week! The Fourth Floor, Last Door (Uchtdorf)  is real!  Whenever your faith is down, or you feel like nothing is going right, be reassured that God with deliver you.  Don't just hope he will, know he will. Have a firm belief that he will, because God always does.

The week started off really slow.  We had lots of investigators that couldn't meet, or we couldn't find members to help out, or we had investigators who completely rejected the message.  It was getting really discouraging.  From Monday to Saturday is was really tough.  I remember telling Elder Moss that it was going to be alright.  We just needed to keep the faith.  Then we met with an investigator named Peter.  He is 9 years old.  His mom is already a member but she has been less active for awhile.  She's just starting to come back to church and decided to bring Peter with her.  When we started the teaching process, it was really tough.  Peter is nuts.  I don't think I have ever seen him sit down for more than 5 minutes!  He honestly reminds me of myself when I was around his age.  I remember my mom trying to hold down my brother and I when we were children. We were crazy! Love you mom:)  Peter wouldn't listen to the teachings and his mom wasn't sure if baptism was right for him.  She felt like he was too young to choose for himself if he should be baptized or not.  Also, Peter's father hates church.  He doesn't want his son to be baptized, but will let him come to church.  Throughout the teaching process, Peter has gotten better and better.  This Sunday we had a lesson with him, and he remembered everything we have taught him!  I guess he was listening the entire time! Peter remembered all 10 of the 10 commandments!  The mom was flabbergasted!  She told us that Peter is so well behaved now.  He is listening to his mom, and just last week he turned down his teachers offer to give him milk tea, knowing that it was against the Word of Wisdom!  Peter told us that he really wants to be baptized, and his mom also wants him to be baptized.  The only struggle now is the father.  He's not really budging right now.  As we were saying the closing prayer, Peter said, "Heavenly Father, I have a question.  When can I get baptized?  Please help my dad to let me be baptized."  It was the cutest prayer ever.  Peter was awesome this week, which was a huge answer to our prayers.  Please keep Peter in your prayers!  We are shooting to baptize him on the 12th of November.  He's going to make it.

No matter how bad your day feels, realize that God is only testing how truly committed we are to him.  God needs strong disciples to fight against the temptations of the devil!  If we can't take a little bit of discouragement, then how can we face the devils temptations!  Tests of faith are for our benefit.  Peter helped me so much this week.  He helped me realize that God is preparing people.  God is also preparing us.  Who's on the Lord's side?  Choose what team your on, and stay on that team.  Don't switch teams in order to get a bigger salary.  Stay on the team that your going to win the championship.  I love Peter.  I love him because I can see myself in him. I am reading Jesus the Christ and I love Peter the Apostle.  He struggled with staying on the Lord's side at times.  However, when he got to a certain point,  he stood his ground.  Christ left with the church anchored on Peter's foundation.  Through Peter discouragement and mistakes, he became an incredible disciple of Christ.  Are we preparing ourselves to allow Christ to anchor on us?  To trust us?

Be Captained by Christ.  Don't let the winds of misfortune blow you away.  Don't let the waves of struggle pull you down.  Remember your Captain, and remember what he needs from us.  He needs us to be anchors, to hold down the ship from the Satan's tempest.

'How Firm a Foundation' 7th Verse.  Sing it.  Shout it.  Live it.

Elder Coletti