Short and sweet

After a transfer and a week of hard work with not much to show we are finally starting to see some great growth in the work here. I think the repeating pattern I’ve seen here in the mission so far is that when one first gets to a new area those first few weeks are crucial no matter how disappointing they can be without many people to teach. If you just grind through them and work hard no matter the number of rude/uninterested responses you get, you will eventually see the fruits of your labors. However, those fruits will probably not come the way you expect because, like I’ve said before, we have no idea what God’s plan is all the time, but we do know that he has one. You just got to trust a little.

Anyways, we are starting to see some progress in a couple of our older investigators, and we were able to find a couple new ones this week too. Also, we have been trying to work more with church leaders, and ward members, and for some reason everyone just seems more excited to help with the work. For example, 2 members came to us during church asking us for copies of The Book of Mormon to give out to friends.

For pday we are just planning on chilling, playing some ping pong, and writing emails, so sorry, but once again I don’t have any cool sights to talk about or pictures to send. Rome is still dope though.

Vi voglio tanto bene,
Anziano Findlay

Great members are the bomb

Well, it’s transfer number 7, I’m still in Rome, with the same companion, on that same grind of transportation finding everyday cause we have to take a bus and metro to get anywhere. My comp and I have really been trying to talk to as many people as possible lately without worrying about what people think of us, and man have I noticed a difference. We probably stop upwards of about 25-30 people a day, now whether they actually listen to what we have to say is another story, but man do I feel way more accomplished when I get home each night.

Saldi started last week (in other words everything at the mall just dropped 50%-70% off), so we spent the morning getting some new proselyting clothes that were much needed. It really sucks that the US doesn’t have something like Saldi. Saldi might be the one thing Italy has over the States when it comes to business norms. What happens is for the last 1/2 or 1/3 of the season, everything goes on sale so the stores can clear out the star to prepare for the next season.

We also had a really great lesson this week. We invited a member to come who straight up nailed his part. It’s really quite astonishing what help members can bring to a lesson or to the work in general. For all of you members reading this back at home I got a few words of encouragement.

Maybe this will require a good Elder Holland quote, “I am going to get in your face a little, nose to nose, with just enough fire in my voice to singe your eyebrows a little—the way coaches do when the game is close and victory means everything.”
Go do some member missionary work! It works so much better if you as the members are there to help. You make lessons seem more normal, less formatted, and more personal. By introducing friends you bring people to the gospel that already have a member friend that can lead by example when the missionaries get transfered. So, get off the computer that you’re

reading this on, and go invite a friend to sacrament meeting or to a ward activity.

In bocca al lupo! Non siate fifoni!
Anziano Findlay

This is a really good Pizza that I ate. People always say Rome Pizza sucks, but for the record this is one of my favorite pizzas I've had here in Italy.

This is a really good Pizza that I ate. People always say Rome Pizza sucks, but for the record this is one of my favorite pizzas I’ve had here in Italy.

When In Rome, Do Pdays as the Roman Tourists Do

This week has been pretty great! We have been seeing a lot more success in finding lately and we are excited for this next week because we have a pretty big pool of contacts. Also we finally have solid plans to meet with one of our investigators who has been difficult to meet with because he is always busy with work. Also, we have been trying to get members more involved with our investigators, and it has really helped one of our investigators. He’s made good friends with two members in particular, and we’ve noticed he seems a lot more happy and open lately.

Today for Pday I got to see why the Rome Italy mission is the coolest mission in the world (or at least why Rome is sickest city ever). We visited the trevi fountain, the Spanish steps, the Pantheon. We skipped the Colosseo because we’ve already been by it like 3 or 4 times. Yeah, after proselyting in front of it, it just kinda becomes a normal part of the city, no big deal… Best Mission ever. Period.

This week I really saw the importance of prayer in the work. I’ve been trying to be more consecrated with my prayers by kneeling for personal and companion prayers, asking for blessings of success, and asking for help to come through my actions instead of only asking for blessings. I really saw the effects of it. I felt more guided by the spirit, and we saw a lot more success this week as far as finding new contacts goes.

Tonight we also have transfer calls. I’ll probably be staying here in Rome, and I would expect that my comp isn’t changing either, because we got blown in last transfer, but I guess you never really can know for sure. I’m excited to see what changes there will be in the district though.

In regards to President Monson, I am truly greatful for the opportunity I had to hear him speak and guide us throughout the growing years of my life. We are so lucky to have a loving prophet to guide and lead us in these latter days. I know that President was and is a true prophet of God and held the keys of authority to lead Christ’s church in this dispensation. I will always cherish the moment I got to shake his hand at the cultural celebration for the Kansas city Temple.

Questo trasferimento è stato troppo breve. Ma quando penso alle cose che abbiamo fatto, queste 6 settimane sembrano molte più lunghe. E la cosa più strana è che le sorelle nel nostro gruppo hanno già fatto un mezzo delle loro missioni. Il tempo qui va troppo veloce.

(Translation)

Vi voglio tanto bene,
Anziano Findlay

  1. The view of Piazza Del Popolo from villa Borghese
  2. The Spanish steps at piazza Spagna
  3. Trevi fountain
  4. The Pantheon

Yeah this stuff is all in my proselyting area… You can’t beat Rome.

New Year’s Goals

Happy new year everybody. For us missionaries out here in the Italy Rome Mission that means cleaning and cleaning the entire house, so I’m sorry in advance for the fact that I don’t have any photos, we didn’t do anything particularly interesting, so you’re not missing out on much.

We’ve really been seeing some blessings these last few weeks. We had an exchange this past week and while doing some house to house, my comp and his temporary companion were let into a house and put up 2 new investigators for the week. Then one of our English course students started meeting with us and came to church. I’m excited to see what’s in store for the next few months here in Rome. My comp and I have some big goals for this new year!

Speaking of goals. With the new year always comes goals and hopes for the better. That we as individuals can better ourselves by eating better, or working out more, spending more time with family, studying harder for school, and the list goes on. I think this mindset of goalsetting comes from the fact that, as humans, we are all too aware that we are, well, human. We are imperfect creatures that seem to make an incredible number of mistakes; however, we yearn to be better. This “new years mindset” makes me think of repentance. It makes me think of the fact that all of us have messed up in some way or another, and yet the option to change is always there, we simply must choose to take it. So this year along with your usual goals of starting that new diet, or going to the gym more, or keeping your room cleaner, whatever it may be, I invite you all to make a goal to repent. I invite you to find something you can do this year to better follow the perfect example of Christ.

Happy new year,
use it well

Christmas!

I don’t have too much to say today. However, this week I do want to talk about a few thoughts I’ve had this week. As Christmas was approaching I found myself thinking more and more about the importance that this time of year holds. We celebrate the birth of Christ, but that doesn’t mean it was only his birth we are celebrating, but in fact, we are celebrating that he lived, performed his ministry, brought forth his Gospel, taught us all through his example, suffered and died for us, and was resurrected all because he loves and desires our salvation. A wise man once said that the birth of Christ would have been of little importance if not followed by the Savior’s loving sacrifice, the Atonement, for us. So I want to invite you all to remember that today we not only celebrate that Christ was born, but that he lived and died and lives again.

Merry Christmas,
Anziano Findlay

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Video chatting with Tyler on Christmas day.

Il Vaticano… Great… Spacious

This week has been full of working hard in order to receive blessings in the future. By that I mean, we did a lot of work, didn’t see a ton success right away, but we’ll have some soon whenever the man upstairs decides we need it. We did finally get to meet with one of our investigators that has been avoiding us since we got here. He has been being taught for about a month, but because we were blown in we didn’t know much about him. Plus he was on vacation when we got here, but we finally had an opportunity to meet him. He is super cool and really wants to know more, so we are excited to help him progress.

Other than that, this week hasn’t been filled with a lot, however; for p day today we went to the Vatican which was super dope. It really is gorgeous. The architecture is incredible, and climbing all the way to the top was super cool. As you’ll see from the photos of the inside, it is very “great” and very “spacious.” haha. It was funny thinking about the fact that we there were a group of Mormon missionaries with the message of the truth touring with wide eyes the church that has fallen so very far from the truth. Not to mention I was toting around 4 copies of The Book of Mormon the whole time which made me chuckle a little.

Anyways, sorry it’s kind of short this week it’s hard to find time to do fun stuff and email here in Roma because we have to travel really far to get anywhere which eats away at my emailing time. So much so that I am actually writing this while walking around the streets trying to find wi-fi to send it, so if anything is spelled wrong or doesn’t make sense just bear with me.

Merry Christmas to all of you. I miss you all, but I can’t deny, this mission is super cool… so I don’t miss you all that bad…haha.

Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Findlay

First Week in Rome

Well I’ve survived an entire week in my new area, and I’ve managed not to get lost yet. Which is a lot to be said considering how much bigger this place is than any other city I’ve served in so far. Rome is very different than any other part of Italy I’ve seen so far. There is public transit that is actually fairly reliable, people actually work career based jobs so much more so that pranzo does not take up a 3 to 4 hour block of the day, and the people are incredibly open to talk especially when on the subways or busses. Bus/metro finding has become my favorite kind of finding because it is a seriously incredibly easy to talk to people. Another big difference is that there is actually a ward here. Up until now I’ve served in branches of 18 or fewer people. and on top of that, there are a few American families that are living in Rome. It’s really weird to hear so much English. just the other day I gave a spiritual thought to a member family for the first time in English, and I must admit, it felt weird.

Doing missionary work here is pretty sick. Just the other day we were tracking down a referral that had 2 addresses but no phone number. One of the 2 addresses was right by the ancient Roman ruins and the Roman Forum which is right next to the Colosseo where we got back on the metro to head home. Not all of Rome is full of stuff like that, but it was really cool to see. However, I seriously find the atmosphere that tourism brings extremely annoying. There are probably so many people that come here to Rome just to see the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseo and think they know a thing or two about Italy when in fact they haven’t even scratched the surface.

Today for pday we went to the Hard Rock Cafe to celebrate the birthday of one of the Anziani in our district. It was an incredibly American experience which was a nice change. I had cheddar cheese for the first time in like 8 months and I loved it. Still Italy doesn’t really know how to do burgers though. There was still something missing.

La Roma è incredibile veramente. È grandissima. Roma rende tutte le altre città che già ho visto qui in Italia molto più piccole perché è così grande. la mia area è molto grande pure, però ancora è solo un quarto della città. Il lovoro qui è quasi lo stesso tranne del fatto che la ricerca è molto più facile perché abbiamo dei mezzi pubblici come il Metro. Facciamo un sacco di “metro finding” perché viene così facile. Ho imparato che il lavoro missionario è sempre lo stesso al meno per tutta l’Italia, però la cosa che cambia è la prospettiva e la attitudine dei missionari. Buon lavoro è buon lavoro a qualsiasi città o luogo. Quindi, tutti noi, se lavorassimo, potremmo vedere di successo a prescindere dalla città.

(Translation)

In bocca al lupo a tutti,
Anziano Findlay

  1. Well I had more pics than this, but my SD card is being weird and I don’t have time to fix it, so this is the burger I had at Hard Rock cafe.
the burger I had at Hard Rock cafe

The burger I had at Hard Rock Cafe

Opposite ends of the scale

Well, I’m out of Mistretta. My new city is probably the exact opposite of Mistretta or even Sicilia for that matter. There’s finally more finding to do than casa a casa. I have to say though, I’m really gonna miss that little town Sant’Agata was really growing on me. I think what I’ll miss most about the old SA are the members there. The members in Mistretta/Sant’Agata are so cool. It was sad to say goodbye.

So I didn’t just get transferred, but I also got “blown in,” so neither I or my comp know much about the area which is kind of rough because, well, it’s huge! However, we are already kind of finding our way around which is good. Whats also awesome is that because I’m actually in a big city now, bus/transportation finding (talking to people about the gospel while on public transit) is actually a thing which is so nice because I actually get to have a lot of conversations in Italian everyday and I am actually able to try and make find smooth and not intimidating to the people because all I have to do is spark up a little conversation with someone and then just ease in the gospel while I talk. It’s really cool actually.

Anyways, other than that this Pday was also super fun. We went to the mall ate some Pizza and then went Ice Skating with some of the other missionaries. Oh, also, on the train ride to my new city my trainer hooked me up with a Napoli Pizza, make that a Pallone Diavola Pizza, which might just be the greatest pizza on the planet.

Anyways, I wish this could be longer, but we have an appointment soon and I gotta go.

Ciao til next week!
Anziano Findlay

  1. Saying bye to Sicilia
  2. Saying hello to the best Pizza in the world
  3. The ice-skating rink we were on
  4. Me and my new comp, Anziano Wright, in front of the Rome Temple which happens to be right in the middle of my area. And yes, I’m in Rome now if you wanted to know.
  5. Pday in Rome 1