Magic in Cagliari

Not a lot of time this week, so this will be quick. This past week we were able to put 2 of the people we are teaching on date for the 21st of October. They are both super excited and I hope that as we continue to teach them that they will continue to grow their excitement and their testimonies of the restored gospel! October is going to be such a blessed month!

We also had transfers. I am staying here in Cagliari and my companion Anziano Becker is headed off to Napoli to probably finish his mission as ZL there. My new companion is Anziano Bardsley! Another companion from my MTC group! We are already hitting it off and I am so excited for this next transfer! I love this city and I love this mission!

Being a missionary is awesome,
Anziano Findlay

Weird Fish

This week has been full of weird fish, Roman Necropoli, and the usual finding, but this time in a new awesome part of town that we have never tried before.

To explain the Fish, we were invited by some potentials to go to a feastival with them. It ended up being a complete waste of time, but we got to eat some weird fish! it was good, but also kind of gross.

The new area we went to is called Poetto. It is near the beach (don’t worry, we didn’t get close to the beach) but that means there were lots of people to talk to also, the moon was beautiful that night, so we got some good pictures too.

Finally, for Pday we went and saw these cool Roman tombs. It was really sick!

Anyways, I gotta go, but just in case I don’t see ya, Good afternoon, good evening, and good night!

Zone Conference in Cagliari

It has been yet abother fantastic week out here in Cagliari. We had Zone Conference this week which means there were many hours spent stressing over 2 hours worth of addestramenti, but in the end everything went well!

We have been trying to set up a lot more appointments with members because we realized that from our mission’s biannual reports that our rate of baptisms from member referrals is just as high as our baptisms from personal contacting, and we spend a lot more time doing personal contacting. Although, I do have to say that I kind of enjoy personal contacting. I guess that’s what I was “raised on” as a young missionary.

Anyways, this pday we went and did a sick hike to a light house and a World War 2 fort and anti aircraft bunkers. It was pretty cool and and the countryside is gorgeous. Every time we go and do fun stuff like that for pday, it reminds just how sick this mission is.

Forza Italia
Anziano Findlay

Pictures from our pday hike today:

Zone Conference:

Italy is Amazing

It has been two long weeks in the dark, and I am so sorry about that…actually I’m not all that sorry. But that’s because I actually have some sick stuff to share with you all. We had a baptism last Sunday, and then yesterday he got confirmed. His name is Sandro Farci, and he is literally a stud. He’s been reading the Book of Mormon and he has already almost finished it a second time. He had hit rock bottom when he was found. He had lost his job and his family and was depressed and on at the end of his ropes, but the change that reading the Book of Mormon and following our invites brought to him was incredible. He is now happy and excited for life and loves to learn about Christ and share with others what he knows. His entire outlook has changed thanks to the Book of Mormon and the restored gospel.

We also did a sick hike of a place called Devil’s Saddle, so I have some sick pictures to send home. Then today we went and had a nice Sardo meal as a district. It was really good. Probably the best shrimp I’ve ever had. Sometimes I sit back and think about how awesome it is to a be a missionary in the coolest mission in the world. It is literally incredible to be here. The countryside is beautiful, the food is the best in the world, the fashion and style is some of the most elegant and also affordable, the people are some of the most interesting (in a cool way and like a mental illness), and culture is one of the richest.

Italy is amazing,
Anziano Findlay

1-3. View from Devil’s Saddle

 

Does anyone else think the number 11 is scary?

Well, we got our transfer calls a little early this week, sady I am leaving Foggia, but I don’t know if I can tell you everyone yet where I’m going, but I will at least say it is going to rock…

Also this week was awesome. We were able to see a lot of miracles and I think I have done some of the best teaching I have ever done during the mission. I really felt like the spirit was testifying through me to those that I was talking to. It was pretty amazing! I am really gonna miss this place a lot.

This week it has been really evident to me how when you serve a group of an individual that is how you gain love for them. So not to be preachy or anything, but go out there and serve people! It’s the most incredible experience ever!

Anyways, I’ve gotta cut this one a bit short! The mission is awesome! The Italy Rome mission is litterally the coolest mission ever.

Sincerely,
Your friendly neighbourhood missionary

Padre Pio Land

We went to San Giovanni Rotondo today for pday which is famous for being the death and “burial” place of the infamous Padre Pio, hence the name Padre Pio land. I would be willing to argue that in Italy there are more statues or tributes of/to Padre Pio than Jesus Christ, and you can imagine that here in his home city that difference is multiplied. It’s funny because San Giovanni (St. John) isn’t even pictured or mentioned once and I’m pretty sure that is their Patron Saint. The Catholic church really confuses me sometimes. But man do they know how to do stain glass!

As far as the work goes, things are going well. We will be preparing an investigator, Luigi, for baptism not this weekend, but the following weekend, and we are super excited for that! Hopefully he will be completely ready when the day comes around. We are so pumped! Also, we have been teaching one of Luigi’s friends, Marco. Marco has been going through down trials in his life lately and it is so cool go see the positive affect our message has on him and his family. We were able to give him a little tour of the Church, and he said he would like to come and see our sacrament meeting sometime! Maybe even this next week!

The mission really is pretty cool especially here in Italy. You get to meet some great people, see some great places, eat some incredible food, and over all see some incredible changes in your life and more importantly in the lives of others. It truly is a special experience to be out here.

Have a great week!
Anziano Findlay

  1. An extremely great and spacious chapel\
  2. Beautiful stain glass windows
  3. Padre Pio, people cry, pray to, and leave lots of money at his dead body that then just gets taken by the church. It’s an interesting view on religion…

…emails…

This week was pretty cool. We had a lot more lessons which was nice because usually we set up a lot of lessons and then they all get cancelled like an hour or 2 before. But this week was way better! We had ome really spiritually strong lessons, and we’re excited to see some progress in some of our investigators this next week. We are hoping to start seeing some more investigators coming to church and then from there we will see what else will happen.

For Pday we just chilled and did some shopping. Hopefully here in the future i will have some cool pictures to send you all, but we haven’t done anything cool in a bit.

Things are going great out here. Italy is the coolest place ever, and I love how much Italians make me laugh. They are an interesting people, and man are they devoted to their pasta!

Hope you all have an awesome week!
Anziano Findlay

Photo of my super american breakfast that I made the other day. For those of you that don’t know, Italians only drink coffee and eat a small dolce for breakfast and they think we americans are crazy for our egg and bacon breakfasts.

Photo of my super american breakfast that I made the other day.

Photo of my super american breakfast that I made the other day.

 

Awkward Italian Musical Numbers

We’re still going strong here in Foggia. We’ve been working hard and seeing some miracles. We had zone conference this week, which meant getting super hyped to attack the work and are big things! Also, it means zone calcio which was dope as usual. And it means I actually have some good pictures for the week haha.

As far as the work goes, we found a new investigator that is super excited to read the Book of Mormon, and get this, he wants to read it together with his wife and family! Sadly his family will be out of town for a couple weeks, but I am excited to see where this all goes once his family returns to Foggia and can start doing all the lessons together.

Honestly I feel like the longer I’ve been in my mission, the harder it gets to write these emails because I have no idea what to tell everybody haha. I need to start keeping track of cool stories or something. One funny thing that happened this week was that there was a member baptism and I was asked to play my violin for it. Then at the last second they changed the plan and only had me play an intro to the musical number, but they told me to make it really cool, so I quickly prepared something in a different room that had double stops and slides and some other cool violin things. When I played it, it sounded awesome, but when I stopped, the there was a pause for a good minute before one of the most awkward renditqaions of “come thou fount” I have ever heard was sung. Luckily it didn’t drive the spirit away too much because the confirmation and the testimony after was still touching.

I hope you all are doing great wherever in the world you all are now. Italy is still awesome! The mission is still great too!

Love you guys!
Anziano Findlay

  1. Me and my comp Anziano Hinckley
  2. A Presidente Portera recipe canollo
  3. Tiramisù d’orzo that I made for a ward pranzo