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.
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