Ci dobbiamo sforzare un po’

This week has been pretty sick. We had five in church and we hit both of our district goals for the month which was awesome. We actually out did our in church goal by quite a bit, so this next month we’ve upped the challenge a little bit. Its honestly pretty cool to be a district leader and see the relation between the district goals we make and the zone goals we work towards. I feel like there is a cool perspective you get on the mission goals when you are one of the people pushing your district/zone to hit the goal. You get to see a lot of the work from each individual person that goes into each goal. hopefully we”ll be able to stretch ourselves even more this next month and reach some even more prestigious goals.

Tomorrow we’re having a big ward activity, and we are hoping also to have a several contacts and investigators come. I made Tiramisu for it which was fun except that it pretty much took half of my pday. We didn’t do anything special for pday either. Just cooked, cleaned, and shopped. But the Tiramisu looks great! Too bad I forgot to take photos, so you wont get to see it til next week!

Well I don’t have much else to say. I’ll try and do something cool next week so I have something interesting to write about haha. One thought I had though was the fact that so many people dream of traveling and going to countries like Italy or France and then when they finally go they get to spend a couple weeks getting to see the tourist version of only the bigger more well known cities. Then they go home without ever really getting a chance to understand the culture, language, or people and will probably never come back to see those things again. But, because I’m a missionary, I get to stay here for 2 years, eat real Italian food all the time, make friends with the people, speak Italian, see the cool sights, and help people better there lives all at the same time! And you better believe I’m coming back to visit a couple times haha. But being here really is a once in a life time chance, and I’m so grateful to get to be here!

Forza Italia, Forza Roma,
Anziano Findlay

    1. Bel tramonto
    2. La Catedrale di Foggia

 

Perks of being American

So this week has been pretty sick! We had zone conference which was awesome! We talked a lot about faith and our motivation for coming out here. It was actually kind of a cool time to talk about that again seeing as I’m about exactly halfway through my time here in Italy.

We’ve also seen some awesome things happen in the work. We had been struggling as a district to get people into church and I was worried we would have trouble reaching our district goal of 12 investigators in church, but then in the last couple of weeks we’ve seen a total of 7 investigators which puts us at 10 for the month, and we should easily be able to smash that goal this next week! Setting and reaching big goals is probably one of the most satisfying things about missionary work and life for that matter.

For pday today we went to a little city called Manfredonia and we checked out a really cool castle. The coolest part was that there was this high school class learning about tour guide work. They were in the middle of what seemed to be lecture of some kind when we waled by. One of them asked where we were from and we said America, and they literally started cheering and clapping and swarmed around us. The teacher took the opportunity to have the class give us a free tour around the castle as a way to help them put into practice what they studied. It was so cool haha. Being From America is the best!

I’ve gotta say, I’m going to miss all the cool friends I have out here from doing cool stuff like that.

Anyways, the mission is great! We have the coolest mission in the world here in Italy.

Keep it classy,

Anziano Findlay

 

Octopus after soccer… Yummy

Happy Monday everybody. For all you back in America that aren’t missionaries, you probably don’t like Mondays, but for us here in Italy and for most missionaries as a matter fact and even for most Italians, Mondays are our Saturdays. Well, for Italian southerners everyday is like Saturday other than the fact that on Monday it’s hard to find a good Pizzeria that’s open or to get haircut.

As for us, we enjoyed some good Calcio and some good octopus panzarotti! As well as some much needed Gelato.

Calcio was sick, poor Anziano Pesci wasn’t expecting to get wrecked for his last Zone Calcio, but when you go against a couple a studs like what we had on our team you’ll end up going home empty handed haha JK don’t worry, we didn’t let the situation get too “competitive”.

As for the work, it’s looking good. We’ve had some good success with finding, and we have a few more people lined up for this next week as well. The lord really blesses ya when you put in the work necessary, it just takes a bit sometimes haha.

Hoping your all well,
Anziano Findlay

  1. Octopus panzarotto
  2. Our 2 Nigerian investigators came to church
  3.  Zone Calcio!

Transfer 9! We’re almost in double digits!

As far as transfers go along with my companion Anziano Sellers. In fact, our entire district is staying the same, granted there are only 2 companionships here.

The work is starting to move along into a rythm as well. One of our investigators has had a living situation problem for a while, but he’s getting married soon, so he’ll be all ready to get baptized in June. There’s still a lot we need to help him with, but he’s making some great progress towards baptism.

For Pday today we visited a cool store where you can buy the cool silver rings for like 10 bucks along with a bunch of other interesting “zen” stuff. The guy that owns the place is an old investigator that we want to try and reach out to again. He is super impressed by Mahatma Ghandi, so I think turn he made a store selling all sorts of Hindu, Buddha, and middle-asia and Indian items. It’s a cool shop fool of some cool stuff. I was gonna buy a ring, but sadly they didn’t have any I liked in my size, so maybe I’ll have to go back some time to get one. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of the shop, but I’ll be sure to take some next time.

Next Pday is the day before Zone conference, so imagine we’ll have a pretty fun Pday that day since we’ll have to be in Bari, so I promise I’ll have pictures of more than just food haha.

‘Till, next week,

Anziano Findlay

  1. A really good Carbonara i made

  2. A really good Ragù I made with some gnocchi Anziano Sellers made

Transfer Calls

Tonight is transfer calls which means I’ll be heading into my 9th! That’s my last single digit transfer! I wonder if this is the same weird old feeling I’ll get when I turn 30 in real life haha.

Anyways, this week was good. We scambioed it up in Bari with my boys Anziani Pesci and Jackson. We taught some sick lessons, watched some sick general conference with some Ukrainian homies – we’ll be turnin’em into Ukrainian investigators this week if time permits – and just as usual preachin the good word. For Pday we attempted to play tennis, but no one else had really ever played, so I ended up takin them on 1 on 3 and still winning *brushes dirt off shoulder while yawning.

Anyways, sorry this is incredibly short I’m starting to lose all voglia to actually write these especially when I can go play some tennis instead, so I’ll let you all know what happens with tranfers next week!

Sincerely,
Anziano Roger Federer

  1. District tennis pic
  2. I found cutco knives!
  3. Old comp Anziano Moscon, probably won’t seem him again during the mission so it was good to say hi
  4. Crazy Catholic Easter procession in Bari
  5. We made spaghetti-O’s because we ran out of normal pasta
  6. Sick car that started parking outside our house