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

Zone Calcio

This week was pretty chill, but this next week is about to get lit. We have Zone conference and I am tryna get so hyped to do some big things up here in Foggia. We have a few families on the table to become new investigators, its just a matter of contacting them and giving them some chances to accept our message.

This week for pday we came up to Bari for interviews and Zone conference, so we played zone calcio which was great.

Also, shout out to Anziano Baker! We had a sick scambio in Foggia, and thanks to it all a set of members that haven’t come to church in years finally came back!

Things are awesome here! Being a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ is the best calling ever! And its even cooler when you are in 🇮🇹 the coolest mission ever 🇮🇹

As always,

Anziano Findlay

 

I really need to save some time for emails

Well I have failed once again to save myself enough time to write proper emails, but transfers have happened and Anziano Sellers has left me to fend for Foggia with a new comp. named Anziano Hinckley. Yes he is related to President Hinckley. No it is not a close relationship. That takes care of that question.

Foggia is doing great! We are still having some good success. We didn’t do anything cool for Pday today, but I did have time to clean which was much needed.

Anyways, to all you all back at home, say “whats up” to the states for me and for you all on missions. Keep up the good work.

Yours Sincerely,
Anziano not so sincere Findlay
(JK love yall)

  1. Outskirts of Foggia
  2. Childhood
  3. Saying goodbye to Anziano Sellers

Weekly lett-… I mean photos

Well I don’t have a ton of time to write everybody this week, but I do have a ton of photos, so for those of you genuine people who truly care to read weekly missionary emails 1. Your awesome, and 2. I have to apologize, but I’m not gonna be super genuine here.

As far as the work goes we now have 3 people on date for baptism with possibly a few more on the way! It’s awesome to see the work is starting to ripen here.

Today for p-day we went to a cool city called Barletta to check out a castle, but sadly it was closed, however we got some cool pics around the city.

Also we had an awesome ward party and we actually got a few new potentials from it, so that was dope!

Anyways, I hope everything is still sick on the States and wherever on the world y’all are that are reading this shout out to my other friends on missions. Keep teachin’ repentance and baptizing converts!

Yours truly,
Anziano Funday

 

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