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,
1-3. View from Devil’s Saddle
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.
Your friendly neighbourhood missionary
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!
- An extremely great and spacious chapel\
- Beautiful stain glass windows
- 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…
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!
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.
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!
- Me and my comp Anziano Hinckley
- A Presidente Portera recipe canollo
- Tiramisù d’orzo that I made for a ward pranzo
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 🇮🇹
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.
Anziano not so sincere Findlay
(JK love yall)
- Outskirts of Foggia
- Saying goodbye to Anziano Sellers
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!