Sunday, September 7, 2014

10 Days left.

Anziano Faggioli has only 10 days to wrap it up.  He is working the mission to the last minute.
He will probably want to make the last post himself.
Thanks everyone for your support, it's been a great 2  years!
Janice Faggioli

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

3 More Sundays, count them 1-2-3!

Aug. 26, 2014

 Departing Testimony borrowed from the mission blog.  Thank you!
And yes his hair is growing out, fast.

Anziano Faggioli is finishing his mission in Cagliari on the Island of Sardegna. He is working hard now to finish well in a few weeks.
His homecoming will be on Sep. 28, 2014   1120 E 600 N at 1:00 pm
I am sure he will be happy to see some familiar faces, and would invite family & friends to come to our home after the meeting to visit.  Just follow us home.
Jesse's mommina
A few more from the mission blog.

Former companion from Caserta,  he will be looking him up in another year.

Monday, July 14, 2014

July 13, 2014

.....Pres just made the zone leaders the only authorizzed drivers on the Island so....Only they use the car now. Cost of living went a little bit down. It is noticably higher being on an Island anyways.

Things are going really well with the work. We found a few more investigators this week. Our biggest problem is just getting them to Church at the moment. I'm sure over time they will feel more comfortable coming. As the meet more and more of the members of course.
I did an Exchange in Oristano last week. I got to meet some of the members there. It was the city my trainer began his mission in and they all still remember him very well.  

We ended up on a really weird adventure on Saturday. We got a call from an ex investigator saying he wanted us to meet people at the park. So we went and there was a big city event for the opening of a new piazza. They were giving away bushes and flowers. One of the english course students works for the city and I went to go talk to her. Without even asking she just loaded me up with a rose bush and 6 other flower plants. Just put them in my arms. Then this ex investigator came up and decided he wanted to take us to meet someone else on the other side of town. So we went with him and it turned out to be a sort of "fire side" in a _________Church. It was really good. It was this actress who had an experiance with God and repented of all her sins and now she gave all her money to children in Africa. This investigator wanted us to meet her and shake her hand so after she was done talking we went up to talk to her. After we shook her hand the priest took interest in us and wanted our number. Haha he probably thinks he's going to convert us. Well see about that. I've heard of more_______ priests converting than missionaries.

I got your message about the dumpbox. My only concern is that I really just don't have time to sit at the computer and wait for them all to upload. I have so little time with the Internet a week that would rather spend writing you. It must be driving you crazy to not be getting any pictures. I'm sorry.

 I would like to become like Jacob in the Book of Mormon and have as he says "unshakable faith". I know I'm going to feel a little lost at first, they have spent enough time warning us about that here, but I'm sure if I hit the ground running I'll adjust well to life again.

I'm excited to see my room again and most of all sleep in my bed. You can take the Mr. Orem picture down haha. I forgot I even had that. I have nothing against getting rid of it. Are you going to leave any work for me to help out with. It probably sounds weird coming from me, but I really miss doing projects with Dad and Learning how to do something with my hands. I should have taken more advantage of his handy man skills and learned a lot more. I don't know  how soon I'll bounce off the the singles ward. We'll see. For now I think I give the old home ward a few months at the least. I'm hoping they are either going to put me in with the Priests or mission prep. I would really like to go on campouts and teach the priests quorum.

I really hope Bishop ______ makes it a few more months. I'd prefer to do the exit interview with him.

I've been eating lots of different sard dolci lately. My favorite one is made from almonds and a cream. It is Amazing. Also there is a place really close to our house that sells really good canoli.

Well I really dont know much what else to say.

Monday, July 7, 2014

July 7 2014
This week was amazing. Full of miracles. We were working hard all week and it payed off.
First miracle that happened was we were doing some street finding and we stopped this lady and talked for a little bit. Turns out she knew the missionaries a long time ago and has a Book of Mormon and everything. She had a really nice conversation with her and at the end she just says "You should come to my house and meet my son and his friend". Just right then and there she took us to her house and we had a little lesson with them. The son has been fighting against depression for 10 years now. 10 years ago his dad died and he hasn't been the same since. He was really happy to see us and listen to what we had to say. Same with the Mom and his friend. We invited them to come to the 4th of July activity in church and they came and had a great time. Turns out his friend who actually is his psychiatrist knows tons of the members here. We had another appointment with them and we challenged them to start reading the book of mormon and praying to know if it's true.
2nd Miracle. We stopped this guy to invite him to English course and he stopped and said in English " I don't think I need an English course" So we said he could always practice. He liked the idea, but the time doesn't work for him. So we offered to come to his house and teach him about our church in English. He wasn't too sure about talking about the church, but he said we could come anyways. We went to his house a few days later and we talked all about the God, prayer and the plan of salvation. He told us a few years ago he almost died and because of this he doesn't feel there is anything on the other side. We asked him "Do you want to know there is another life after this one" he really thought about it and in the humblest of ways said "yes I reallyl want to know, I'm just not sure". He has a stutter so he really struggles to speak, but the things he says he really thinks about before he says them. We are sure he felt the spirit really strongly. At first we were on a strict 30 minute time limit then by the end he didn't want us to leave. He really opened up and we think he already trusts us. I really believe the spirit touched his heart. I can't wait for the next appointment so we can see how his prayers went and we can explain La restaurazione even better.
I haven't been too busy with my new responsibilities. There are 10 missionaries in the district. 2 of them are the Zone leaders. So things aren't stressful at all. We have a district of really really good missionaries. One of the sisters was in Pescara while I was in L'Aquila and she is a really hard worker. Things are starting to really pick up here on the Island for everyone. We need to work on getting members more involved in the work, but I think the first step will be getting our work really established. I'm not even going to come close to getting an Ipad. That's okay. I'll probably be the last to finish without the Ipad.
Bathroom is almost done. We finally got water 2 days ago. We still can't clean the whole house because the workers are still putting in the toilet and shower so the floor is always dirty, but the kitchen is like our little safe haven. I'm really happy to have the water back because I can use the washing machine again. I've been washing cloths by hand for about a week. We should have a shower in 2 days maximum. No more using the hobo house below us to shower.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Anziano Faggioli announced on Mother's Day that he has been transferred to Sardegna, he will now be serving in Cagliari which is on the southern tip of Sardegna. He will probably finish his mission from this area.
Here are a few pictures from his previous area L'Aquila, and some in Rome.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Jesse update 3-31-14

Jesse announced this morning that he will be  staying in L'Aquila  with Anziano Padilla for this transfer. He is very Happy about this because they get along so well, and they have so much going on that he was reluctant to leave the people they are working with.  He was off to Civitella Del Tronto (the city his grandparents came from for P-day)   I hope we have some pictures to share with you all soon.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

March 10, 2014 L'Aquila



What... no email this week?

This week was a good week. We had some members come to English course and meet a new family that just started coming. It was perfect because we were teaching about family night so they invited them to come have a family night at their house. This member family had just expressed to us that they had lost faith in the city. That it would ever grow, but last night they were really excited about missionary work and rekindled that faith a bit. 

We had a Zone leader Scambio this week. I got to be companions with Anziano Pizza for a day. People made some many pizza jokes. I thought Faggioli was bad.... Anziano W. came too. I remember being in his district when he started the mission. It was great to see him again. 

Not too much else happened this week. The relief society( I don't know how to spell that word anymore) had an activity with ____ mom and______ mom on Saturday. We weren't invited because it was for womans day. So we just made a cheesecake and left it in the church for them. They loved it and were attacking me for the recipe at church yesterday. They were like "I want to make it for my kids!!" then they were mad that I put butter in the crust. They told me it'll make me fat and I should use olive oil instead. 

That family history you sent me came in handy. I had to give a talk on Pionieri in chruch yesterday. It took up like have the time to tell the story in Italian. Haha and the members loved the talk. It was the first time the complimented my talk. So thank you for that. I also talked a little bit about Grandpa Faggioli being the only member of his Italian family to join the church and how he was one of the pioneers that allowed me to be born in the gospel. I told them that they are doing the same for their posterity as what my ancestors are doing for me. A good 80 percent of the branch are first gen. converts. 

Other than that....L'Aquila got really really cold again. I thought summer was starting, but I guess not. I'm already excited for the mothers day call. I know it's like 2 months away,but I'm excited anyways. 

I'm starting to speak as much Italian as I can in my last 6 months. I'm speaking it a lot more on the streets with Anziano Padilla and other missionaries. 

Love you.
Jesse visiting the city his Great Grandparents came from.

Ruins in L'Aquila

Jesse atop ruins in L'Aquila