Wednesday, December 19, 2012

  • Buon Natale‏

This may be the most eventful week yet!!

I am sorry I don't answer all your questions mom. I really do try to It is just in between telling stories and answering questions I use up all my email time. 

Ok so ill start off with stories this week

Zone conference was last week. Tons of training and President Kelly talked to us. I finally got to meet all the elders in my zone. I have a pretty awesome zone. Other than training we didn't do anything to special for zone conference. For christmas the both the Italy missions got Firenze ties. My first Italian silk tie (other than the ones sean gave me).

 The Branch President and his wife are back from Australlia now. This is the first time I have meet them because they have been gone for 2 months. President casti is the father of the guy that sent that picture of me to Emilia. This week more than ever I understand why grandpa was the way he was. Because he was raised by a family from southern Italy. Everyone here reminds me of him in some way. 

Italians love food more than anything else. Whenever we have lunch with a member they make an un earthly amount of food that they expect us to eat. I am happy to do it to because it is the best food in the world. Sorella Casti made this carbonara for us and I cant even describe how amazing it was. All the food here just blows my mind. 

Finding new people here to teach is really hard. We are always out on the streets doing finding. There is an english course student that whenever he sees us on the streets he asks me to teach him how to read music and play the piano. I have started bribing him. I told him "I will teach you piano if you take the missionary lessons." He just laughed and said "maybe". Which means no, but that just means I don't have to learn to teach piano in Italian. 

We had another ward party, but this time it was a Christmas concerto. There are two men in the ward that can sing really well and they wanted my to play piano with them. We preformed angels we have heard on high. Then they sang O sole mio. The best part about O sole mio is there was a concert pianist at the party and she played a rendition of it that she made up on the spot. Then she went on to play some of the craziest songs I have ever heard. I will try to send videos, but I don't know if I can through this email. 

Last story of the week. We were teaching a man named Luca. He lives in the D'oumo of the city. He told us he needed us to go with him to his house to talk to someone. He took us in to talk to Nuns. We needed to ask them if we could teach Luca. I pretty sure they said it was okay. They spoke really fast Italian. We just sat and talked for a little while after that. I wonder how many missionaries can say they have chilled with Nuns on their mission. I am going to try and get a picture next time we go over there. 
Anziano Faggioli

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Coloumn marks end of the Via Appia  Anziano Faggioli

I make this apron look Gooooood.

And I cook too.


Guess who is getting in the water next week!! This guy!! Our investigator elvis is getting baptised next saturday. His name isn't really Elvis that is just what he told us to call him when we met him. His real name is owea. He is all ready and is coming to church. I will get some good pictures at the baptism. 

Anyways ramdom Italians are so awesome. We were hanging out in the palaza calling our investigators and this man named Orlando come up to us. He stops and talks to us all the time, but this time was weird because he said "I have something really important for you" he then took a piece of paper and a pen from me. Then he continued to write the 10 commandments in Italian and gave it to me and said " for cultures sake you need to know these." Me and Anziano Harris were like "speaking of culture do you have this book." We tried to give him a book of mormon but he didn't want it. 

The branch party went really well. We made eggs and pancakes and biscuts. It was really weird for the Italians. They didn't like that we eat everything off the same plate. They were like you need to separate it all. The next day we did some casa a casa and found a new investigator. Her name is Franca and my friends will love this. She let us in to talk after her Pomeranian basically attacked us. We are going to try and see her on friday. There are so many little things that she is prepared in for the gospel. The africans have alot of dreams that help them prepare to be baptised. One of our investigators had a dream that an american man came to him and told him he needed to stop smoking. He hasn't smoked for two weeks. 

I gave a talk in church this last sunday. I talked about faith in jesus Christ and shared some scriptures from the B.o.M. I talked fro 10 straight minutes in Italian. There is a family in our ward from Idaho. They are going back to america for christmas and asked if there is anything I wanted from america. I told them I wanted one of those big bags of Cereal. Hopefully they don't forget cause the breakfast here sucks. 

It is getting really cold here. The cold is different here. The cold in Utah is so much better because you can wear a jacket and be warm. Here if you are going to be cold no matter what. The humidity just makes it that way. I will have to buy a scarf and gloves after christmas is over. 

We had a crazy guy come up to us on the streets the other day. He was Italian, but spoke perfect english. Well the grammer was perfect, but it was all nonsense. Nothing made any sense and there were tons of swear words. We tried to walk away, but he walked with us for 10 minutes. All I know about him is that he listens to tupac and eminem. 

Also english class is turning out to be really sucsessful. There was a woman that kept saying " they have something different, we have it but they have alot more of it than anyone else." She asked us for a book of mormon and is now reading it and says she will come to church sunday. Things are really going well here. 

Love you all
Anziano Faggioli

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Alright buckle down a lot happened this week.
The day after p-day last week we had english course. I teach in the advanced and just have conversations with the people there. So this week they wanted to talk about slang. So I taught them all of the California slang like Chill, bra, and dude. So after that we gave our spiritual thought on baptism. We explained how it is done and what it means. We didn't think to much of it after we gave it. We always prepare for our thoughts and give good ones, but up till now it hasn't done much but teach people about what we believe. So everyone was leaving, but one guy stayed behind and said "could I be baptised" I was just sort of baffled. I thought I had missunderstood his Italian at first. We told him that he could absolutly be baptised. We will begin to teach him this week. We also saw  another one of our potential investigators to meet with him for the first time. After we talked to him about baptism and recieving the holy ghost he said "I have been looking for a way to have the Holy Ghost in my life my entire life". Needless to say I am really excited about the next couple of weeks.

Church is freaking awesome. I can understand most of what the members are saying to me now. There is one that is learning to speak english and he learns the weirdest things to say to me in english. I was playing prelude music for church and he comes up behind me and hugs me then says. "Hello how are your" I responded how I normally would when a man hugs me from behind. " Pretty good" then he says "we are friends right?" me "yeah of course" he continues "only for today" I respond "heck no" then he says "of course forever." The ward members here have so much character. I was talking to another one of the members after church and she asked me if I had a girl waiting for me. I told her no then she started telling me that I need to go find a nice Italian girl to take home. I don't think she knows the story of Sean and Emilia. On fast sunday the members normally try to feed the missionaries so we went over to a families home. That meal was the best meal I have ever had in my life. They made some amazing lasagna and a bunch of other things. There was so much food, I thought I was going to die. 

We have people stop us while we are tracting all the time. One guy stopped us and told us we need to give him a job. He went on for 10 mins. We kept trying to tell him we are missionaries and we can't give him a job, but he was convinced by our suits that we were business men. There is also a beggar that knows the missionaries. He doesn't know them very well because he has learned how to say in english "I am being crazy for one cigarette" I don't think he ever got the lessons because he is always supprised when we say we don't have any. 

We gathered olives again this week. It went the same as last week so I won't go into details. One last story. We went to a refugee camp to teach some lessons the other night. The person we were looking for wasn't there yet so we started talking to another guy. He took us to his room then dissapeared for like 10 mins. He came back with 2 huge plates full of food. I am one of the few missionaries that can say they have eaten on the U.Ns dollar. 

I am really excited about this week. We have started putting up geneologly publicity in hopes to attract new investigators. I am glad weston is trying to send me a card I need to get his address so I can write him. 

tell Chad he is allowed to email me. The mission president allows it. I am able to keep in touch with Conner and Taylor over email, but Peter needs to write because his mission pres doesn't allow it.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Nov. 28, 2012
That is so crazy all the mission calls coming. Do I know this anziano Jameson? And who in the ward got their call? I didn't get anything mail about someone from the ward. Maybe give it another week and I will get something. I think it stinks that you can't send anything as well. Everything is pretty messed up here as far as public services go. Yes I can get pictures to my email. I'm very glad to hear things are going well at home for everyone.
Alright on to my week here in Italy.
This week was pretty sweet. We picked up two new investigators this week. Both of them from nigeria. We also started to visit some less active/part member families to see if we can start doing some work with them. So far I haven't taught any lessons in Italian. I have talked alot in Italian, but not really taught any lessons. I am still struggling to understand what people are saying. My last name right now is sort of a curse. I can understand when people talk slowly to me, but because my name is Faggioli they have no mercy. People here love to talk really fast. They talk as fast as they can when ever they can so when they see that I look Italian and see my last name the just assume that I can keep up with them. Hopefully in a couple more transfers I will be able to. 
I was reading from the Book of Mormon in Italian up to about page 50, but I stopped for now because Isaiah is hard to understand in english. So i decided that I am going to finish it in english again before I continue to read in Italian. I am in Helaman right now so it wont be long. I have been having alot of pizza this week. There is a really good pizzaria right next to our house. I have also been eating alot of gelato. And sean is going to hate me for this, but I have lost like 5 pounds this week because I can actually walk and run here. The MTC was terrible for my health. 
This week we had service to do. We did the coolest thing. We helped gather olives! I can't think of a more Italian experiance. I took alot of pictures of the trees and the olives. The entire time I was gathering I was thinking about how sybolic it is. In the chapters of Jacob there is a parable about an olive vineyard. The parable is about the gathering of Israel. How cool is it that two missionaries get to go gather olives and then with the rest of the day they get to go gather Israel. English course was great yesterday. It always starts off by the students telling me how Italian I look. At the end we always have a spiritual thought and I explained how we get our calls and our purpose as missionaries. The best part was the end when someone said "ho capito" which means I understand. 
Thanks for all the updates.
Anziano Faggioli

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Jesse gave an incomplete address, here is the corrected address:
Anziano Jesse Faggioli
Via Trento 74
Brindisi 72100 Italia

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

P.S.  Tell everyone in the ward that I am doing well and am really happy. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Look who was seen on his 1st Sunday in Brindisi,

Nov. 18, 2012

Don't have all the details yet, but this 
picture of Anziano Faggioli was sent 
via fb to his sister in law today. 
We had been wondering all day how his 
first Sunday in Brindisi went.
We think he looks GREAT!
Photo: Guarda qui.....ahahahah

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Nov. 14, 2012
So my first city is Brindisi! Way south on the bottom of the heel. Don't know what else to say right now other than I am really excited. You will hear from me in about a week. P-day is on wednesday. I will try to have some adventures this week to write about. Vi voglio tanto bene. 

Nov.13, 2012
So I am in Rome now! I haven't figured out where I am going yet, but I'll let you know tomorrow. And they said absolutely do not send packages because I will get charged 50 euro if (big if) it gets here. Love you,
Anziano Faggioli

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mamma Mia!! I have less than a week until I will be talking to real Italians. I can't believe how fast this is going by. My flight is on tuesday. It is going to be 24 hours long including layovers. I'll be packing most of my stuff today so that I don't end up having to stay up late Monday night. I'm a little bit nervous because I don't speak nearly enough Italian. I'm sure the Italian people will be helpful to my learning. This week was pretty uneventful aside from getting our flight plans. I got released from being a district leader on sunday. No more meetings at the MTC for me.  One of my teachers and I  made guesses on where I will serve first. I guessed Sardegna and he guessed an area below Perugia. Really exciting to see. Those blog posts you send me about Taylors and Peters missions are so crazy. Taylor sounds like he is having a real adventure. Fleas would      , hopefully I have a clean bed in Italy. And Peter is getting his first baptism! Have you heard if Ben Wright has gotten his mission call yet? Maybe you could check his facebook wall and see if he put anything up. Could you find out Peters mission address for me, I want to send him a letter once I arrive in Italy. I've sent Ashton and Shun letters since I got here. They probably wont have time to write back before I leave the MTC.There was a television crew that came, but they didn't really interview anyone they just took some shoots of the other district studying. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oct. 25, 2012

Boun Giorno
Where to start this week... For the devotional this week Elder Echo Hawk came to speak. It was a really good talk and I learned alot. It was really cool for Anziano Locklear because he is Native American and he got to meet him. We just had an entire week of only Italian speaking. I think I did pretty well even though I spoke tons of english during gym and such. My companion and I are getting along really well. We are talking a lot more than we were a few weeks ago. The new Anziani got here yesterday. One of them is from Melbourne. I bet you'll never guess who he knows! His name is Anziano Murphy. He got really excited when he figured out I knew the Tucci family. He said he is really close to them and they are in his ward. He has been telling me all about the bush, kangaroos and the Native Australians. I want to go so badly after the mission. The subject of Turtle neck sweaters came up this week so I told the elders in my district about Turtlenog. There will be 10 more people at the next held turtlenog. There is only one native Italian speaker here and he is going to Romania. I feel like the language is coming okay. It will be really funny when I get to Italy and only speak gospel Italian. I hope dad is getting better. I keep him in my prayers. I received some pictures from Uncle Vince and Aunt Karen of us in front of the temple and some with the Camaro. Have you gotten any of those pictures printed?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

#4.   Oct.11,2012

Boun Giorno 

This was the best week in the MTC so far. Not only was there conference on Saturday and Sunday, but Elder David A. Bednar came and spoke at the Tuesday fireside as well. I couldn't believe it when he walked in. Everyone stood up and the spirit filled the room until it was almost bursting. He talked about how he personally studies the talks of general conference. Such and eventful week! I cant believe the changes they made in the mission program. That completely caught me off guard. I was in the MTC when church history was made. I don't even know how long the mission age has been 19 for the boys. Do you know of anyone who is planning on going now? They are changing the MTC programs up next year for the influx of missionaries they are expecting. The stateside elders are going to start staying for 2 weeks and the foreign missionaries stay for 6 weeks. I would be leaving in 2 weeks instead of 5. I'm glad I am staying for the full 9 weeks though. I am no where near ready to preach the gospel in Italian. I don't know if you got my letter yet, but there is an Italian missionary here at the MTC. He is going to Romania and does not know how to speak English. It has been so much fun seeing how much I have learned, but at the same time shows me how little I know. His name is Elder criscenti. He is from Milan, but he was born in Sicily. I have learned to roll my r's very well. I try and roll them on every word that has an r. My teacher said that it is much better to over roll your R's than to not be able to do it. Congrats to Dad for finishing the Maratona. With a really good time too. I have no idea who will be going now with the news. You will have to keep me informed with that somehow. I'm really happy Pete is doing good in the pinas so far. That sucks about his toe but I bet he will get better really fast. Taylor sounds like he is having the adventure of a lifetime! I can't wait till I have sweet stories like they do to send home. The MTC is the same almost everyday so it isn't that much fun to write about. My departure date is expected to be november 14 as of right now.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Oct. 4,2012 letter home

Translated from Italian to English

Good day!  I am not bad.  The MTC is okay.  My companion is fine.  I have pictures of the district and the trip to the temple.  I will send the pictures in my next e-mail.  How come you did not translate my last letter?  I am not the same in English and Italian.  Dad can translate for you.  I like to teach.  Have you ridden my motorcycle?

Received in English

How come you didn't have Dad translate the last email? I know some words were way wrong and the grammer was terrible, but he should be able to understand. I did wish Dad a happy birthday and good luck with the marathon. Happy birthday mom! how did you enjoy it? Are you guys excited for General conference? I am really stoked. This is going to be the coolest part of the MTC. All the talks are going to take a new light while I am focusing on becoming a better teacher and trying to feel the spirit. Have you taken the Camaro out lately? The district is getting along just fine. Except for when  we all play basketball together. There are two elders that get angry with each other every time they play against each other. That is the only problem so far. I got made a district leader this week. My duties include going to meetings twice a week, approving companion exchanges, and getting mail for the district. I'm really excited that dad is able to run this week! I hope he does well I have remembered him in my prayers every night. Let me know how he does. We are trying to have Italian only days here and for the most part it goes really well. All the older Anziani and Sorelle left on tuesday so it got really quiet around here. Now I am the only person around here that knows the Johnstons. The days are blending together now, it seems like only yesterday that you dropped me off here. It's crazy  being in the same room for 6+ hours a day, but I guess thats the way things have to be done here. I found the note you left for me in my scriptures the other day. It is down to 16 missionaries here. The Robbins cousin already left cause she already spoke Italian. There are 5 sisters in our zone. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012


Well I did it! I lasted a whole week now. The first week went by incredibly slow. The first few days with the language were soooo overwhelming. It's starting to come now though. Our second day here we taught a lesson to an "investigator" who only spoke Italian. We teach him almost everyday and everyday me and Anziano Bennett understand more and more. The other Anziani in my district are Anziano Locklear from Tenesse, Anziano Jonson from Denver, Anziano Bagaley from SLC, and Anziano Walker from Cali. Sunday and tuesday have been the best days so far because of the firesides. Tuesday we had a member of the 7o talk to us. His name is Elder Koelliker. For the sake of time I wont go into detail about his talk, but I will say the spirit was very strong. They keep us busy here. We have like 8 hours of language class a day, an hour of gym time, and the rest is study time. I have taken a bunch of pictures with my district that i will try to get sent home. 

I love all of you and cant wait to hear from you all again!!

Anziano Faggioli

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What an AWESOME day!
We packed up the big green mormon wagon with as many family members as we could fit (who weren't working today) and made haste to the MTC.
We made one quick stop for family pics at the Provo temple. We got all our hugs and misty goodbyes taken care of and then loaded up for the short ride over to the MTC.
Sorry about the quality of the video clip (cell phone and nervous mom, it was the best I could do.)
On the way through the entrance, and past numerous Host greeters, we spotted Elder Peter Molnar, who was trying his hardest not to break decorum and run to catch up to us at our appointed #23 drop zone.
When the car finally stopped, Anziano Faggioli bailed out and was welcomed by his host first, and then a very excited Elder Molnar.    They were so happy to see each other it was really emotional for all of us.
It very much reminded me of when Alma meets his friends that he hasn't seen in years in Alma 17:2.
We did not stay long, as we could see Anziano Faggioli was eager to begin this new chapter of his life.
Tonight we are a little sad that we will not see him for 2 years, but very, very happy knowing he has chosen to make this commitment to serve a mission for the lord.

MTC "Tuck and Roll"

Jesse was greeted by Elder Peter Molnar as he arrived at the MTC. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Farewell talk

September 12th 2012

Missionary work is an amazing part of the LDS church in these days. Young men and young women leave their homes to serve their lord in foreign lands all the while growing closer to their savior than they have ever been before. Missionaries change lives as they represent Jesus Christ. My mother recently put up a quote in the front room that says “A missionary leaves his family for two years so that others may have their families for eternity”. While it seems that it is solely the duty of young missionaries to preach the gospel. That is not so. President David O. McKay made it very clear that every member is responsible for the spreading of the gospel.

David O. McKay
            If I were to burrow in definite terms two of the most potent convictions in the hearts of the Latter-day Saints, I would name: First, an abiding assurance that the gospel, as taught by the Redeemer when he lived among men and which was later modified, changed and corrupted by men, has been restored by the Redeemer in its purity and fullness; and second, following naturally the first, a conviction in the heart of every member of this Church that the responsibility rests upon the membership of the Church to preach the restored gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.
There are many different ways to be a member missionary. You can just share with people that you meet throughout the day, or you can carry book of Mormons around and try to give them out, but that is more of a full time missionary thing. The best way I can think of as an everyday member is to live your life the way the savior did. Treat everyone with the respect the savior did and live your life in a way that you are seen as an example to others. If you are happy and respect others no matter who they are some will often wonder “how is he/she always so happy and kind to others” or “what does he/she have that I do not” this will spark interest in the church and provide an opportunity to share the joy you find in living the teachings of the savior. One experience I had of this was when I was waiting tables in Jacob Lake. It came down to my last table of the shift. I was bussing some tables that I had fallen behind on while it was busy.
The family that was sitting at my table motioned for me to come talk to them. I thought that they were just going to ask me for a to-go box. Instead the mother said to me “there is something different about everyone that works here. I’ve never seen a group of college age kids that are so well groomed and so happy. What is it?” In return I told her “Well we are all members of the lds church” She asked another question “What do you believe in?” I stopped to think about that for a second. My first thoughts were to tell her about Joseph Smith. But what came out of my mouth was completely different. I told her “we believe that Jesus Christ came to earth and atoned for our sins. And we believe the book of Mormon to be the word of god and that it goes hand in hand with the Bible.”  Her interest grew and she told me she would like to learn more. I asked her to wait there and another person that I worked with went to go grab a book of Mormon for me and I was able to give that family a book of Mormon. I have no way of knowing if they ever read it. I have no way of knowing if it even made a difference in their lives. But I was able to be a member missionary when I least expected it. I ask all of you to be ready to share your beliefs at all times.
            As President David O McKay said “The world is hungry to hear the truth as never before in its history. We have it. Are we equal to the task—to the responsibility God has placed upon us?”

            Another aspect of missionary work is service. Missionaries don’t only go around knocking on doors. They are always looking for a way to help someone. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Matthew 16:24–25. There are endless opportunities to serve others. From helping someone carry their groceries in to volunteering in the community there are ways to serve all around.  When Jesus had his ministry on the earth he spent his time serving. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and ministered to the lowly of heart. We don’t have to be able to heal the sick or raise the dead to serve as Jesus did. All we have to do is pray to have an eye single to the glory of god so that we may see those that stand in need of our time. Being a member missionary dose not only mean to preach the gospel it means to serve others.
            Elder Eyring told a story about service that I would like to share with you
                The Teton Dam burst on Saturday, June 5, 1976. Eleven people were killed. Thousands had to leave their homes in a few hours. Some homes were washed away. And hundreds of dwellings could be made habitable only through effort and means far beyond that of the owners.
Those who heard of the tragedy felt sympathy, and some felt the call to do good. Neighbors, bishops, Relief Society presidents, quorum leaders, home teachers, and visiting teachers left homes and jobs to clean out the flooded houses of others.
One couple returned to Rexburg from a vacation just after the flood. They didn’t go to see their own house. Instead, they found their bishop to ask where they could help. He directed them to a family in need.
After a few days they went to check on their home. It was gone, swept away in the flood. They simply walked back to the bishop and asked, “Now what would you like us to do?”
Wherever you live, you have seen that miracle of sympathy turned to unselfish action. It may not have been in the wake of a great natural disaster.
            This couple is a perfect example of selfless service. When they were faced with their own problems they didn’t stop and say to themselves “how are we going to get through this” or “who is going to help us” instead they went straight back to helping others.

            As important it is to serve and to share your testimony, it is more important to first have love for your fellow man. Jesus listed love for your fellow man as one of the greatest commandments.

In mark 12:28 we read

            And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
            This passage has always been one of my favorite. When you really think about and dig into this scripture you find that god wants us to grow closer to him, and he wants us to grow closer to our brothers and sisters.  
            This is the most important of Christ’s teachings. If we can learn to love others the way we love ourselves we will in turn be more willing to serve. This is a Christ like attribute I pray to have while I serve in Italy. The ability to love my neighbor will strengthen my testimony as I spread the gospel and serve my fellow man. Christ lived his teachings, he loved all, unconditionally. He loved the lepers, he loved his apostles, he even loved those that condemned him to death. My favorite hymn expresses my exact feelings I have about the saviors atoning sacrifice. My grandfather had a tumor in his brain that was removed. The surgery left him a shell of what he used to be. After his surgery some of the only coherent words he could say were the words of this song. Ever since I heard my grandfather singing this there has been a very special place in my heart for it. Hymn #193 I stand all amazed.  
I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me, confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me, I tremble to know that for me he was crucified, that for me a sinner he suffered he bled and died.
            Even a man who had been crippled in his mind and his body remembered the great love his redeemer had for him. He remembered the price that was paid so that he could be whole once more. That helps me whenever I get down, or feel insignificant. I think of the love that the savior has for my grandfather and my grandfathers’ knowledge of that love.

            In closing, we can all be latter day missionaries where we live. We just have to have a testimony of the restored gospel, be willing to serve, and to love others the way the savior loves us.

            I would like to leave you with my testimony, but not in a way that most future missionaries do. In Italian, don’t worry I will translate it into English when I am done.

            Io so che Gesu Cristo vive e che guida la chiesa attraverso un profeta vivente, Thomas S. Monson.  Io so che Gesu ha restaurato la sua chiesa, sulla terra, tramite il profeta Joseph Smith.  Io so che Il libro di Mormon e la parola di Dio.  Io l’ho letto e ho pregato e ho capito da me stesso che e vero.  E tanto tempo che sentivo che sarei stato chiamato a servire in Italia.  Voi potete chiedere i miei amici che ho predetto questo da tanti anni prima.  Ancora prima di aprire la chiamata, lo Spirito mi aveva detto che avrei servito in Italia.  Io so che sto andando al’Italia per uno scopo, non perche sia bello di andare la o perche la famiglia di mio padre e Italiana.  E perche Io ho promesso ad alcune persone nella vita premortale che le avrei trovate.  Io conosco la gioia che possiamo trovare tramite l’espiazione.  Sia per il pentimento o per le prove dure della vita, io vi prometto che troveremo conforto e perdono dal nostro Salvatore Gesu Cristo.

Dico queste cose nel nome di Gesu Cristo amen.

             I know that Jesus lives and guides the church through Thomas S Monson a living prophet. I know that he restored his church on the earth through his prophet Joseph Smith. I know the book of mormon to be the word of god. I have read it and prayed about it and have found for myself that it is true. I’ve known for a long time that I was going to be called to Italy. You can ask any of my friends I’ve been calling that for years. I had been told by the spirit that I would be serving in Italy before I opened my call.  I know that I am being sent to Italy for a reason, it’s not because it’s cool, or because my dad’s side of the family is Italian. It’s because I promised people before this life that I would find them.  I know the joy you can find through the atonement. Whether it is for repentance or you are going through the harsh trials of life I promise there is comfort and forgiveness to be found from Jesus Christ.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.        

Friday, August 31, 2012

My name is Jesse Antonio Faggioli. I have been called as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to serve for a period of 2 years in Rome, Italy. This blog is about my life during this two years. This opportunity is really exciting for my family and I because Italy is the land of my ancestors. My grandfathers family is from a little town north east of Rome called Civitella del Tronto. There are already 3 other people in my immediate family that speak Italian. My father, my brother and his wife. My father served in Melbourne, Australia where he learned to speak Italian. My brother served in Milan, Italy and met his wife during his service. Italy has always had a special place in my heart and it only seems right that I am being sent to serve in this part of the world so that the love that I already have for such a great country can grow even more as I preach to its people. I leave at such a special time for the members over in Italy with a temple being built. I have no idea what the lord has in store for me while I serve, but i know that if i serve with all my heart, might, mind and strength I will do great things through his power to further the work of the lord. My family and I will be blessed for this journey I am about to go on. This blog is the story of my two years of service in Rome, Italy.

Video of me opening my mission call.