Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Ciao tutti. Un'altra bellissima settimana in Italia.
Well I have a lot to catch up on the past 2 weeks because of the train issue. We went down to leauca which is the furthest south you can go in puglia. It was alot of fun, but it took forever to get there so and we missed a train on the way back. We made it back to brindisi just in time for our appointments so I'm really sorry for last week. The weeks moving along and time is flying by. 6 month mark already. Transfer calls were this week. There are 25 new missionaries coming in and 22 leaving. I bet transfers were kind of crazy for pres to organize. I will be in Brindisi for sure for another 6 weeks. I was hoping to go to a new city, but I guess there is something here in Brindisi that I need to learn better or someone out there that I need to find while I'm still here. They made me district leader for this transfer so I will have a little bit more responsibility like giving trainings every week and making sure everyone is doing okay.
This week I did an exchange in Lecce for a couple days. There is such a contrast in the work between Lecce and Brindisi. Lecce is on fire right now there has already been two baptisms this year and many more coming up. All these people being baptized in lecce are from 1 person that got baptized last year and just went crazy within his entire family with missionary work. I learned alot this exchange. Here in Brindisi we need to get the branch excited about missionary work otherwise nothing is going to move ever. We have one woman here getting ready to be baptized. She is the wife of one of the members so their whole family will be together in the church soon. I am hoping this is the push to get things moving here. We are working hard and doing our best to find new people to teach.
Absolutely don't use dear elder instead of Email. It takes at least 6 weeks to get to me so it's really not worth the pain. They print them out at the mission home (if they even still use it here) then they are given to us at zone conference which is only once every transfer. It can be up to 2 months apart so I'm really happy with the email system.
The video sean tried to send me got blocked. By the way I got the Music and I am really happy. I've been going crazy before english course practicing Chopin. Hopefully I will be able to master some Chopin pieces. The hymn arrangements are great for prelude music. I can read most of them I just have to play really slow while I play them. Hopefully with some practice I will be able to master a few of those to. Since I'm going to be here for another 6 weeks and the music made it you can try to send those packages that you wanted to send.
I didn't have a 6 month Gelato, but I did have plently of pasti cioti. When you guys come to tour we are going to Lecce, not just because its called the Florence of the south, but because these Pasti Cioti are the best tasting pastry ever. Lecce is the place to buy them to. Everyone says Lecce is where they are made the best.
Mark Davis will like this. I met some people that have been members of the church in Lecce for over thirty years. You can ask him if he remembers the Bruno Family. We ate lunch with them. And I took a picture with them. I'll send it next week so he can see.
It's starting to get really hot here, but we have to wait until conference to take off our jackets. I'm pretty sure these suits will be destroyed by the time I come home. Don't worry about the letters from the other Elders making me feel weird. I know that these missions are very very different. They have their hard parts and I have mine. They have their successes and I have mine. I love reading about their successes and just how their missions are going. It helps me to know that they are out there doing their best while I here toiling away at the work as well. Keep sending them I have enough time to read them every week and write you guys. Except last week. I didn't have time for anything last week unfortunatly.
Vi voglio bene. Godete la pasqua. Quasi ho dimenticato, ma ho sentitio troppo del papa. Sono in sud italia dove la chiesa catolica è piu forte.
This Post did not get published back in Nov. so it is out of order sorry.
Buona giornata mia bella mama!!
Buona giornata mia bella mama!!
Holy crap there is so much to tell I don't even know where to start! Well guess I should start with my address
brindisi 72100 Italia
You said it looks like a nice city..... parts of it. I live in the bagdad part of brindisi. Next to the train station looks like italy but when you get into where people actually live it is just a bunch of ratty looking apartments. I love it here!! As Il papa asked I have seen the end of the appian way near the harbor. It doesn't go all the way to rome any more because there are citys in the way now, but it is still cool. I got a little bit ahead of my self. My first day in rome was not to crazy, I just got to see the temple sight ;) They are finished with the walls of the building they just have to build the spires on it now. Then we went to the Mission home and stayed there for the night. The mission home is amazing. It is three stories with marble floors. It was a beautiful building. We had lasagna and pizza then we slept. I had to wake up at 6:00 to get ready to go out to Brindisi. All the other missionaries were able to sleep in until 10:30. My train was the earliest to leave. I was on the train with 3 Native Italian Misssionaries and did my best to talk with them. I didn't understand everything they were saying, but I think I did okay. The first time I switched trains was in Bari. That is when I realized the One of the Elders Anziano Embree is actually not a native and speaks perfect english. I meet my companion and we went off to Brindisi. We are the only two Anziani in Brindisi. Me and Anziano Harris. There are some in Leece that are in our district, but leece is an hour away. The people that actually stop to talk are nice. Most of the people we try to talk say that they don't speak Italian, but if you keep talking to them they explain in Italian that they aren't interested. I think the teachers in the MTC taught us more Milano Italian because I have a really hard time understanding people here. Some people speak dialect and others just dont enuciate at all. It is like sean said. Hopefully sean and dad will be able to understand what I am saying when I get home. The people in the ward are really cool. They are all really friendly and try to talk to me slow so I can understand. I introduced myself on sunday and bore my testimony. I did play the piano in the ward. I dont know any sacrament hymns so I had to sight read the right hand of one. They sing loud enough so that if I make a mistake on the piano no one will hear it. Overall so far it has been really hard. We haven't taught any lessons in Italian. There is a building in the city called la carita. It is a refuge camp for people from Africa and that is were most of our investigators come from. We have three baptisimal dates and one person for sure will get baptised on the 8 of december. I was really hoping that we were going to be teaching lessons in Italian, but it is not so yet. It is really hard to find people that will listen. I guess I must keep working hard and not get discouraged. The appartment is bigger than I expected it to be. The kitchen on the other hand is really small. The only thing I have need of in the appartment is a shower head. I don't know how many euro that will be. I also probably need about 25 euro to buy another journal while I am here.
I know you didn't have any problems sending sean stuff, but that was to northern Italy. It feels like a different country down here. Sometimes they don't even pick up the trash. The post systems is not nearly as good so I may get charged a bunch of money if you try to send something. They charge at the door and if you aren't at the door when they try to deliver it you dont get it. So letters only. One other thing that is really funny actually. They whole town shuts down at 12 for about 3 hours. No one is out at this time because everyone is at home for lunch. It is crazy. EVERYWHERE is closed during these three hours every day. It was wonderful to hear from you I have some pictures that I will send next week. I hope that answered all of dads questions to. Love you all. Vi voglio tanto bene.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
This week started off with quite and exciting P-day. We took Anziano Liccioli's family around to see the sights in Brindisi. It was really cool to get to meet his family here. I never thought I would get to meet a companions family in the mission. They came down from Venice for a funeral and got presidents approval for Anziano Liccioli to go to the funeral also. At the end of it all they gave us some numbers to contact and went on their way. So now I know even more people that Emilia knows.
There isn't to much to report this week. We did finding all week. Just trying to talk to people on the streets everyday. If it wasn't for English course I would have gone crazy. We did find one guy on the streets that wanted to listen to us. We have an appointment with him tomorrow. At the end of the week we called all the names that Anziano Liccioli's mom gave us and set an appointment up with almost all of them. There was one that the phone was disabled or something. One of the families that we contacted saw us yesterday. And to our surprise they are very interested to learn about the church. (they also thought I was the Italian companion.) The lesson we had with them went so well I couldn't stop smiling as we were walking to English course that night. It was such a blessing to finally meet some people who are willing to have us in their house and open to hear our message. Alot like Jays letter that you sent me this week. All that finding and all that hard work, even though it seems like it was useless right now, will pay off in they end.
Other than that nothing to report.
Love Anziano Faggioli