The adventures of an LDS missionary serving in the

Italy Rome mission from June 2013- June 2015

Monday, November 24, 2014


Hey guys!

  Man, this week has been a good one.  Nothing too crazy has happened…haha.

  We were able to get a baptismal date with Francesco for the 13th of December, and we were also able to do a good amount of finding. We are really trying to find some more investigators.  It is not the easiest thing to do, but it is worth the effort.  

   I have learned some important lessons this week.  This week, as we were coming back from teaching a lesson, We met this lady at the bus stop who was interested in coming to the church. So she came with us to the church that night. We were teaching her and she broke down crying.  Come to find out, she had just run away from her family for various reasons. She was probably 55-60 years old. She didn't know where to go, or what to do.  Although I hardly knew this woman, I could not help but feel a love for her and a desire to comfort her.  Actually, let me say I wanted to help her be happy. We prayed together and searched for an answer.  In the end, me and Anziano Jones felt she needed to go back to her family.  At least to her children.  She did not like the answer, but that is what we told her and that is what God was telling us.  In the end she did return to stay with a friend for the night and to figure things out a little better. But through the whole experience I was thinking about how God loves each of us, and he has given us families to help us.  Especially during this time of year where we have Thanksgiving, it really reminds me how blessed we really are.  And it makes me sad to see those people who don't find the family to be a place of refuge.  That is because Satan is trying to twist it and make the family become a thing of the past. 

   The family is of God.  This morning I was studying about Adam and the Plan of Salvation.  The Plan of Salvation is so important to understand.  I still don't understand it completely, but it is through the Plan of Salvation that God intends to bless his children, and that is what we are here to help people understand.

   Other than that, nothing really happened this week.  We did have a Thanksgiving dinner for the Branch, which was awesome!  I am going to send pictures right now.  But yeah,  I love you guys!   care and I'll talk to you soon!

   Love, Anziano Rigby   

Monday, November 17, 2014

Q & A

(Elder Rigby didn't send a main email today so here are some questions we asked, and his answers.  Enjoy.)

Are you considered part of Napoli?  

Umm, we live in what's considered Napoli.  But Pozzuoli is different.

Are you right on the ocean? 

The Church is pretty much on the ocean.  Haha, it has a way sick view over the bay.  And some beautiful sunsets!

What is it about the area that you like so much? 

Hmmm...good question.  I don't know. I really like the people. Haha, they're crazy.

I found that Elder Nathan Turner has a blog...and it looks like you are rooming with them? 

Yeah, we are in a four-man house. It's pretty fun.  Haha, he's a cool guy.

How was Pompeii? 

Pompeii was way cool! We went with a senior couple and they had gone many times so they gave us a good tour around the place. It is crazy what they knew, and how they constructed everything.

How large is your District and do you always spend your P-day with the District?  

So it is just us six - four anziani and two sisters. We do P-day together as anziani.

Do you have Thanksgiving plans? 

We actually have a Ward Thanksgiving activity this weekend so that should be fun :)

Monday, November 10, 2014

One of the other elders in Elder Rigby's apartment keeps a blog also:

You might enjoy stopping by there to learn more about the work occurring in the Pozzuoli/Napoli area.

Picture of the Pozzuoli church building from Elder Turner's blog


Hey guys! 

   Haha, okay, well I don't have much time again today.  We are going to Pompeii and we need to grab our train pretty soon.  But, boy, do I love it here!  Haha, it is awesome.  It's a little hectic trying to learn another city, but that's part of the work.  It's coming along.  So our work is a little slow right now.  A lot of our investigators are busy and can't meet, and so we are doing more finding!  I always seem to have to do finding.  Hmm.  Haha, but it's cool.  We are going to find an awesome couple and we are going to give them the gospel!  I hope anyway…

   English course is cool here.  The people are really nice and we have fun.  The people on the street are also really nice.  Haha, the other day there were some girls taking a picture.  I asked them if they wanted me to take it for them.  They were trying to take a selfie though, but they asked if we wanted to join so we did.  Haha, I like when people are open like that.  It makes life easier.  Umm, yeah.  I really don't have anything to say.  I really like it here.  It's pretty, the work is good, and we're having fun. 

   Well, I love you all.  Take care and I'll talk to you later!  Ciao!
   Love, Anziano Rigby

(And here are a few lines from the quick email he sent his mom this week:)
   Yeah, I hurt my knee playing soccer, but it's doing better.  I still have a little limp, but thankfully it hasn't kept us too held up in regards to work.  Priesthood blessings.  They work!

  Mmm, yummy vegan food!  Haha, I actually kind of miss that stuff.  I really miss eating healthy. There's just so much pasta and pizza here.  It all makes you feel yucky.  Haha.

   Yeah, I actually saw Whitney  last week when I came down (she is our next-door neighbor who is also serving in the Rome mission)!  Haha, she was at the train station.  We talked for a couple minutes before she got on the train.  Weird.  Haha.

  Love, Anziano Rigby

Monday, November 3, 2014


Hey guys! 

   Haha, okay so I don't have much time at all but, man, the last two days have been crazy!  Man, I finally got here on Thursday and it has been nonstop work since then.  We have a lot of stuff to do here and I am super stoked to get it rolling.  I am working on learning the new area and it is turning out to be difficult!  But step by step, I am getting it.

   The ward here is way cool and way different than any other ward I have served in. Well, I guess it's a branch.  But it's about 1 third Italians, 1 third Africans, And 1 third Americans.  It is crazy hearing so much English.  Haha, we get to do a lot of translation.  Haha, they were short on people in Primary so I even got to teach a class...?  Haha, in two languages.  Fun stuff  :) 

   Today we went to Napoli and had zone soccer which was really fun. Then we went and ate Napoli Pizza! Yum!  Haha, it's pretty good.  

   Well, I have to go, but I love you all and thank you for your letters and what not.  It really keeps me going  :)  Take care and I'll talk to you later.  Ciao!