Monday, June 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Elder Fischetti!!!!!! (20 on June 22)


Thanks for the birthday wishes, can you believe I am 20?? So weird. Anyways, yeah the Davis' are an awesome family out here. They treat us really well. He told me he would call Brother Murphy and tell him hello. Such a small world!! She said my talk was good? Well, that's good to hear, I just kinda stand up there and say what's on my mind haha. 

This week has been a growing one to say the least.  I have really come closer to my Savior this past week, learning to trust and that's it. Kind of like how a kid does...just trusts the parents so much. I have learned that because of his love, he allows us to hurt to allow us to grow more. Don't worry, I am fine, it just gets really challenging. I made a deal with the Lord to help me focus on the work. It has been working well, and I just keep my eye on why I am here and how each day that goes by is one less day I will be able to be doing this. I am not perfect and will never be, but that is no reason not to try. I strive to be the best I can each day, and each day I fail so hard haha but I learn so much at the same time. The easiest path is never the best path. Sometimes the most difficult trials help us grow and learn. 

I had a super bad headache all day. It was the worst one I've ever gotten. Hopefully, it stops there and won't come back, Dr. said they will spike occasionally and that I just have to deal with it.  I am doing great, just really growing right now. 

Anyway, I taught Isaiah how to ride a bike!!!! It was awesome! Brent Longenfeld was baptized yesterday!!! He is the Kenney's son...they lived in our ward many years ago. He is so awesome and I have really built a strong relationship with him. 

A miracle happend this week in our zone...we got a call at 10:30 at night from a companionship, Elder Adair has turrets...and he called crying, so we rushed over there and his turrets was gone!!!! He got a blessing, and now he only has a little jaw movement from it, but no more flailing arms or yelling!!!! It was a truly sacred moment, and that house was just bursting with the Spirit that night when we went over there. It was cool to see how two 19 year old young men were able to call down the powers of heaven on those they work with. I will never forget that experience, his countenance is totally different as well, he just seems at peace with everything. 

We have had a lot to deal with in the zone, and it has been a huge challenge trying to juggle everything at once.  I get to go on exchanges with Elder Miller tomorrow!!! I can't wait! I love that guy, we will be friends forever.  

So we were riding bikes the other day on some back road, I wiped out hardcore haha, I don't know what happened, I just wound up on the ground! I didn't get beat up too badly, just some scratches. I ripped a pair of the pants for that one suit, so I may go there today and see how much replacements cost. I have the extra pair so I may not do it. It's crazy how worn out clothes get on a mission. Shiny suits, holes in the bottom of shoes and socks haha it's crazy. I guess that's what happens when you work hard form 6 am to 9pm. I love my mission so much!  It is hard and challenging, but so worth it at the same time. The lessons I am learning, and the person I am becoming would have never even been touched at or looked at in any other circumstance. Thank you for the support you and the family provide for us. 

Oh hey, there is this huge scout thing going on and we will be working there!! (National Scout Jamboree)  People say Pres. Monson may be going!  Over 10,000 scouts!  I can't wait!  I asked John if he is going! That would be crazy. 

I am working my hardest, and getting beat up quite a bit, but that is how we learn and grow. I have been brought to my knees many times this week, so never before in my life. I truly can say i have a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven, and my Savior Jesus Christ. Without them, I would be nothing. I truly Know that this church is God's kingdom on the earth. I am learning to trust in my Father's plan for me, rather than my own plan. I am a different person. I have learned how important family is, and I have grown to love mine so much more, even though we don't even see each other. Tell everyone I said hi and that I love them all so much. 

I will forever be grateful for Idaho, it has and is changing me for eternity. I needed Idaho. I love the people here, I love everything about it. I truly know that I was meant to serve here at this time in my life. There isn't a single other mission I would rather serve in. I am being so blessed in this work, I have grown a very strong spiritual personality. I know what is right, and what is wrong as a member of the church, and there is no confusing them. I will never let any one else's opinions on religion drown out my own inner belief and knowledge. The testimony I have isn't very profound, but it is very strong. 

The mission is not a sacrifice at all, it seemed like it was at first, but it is the greatest blessing and opportunity a person can ever be given. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world.  The members out here really support us, besides a pair of Sunday School teachers for 9 yr olds...they were not very nice to us on Sunday because we tried to sit in on the lesson, but we are so close to all of the kids, they tend to get roudy when we are in there, so the teachers just straight up rejected us...yikes. Oh well...can't please everybody. Anyways, I gotta go, I love you so much!!  Thank you for all that you do for me!!  Give everyone my best wishes. I love you! 

Have a great week, he who soweth will also reapeth. If you put in the work, rewards will come. I love you!

Elder Fischetti 

Brent L.!!!!!  The Atonement works!  Love this guy!!!!
 We had to drive down to Poci to deliver some stuff and pick up elders... we had lunch with a lot of other elders I know very well.  It was great to see Aiono, I haven't seen him for like 4 months!  I will always be grateful for his service, and what he has done for me in my mission, and my life.

THE ZONE!!! A few are missing however...
We've got Elders Lykens, Workman, Maddox, Santos, Todd, Solorzano, Rabe, Butler, Duffin, Woodside. Sisterssss.... Hays, Lemons, Creek and Chavez.  We went to Ijump last week for Pday. It's a trampoline place!  Lots of fun!

The Silversmith

Hey Mamasita!!!

Life is going great!

Elder Maddox and I are doing work! It has made me step it up and become so much better. I prayed for a growing experience and well you get what you ask for right? He is great, we will do awesome.  The mission has changed my life, I am truly converted, nothing else would have ever gotten me to this point. I am changed, I still have my personality, it's just my priorities have changed. Pain is my best friend, when things start hurting, that's when I start counting because that is when it really matters and changes you. It's like working out, I never started counting my reps until it started hurting. That is how this life works, hard times refine us to

I thought of a thought haha.  So a silver smith will put the silver in a hot oven for a certain amount of time. Too much time and it's ruined, too little time and it's not shiny enough. Heavenly Father puts us on missions not just for others, but for ourselves as well. I needed Idaho. We are put in the oven (our trials in life), and Heavenly Father, just like a silver smith, knows when to take us out - when he can see his reflection in us. When we truly follow Christ's example, that is when he will lift us up and bless us. I am growing every day. I love my mission so much. 

Thank you so much for the package! I loved it. Tell Michael I loved his letter and that I thank him fervently for it. Tell him that I love him. 

So our investigators are doing really well, they are progressing. We had to push Parker's baptism back because they went on vacation. But our investigators are truly becoming converted to the gospel. They love it so much, and are finding happiness, peace, and comfort in their lives through living the gospel standards, and reading scriptures daily. This is what makes life worth living. I love my mission so much! I am doing great, Don't worry about me. I don't get distracted, I just wish I could make people live the gospel and then experience the results. But they don't want to sometimes, then it's our choice of stay back and pull them up, or move on and fulfill your dreams. That is when we must consult with our Father in Heaven to help us out. He leads and guides my every step even if I don't think he is. I love my mission, I am so changed in a good way.  

I have noticed that youth are going in 2 different directions, either strong and living the gospel and have a desire to serve a mission, or floosies and not serving, not reading or converted. It is sad to see, but it has been that way in every single ward I've served in. It is either black or white at this point. I work super hard to help the youth, they are my replacement and I need them to be strong. 

I can't believe I am almost 20!! So nutso, there is no other place on the face of this earth I would rather be than here in Idaho serving the Lord. It is not a sacrifice, it is the greatest blessing and opportunity someone could ever have. People mistake it as a is not. When someone says no to a possible mission it just hurts, because they are missing out on the best opportunity in the world. 

I hope all is well back home, don't sweat the small stuff, just live life and make the best of each opportunity God gives us. I love you, have a great week! Give everyone back home my best wishes. There is nothing I could ask for for my birthday, you guys help me out so much and have done so much for me. 

I love you!!!

Elder Fischetti

-There is no try, only do.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Keys to Success

Dear Dad and Family:

Good to hear!!! On the path to success. A thought for you and the family. Happy always, content never. Elder Don R. Clark taught us that. Basically, a feeling of being content is the enemy of success. It is when we feel we have done enough or gotten what we wanted is when it all goes down hill. We can never do enough! If you are really wrapped around success, you will never stop growing, learning, and achieving. That guy is a genius! He spoke all about success and what not. He gave us a 3 hour speech and it was awesome. He got our entire mission's wheels spinning. 

So, our investigators are doing great!!!! They all came to the 3 hours of church yesterday!!!! WOOHOOOOO. So my goal as a zone leader is to have our weekly numbers be higher in the key indicators than both districts. We have done it 3 weeks in a row!!! It's legit, we set the goal and we work our hardest. Even after we achieved all of our daily goals and it's 8 at night, we still work our hardest to surpass our goals as much as possible. We are just obedient, and love to work. That's what happens when you mix those two. I am learning SO many life skills that will help me the rest of my life. Business skills, family skills, gospel knowledge, spiritual strength, self control, risk taking, time managment, goal setting and achieving, making hard decisions, energizing other people...and many many more. Intelligence by itself is never the way to success, it has to do with diligence. The constant act of persistence is the habit of success. 

We are like weeds, we keep comin' back no matter what you do! It's kinda like the Holy Ghost in testimony meeting...he never stops buggin' you to go and bear your testimony. We have received a ton of great compliments this week. It is finally working out, all of our hard work and pushing to the very edge is finally working out. I love it so much. We will hopefully as a zone baptize 16 this month...that has never been done in this mission...ever. I am so pumped. I call each companionship twice a week and take accountability for their goals, and people's progression. If they make the smallest step up in any aspect of the gospel, we praise the heck out of them. That is working really well for us. If we reach 16, President's jaw will hit the floor. He was pumped when someone hit 10! I can't wait. Olivia, Katelyn, Isaiah, and Jesse are progressing really well, they read the BOM every single night!! 

My advice for scripture reading is just read the BOM every night. Make it a goal to NEVER miss a day. Even if it's just one verse. The Book Of Mormon just changes people. Because of that book, I am who I am now. and i am becoming who I will be in the future. Read Preach My Gospel too! Don R. Clark said if we read Chapter 8 (accountability, time management, and goal setting), we will triple our income for the future. One of our other investigators, Brent, is doing excellent, he does all of his assignments that we leave him with!! He is a boss and just needs to get in the water! Then to the temple. We also found a new investigator, her name is Meghan and she is a tattoo artist!! The other Meghan we teach made us bracelets with our names on them haha. She is one of those punk style girls. Blue hair about 2 feet tall spiked to a Mohawk. She said we are her first real friends besides her husband. It's cool, people feel the love God has for them and they really get interested. 

Today, we are going golfing!!!! A few members of our zone are going, it's going to be fun. It's like 70 outside and sunny. The golf course is giving us a little discount. My headaches are still coming, they aren't as bad, but I still get them. It's annoying but I just forget about them. It's probably one of the adversary's ways of trying to stop us. There has been more temptation this week than any other time in my life. It's a good thing I've got my feet grounded and I am immovable. Everything from girls in inappropriate bathing suits alone at the door, to excuses to not go out and work. We still did it and stayed truthful. It's about being able to push the thoughts out and think about the end goal. We also knocked on a door of 3 RM's who are playing for the other team. It was really weird but it's a good thing we are swift with our words. It wound up being a good experience and no hurt feelings even though we talked with them about God's plan and not man's plan. It wasn't Adam and Steve for a reason. hehe 

Man, I love my mission!! It is the best thing ever! I am growing so much. All of the people we have baptized so far are hometeachers already and are very involved in the ward. It's important for them to get grounded ASAP! Can you believe I am out 10 months!!! Holy cow! Anyways, that was our week in a little paragraph for ya. I hope you guys have a great week and work your hardest. I love hard work, it just feels good. Have fun, work hard and enjoy life. I love you!

Elder Fischetti

"success consists of a series of little daily victories."

This is most of our zone on Pday! We went sledding at the dunes, haha

 We got to see Dakota Wilson aka BIG DAWG right before he left to the MTC - 
he came down to say goodbye!  WOOHOO!

 Pet ducks, haha - One has an afro!