First Day In Italy

Italy exists STOP My doubts and fears have been desolved STOP It is a land of wonder and excitement STOP I arrived without serious injury STOP I am finding out where I go tomorrow morning STOP Will Let you know where next week STOP My P-day is on wednesdays STOP Love you STOP



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Last P-Day of the MTC

Hmm where to start.... That is always my huge dilemma each week is that I just do not know what to write you about. As always, things are going really well for me, and am enjoying life. I guess its really hard for me to get down, but when I get down I go down hard:D so I will try to not let that happen. The language is always coming a little more for me each day, even though it never seems to feel like I am growing at all. I just have to trust my teachers and my district members I suppose.
 
Well, here are a list of cool things that have happened this last week:
 
1) I got my FLIGHT PLANS!!!!!!! Awww man, it scared me to death haha. On friday, they sent all the flightplans to our mailbox, and our district leader picked them up, and took them to the class room to distribute them. After handing out all of them, I still didnt have mine. They didnt come with the rest of my districts plans. On the inside, I think I might have been dying a little every nano second, but on the outside all I was was smiles and "They'll come, no big deal." Haha oh it was miserable lol. And then I headed down to Travel Services to find out what was going wrong, and it turns out that the P-file didnt download, so mine and Sorella Pearson's, who is a Sorella from another District, didnt get sent out. Needless to say, eventually all things worked out well and I have them in my hands now. I leave:
 
         Tuesday, July 27th, at 8:00 am. I have to wake up at 4:00 and be at the Travel Services by 5:00. I then fly from Salt Lake to Housten Texas, where I am laid over from 12:30 to about 4:10, so any phone calls I am going to make is going to be in that time. Then I fly to London, where I have another 4 hour layover, and from there I go to Rome, where I arrive about 4:00 in the afternoon on Wednesday the 28th.
 
2) In the gym there is a situp record of 1380 situps in a row, non stop, in fifty minutes. I broke that records, setting a record of 1401 situps in a row and it was one of the most intense physical things I have ever done in my life. Unfortunately, when I was at about 900, my legs started cramping up terribly, I had about 4 cramps in each calf and 2 in each quad. Because of that, I had to abbandon the good situp form I had to something that was pretty terrible because that was the only way I was able to keep going. I kept going though because I had made a goal that I would get 1400 situps or die. I kept going, and I was in terrible pain. Then, my world kinda shattered when I was at 1300 I learned that my record was not going to be valid since my situp form wasnt good anymore. I have hardly ever wanted to quit more in my life than when I learned that. It was going through my head that I should just quit since my effort wasnt worth anything anyways. I almost did. But then I thought, if there was one person that wanted me to quit when things didnt seem worth it, it was the Adversary, and that he wants me to learn to quit. It was then I decided that I would keep going if it was gonna kill me, even if it didnt count. And because of that, I now know that I can do that many, and I can say that the pain and struggle was extremely worth it.
 
3) My teacher, Sister Lewis, got married today. She is now Sorella Swensen.
 
4) My teacher, Fratello Auna, had his aunt make us candy lays since he is hawaian, and it was the coolest thing!
 
5) I had my last TRC visit yesterday. It was slighty depressing, but good at the same time.
 
This my new address in rome
 
Elder Jacob Allen Parry
Italy Rome Mission
CP 11/282 Montesacro
00141 Rome RM
ITALY
 
Thanks everyone! I love you all. Vi Voglio Bene



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Less than two weeks left till Italy!

BuonGuorno Tutti!
 
I am writing this letter in a really hot and stuffy office in some cramped part of the 3rd floor of my language building. It is hot, but I figure it is just getting me used to what all of Italy will be like! Things have been going really well for me here. I havent had the most interesting week ever, but I will tell you some of my favorites that happened.
 
But very first, I have some apologies that I want to say:D I have been gettting everyone's letters every week, so I am sorry for those of you that felt "put out" by my saying otherwise (haha that one is for you Dad;D ) I have always been afflicted with the condition of writing, typing, and saying things long before I think about what they actually mean. ( Lol and that lol is for you Gramps ;D ) I also apologise for bugging everyone about their home address' (this is for ammon) I just wanted to make sure I could send them a tie or something for their birthdays.
 
Now, onto my week.
 
1) I was playing soccer, and I was running around doing whatever it is I do ( most of the time I dont know what im doing on a soccer field) when I got pinged in the head by a bird! I felt something hit me in the side of the head, and it freaked me out cause I could hear flapping, and amidst my flailing arms I look over and see the most adorable little bird I have ever seen about a foot from my face. It definately made my day.
 
2) I have now had my first experience saying something inappropriate in Italian when I thought I was saying something totally else haha. I will spare you all the terrible details, but rest assurred it was by accident and totally hilarious. I still laugh about it haha. At least my teacher corrected me so know I really know how to say what I was trying to.
 
3) For the sunday night fireside, I was in the way back of the auditorium, when all of a sudden everyone started standing up. I knew someone important had to have walked in because that was the protocol for such things, but I couldnt tell who it was. Our speaker was Jenny Oaks Baker, who is a world famous, internationaly renowned, highly sought after violin player, and she is the daughter of Elder Dallin H. Oaks, so that was who walked in. She played the Violin for us, and it was the most beautiful violin music I have ever heard in my life.
 
4) My companion and I got to teach Matteo yesterday! He is a real, true blue Italian investigator from northern Italy! It was really interesting. He helped us with our italian, and responded back. His story is that he was baptised a year ago, but because of family problems he never got confirmed, but he talked to a mission president a couple days ago and found out that his actual baptism is still valid, he just needs to be confirmed. He wants to by the end of this month.
 
5) About my times I can call home, rumor is that we will be leaving the MTC on July 27th at 3:30 a.m. so I am not sure exactly when I will be able to call you, or if you want to stay up that late so I can call. When I get my flight plans I will know for sure what is going on and I will be sure to write my parents and let them know what the plan is.
 
Anyways, that is pretty much all the fun facts of the week. I am now totally converted to SYL, Speak Your Language, because since I have been doing it 100 % my language skills have grown amazingly. I love you all, and are all in my prayers!



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3 weeks left in the MTC!

Buon Giorno! I am still having an amazing time in the MTC (surprise surprise) and havent gotten depressed yet ( I doubt that will ever happen). I dont miss family too much either, so I supposed that is a good thing too ;D well.... let me rephrase that. I miss you all a total bunch! But I am not missing you at all.... if that makes sense lol.
So far, I think that this last week has been my fastest one so far in the MTC.  It really does seem that yesterday was P-day.
 
Well, Here are some things that you might find interesting:
 
1) I am now sleeping basically all the way through the night lol. I still wake up a bunch, but its not affecting me nearly as much as it used to!
 
2) This last week was my absolute worst for mail. I got 2 letters the whole week, and one of them was from a friend. So... Family, (except for brad and mariah) I am telling you that you are failing :D haha its actually not to bad lol. I find that letters is nice, but its totally not the end of the world when I dont get some.
 
3) My district gets to teach a real investigator from Italy! His name is Matteo, and he is really close to being baptised. I get to teach him next monday, so I just hope that the the Spirit tells me what to say to help him take care of the things he needs to.
 
I am sorry this email isnt much longer! My computer was being dumb so I ended up getting 10 minutes less than I usually do!
 
Io so che la questa chieza e la solo vera chieza nella terra. Io sono MOLTO grato per Gesu Cristo, e Io so che lui e il mio redentore e salvatore.



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