I have hunger. Io ho fame.

I am still doing really well. But, however, I have realised that I am extremely out of shape, and it is sadly depressing for me. Haha but hey, at least I get to eat a ton of food. Good food too lol. I am trying my best to learn how to cook italian food. Hey, I guess I need to start using the 30min excercise time in the mornings lol.
 
The Italy Rome Temple groundbreaking happened last saturday! Man, it was so exciting. No, I wasnt able to go, which I was really bummed out about, but who cares!? I dont! They filmed it, and then the next day for sunday they did a huge stake thing and showed it to everyone! You might be able to find it on the internet right now if you know where to look and whatnot. I am not really allowed to do a lot of web searching lol. It was way sweet. I have probably never felt the spirit more in my life. It is an incredibly beautiful temple. It instantly became my favorite temple (big surprise there) and it is gonna stay there lol. I will email a photo next week.
 
I have seen a ton of miracles this week. We have gotten home really late some nights, missed alot of busses, and been forced through many different ways to not follow alot of the rules because of situations being out of out hands. Sounds like miracles, right? Because of all that happens, we met alot of people, talked to alot of people, and have tripled the amout of people who want to meet with us. We started out this transfer with four investigators, and through mine and my companions efforts we have gotten it up to at least 11, if not more. But the thing is, we havent hardly done anything, it has all been the Lord doing his work. We have Tania, Alicia and Joel, Christopher, Alessandro, Jesus, Angela, Gaiyan,  Allesandro, Tonino, Bruno, Nunzia, and some other people that I cant remember their names. I have always been bad with names lol.
 
I had a really interesting experience last night. I got on a train with my companion, and this really REALLY hot soccer player italian girl came and sat down across from us. I wasnt gonna talk to her cause I knew I would flirt, you know me haha, but my companion starts talking to her instead, and I get drawn into the conversation haha. Did I say she was hot? We go to get off, and she hands my companion her phone and told him to put his name in it and she will go home and add him on face book. And then, this where the story gets good, she turns to me and in really slow, simple italian she told me to add her from his friends list. I just give off a greenie smell or something lol, and now I am tired of not being able to speak well, so I have now officially given up english outside of the house. There is just something about getting talked down too by a good looking girl that I just dont like haha. But hey, I dont care about girls right now, so dont worry about me. I have locked my heart haha, but Im not dead either lol.
 
This week was a sweet, sweet week. I realise that I am lucky I have been keeping a good journal, because I would never remember anything otherwise. Till next time,
 
Anziano Parry



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First week of Transfer 3

Well, this is my first P-day in my third transfer, and things are going extremely well. I now kinda know what it means to be a senior-ish companion, because I have had to show my new companion, Anziano Christensen the ropes of Ostia. I am really happy with my new companion so far. He is the man! He came from Eden, Utah, and is hilarious.  We get along great, and I dont really thing we will ever have anything to worry about. We have alot in common. He loves to read and ski, and we have read alot of the same books. He lived in Italy for a year before his mission, and he speaks great Italian. I am looking forward to learning how to speak better Italian from him. This is going to be a incredible transfer already.
 
So far, this transfer has been off to a good start. We havent really been getting that many appointments, just about 1 a day, which is really low..... but we are doing all we can to start getting some new investigators and people who want to listen to our message. We broke out the area book, and we called a bunch of people, so now we have alot of old investigators that want us to come by again, and we are trying to get referals from all the members. Work will start picking up soon, it has no choice to but to haha.
 
Well, the first time I was stood up for an appointment happened this week. It really was not that fun. It was with this girl named Deborah, and she said she wanted to meet us at this station nearby where she lived, but when we got there, she never showed up, and hung up on us when we called. Oh well, it was gonna happen to me eventually haha, I made a good run for the money. 2 transfers, thats a good streak I think.
 
We met this man named Jesus, and he absolutely loves Thomas S Monson. He had been taught in the past, and he really loved the idea of a profeta on the earth today. He is from Peru, so its Heysus, haha I thought it would be weird to see someone named Gesu here lol. He wants to meet with us more, so things are picking up. Our investigator Tania is starting to pick up too. We have been meeting her more, and hopefully things get going where she realises the gospel can make her happy since she is aways depressed.
 
This transfer is going to be one of miracles. My districts baptism goal for the month of November is 25. That number happens to be the exact same number as the Rome Italy missions goal, for the whole mission, so if we can pull this off, it would be incredible. The Lord is certainly gonna have to help us this transfer, and I know He will because he wants this to happen more than I do, and I want this alot. Think about it, 25 more souls brought to the Lord in one month by one district. That would be a miracle.
 
Anyways, thank you for everything! The support I get from you is such a blessing for me.
 
Anziano Parry



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The last little while

Hmm.... well, it has been along time since I have talked about my work. Things have just been so busy with my schedule lately that I have enought time to respond slightly to emails and then have to get off the computer.
 
Things have been going really well in Rome, especially here in Ostia. This lady, Rachele, an african lady from Gabon (or something like that) is an investigator of the church that has been an investigating on and off for four years or so. She had been one of those eternal investigators that every missionary goes and sees, but never get anywhere with her so they end up dropping her. Well, we decided to try her again, and now because we didnt drop her when she wasnt progressing, she was baptised two weeks ago. My companion baptised her, and I confirmed her. Man, that was one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life is confirming someone. I had never blessed someone or confirmed them in Italian before, and now in one shot I got to do both. I was nervous, so the day before I decided to fast up until the baptism next day, because I needed help. And I recieved that help. I dont remember anything I said, but afterwards everyone told me it was perfect Italian. I look back now, and I was carried through it. My testimony of Fasting grew seven sizes that day.
 
There is this kid, named Allesandro, that is about my age. I think he is 20 or so. He speaks english very well, far better than I speak Italian, and we have been teaching him. He is very intelligent, so he just enjoys talking to us for the chance to have a fun philosophical and spiritual discussion even though he isnt spiritual himself. He is a way cool kid lol, but we just cant seem to get through to him. But hey, at least he is reading the Book of Mormon, so its gonna happen eventually.
 
We have this investigator named Christopher, who is a way cool Nigerian. He had bad eyesight, so we went to the office and printed off a giant Book of Mormon for him that took a good four hours, and when we gave it to him, he looked at it and realised its value. It meant alot to him, and then we went to go chill with him at his hangout with all his friends, and they all called him a "changed man of God" and then he was all talking about how they will all come with him to church someday. Man, the guy is gonna be baptised. He has a baptism date, we just had to push it back because he didnt real ready because he wasnt reading, but now thats all fixed, so its all good.
 
So Transfer calls came and went, and the verdict is I am staying in Ostia! Man, I was happy for that. We have alot of sweet work going on, and it will continue to go on. I do get a new companion though. His name is Anziano Christiansen, and I have actually met him a couple of times. He is way cool, and I am really excited to serve with him. This transfer was short, only 5 weeks, because President Kelly is really busy next week, so he just made this next transfer 7 weeks to make up for it. It will be sweet. Things are on fire right now, and they are gonna stay on fire. In fact, I am gonna throw some secret jake gas on it and it is just gonna explode! Its not ready for me haha!



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