New Years Resolutions

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
We are about to start the year 2012, which just happens to be the year in which the ancient Mayans and modern cinema have predicted that the world will come to a catystraphic and destructive end. I'm excited:D
 
So this last week has been rather eventful. I almost dont know where to start. I guess I will say that it was really nice talking to the family on Christmas Eve, and that time flew by while doing so. I could have easily talked for a while more, but hey, time is money in the mission. I feel really bad that I didnt get to make the call to Brasil to the family that I have there, but I want them all to know that I love them, and that I will just have to talk to them next time, and to not feel bad about missing the call. I can personally only remember one time when Ammon called home from his mission, and it was when I poured out my soul to him telling him that I had gotten into all of his stuff while he was gone, and how bad I felt about it haha. (Hint Hint, I hope all my stuff is still all there and intact when I get home haha). So I realise that it isnt that big of a deal, just as long as you get to talk at least once to the missionary in the mission field.
 
I was studying this morning, and I found some verses in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 that I really enjoyed. It made me really think about experiences I am having right now, and how I should keep an eternal perspective. Enjoy:)
 
Christmas Eve was a really enjoyable day. We had gotten everything approved for an almost zone wide christmas party where alot of people went to Siracusa. We woke up saturday morning, got dressed, and hit the road for a 2 hour drive. When we arrived, we got together with all the other missionaries and we played soccer! Oh it was soo much fun. It had been too long since I had played. And then we all got together and had a great Christmas dinner with Turkey, Potatoes, Corn, Stuffing, etc... It was a great day. Then we left Siracusa and drove back to Messina, which is when I called home.
 
Christmas turned out to be a really good day too. We went to church, but there was only sacrament meeting today, so we got to go back to Maria Pia's house for lunch. She made 2 different types of Lasagna, meat, cheese, everything. It was all way good. And then the other companionship called home, so we ended up waiting for them. We played some italian card games with the family there, and had a good ol' time. After that, we left and we spent some with with a man named Giaimo, who is and old man who has spent the last 20 christmas' alone, so we took him a Pandoro and a Coca Cola, and we had little party together. And then we went to visit a man named Alberto, who also has spent the last 15 years alone on christmas, so we ended up doing the same thing with him. I actually enjoyed christmas alot spending it this way.
 
Monday turned out to the missionary holday for us since christmas itself was on a sunday. So we woke up, picked up the anziani from Reggio, and then we went back to the house where we watched Cars 2 (in Italian because we couldnt get english to work, which was hilarious) and then we watched La Vita è Bella (Life is Beautiful) which made me laugh harder than Cars 2 did. It is absolutely hilarious in Italian. And then we played Risk with everyone there. It was a fun day.
 
Things are going very well here. I have recently had scare about attending college when I get home, and I am still working my way through that crisis haha. Other than that, all I can say is that life is good.
 
Vi voglio tantissimo bene,
Anziano Parry
 
P.S. I know you cant see it very well, but the photo is of me on this last Preparation day that I spent with Giamo. He took us to a restaurant, and he ordered us Spaghetti alle Cozze, and it was INCREDIBLE. Easily one of my favorite foods. I need to learn how to make it.



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Remember, Dont Be Late!

Buon Giorno a Tutti! Come state? Bene? Bene bene bene!
 
Well, It is that time of week again. Is everyone excited for this Saturday? I know I am. Remember, 10:00 am Utah Time. That would be 3:00 pm Brasil Time. I am going to be calling at 6:00 pm Italia Time.  Remember, and dont be late!
 
 We had another baptism on Saturday!!!! Yeah!! It was incredible! Mamma mia, it was a good baptism. His name is Giuseppe Golino, and he is way BRAVO. His story was that he dated and married a member girl a few years ago, and finally he got a testimony and realised that he had a testimony. He was challenged by the bishop to pray about it, and then one thing led to another and he decided to be baptised.  It was all his wife and a few missionaries in the past that did all the work. He had invited his entire family to the baptism, and they all came. There werent enough seats for everyone. His wife is now the happiest lady in Italia right now, I guarentee it. I attached a photo of him and his wife the night of the baptism. He was confirmed the next day in church. It was great.
 
The miracle that the others had was that on Sunday a man named Andrea walked into church and asked to be baptised. No one had ever seen him before, but it turns out he had learned alot of things from a less active member friend. They did a lesson zero with him, and set a baptismal date with him. It is miracles like that that makes all the hard work worth it. I dont know how the all the details of the lesson, or I would would give more, but it was incredible. It is a great miracle, even though it didnt happen to me.
 
The packages have slowly been trickling in! I got one a few days ago from Dad, and then I got one yesterday from the Neola 2nd ward. I just want to say thanks a ton for that, and I will say thanks again when we talk on Saturday. But make sure you say thank you to the Bishop and his family, and the ward for me since I wont be able to say high to them for at least another 6 months.
 
We had a lesson ieri night that was really cool. We have an investigator right now named Giuseppe Nunnari, and he is too BRAVO! He told us last night that he is already in 2 Nefi in the Book of Mormon. 2 NEFI?!?! It was incredible. He asks intelligent questions, and doesnt talk too much like most Italians. He is just cool. Because it is Christmas, we had decided to watch Joy to the World (movie by the church) with him, and it went really well. He enjoyed it. About half way in, his older-than-dirt aunt came in and watched the movie with us. She ended up talking alot at the end of the lesson (she is one of those normal italians) so we cut her off by giving her a Book of Mormon, and inviting them to come to church. Giuseppe said he would come, and that he would bring the Aunt too! How cool is that? He is going to come on Christmas! I have way high hopes for him.
 
I am going to be going to Catania tonight because there is a man there named Kumar who needs to be interviewed for baptism, and I get the privilege of doing it. I am really excited. I love interviewing people for baptism. It is a really great experience for me.
 
Anyways, I am going to see you guys soon, so I am not gonna write anymore!
Ci vediamo presto
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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P.S.

P.S.
 
The picture of the black pasta is a wonderful italian delicacy: Squid Ink Pasta.
 
Buona.



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12 Days of Christmas, anyone?

Well Well Well, here we are again. Another week, another email.
 
As I was writing this email, I realised that I was sending this email literally across the world. There is family in Brasil, Canada (maybe not yet, but soon to be), Utah, California. So I just wanted to say "Hi from Italia!"
 
As you may see from the photo, WE HAD A BAPTISM!! Yeah! It went way good, mamma mia. The spirit, the members, the talks, the ordinance, everything. It went incredibly well. It was definately a day to remember. His name is Mario Garofalo, and he had asked me to perform the baptism. He is going to be confirmed this Sunday by my companion. But the cool thing is that he isnt going to be the only one being confirmed! There is another. His name is Giuseppe Golino, and he is going to be baptised this Saturday. The special thing about him is that he is going to be the easiest baptism this ward has ever seen haha. The missionaries havent had to practically anything for him. It was all his family and his own work that helped him along. He is also going to be confirmed this Sunday. It is going to be quite the day.
 
We have been seeing a bunch of miracles here in Messina, as I am sure that you can tell. We are having baptisms, from both companionships here, and are finding new investigators by both companionships, and are teaching a ton of people by both companionships. We have had this challenge by our mission president to find new investigators. 6 in  4 weeks to be precise. For a long time, we were lagging behind quite a bit. Up until the 3rd week, we only had found 1 new investigators. Then, in the last week, we found 4 new ones! And then, we were looking at the rest of the week, and we should be able to get at least 3 more this week. The challenge ends this Sunday, and we are planning to finish it with a huge BANG.
 
I suppose that you want to know about transfers? It should be pretty easy to figure out. I am staying in Messina! And I am staying with Anziano Nelson! Whoo Whoo! I am way excited to be staying here in Messina. The work is going extremely well here right now. I stayed Zone Leader, but I got a new companion ZL. His name is Anziano Botalla, and he is a cool kid. I actually live with him right now, which is actually going to make things alot easier now.
 
And for the famous Christmas time skype call home, we still havent been able to organise everything, but we do know that it is going to be either on the 25th or on the 26th probably in the morning (your time in Utah). We have to find out where, how, and when we can do it still. I will let you know 100% next week. (I kinda have to, its the last time before the calls :D)
 
Anyways, thanks so much you guys! I cant wait to talk to you next week.
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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La Settimana Più Pazza Mai. Punto.

Oh my GOSH!!! THIS WEEK has been blowing my MIND!!! Seriously, you have NO idea!
 
 Well... Maybe I shouldn't be THAT dramatic, but for real though, this week has been pretty incredible so far with an incredible miracle.
 
So last Wednesday, after I had done email, we went and we visited a Sanctuary called Tindari. It is a tiny little mountaintop city in the middle of nowhere, and it was way cool. It was actually one of my favorite churches that I have seen so far here in Italia. So I included a picture of it this week.  After that, we went home, and then we bounced to a lesson with one of our new investigators, Giuseppe. He has been doing really well, and has been doing what we have been telling him to do! That is the coolest part! I have really high hopes for him.
 
On Friday night, we played soccer with our inglish course students. It was a ton of fun. We figured because we are in Italia, almost everyone loves good ol' Calcio, quindi we set up a game to try and maybe get some contacts and investigators out of it. It was a blast, and it kinda worked. On Tuesday during english course, we had asked some of the students what the best part of their week was, and one of them had said it was getting to spend more time with us and playing soccer. It was tight.
 
We had a sweet Miracle on Sunday and Monday. Here in Messina there is a family called the Golino family. The wife is a very strong member, but the husband isnt. His name is Giuseppe Golino, and he comes to church occasionally though with his wife. We had been trying to get an appointment with him to teach him, but he was always working. Anyways, on Sunday, he meets with the bishop here in Messina saying that he had finally recieved his answer and that he wanted to be baptised. Right after that, I was able to get an appointment with him for Monday. We went to his house, and met with him, and he already has everything completely planned out. He knows who is going to baptise him, who will do the confermation, everything!  He was an investigator before, so he has already been taught everything, so the only thing we need to do is follow up and get him an interview. But it has been incredible. Talk about prepared people, he is golden. He will be baptised on the 17 Dicembre.
 
We have a baptism this weekend! Mario Garofalo is getting baptised! Yeah! He is such a stud. He passed is interview with flying colors, and now we are getting ready for everthing. I am way excited for it. It will be on Sunday, so make sure to pray that everything is going to go well!
 
Yesterday was Zone conference. It was a blast, seriously. President and Sorella Kelly had been working really hard to make this Zone Conference really special because it is so close to christmas. And let me tell ya, they did a really good job at it. I had to give a training, which I feel went okay, but it had been cut short because everyone was running short on time. Santa Claus had made an appearance, which was really Pres. Kelly, and they gave us gifts for Christmas. It was sweet.
 
Today for P-day, I climbed an active Volcano. That's right, you heard me. An ACTIVE volcano. How cool is that?! It was nasty cold too, but it was alot of fun. The volcano is called Mount ETNA, and is the biggest one in europe. It was sweet. The wind was blowing so hard, and I almost got blown off the mountain once but another Anziano was able to save me in time (see picture). It was definately a summer activity that we did in the dead of winter haha. Shows how intelligent we are haha. And then after that, we went and played some football in Catania because I had to pick up my cellphone that had been left there, and then we came home, and ecco me now writing to you. It was definately one of my best Preparation Days ever.
 
So it is that time of the Transfer again! This Saturday is Transfer Calls! I really have no idea what is going to happen. I would like to stay in Messina, but I dont know. So next week I will be able to give you the scoop on everything, what happened with transfers, and most importantly, INFORMATION FOR SKYPING. Hopefully by next week I will be able to get you times and everything, so I am really excited to be able to talk with everyone this Christmas.
 
Comunque, Vi Voglio tantissimo bene!
Ciao!
Anziano Parry
 



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118 days of being an illegal Alien

Hey everybody, guess what!!! I am finally legal again haha! I dont think I ever told you, but I was in quite some serious trouble for a little while. 118 days to be precise. I guess now would be the time to get the story off my chest.
Remember when I went to Napoli a couple of weeks ago? I went to recieve my Permesso di Soggiorno, which is my permesso to stay in the country. When I pulled it out, it had been expired since August. Another that had been expired since August was my visa to be in Italia. Which leaves me with a very LARGE gap of time when I technically wasnt supposed to be here haha. But with a little help from my friends here in Italia, and a lot of help from the Lord, we got things all sorted out and now I am legal again. I now offically own the title of "Missionary with the Most Permesso Problems". Haha I decided that it is only a thing that would really happen to me.
 
For Thanksgiving, we really didnt do much. Italians dont know how to enjoy the better the holidays in life. They dont have Thanksgiving, which surprises me. I thought they would have jumped on any holiday that gave them another reason to get the family together and make and eat food. So instead, I ended up making a really good Pasta for Thanksgiving as a celebration because Turkey is actually kinda expensive here. And we had a feast. Even the Italian in the appartment told me that it was incredible, which says something.
 
Mario is doing really well. We had to move his baptism back one week just to make sure on everything for him, and to make sure he is ready. He is Bravo, and is really excited to be baptised. I cant wait to see it. We saw him riding his bike the other day while we were driving, so we got close and said hi. He grabbed onto the open window just long enough to invite us to eat dinner with him tonight, and then he said ciao. It was awesome haha.
 
Simone is doing really well too. He is about as ready for baptism as a 9 year old can be. He has been coming to church for awhile, and knows alot. He is really sharp.
 
Anways, things are doing really well here. I hope the same for things back home! Sorry it is a little short this week, not much has happened since last friday. I will write more next time!
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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The French are proud of that?!

Buon Giorno a Tutti!
 
Well, I have had another CRAZY week since last time I emailed! I know, I know, I seem to always be having crazy weeks lately, but its not really my fault! I guess I will just start of by saying that I got to spend a couple days in the place where Paul the Apostle rested for a couple days in Sicilia. I was in Siracusa for as long as Paul was, 3 days. I left Messina last Sunday night, and then I came back Wednesday night. Why I was there you might ask? Well, one of the missionaries in Siracusa had to be admitted into the hospital on Monday morning because he was going to get surgury. So I had to opportunity to go and spend time with both him in the hospital and with his companion to make sure that they could get some work done this week. It was a fun visit. We did some finding work, visited some people, and spent alot of time in the hospital. It was a really cool experience for me. I was able to talk to some people about the Gospel while I was taking my turn in the hospital, so we shall see what comes of it.
 
I have a cool experience about enduring to the end for you. Last Saturday night, we were doing some house in an area before an appointment. It was dark, and no one was wanting to open the door to talk to us, or we would just get the door slammed in our face. Towards the end, we were both a little tired, and we had debated leaving and getting ready for our appointment. We decided to do one more appartment building. We get in, climbed all the way to the top of the 5 story building, and starting knocking all the doors on the way down. It wasnt untill the very last door that we knocked that something happened. A man named Giuseppe answered the door, and we asked him if we could have 5 minutes of his time. He said sure, and let us right in. We talked to him a little about our message, and asked if we could come back another time. He said sure again! So we got his information, and we went on our way after about 8 minutes. It was just a good testimony for me about how the Lord rewards you. You have to put in the hours before you will ever get the paycheck.
 
My mission president decided to issue a challenge for everyone during this transfer. The holidays are coming up, and he noticed that missionary work seems to slow down during the holidays and he correlated that with finding new investigators. So he challenged us to find 6 new investigators in 4 weeks so that we could have a some during the holidays. I loved the idea because I remember last christmas everyone was just telling us to wait untill after the Befana (which is the Good Witch that brings people toys. She is probably more celebrated than Santa Claus here. Her day is 6 January.)  So now the whole mission is striving for this goal, and we are already seeing alot of success with it. I believe it is because everyone is praying for more new investigators alot more, thus allowing God to show us what he's got.
 
It must be a Europe thing, but people love snails here. At first, I thought it was just the French, but the Italians love them too. In fact, they love snails so much that when I mentioned to a member in Siracusa that I had never eaten them before, they went home that night, fried some up, and then brought them to our house. So of course I had to eat them, I couldnt let all of that effort go to waste haha. Where they good? Well, lets just say that being in Italia, I have eated A LOT of better things than snails. I cant believe the french are proud of being snail suckers haha.
 
Anyways, for the photos.
One is of me outside the Duomo at Siracusa. It was one of the first christian churches to be built after Antioch.
The other one is of me inside the Santuary for the Madonna of Tears in Siracusa. It is pretty trippy.
The last one is of me having fun with a snail. Go figure.
 
Grazie mille per tutto!
Vi Voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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Salve

Buona Sera a Tutti!
 
Whew! This last week has been crazy! Mamma Mia.... It has been absolutely mind blowing. Yes, I suppose mind-blowing would be the better phrase for it, according to me. I have been well. I had fought a slight cold for a few days this last week, but I won the fight with a resounding knockout on this. I swear, vitamins really do seem to do the trick haha. The cold season is here, finally, and the weather has really decided to make the season change noticable. It seems to have been raining here almost every day now, and if it hasnt rained, it has threatened. And if it hasnt threatened, it has just been chilly. We have to wear our suit coats full time now whenever we are outside of the house, but even then some days it would be comfortable to go without them. I guess this is a Siciliano winter for you. Lucky me:D I get rain, and everyone else gets snow. Sorry Dad :D
 
A HUGE miracle happened to us since last time. My companion and I were talking about how we can better the work here, and all of a sudden, we get a phone call. I answer the phone, and a man named Mario (thats right, Mario. As in Mario and Luigi haha) starts talking to me. Mario is the son of a new convert, and we had had dinner with their family a few days before.  Anways, it turns out that Mario is an ex-investigator, and he decided that he is going through a really difficult time right now, and wants to change his life. So we set up an appointment, and we went to pay him a visit. It went really well, and we set up a return appointment. We had, for some reason, decided to talk to him this time about the Armor of God. So we start teaching him about it, and how in our lives we really need to put on this armor if we are ever going to survive the battle we are fighting. During the entire lesson he was very thoughtful. Towards the end, I had just decided to make the comment that being baptised and getting the Holy Ghost was going to be the best armor he could get, but I didnt invite him to be baptised. He just kinda sat there though, and mulled over what I had said, and then he asks "so what, do you want to set a date or something?" and then he started talking about how he had just read about the joy that comes from being baptised and wanted it. So we set a baptismal date for 4 Dicembre.  He has been coming to church and everything. He wants it really bad. I saw it in his eyes.
 
This last Monday, I got to go to Catania for the night, where I met up with my fellow Zone Leader, Anziano Avesani. We spent the night there with the ZL's from Palermo, and then the next morning we flew up to Roma for Zone Leader Council. It was a ton of fun, especially because I got to see alot of people in my same group. I cant really tell you much, because things are TOP SECRET and I would have to kill you if I told you, but I will just say that things are crazy cool and interesting here in the next couple of weeks. I am going to be pretty busy I feel like. But hey, it seems like I'm always busy these days haha. I just barely got back to Messina this afternoon. I guess I could just say that going to Roma is a pretty good P-day, so I cant really complain about not having one.
 
This last week, we found a sweet new family to teach. So far, it is just a Mom and a daughter, but they want us to start teaching the husband and Dad too. And then, tomorrow, we get to start teaching a little kid named Simone. He is 9 years old, and his mom is a member, and because he is nine he falls under the "jurisdicition" of the missionaries. We are going to have some good work soon.
 
Va bene! Grazie mille veramente per tutto che fate per me! Le vostre preghiere, digiuni, e pensieri sono le cose che me aiutano di andare avanti ogni giorno. Sento l'aiuto che Dio mi da, e ancora prego per voi spesso anche!
Vi voglio tantissimo bene!
Anziano Parry



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Expect a Miracle

Well Well Well.....Aspettati un Miracolo.
 
This last week has been absolutely full of miracles for me. And I am sorry, but I may not get to tell you all about them because the weather here in Messina is very bad right now and the power might cut out again. Lets pray for a miracle haha.
 
So since last week, I got my new companion, Anziano Nelson, who comes from Spanish Fork. He is a way cool kid, and is very enthuesiastic for the work. We get along pretty well. We have also had some crazy days too. So you remember how we recently dropped a bunch of investigators? Yeah, me too. Anyways, Anziano Nelson and I were debating about how we can fix the "famine" that we are heading towards if we keep baptising all of our investigators, and we talked about how we can find more investigators. Then, about 20 minutes later, and EX investigator named Mario gave us a call wanting to start meeting with us again because he wants to change his life. Sweet. That's a miracle. And then he came to church on sunday. So thats another miracle.
 
Then on Sunday, Anziano Nelson and I made a roadtrip from Messina up to good ol' Battipaglia for my Permesso di Soggiorno. It took a good 5 hours traveling. It was so strange being in my first city again. But it literally seemed like everything went perfectly smooth for the viaggio. That's a miracle. And then, the next day, I went to Salerno to get things figured out for my Permesso. They ended up giving it to me with absolutely no problems. And it happened way fast. That's a miracle. Because we finished rather quickly, we decided to catch a train to Napoli to get a pizza and do some shopping. Every single time we needed a train, there was one about 10 minutes after we got the train station so we didnt have to wait at all. That's a miracle. The best miracle for that was the night we were in Napoli. We got a phone call from the Assistents saying that there was going to be a Gas Strike in Italy for the next 3 days, so we needed to go back to Battipaglia right then to buy gas to make it back to Messina. We caught the perfect train that got us back in plenty to time to get everything taken care of. That's a miracle.
 
Then, the next morning, we got everything loaded back up into the car, and we started our trip back to Messina. It took another good 5 hours going back. And, when we made it to the very end of Italia, we were able to get right onto the boat that took us across to Sicilia, no waiting. That's a miracle. And then we finally made it back home at about 4:30 pm yesterday. I started scheduling apointments right away trying to get something for yesterday before our English Course. We managed to get appointments with Enrico and Mario, and things went very well. And then we taught english course. And then I went home, and ordered a pizza. I was exhausted, and it was a well earned pizza haha. I travelled 900 Km in a good 2 days, and I am so glad today was P'day because I feel it is much deserved and needed haha.
 
Anyways, things have been going very well for me, and I will write you next week!
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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Questo è Halloween

Halloween + Italia =  Almost lameness haha.
 
It turns out the all-famous holiday that consists of dressing up as various demons, witches, devils, zombies, etc. etc. does not really exist in Italia. People here just tend to use it as an excuse to go out with friends and drink haha. Occasionally you see someone with some kind of holiday spirit, but it really wasnt anything that special. Lame! So, Anziano Botalla and I decided to take the holiday in our own hands, and had a little fun of our own. I ended up losing my head by the end of the night, but I guess I cant complain. A pumpkin is only pumpkin.
 
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I went to a professional soccer game on saturday!!!! HAHAHA YESSSS!!! That was another way I celebrated the holidays, kinda. It was a BLAST! And even better,  my favorite italian soccer team was playing, NAPOLI! The game was CATANIA vs. NAPOLI, 29 Ottobre. It was a blast. I ended up working last Pday so that I could go to the game. It was incredible. The fans cheering, players playing, adrenaline pumping..... it was like a slice a heaven haha. As I watched the Pro players, I realised that even in my prime I would never have gotten close to being even considered to play as a Keeper for a professional team haha. I guess it is time to say CIAO to that particular dream haha.  I had to wear a hoodie over my Napoli jersey that I was wearing because all the other missionaries were scared I would get attacked by Catania's fans haha. I didnt believe them, but I wore the hoodie anyways. But I was thinking, if you guys want to try and see if it works, you could go on the Internet, search for the game, and then watch really carefully if it shows the Southern Curve right behind the Goal box. You might be able to see me. I am wearing a Green hoodie. Napoli scored in the first minute of the game right in front of me, so there is a really good chance you could see me I think haha. Try it!
 
Oh, I suppose that you might want to know what happened with Transfers. I had managed to guess exactly what was happening to all the other missionaries in my district and zone, so I had a really good transfer prediction haha. I am................staying in MESSINA!! Yeah! Messina is way tight! I am way excited to be able to stay. But my companion, Anziano Davis, is getting shipped off to Palermo! He will be able to do exchanges in Trapani! I am way excited for him. My new companion is Anziano Nelson (a different Anziano Nelson than the one I had forever ago haha) and I hear he is a pretty cool kid.
 
Yesterday, I did one of the stupidest things in my life. I challanged my new convert, Kushan, who is Sri Lankan, that I could eat something just as spicy as he could. So, you know what he did? He grabbed a TINY little green pepper, and popped it into his mouth. And about 10 seconds later, his face turned red and his eyes started watering. That isnt a good sign if a Sri Lankan cries from spicyness. But I was stuck. So I did the exact same thing. And about 5 seconds later, my face turned red and i literally started to cry haha. Tears were running down my cheeks. And then, all the other missionaries had to do the exact same thing haha. So I am proud to say that I paved the way for a sweet new tradition for the missionaries and this awesome family haha. Kushan's wife, Namalie, just sat there and told me the whole time that she told me not to do it haha. It was worth it.
 
As far as the work goes, it goes well. This last week, we had been looking at our big list of investigators, and we realised that most of them werent progressing, and even couldnt meet us often. So what we did was a gigantic drop for alot of investigators this week haha. And then guess what happened. The majority of the investigators that we had decided to keep decided to give us the boot instead haha. It was kinda like revenge if you look at it in the broad sense of Missionaries vs. Investigators. So now we are going through a slight drought right now of investigators, but that just means that we are gonna work for the "living water" that the Lord is going to give us. It might take a little time, but we will see success. It is like a math equation. And it is like getting paid. Put in the hours, and eventually you will get the paycheck. That is just what I am working for now is the paycheck. We have plenty of new converts to keep us busy teaching, which is good, but not good enough. I need investigators! So, if anyone in America just happens to know someone who lives in MESSINA, ITALIA that they want to give me as a referal so I can go preach the good word to them, just let me know haha.
 
I am going up to Napoli again soon, maybe tonight. "Permission to stay in the Country" problems haha. I'll probably never be rid of them haha.
 
Comunque, grazie mille per tutto ciò che fate!
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry
 



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Anziano Parry's Adventures in Italia


Somethimes I think that someone should write a book about my life in Italia. It would kinda be like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Instead of a caterpiller that smokes a hooka, we would have my dressing room completely filled with incense smoke because the other missionaries played a prank on us haha. Instead of eating magic mushrooms (which sounds pretty sketchy to me) that make you grow bigger or smaller, we would write about eating a Pasta that I made that had 6 large onions in the sauce and a bunch of meatballs too that definately made your stomach bigger. And instead of following one white rabbit around, I got to instead follow around two black people named Samuel and Rose instead because I was able to interview them for baptism! I think my story probably wouldnt be as crazy, but hey, I wouldnt mind. It would be about me haha.
 
So also.... bum bum bum.... it is that time of the Transfer again! Transfer Calls are this Saturday! Crazy huh? My district did transfer predictions to see where we think everyone will go. Everyone is going Crazy here haha. Everyone wants to stay, but I am pretty much the only one with almost 100% chance of staying haha. Everyone predicted that I was going to stay in Messina, except for Anziano Kearl. He said that I was instead going to a tiny city called Mistretta where there are only Sorelle right now and I was going to to JW splits there with the sisters haha. He is a funny kid. So we will have to see what happens on Saturday.
 
I feel like I travel alot. I have gone to Catania it seems like at least once a week this transfer. It is crazy. And check this out. One time, I had run the car completely low on gas, so when I gased up, I spent 75 EURO on 45 litre of gas.  When I thought about it, I realised that 45 litre is almost 12 gallons of gas. And then I did some more thinking, and some more math, and you know what I figured out? I spent $102 USD on 12 gallons of gas. That equals out to $8.5 USD per gallon of gas. Crazy, huh? So count your many blessings about only having to spend 3 dollars on gas.
 
Saturday was a crazy day. That morning, I was able to interview a lady named Eloisa to be baptised. And she passed with flying colors. It was a very spiritual interview. I had felt the spirit very strongly. But then, right after than, Anziano Sloan and I got into the car and drove to Catania where I was able to do two more interviews for Samuel and Rose. Here was a little miracle. I was interviewing Samuel, and it had started to rain slightly, and the sky was very threatening, but it didnt do anything really until after the interview ended. Literally 3 seconds after we said AMEN, the rain fell. And it fell hard. I was just amazed that God kept the rain from falling just long enough to finish the interview.  And then, we came back to Messina that night in time to have a lesson with Kushan and Namalie. We watched Finding Faith in Christ with them, and when it came to the part where Christ was being crucified, Namalie asked me why they killed him. I gave her some answer that satisfied her, I dont remember what, but I continued to think on the question. I knew all the answers, the scriptures,  the more I realised that I dont really know why they thought that they had to kill him. I dont really know what drove them to kill a man that did nothing but miracles. But I do know that they had to. If they hadnt killed him, someone else would have.  It was a really deep question Namalie gave to me, more deep for me than it was for her I think.
 
Anways, I am doing pretty good here.
Till next time :D
Anziano Parry



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Following The Steps of Paul

 Things are flowing way smooth in the high and mighty city of Messina! In fact, in the Catania zone things are going excellently. A couple, named Kushan and Namalie, were baptised here in Messina on satuday, and then they were confirmed on Sunday in church. The baptisms went very well. Kushan and Namalie showed up early, they had everything they needed, and they didnt drown like they joked around that they would, even though Anziano Davis forgot to tell Namalie to plug her nose when she went under the water haha. They were budhists, so I am way excited to continue following up with them to teach them all about christianity. Now we only have one other investigator with a baptismal date. His name is Enrico, and is doing very well, but for some reason he keeps having us move his baptism back week after week. We need to figure out what it is that is bothering him.
 
 
So far this week of Scambies. On last thursday, We had a scambio and I got to go with Anziano Sloan. He is a syrup sucker from Alberta, Canada. It was alot of fun with him. We taught a lesson to a lady named Adele who is really confused in life, and is searching for something. It was cool.  Sunday night, after the Baptisms, Anziano Davis and I went to Catania to do Scambies. I was with Anziano Hill, and Anziano Davis went with Anziano Anderson. There, I got to teach a man named Massimo who is really REALLY really depressed, but we were able to cheer him up a little. Catania would be a really pretty city to live in. It has Mt. Etna (an active Volcano) right close by. It makes me want to climb to the top and throw a ring into it by. That scambio lasted untill monday night, and then that night we drove to Siracusa, which is one of the ancient places where Paul was. We started another Scambio with the Anziani there, and I went with Anziano Migliori and Anz. Davis went with Anz. Avesani. I was able to visit a man here named Antonino, who was really sick. It ended being a mental sickness and so every 2 minutes he would go from being happy to being really man, swearing at me, and flipping me off haha. It was really sad but hilarious at the same time. It was a really fun Scambio also, and then we closed up shop there and came back to Messina last night.
 
Sorry I am not writing more this week, I gotta go. I will have more to write for you next week, I promise!
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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Re: Scrappin' The Bottom of the Barrel

Le due sorelle, Porca e Miseria?  Holy Santa Maria Virgine dello Bimbo Gesu!  Spero che inventassi quei nomi! lol
Anche noi ti vogliamo bene. 

Ciao!
Zio Stuart

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On Oct 12, 2011, at 3:51 AM, Jacob Allen Parry <jacob.parry@myldsmail.net> wrote:

Allora.... Dove di cominciare.....
 
Well, I guess it is long time, no see diciamo! Man, it feels like FOREVER since the last time I emailed.... I swear, it has to have been like 4 or 5 days ago. Oh wait, it was! This week has gone way slow since that point, so no worries. I will try my best to write a novel ( I always have wanted to write a book, but I have no idea what I would write it about!).
 
 This week has been a little crazy again haha. On Saturday night, Enrico (he had a baptismal date for the 15 Ottobre, but it is for the 22nd now), knocked on our door saying that he needed to push his baptism back one more week because he still wasnt ready to be baptised (he would have been baptised on this Saturday). He is our next door neighbor. He has just been having alot of family problems lately, especially with his kids who are new converts. So, in order to fix that, Monday night we all went over to their house and we had a FHE together. We did this activity where someone gets in a chair, and then everyone else takes a turn saying one thing that they like about that person. We couldnt get the kids to participate, but Enrico and his wife did. And it turned into a very good night. I feel it was incredible for Enrico and his wife, especially because they said they loved each other for the first time in who knows how long. It was a good night. Holy Santa Maria It had a really good spirit to it! I was kinda annoyed at the kids Porca Miseria, but with the mood that they were in (they are two 13 year old twins) it was probably a good thing that they didnt come into the "lesson" anyways.
 
The other people that are about to be baptised are Namalie and Kushan, and they will be baptised this weekend! They are incredible, Mamma Mia. They accept everything so well. We taught them about the Parola di Saggezza, and they felt guilty afterwards for drinking coffee and whatnot. We bought them ORZO instead, which is like a barley drink, and they love it (I love it too :D) They are Budhists though, so it is a continuing work in progress. On Saturday, they had been interviewed to be baptised, and they passed with flying colors! Santo Padre Pio, they are on fire. They had a couple questions on a couple of things, but that was completely understandable considering that they have absolutely ZERO christian background. It is so cool to see them progressing soley on what they feel. I guarentee that they are not being baptised because they understand the doctrine that I teach them, but because of the way they feel while being taught and doing the things we tell them to do. They are so tight! I cant wait for this Saturday!
 
On Saturday, I got to play soccer for the first time in my new City. And, just to point it out, I am obviously EXTREMELY rusty at playing Keeper haha, but they had play Portiere anyways. And, as is my playing style, I came away from the game covered with battle wounds. It was a lot of fun, but it really made me realise that I need a alot more practice if I ever even want to think about walking onto a college soccer team as a Keeper. Playing soccer with members, I swear, is the number one way to break the ice with Italian members. They love it when you will play "their" sport with them. 
 
 The english course students here are REALLY curious about why the Aztec temples in Mexico are so much like those in Egypt. I gave out another Book of Mormon last night to a girl saying that it would answer her question. That is the 2nd time I have done that now haha. I've put the bait on the hook. Now it is just a matter of of waiting till they decide to take the bait.
 
Anyways, Grazie so much for the MANY emails I got this week. It was an INCREDIBLE week for RECIEVING LOTS of emails. So to those of you out there that wrote me, I give you my express Grazie.  I could never stay here in Italia without hearing from you guys lol. It has been a huge help to me.
Vi Voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Scrappin' The Bottom of the Barrel

Allora.... Dove di cominciare.....
 
Well, I guess it is long time, no see diciamo! Man, it feels like FOREVER since the last time I emailed.... I swear, it has to have been like 4 or 5 days ago. Oh wait, it was! This week has gone way slow since that point, so no worries. I will try my best to write a novel ( I always have wanted to write a book, but I have no idea what I would write it about!).
 
 This week has been a little crazy again haha. On Saturday night, Enrico (he had a baptismal date for the 15 Ottobre, but it is for the 22nd now), knocked on our door saying that he needed to push his baptism back one more week because he still wasnt ready to be baptised (he would have been baptised on this Saturday). He is our next door neighbor. He has just been having alot of family problems lately, especially with his kids who are new converts. So, in order to fix that, Monday night we all went over to their house and we had a FHE together. We did this activity where someone gets in a chair, and then everyone else takes a turn saying one thing that they like about that person. We couldnt get the kids to participate, but Enrico and his wife did. And it turned into a very good night. I feel it was incredible for Enrico and his wife, especially because they said they loved each other for the first time in who knows how long. It was a good night. Holy Santa Maria It had a really good spirit to it! I was kinda annoyed at the kids Porca Miseria, but with the mood that they were in (they are two 13 year old twins) it was probably a good thing that they didnt come into the "lesson" anyways.
 
The other people that are about to be baptised are Namalie and Kushan, and they will be baptised this weekend! They are incredible, Mamma Mia. They accept everything so well. We taught them about the Parola di Saggezza, and they felt guilty afterwards for drinking coffee and whatnot. We bought them ORZO instead, which is like a barley drink, and they love it (I love it too :D) They are Budhists though, so it is a continuing work in progress. On Saturday, they had been interviewed to be baptised, and they passed with flying colors! Santo Padre Pio, they are on fire. They had a couple questions on a couple of things, but that was completely understandable considering that they have absolutely ZERO christian background. It is so cool to see them progressing soley on what they feel. I guarentee that they are not being baptised because they understand the doctrine that I teach them, but because of the way they feel while being taught and doing the things we tell them to do. They are so tight! I cant wait for this Saturday!
 
On Saturday, I got to play soccer for the first time in my new City. And, just to point it out, I am obviously EXTREMELY rusty at playing Keeper haha, but they had play Portiere anyways. And, as is my playing style, I came away from the game covered with battle wounds. It was a lot of fun, but it really made me realise that I need a alot more practice if I ever even want to think about walking onto a college soccer team as a Keeper. Playing soccer with members, I swear, is the number one way to break the ice with Italian members. They love it when you will play "their" sport with them. 
 
 The english course students here are REALLY curious about why the Aztec temples in Mexico are so much like those in Egypt. I gave out another Book of Mormon last night to a girl saying that it would answer her question. That is the 2nd time I have done that now haha. I've put the bait on the hook. Now it is just a matter of of waiting till they decide to take the bait.
 
Anyways, Grazie so much for the MANY emails I got this week. It was an INCREDIBLE week for RECIEVING LOTS of emails. So to those of you out there that wrote me, I give you my express Grazie.  I could never stay here in Italia without hearing from you guys lol. It has been a huge help to me.
Vi Voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Dance, shake your booty, Dance Dance, shake your booty

Do you guys wanna know what my life has been like this last week?
 
Before I tell you, I want to just comment on the photos I am sending for this week.
 
The first one is me on my amazing flight to Roma, and is just kinda cool.
The other one is of a building that I frequently visit. Do you see the HUGE red banner? Funny, huh? It is for a dance studio. Now I want you to took very closely at the photo. Go about half way down the photo, just above the motorcycle, and just to the right of the garage door. Do you see the little brown plaque? Zoom in on it. What does it say? Thats right! That is our church building! Crazy, huh? Haha it cracked me up big time when I first saw the arrangement. Interesting, huh?
 
Okay, now onto the more important matters.
 
I have had a wild, fun week.
On Monday, we had DDM, and then lunch, and then I started my LONG, LONG week haha. I loaded into the car with me and my companion, and then we took off on our way to Catania. It was a relatively tranquill, and we enjoyed our drive. There was this one car that was speeding like crazy haha, and it was pretty fun to kinda annoy him by getting infront of him all the time when we had to slow down because of traffic. So no worries, I know that sounds kinda sketchy on my part, but it was completely normal haha. And then, in Catania, I finally got the meet my fellow Zone Leader Anziano Avesani for the first time, and he is way cool. He cracks me up. But then, the next day, we wake up in the morning and we get dropped off at the Airport in Catania, and we catch a flight to ROMA!!!
 
NO SLEEP TILL ROMA!!!! JK it was only an hour flight, so it wasnt bad at all. I finally arrived at the mission Villa at about 2:00, and thus we commenced with our Zone Leader Conference! It was way cool. I got to eat sweet american food, see most of the Anziani in my original group that came with me to Italia, and then we had a cool conference. It didnt get over till that night at about 10:00. I raided a the Death Closet at the villa, and I got me a sweet Trench Coat for this winter. I cant wait!
 
The next morning, being wednesday, I was interviewed by President Kelly, and I just kinda got his advice on what college to go to. He gives really good advice. And then Anziano Avesani and I bounce to go the the Airport again to fly back to Catania. But, Lo and Behold, we miss out flight, so we ended up getting to chill in the Airport with the Anziani from Malta for awhile while we waited for our next flight. When we made it to Catania that night at 8:00, it had been a long day, and I had had absolutely no Preparation Day (Hence why I am emailing today). And then, we planned for our first ever Training that we did in Zone Conference the next day. It is alot of fun being a zone leader haha. I like it alot. Zone conference was all day on thursay, and then it was last night when I finally made it back to Messina again. I had been gone ever since Monday afternoon. Crazy, huh?
 
And that brings us to today.
 
Things are going "incredibilmente" here in Messina. As a district, we have 6 baptismal dates for this month of Ottobre.
We started doing inglish class, and listen to this. I am the Advanced teacher, and there is a student named LUIGI (name has been changed to maintain the privacy :D) and the first day in class he told me that he wanted to go to Mexico and see all the Aztec temples because he wanted to know where they came from and why they look so much like the pyramids in Egypt. I was freakin' out inside of me haha.  Lo and behold, I skillfully managed to place a BofM in his hands and told him that it contained the answer to his question. He told me he would gladly read it, even if it was a religious book because he wanted to know. So, we will have to just wait and see what happens. :D
 
Comunque, grazi mille per tutto che facciate per me! Veramente, non potrei mai fare questo lavoro se non fosse per voi, e l'aiuto che mi date.
Quest'opera qua in Italia sta fiorendo assai, e sento molto benedetto di avere il privileggio di servire durante questo tempo adesso.
Spero che tutto sia bene per voi, e ci sentiamo il prossimo mercoledì!
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry
 
 



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(Knock Knock Knock)......Anybody Home?

Well everybody, I really am not going to be able to tell you very much today.
I am doing very well.
 
Things have been very interesting since coming to Messina.
 
Interesting thing #1)
I get off the train on Thursday, and five minutes later I get handed the keys to a Car. I was all like "YEAH!!" and then, 20 second later, I was behind the wheel driving in crazy Italia. 2 minutes later, I run a red light. But hey, no big deal, eh? Its how everyone drives here haha. It certainly is different driving after a year and a half of not. Plus, to my credit, everything is different here too, so it was slightly understandable.
 
Interesting thing #2)
I am basically getting Christmas early by getting moved to a city that had 3 baptismal dates waiting for me.
One is on October 8th, and the other two are on the 15th.
 
Interesting thing #3)
The two baptismal dates on the 15th are for a couple named Kushan and Namolie. They are from Sri Lanka. And they have absolutely ZERO christian background. It is really really fun teaching a clean slate haha. I dont have to erase any wrong ideas. I just kinda get to put in whatever I want. They are really cool.
 
Interesting thing # 4)
I am now living in a 4 man appartment. Which is a lot of fun. It is really weird making the switch to having more people in the house, but it is fun.
 
Interesting thing #5)
Besides one other missionary who is finishing the mission in 6 weeks, I am now the OLDEST missionary transfer-wise in Sicilia. THAT thought just blew my mind a little. I have been in the mission more than twice as long as everyone else in my appartment.
 
My new companion, Anziano Davis, is way cool. We have some things in common, and enough other things not to make sure that we wont really get bored lol. He is in his 2nd transfer, and is very on ball. This next transfer has the looks of being incredible.
 
This next week before next wednesday, I get to fly up to Rome for Zone Leader Council. It is going to be a really interesting day. And then, next Thursday, is Zone conference so I get to prepare a training with my fellow Zone Leader. It is going to be fun! I am way excited.
 
Ero pronto per un cambiamento. Amo Trapani, ma fa molto bene di avere l'oppurtunità di cominciare fresco di nuovo. Sto bene qua a Messina.
I will write more next week!
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry
 
Photos.
These are of the Main church here in Messina. Bring it on.



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Time for the king to hand down the crown

Imagine this:
 
Saturday night, 10:14 pm, My house.
 
Anziano Bunker and I were sitting at our desks. The phone had been skillfully stood up and balanced on end.
Every few seconds, between the random converstation that we were having, one of us would yell at the phone, telling it to ring.
12 hours, 15 minutes earlier, we knew that the phone call could come any time. 12 hours, 15 minutes later, we were freaking out because the fated phone call still had not arrived. All of a sudden.... the phone starts buzzing. Because of the unique way that the phone had been balance, it seemed to dance across the table without tipping over. From 4 feet away, the name on the phone for the caller ID stands out like a firework in the night sky. *Villa Kelly* flashed once. Then it flashed again. Time seemed to slow down as I grabbed the phone and answered the call. "Pronto, Sono Anziano Parry..." I say, and in response I hear "Hey Anziano Parry, this is President Kelly here." "Hey President, how are you?" "I am doing well. I got some news for you. Well Anziano Parry, it seems like your reign in Trapani has finally come to an end....."
 
And that is the story of how I have been transfered away from Trapani. And now, you may be asking yourselves, where is he going now? Well, let me just tell you. I am going to...........Messina! I am staying in Sicily, I am just moving to the other side of the Island. Messina is about 4 times bigger than Trapani, so it will be nice to be in a big city again. And, I have been made Zone Leader in the Catania Zone. I get a car! I get to drive in Italia, which is a pretty scary thought because italians are insane behind the wheel. It should be pretty fun haha. I am really excited to be leaving Trapani. I absolutely love it here, but I never realised how ready I was for a change than after I recieved the phone call from President Kelly. I did really good work here in Trapani. I don't regret anything. I am just happy to be able to say that I left Trapani alot better off than when I found it. The other day I was thinking about my five transfers here while on the bus, and debating with myself kinda about how well I did, and then I looked up and saw this incredible sunset (see photo). When I saw it, the thought just kinda popped into my mind that God is pleased with my work here, and he sent me the sunset as a way to say thanks.
 
I have been having a crazy couple of days. All the members have been trying to get me to come eat with them before I leave. Yesterday, I had a insanely good meal with the Famiglia Valenti. Sorella Anna Maria made this onion pasta (see photo) that was made with 6 huge onions. It was TROPPO buono. And then today I have 2 meals waiting for me, one for lunch and the other one for dinner. I am gonna miss all the members here a ton.  And then, we had to go to Palermo on Monday for DDM, and while there I saw this huge poster with a guy that looked like he was KKK (see photo). It just cracked me up. There is a missionary serving in Palermo now named Anziano Roe, and we kinda started our reign of our cities together. And now, we are leaving together. The Palermo zone is never going to be the same again haha.
 
I am moving cities tomorrow. I guess I will will talk to you all next week!
Vi Voglio Bene!
Anziano Parry



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Elder, It is a rule here that you don't call out of your area, and you are calling WAY out of your area....

Ciao a tutti!
 
Allora... oggi, fino a adesso, è un bellissimo giorno, e ho deciso che amo il mondo.
You know why? Because I finally got the post office to accept my package! Yes! So, those of you in Neola, be expecting a box to arrive on the door step anywhere between two weeks from now, and 2 months from now haha.
 
 This last week has been pretty crazy if I say so myself. We have had a little bit of both sweet and bitter experiences mixed together this week, but when everything was mixed together, it created a pretty good overall product.
 
First thing to tell you, Transfer calls happen this Saturday. Quindi, by next Wednesday, you will find out whether your beloved Anziano Parry is staying or leaving the famed city of Trapani. It is quite exciting! I cant believe that another Transfer has already gone by. But I guess that is the mission for you. But if I were to tell you my prediction of what will happen, I would have to say that I am getting kicked out of Trapani lol. I have been here too long, they dont want me anymore here haha. But we shall see.
 
So, I guess it is time to tell you a bitter story. So this last Sunday, President Laudicina (the Branch President here) picks us up to go out to Salina Grande so that we could pick up all of our new converts for church. When we arrive there, we find Marlene and Simba waiting out front for us. They say hi, and then they told us that they had been Transfered from Trapani to Pisa because of their refugee program, and that they were leaving that day. We started taking photos when their bus pulled up and some guy started telling them to get in. They had to go, but we stole them for about 5 minutes more, traded information, and then said goodbye. And then they were loaded into a bus, and they were gone. But that is ok haha. I still talk to them. In fact, they wanted me to get them all the information for the church in Pisa, so I called them a little while ago, and got their new address and stuff. Then, I called our office in Rome asking for the missionaries phone # in Pisa. They gave me the Milan office instead. I called them up, and the Sister in the office did a really good job trying to make me feel bad for making an "apostate" phone call out of the mission lol. Oh well haha. In the end, I convinced them to give me the missionaries phone number in Pisa, and I gave them a call. I got to talk with a Missionary, Anziano Giove, that I hadnt seen since the MTC, and I handed over the referal. That that all happened about 20 minutes go, so that is where we are in that story lol.
 
 Yesderday, we had a really incredible lesson with this family in Paceco. We got this appointment through a referal from Sciaca, and we had delivered a Book of Mormon the day before, and then set up the appointment. The referal was for a girl named Katia, but her mom was interested too. When we got there, it turns out Katia wasnt there, but the mom invited us in anyways, and we started talking. It turns out she is a "catechista" which means she basically teach Bible School to catholics. Anyways, it was actually really cool, because she wasnt interested in Bashing at all. We just talked. Then the daughter came in. Then a friend of the daughter came in. Then, when I finally was able to get the First Vision out and everything, it was like the Spirit had come in and just kinda back handed everyone a couple of times in the face, and then flicked their ear for good measure. The daughter and the friend sat there the whole time making comments about how much light they see in us Anziani, and how much stuff makes sense, and how the "stories" we told are beautiful, and that we almost have them convinced haha. It was really funny how big of a deal they made of everything, but they did it with sincerity. It was a good appointment.
 
President Laudicina took us to Napola again to get some more Cannoli. Man, they are so good.... It was Anziano Bunker's first cannolo from Napola, and when he saw how big it was, it blew his mind. And then, later that day, we went and got a Gelato with the youth of the ward. It was a blast, and then they took us home. This day, I had 2 Gelati, 1 cannolo, and 1 graffa. It was so much sugar haha. Talk about a sugar high.
 
The Photos that I attached were of us youth getting Gelato, me with Gladys and Kenneth, and then Anziano Bunker and I with Simba and Marlene. I dont think I have a photo of Simba smiling, so I guess that will have to work. But hey, I got to baptise a guy named Simba. How cool is that? Seriously...
 
Anyways, Till next week! Io so che questa chiesa è vera, e che quando facciamo il suo lavoro, la verità viene confermata ancora di più ogni volta. Mamma, tu lo sai. Pure tutti di vio ex-missionari, ma è una cosa che chiunque può saperla.
Vi Voglio Bene,
Anziano Parry



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Lacking of the.....(Stupor of Thought)....Boh.....

Ciao a Tutti! Spero che siate bene!
 
Well, this week is draggin' for me. I dont know why, but it has become a really, really long week.
We are doing pretty good work here. Still, boh... I guess I could say that today has probably started off being kinda a bad day lol. But only in the sense that bad things are happening to me. Actually... when I think about it.... really only one bad thing happened to me haha. Besides only getting 2 emails today that is. So I have this package that I have prepared, taped all up, stuffed full of sweet little goodies, and P-day finally arrived so I could take it and mail it. So I get there, and things are going really well. I wait my turn, step up to the counter, and I start filling out the paper work needed. I get everything all complete when, for the first time in my Italian life, I get asked for my Codice Fiscale (it is like a postal code they when I first got here in Italy). I was like "whaaaat.........". Well, as I'm sure you can guess, I didnt have this number that they asked me for. Great. So I had to hurry and run home to try and find this number. I take my package, companion, and paper work, and start the walk home, all the while ticking away precious P-day seconds. I get to the house, look EVERYWHERE, and I realise that I no longer have this number in my possesion. GREAT. So I call the office, and ask them if they can get it for me, and they give me 3 possible numbers. I take my box (Filled with precious goodies) and walk all the way back to the post office. I give the guy at the counter these 3 numbers. He tells me none of them are it. I give him my passport. He tells me he cant do anything for me. I tell him I sent a package once with out it. He tells me I'm crazy. I swore at him in italian (not really, but I kinda wanted to XD) and I stormed out of the post office. And once again, I started the long walk back to the appartment, all the while thinking about the HOUR of more-precious-that-20-pounds-of-platinum P-day time wasted on some old italian man who hadnt shaved in 4 days looking at me through coke-bottle glasses telling me that I couldnt send a simple package. I wanted to kill him. I guess I should work of developing some more christ-like Charity, huh? :D So far, that is my day haha.
 
Yesterday we had a pretty cool day. We got to go to Erice for work! Yeah! We had this lady who has a sister who is a member call us and ask us to come teach her and her husband Inglese. We get there, and it is this venezuelian lady and her siciliano husband. They are way, way nice! And now we are going to go teach them english twice a week for a while. It was really funny cause this ladies kid was way tired, and way scared of us, and hid behind doors from us. It was fun, but with english, spanish, and Italian flying around in my head I decided I will be lucky if I come home in 9 months speaking any kind of understandable form of communication. Let us say that I have alot more room to improve on in not only my italian but also my english, and spanish if I every with to learn it haha.
 
Albert, if you remember our deaf african friend, told us the other day that he is bringing like 5 people to church with him on Sunday. He also told us that he just isnt gonna be baptised again, but that he loves everything else about our church and is going to keep coming. I figure that is okay, because as long as he keeps coming, the spirit can work on him lol, and if he keeps bringing people to church with him he will be working for us anyways haha.
 
Tomorrow, Michael is getting interviewed to be Baptised this next saturday, and so we will be having at least one more baptism shortly. Here I am, just tearing it up here in good ol' Trap-town.
 
Oh, I do have a request. In your next emails to me, tell me if you thought I was an "open person" before the mission.  Let me know! And dont afraid to be brutally honest and share examples haha. I can handle the truth lol.
 
Anyways, thanks everybody!
Vi Voglio Bene,
Anziano Parry
 
 



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Well Kids, Time for Round 2

Hey Kiddies!
 
Well, this last week was definately an interesting one. Let me walk you through it step by step. But before that, I want to give kinda a explaination of something. We count our numbers Monday to Sunday. And as a companionship, we had set a goal that we would NEVER go below 10 lessons a week as long as we were companions, Bunker and I. Ex missionaries might appreciate this a little more, but who knows. So were we are....
 
Monday
A morning of cancelations and baptism preparations. Travel to Palermo.
A day of straight zeros.
 
Tuesday
Travel to Catania. Zone Conference. Travel Back to Palermo.
Another day of straight zeros.
 
Wednesday
Working during P-day in Palermo getting baptism supplies. Return to Trapani.
A day of Straight zeros.
 
Thursday
Seeing an investigator that morning, and then having all of our main investigators cancel on us for the day. Another lesson that night.
2 lessons today.
 
Friday
Two lessons in the morning, one new investigator and new baptismal date, and then 3 lessons in that night.
5 lessons that day.
 
Saturday
Preparations of Baptisms that happened that night. Three baptisms happened.
Another day of zero lessons.
 
Sunday
We had church today. Three people were confermed members, and then we taught gospel principles. After church, we taught two lessons, and then we had weekly planning that night.
3 lessons that day.
 
 
I dunno if that seems impressive to you, but to me, it was a miracle haha. In 3 days, we managed to keep our goal of 10 lessons per week. I dunno how we managed to pull it off, but the Lord sure helped us out with it. Not to mention 3 baptisms thrown in the mix! This was one of my "busiest weeks of doing almost nothing" if that makes sense.
 
Saturday night was a way sweet night. The members here in Trapani have really been helping us out like crazy. They give us so much support. Rides here, taking us there, picking up investigators, etc etc. It is everyones desire here to become a Ward instead of a Branch, and ya know, sooner than later it is gonna happen. I baptised Kenneth, President Laudicina baptised Nsimba, and Anz. Bunker baptised Israel. It was a way cool night. That night, we went home and celebrated by ordering Pizza. And man, was it a good pizza.
 
Sunday, I confermed Kenneth, and it was the first blessing/confermation I have done in over a year, and I couldnt remember how to do it in english. I struggled with it haha. It would have come so much easier to me in Italiano, even if my italiano wouldnt have been 100% correct. Watch out, learning a mission language does that to ya I guess.
 
Now we have 3 more people that we are working with towards baptism.
17 Settembre- Salvatore, a really cool old man that LOVES to talk about how crappy his life is right now, but absolutely LOVES the church too.
17 Settembre- Irese, an african that has been here in Italy for about 2 years now, so he speaks and understand italian, and is way tight! Israel-the-new-convert knows him, and is going to help us teach him.
17 Settembre- Michael, another african that is a really good friend with Kenneth-the-new-convert. He told us he wants to become a "full member" haha. He is way sweet. Kenneth is going to help us teach him.
 
Transfers happens on 22 Settembre, so if we manage to pull all of these through, and if I get transfered (which I probably will, President Kelly has been dropping hints haha) I am going to be leaving Trapani with a BANG!
 
So far this week since Sunday has been going really well. We finally got our air conditioner fixed, and I feel really dumb about it because we did splits Monday and yesterday, and a Missionary named Anziano Esplin fixed it for us. All he did was take that plug apart, and reconnect a wire, and it started working again. I felt dumb because I had thought about doing the same thing a week ago, but talked myself out of it because I had seen sparks and whatnot and just thought the whole thing was fried.
 
Anyways, thanks for all the support I am getting from everyone! I really appreciate it.
Vi Voglio Bene!
Anziano Parry



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Hmm....

Hey everybody!
 
Well, sincerely, it is gonna be a really short email again this week. Maybe. We shall see how fast I can type.
 
Things are going good here in Trapani. On Saturday, we had a really good day here. The Anziani di Palermo 1 came to do DDM here, and then we had a bunch of baptismal interviews. First, Israel was interviewed. He talked to you, then he talked with Anziano Roe, and he passed his interview with flying colors. He told us afterwards that the night before he was really thinking about his "examination" the next day, and didnt sleep at all. He is a really good guy. Then, we met up with our Branch President, Nunzio Laudicina, and we all went out to this place called Salina Grande. There, Anziano Roe interviewed Kenneth first, which he also passed easily, and then he interviewed Simba. Because Simba speaks only french, his wife helped us with the tranlation, and it went smoothly. He also passed the interview. Which means that here in a couple days, we will be having 3 baptisms on Saturday! Then, here in the next couple of weeks, we will be having a couple more baptisms. Michael, who is on the 17th, and Irese who is also on the 17th. We are working with them, and now that we have some supplies in English we will finally be able to really work on them hard.
 
Im excited for Saturday!!! Things are going well here in Trap-town.  This week, we have gotten alot of good contacts to try and turn into investigators. We are now teaching the sister of a member here, and it is going to be incredible. We had a lesson zero with her, and things went really well. She loved everything, and just soaked everything up. We had her family there too, and they helped out so much. When she gave the prayer at the end, she started crying really hard, and afterwards when she was asked why she just said "Non lo so..." but she loved it. I am feeling really good about this new investigator. Her name is Enza Giacalone.
 
I started reading the Bible this week! I am way excited. I read the first 15 chapters of the New Testament. That is where I am gonna start focusing my studies. I finally have time to do other stuff in my personal studies, so now I am studying a little of the Bible, I am reading the BofM again, and am doing a little in PMV too. It is nice to be flexible again in what I study. The BofM challenge was nice, but it dominated my studies. I bought me a really nice italian bible because I plan on studying the scriptures in italian after the mission, so I figured might as well get a nice one.
 
I have been doing really well. As Mom so kindly reminded me, it is time to apply to colleges, so if anyone has any advice for me on what I should do, you should let me know!
 
P.S. One photo is of my District. We are on a Giant mountain of salt. They make salt here in Trapani.
The other photo is of a bunch of people who I started the mission with. We saw each other at Zone Conference Yesterday.
 
Thanks for everything!
Vi Voglio Bene,
Anziano Parry



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