Weed Spray anyone?

Well, Well, Well...
 
What have we here, two more baptismal dates? How interesting.... let's just add them to our other 6 dates untill we have a little time to figure out what to do with them.
 
Its strange... I swear, baptismal dates here in Trapani are just like weeds, springin' up all over the place. But hey, what can ya do? Nothin' I guess.
 
This week has been pretty crazy! We had zone conference the yesterday, and ya know what I realised? At this particular zone conference, there were only 4 missionaries older than me in the mission. I talked to my mission president, and he was telling me  that MAYBE only 25% of the missionaries have less time than me. It looks like I'm the big dog now haha. President also told me that he really had no idea what was going to go on with transfers this transfer, but that Anziano Bunker and I probably arent going to stay together, and that I really could stay in Trapani. I guess we will find out in 2 weeks lol.
 
I have been learning alot about Repentance, and that no one is perfect. Not even a missionary. It is really weird. It feels all the time that members and investigators think that missionaries are perfect. I have even have investigators tell me that we are perfect. But it is no way close to true lol. It is what we are expected to be, but I have just been noticing lately, especially from my studies, one of the reasons of exactly why it is so hard to be a missionary. It is because we have to live up to expectations. But this not only applies for missionaries, because it was once said "Every Member.... A Missionary!", so the great question in life really is just how well we can live up to expectations. Expectations of God, of our Parents, of our Friends, of Members, of Investigators, of Co-workers, of Employees, of Teachers. But as it was once said in a poem, the expectations that we need to live up to most are our own.
 

When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to a mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that man has to say.

 

For it isn't your father or mother or wife,

Who judgment upon you must pass;

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one starring back from the glass.

 

He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest.

For he's with you clear up to the end,

And you've passed the most dangerous, difficult test

If the man in the glass is your friend.

 

You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,

And think you're a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you're only a bum

If you can't look him straight in the eye.

 

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years.

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be the heartaches and tears

If you've cheated the man in the glass.

 

 
It makes me wonder sometimes how often we cheat the man in the glass.
It is something to reflect upon I suppose.
Because in the end, it is true. It doesnt matter what we are doing, whether it be school, dance, work, play, sports. It is relative to all. For me, and talking with President Kelly, the thing that is relative to me right now is Missionary Work.  And it sometimes makes me wonder. I guess in 10 months, when I come home, and when I look in a mirror (if my doing so doesnt break the mirror in the first place ;D) I will find out for myself.
 
10 months.... Strange, huh?
 
Love you guys, you are awesome!
Vi Voglio Bene,
Anziano Parry



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Fun Fact

So here is a fun fact about Trapani:
 
Our investigator, Andrew, is from Ghauna. And he has been here for over a year. And the last time that we saw him, he told us that the sun is much stronger here in Trapani than in Africa, and that he has gotten blacker (if that is even possible haha) here than he ever was in Ghauna lol. So that is your fun fact for the week. Trapani, in the summer, is worse than Africa.
 
This last week has been really interesting. I met Death and Simba this week.
Death is our crazy investigator named Salvatore who believes that he is Death, and that it says so in Revelations. Simba was the husband of a member from Congo that we found. Tight, huh?
 
 Probably my favorite thing that happened was on Monday. We have a couple of contacts who are living in refugee camps because they are fleeing the wars in Africa, so Monday night we went with our Branch President out to go visit them. While we were at the camp, we end up finding 2 members of the church who had left africa! They told us that they had been trying and praying for a way to find the church here in Italy because they wanted to come. And we found them! And now we have everything organized for sunday to get them there, where I will officially be a translator for a solid 3 hours straight. It is gonna be tight. I am way excited. And these members, both are women, told us that they wanted us to baptise their husbands because they arent members yet haha. We shall see what we can do.
 
We have been getting knocked by some members of the Jehovah's Witnesses here. Some of them knocked our door because they thought it was an old folks home, and we scared them when we opened the door and they realised we were their worst nightmare haha. Dont worry, we were nice to them. I even showed them I had one of their bibles, (I like to use it to see all the differences in different bibles, and to prove them wrong haha) and then they went on their way. Then, like 2 days later, we had som JW's stop us on the street and ask us for our "Bible" because they wanted to be informed about what we believe. So we let them have it haha.
 
Ya know how in the Southern States, they have all those churches that have those signs that always say funny stuff? Well, I heard that there was one that said this:
"Dont Pray About The Book of Mormom, Thats How They Get Get You."
All I have to say is its true, thats how we get you.
 
Our investigator Irese is doing so well! He is progressing very nicely. The only problem we have with him is that he doesnt know how to read haha. He speaks english, but reads and understands italian better because he never went to school. But he is always asking when he can see us next, and that he is way excited to be baptised. 6 Agosto is his day, and he is gonna be ready.
 
Sad to say, we werent able to see the Famiglia Ardito this week, so I dont have anything to update you with for them.
 
Anyways, thanks for everything you do for me! I feel your love and support every day.
Vi stimo, e vi amo tantissimo. Non posso fare niente senza voi e senza Dio. Mi dispiace (not really) ma trovo un sostegno piĆ¹ grande in Dio che in voi, ma so che siete d'accordo con me.
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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Anziano Parry's Epistle to the Americans + 1 Canadian

Hmmm...
 
You "non-full-time missionaries" out there will never understand the phenomenom that is P-day. It comes once a week, goes by way too fast, and you have to wait an eternity for the next one to come around.
 
 Since last week, lets just say I havent been doing anything but WORK! Since last wednesday to today, things have been going pretty good. I have had some pretty crazy experiences too.
 
Well Family, if I had to tell you one experience I had this week, it would be the one I had Sunday night with the Famiglia Ardito. Do you guys remember the Family Ardito? I found them a couple months ago, and they have been difficult for me haha. I couldnt believe the night we had sunday though. We showed up, and we started talking with the Dad, and just kinda joking around while waiting for the rest of the family to come into the room. When everyone got there, the Dad starts reasurring us that they werent messing around with us, or prender-ing us in Giro. And then we started the Plan of Salvation. We had wanted to just do a fast pass over the plan so that the family could see the whole picture, but they got so involved in it that will all the questions they were asking us we ended up teaching the whole thing fairly well. The best part was every time they learned something new, they were all like "oh, wow, I didnt know that. That makes so much sense.". And then, in the end, we invited them all to be baptised, and they said yes. The whole family! 2 Parents named Vito and Roberta, one son named Marco who has 20 years, and 2 little girls named Mellissa and Federica who has 11 and 9 years. Their date is 6 Agosto.
It was incredible. Absolutely incredible. It is lessons like that that I live for.
 
And then, yesterday morning, we had this lesson with a man named Irese from Nigeria. It was the first time we had met with him, and he had alot of questions, and mostly he just seemed to be very deep in thought alot of the time. He is interesting. He speaks english best, but reads Italian best because he never learned how to read in Nigeria. But at the end of lesson, we invited him to be baptised on the 6 Agosto when he knew everything was true, and he said yes. And he was way excited too, saying that he had never been baptised before. 
 
So there was another one! That is 6 new baptismal dates within 3 days, and when we add that to the one we already had, that is now 7 dates all for the 6th of August haha. That is gonna be a very busy day. #7 is named Salvatore, and he is more than slightly challenge, so he is gonna be a fight, but I am up for it. Haha so much for serving a mission in Italy, Rome, behind enemy lines. Take that! HA!
 
Monday, I went to a funeral. A catholic funeral. It was REALLY interesting. The man who died was the member of a less-active member here. She was less-active because she had to stay home and take care of him because he was a vegetable, so hopefully she will start coming back to church. Anyways, a catholic Funeral has alot of sprinkling of Holy Water, burning of incense and waving this smoking canester around everywhere by the coffin, and reciting Padre Nostro. Mormon funerals are so much better. They usually have food.
 
Sunday was a very interesting day. We had Albert the Deaf African come to church with us, and I spent 3 hours translating, and writing everything that was said. It was very tiring haha. And then we got stood up by some other people, and then we had a lunch with some members. It was a good day.
 
Here in Trapani, things have been nice and cool. We are averaging about 35-40° celcius every day, so that averages out to be about 100° F haha. Then we have hot wind from africa every day too, and we had that to the VERY high humidity we have here, the day turns out to be a very PLEASANT experience haha.
 
Well, family, that is what I have for you this week. Be good, ya hear! Oh, and by the way, I gained a very strong testimony on Fasting this week, but I am not going to tell you this story till I come home haha. It's a good one. Love ya!
 
Vi Voglio Bene,
Anziano Parry
 
P.S. The photo is of a guy stealing clothes from a Charity. It cracked me up haha.



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Well...

Well, I am very sorry to tell you all this, but I really dont feel like writing much this week.
Not a lot has happened, and things have just been kinda slow lately.
 
Things have been kinda slow the last week, especially after the baptism because we weeded out some of our investigators that werent doing much progress. And then, having done that, we have been trying some other stuff to see some results, but we havent gotten much success from it.
 
 One of the things we did was go visit Marsala, which is a neighboring city that supposidly has alot of less active members there, about 10 maybe. When we got there, we met up with a less active member named Giuseppe. I really dont know how to help that guy haha. I wish I could tell ya more, but he told me alot of personal stuff, and so, ya know, its private haha. I feel it was a good thing that we went and saw him, but it took a whole day out of our week. I dont feel too bad about it though.
 
Haha man, the baptism we had last week really tired me out. I am still feeling it. We had to pull out all the stops to get it to happen, and it happened, but now I still have the effects of it hittin' me.
 
I am reading my Book of Mormon in italiano now. This last monday 2 days ago marked the day for the last time I study in english for the next year. Cool, huh? we shall see if it is a good choice or not, but now I feel it is alright. I get a ton out of it. I understand it pretty much exactly how I do it english, but with different wording on everything.
 
Boh, haha that is seriously all that is coming to mind to tell you. Sorry =D I hope this next week is more eventful to tell you things.
Love you all! Thanks for everything!
Vi Voglio Bene,
Anziano Parry
 
P.S. The photos are
1) Of my first casualties. Those due shirts served me well, but they took a hit that they couldnt come back from.
2) Me and my companion, and our city pride lol.



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