(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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