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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