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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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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