A Presto

A Presto.
 
L'Italia, questo non è Addio.



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Penultimo

Buon Giorno a tutti!
 
Well, I dont have much to say today, besides the fact that I love Bari!
 
We are starting to see some of the fruits of out labors. We dont have much to show for it, but we are seeing it anyways. We have made some great friendships with people, and last night they were telling me that they are interested in learning more about they church because they see things in our church the way that they should be.
 
Then, we were in church the other day, and two 14 year old kids that we play soccer with walked into the church just because they wanted to see what we were up to. They are really cool, down to earth kids, not Ragassaci per niente. We showed them the church, and then we showed them the film, Aver Fede in Cristo. They both told us afterwards that they were "colpiti" by it, and that they liked it alot. The father of one of the kids is an investigator of ours, and the kid told us about how he had seen the changes in his dad. It was awesome.
 
Well, I dont know quite what else to say. Anziano Meldrum is an incredible missionary. I definately feel blessed to have been with him for a transfer. I feel we worked abastanza well together, making an "old dog, young dog" team.
 
I cant believe that this is the last week. For me, I wish it would last for forever ;) For you all, I am sure that is a different story haha.
 
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry
 
P.S. The picture is of all the missionaries at the Panino King Shop. He had his grand opening and gave us all free sandwiches.



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The City of the Sassi

Buon Giorno a te, buon giorno a me!
 
Things couldnt be better here at Bari! And I just want to say that last night, I ate a pizza with two of the coolest people at Bari. Dario and Giacomo are two students from english course, and we have become great friends. I promised them that I would give them a shout out because they found my blog and wanted it haha.
 
This last week has been crazy. We have done so much service for this guy named the Panino King that it isnt funny. He is a many year old friend of the missionaries, and I dont know why he isnt baptised yet, but he just isnt, and doesnt plan on it from what I see. But he is a really nice guy, so we said we would help him out.
 
Then I have done some exchanges with two anziani in my district. They are awesome guys. A week ago I was with an Anziano Stewart, and he is incredible. He speaks italian really well, especially for being young in the mission (he is in his 6th transfer). I wish I spoke italian as well as he does when I was as young as him in the mission. I was very impressed by him, especially by his willingness to work. He is a good example.
 
Then I did an exchange with an Anziano Brandshaw, who is a fire ball. I really enjoy his presence, especially because I only get it in a doses every once in awhile. He was great. We had a lot of fun together, and he reminds me alot of myself and how I was a year ago but better. He really just tries his best to follow and do everything he can. He is solid in my eyes. I am continually more and more impressed about how the missionaries younger than me get more and more "Bravi" as I get older.
 
We had a miracle the other day. There was this family that we had thought had left us out to dry a few weeks ago because they hadnt risponded to our phonecalls or anything. We were walking around doing finding when the thought came into my head to pass by them. My companion didnt want to because he was still scared about officially losing this family. We did it anyways, and they basically welcomed us in with open arms. They were all like "why havent you guys come by? Where have you been?" and whatnot. They were very warm with us, and invited us over on Saturday. It will be great.
 
Comunque, voi lo sapete, sicuramente, ma ci vediamo presto:D
A dopo!
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry
 
P.S. Sono andato a vedere una città si chiama Matera oggi. è veramente bellissima. è dove hanno filmato The Passion by Mel Gibson. Molto bello.



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4th times the charm

Things are just totally crazy!!! I dont even know where to start. I guess I should start with the baptism.
 
The baptism went incredibly well! Mamma mia... We thought that things were just going to break down and not happen though for a minute though. Last week our investigator, Sandra (she is from Madagascar), gave us a call one night crying because her sister kicked her out of the house and she had no where to go. We make a bunch of calls, and together with our Benedetto Vescovo, we managed to find a place for her to stay. The next day when we met with her, she told us all about what happened (it is a long story, ya probably dont want to hear it), and then told us that she couldnt meet with us long because she had to go out looking for a place to stay. Then she started bearing her testimony to us about how it was just a trial in her life and that satan is trying his best to keep her from this baptism but that she wasnt going to let him. It was awesome. The baptism came on Saturday at 4:00pm, and it was incredible. Sandra was great, she showed up with everything needed, she even brought a friend named Saverio. The other missionaries all brought contacts, and a bunch of members came. It was great. Then, then next day in Sacrament Meeting, Sandra was confirmed, and then she got up and bore her testimony about the church, and she talked all about how she found out that this church was the, and I quote, "only true church of God on the earth". It was awesome.
 
We are now still striving really hard to get some more baptisms lined up for this month. We have some good, really good prospects. The only thing is that I have noticed in Italia it takes ALOT of elbow grease to get anything moving the way you want it. A LOT of elbow grease. But that shouldnt be a problem :D I am young, I can take it.
 
We had zone conference this last week too, and it was probably my favorite conference I have had. It was also my last zone conference, so I got to direct, and also give my last training as a zone leader. But, most special of all, I got to bear my dying testimony. It was really weird. I was more nervous for that testimony than the training that I had to give. I remember when I heard dying missionaries bear their testimonies, and I always thought that they were weird. I now understand why, and I also understand that everyone else thought mine was weird too, so it just completes the circle. I sent a picture of 4 of my 8 companions that are still living. And I also thought you would enjoy a picture of the nice eye candy cars that I get to see from time to time living in Italia haha.
 
P.S. Yesterday I finished the Book of Mormon for the 4th time in the mission, twice in English and twice in Italian. I felt great. And then I prayed about it. And then I felt even greater.
 
Comunque, ci sentiamo, e ci vediamo questo weekend!
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Il Ventiquattresimo Mese

Hmmm....Allora.... non so esattamente dove dovrei cominciare...

This last week has been a crazy week.

I guess I will start back where I was last week. After I emailed last week, we walked all the way back home (a 40 minute walk), and then we got ready and and started some good ol' prosyliting until we reached the house of the other Anziani We spent the night there.  The day ended like that. Pretty normal if I had to say so myself. The next day, however, is when everything took off. I woke up at 6:00, and got ready, and then Anziano Larcher and I left the house to catch a train to Roma. On the way to Roma, we ended up sitting next to a religion student a priest who taught religion. We ended up having a great conversation all the way to Roma. It was actually very fun, and we were able to talk without stabbing at each other at all.

Then, at Roma, we arrived to the mission home in time to cook some burgers, eat, and then start Capi conference. It was my last Capi conference (for zone leaders), and it was the best one too. We had great councilling, great food, great friendship, and best of all we had (and still have) the best mission president and wife ever! President and S.lla Kelly are awesome. Then, the next day, I got on another train (I hate trains) that brought me back to Bari. Since then, we started some insane prosyliting. We have gotten lots of contacts, and have been meeting with Sandra almost every day. Oh! I have some good news. Sandra is going to be baptised this Saturday at 18:00! I cant wait. She is so cool. She isnt italian, in fact she comes from Madagascar, but it is just cool to see anyone baptised, not just italians. Wish us luck!

Oh, and since we are on the topic of baptisms, and since we have started a new month, I have to say something and make a plea to you all. Since I have been in the mission, and since President Kelly and Sorella Kelly have started their mission (we started together), we have had the goal to get 20 baptisms in a month. We have gotten close with 19 in one month, 18 in a few others, 17 in a couple, but we have never reached 20. In 2 years, we havent done it, and now it is my last chance. The mission has alot of baptismal dates, and good momentum, but it is not enough. We are starting out the month with the baptism of Sandra, and I hope and pray that 19 others follow. So what I am asking for is that anyone who reads this to please pray and beg the Lord to bless the Italy Rome mission this month, and all those that have anything to do with the mission, so that this goal can come true. I know it can happen. It has to.

Spero che tutto vada bene per ognuno di voi, e se no, direi che doveste pregare più. E se Sì, direi che doveste pregare ancora di più:)
Vi voglio bene, e con affetto,
Anziano Parry





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Sweet home Ala-Bari

Well well well, one more settimana, one more email from good ol' me:D
Things have been absolutely PAZZESCO here in BARI!! Whoo whoo! I am gonna catch pneumonia and "die" in about 6 weeks because my companion and I are just going to be wet all the time from being in the baptismal font. Let me tell ya, maybe I will just refuse to go to Roma in 6 weeks, who knows:D
My new companion is Anziano Alexzander Meldrum from California. He is a complete stud. He is basically draggin' me around everywhere haha just doing work, and I am totally cool with that. He is in his 7th transfer, so I am more than twice as long in the mission as he is. We have been doing a really good work so far, and we have been setting some pretty awesome goals. Our best one is that we are going to have 8 baptisms this transfer. EASILY 8 baptisms.

Think we can do it? I sure do. It is gonna be awesome. We already have one baptism lined up for the 5th of May, and it should go through. Her name is Sandra, and is BRAVISSIMA! She came to us because she felt bad about not coming to church last week, and then when we finished up explaining the Plan of Salvation to her she was just kinda freakin' out about needing to go to the Celestial Kingdom, and she basically got mad at us when we invited her to pay tithing after she was baptised because it was something that she already expected herself to do. It was really cool haha. And then we have a bunch of contacts that are going to be dunked soon. Like, for example, ******(name has been edited from safety purposes):D. He is from Ethiopia, and he is a muslim, but is married to a christian lady. Anyways, we stopped them, and talked to them, and we find out that he wants to change religion and become Christian, and him and his wife were asking what he needed to do. Needless to say, we have an appointment with them for this saturday.
I really like my new city. Che peccato che sarò qua soltanto per uno trasferimento. We played soccer today with a bunch of missionaries and some raggazzi that we have as contacts, and we have had some good lessons with a bunch of cool people, and members have already invited us over for lunch several times and one really does eat well here in the Puglia area. I had my first Panzerotto, which is a typical Barese food, (see photo), and it was really really good. It has been kinda difficult for me though, because as I said, I had to throw a bunch of my stuff away when I was transfered (see other photo) so that I could fit everything in the weight limits to fly with it. Then, when I got to Rome, I thought everything was going well and whatnot, and then the Assistants told me that I had to leave all of my stuff at Rome except my carry-on because there wasnt room in the car for my luggage. Being all gung-ho and Anziano Parry, I said okay, and I loaded everyone up into the car and then drove to my new city. I then arrived, and that night when I unpacked I realised that I had only one shirt, one pair of pants, and one pair of socks for a week. So, with my feet growing increasing more rancid every day, I am realived because tomorrow I get to go back up to Roma for Capi-conference and then bring all my stuff down.
Comunque, vi voglio tantissimo bene, e non vedo l'ora per il prossimo giorno di preparazione affinchè io possa scrivervi di nuovo.
Ciao!
Anziano Parry


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The Final Stretch

I am just gonna say it. And I will probably fight anyone who disagrees, but I have THE best mission in the world. Cioè, The Italy Rome mission. It is the only place in the world that you get the best of almost everything. The best food, the best art, the best language, the best of________(insert what you want), and you can find it in my mission. I don't want to really brag, but its not bragging when you are just stating facts, right? :D

If anyone remembers, this last friday was the 13th. And as promised (because it is promised), something crazy happened. So Friday morning, I had gotten ready, and was studying the scriptures just like I do pretty much every other day. About 20 minutes into my studies, at about 8:20, I hear this rumble and then things start shaking. I looked down at the ground, and it was wobbling like Jello. It lasted for about 10 seconds, and then it stopped and everything got quiet. I can now officially say that I lived through an earthquake. It was intense! I didnt know whether to be scared or not. I found out later that the quake that hit us was a 4.2, which is abastanza impressive.

And as I am sure you want to know, on Saturday the 14th Transfer Calls did come. I am living in a four man apartment right now. Anziano Davis (one of my ex-companions) was transfered to Taranto. Anziano Weeks (he is in my group) is staying to finish his misison in Palermo. Anziano Larsen (my companion) is staying in Palermo. Anziano Parry (that would me be) has been transfered to Bari to finish his misson there. After 10 transfers of being in Sicilia, I am finally leaving! For a long time, I have been the reigning king of Sicilia! I am kinda sad that I wont die a siciliano, but hey, when President Kelly calls, he calls. I am really excited to go to Bari. The situation reminds me alot of my first city Battipaglia. I was there for only one transfer, and then I got moved. The difference is that this time I know that I am only going to have 6 weeks in Bari, so I have that much more incentive to really work myself to death. Bring it on.

On monday, I went to a little city called Mistretta because the members there (and they are few) really miss the Anziani. Mistretta is the most typical italian city I have ever seen. It was beautiful. When you think of Italy, you think of cities like Mistretta. Anyways, we met the members of Mistretta (I think there are only about 10). THe first one that I met was named Antonio, and he was so happy to see the Anziani he cried (aparently it is normal for him. He is a crier). We had lunch there, and then we came home. I wish I could have served there lol. 

We ended up dropping most of our investigators this week, and one dropped us. I dont know if you remember me talking about Letizia, but she is the girlfriend of a member. Anyways, she was awesome. But then, on last Thursday, she came up to us and told us that she doesnt want to take the lessons anymore. I think she got scared when we invited her to be baptised the week before. She just needs some time is all. Now, after us dropping everyone, we are left with a grande total of 3 investigators (one of those is a family). The three that we have left are the Lucas family, Gino, and an African named Emanuel. I said goodbye to all of them this week. They were cool.

Today for Preparation Day, I went and finally saw the Greek Ruins of Segesta.

Anyways, I am leaving tonight for Bari. I am going to fly to Roma, and then drive a car down to Bari. Because I am flying, I had to have weight limits on all of my luggage. I could only have 2 big bags to 20 kg, and 1 carry-on of 10 kg. It is really really hard to get it the weight right. I had to throw out alot of stuff. 

Comunque, alla prossima!
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Italian Easter

Buona Pasqua a tutti!
 
This last week has been pretty crazy. A lot of interesting things have happened.
 
First off, I am sure that most of you are very interested in how they do Easter here. It is rather normal. They dont have any really strange traditions, or things that they like to do, They eat, and they sleep, and they eat more, oh, and they have a festive where they do a live re-enactment of the crucifiction. Sounds pretty normal, right? Not apostate at all, if I do say so my self. It really is kinda interesting. The city had this big parade, and then they "re-enacted" everything. I didnt see it, but I saw the posters every where. It was really interesting. On the actual day of Easter, though, most people just get together in the family had have a really good meal. I ended up passing it at the house of the Famiglia Luinetti and her family. It was a blast. There was SO much food. It was nuts, let me tell ya. Pasta, meat, salad, fruit, desert, and more. There was every course that you can think of. It was good stuff. But the actually holiday, that shut down prosyliting, didnt happen till the next day. In Italia, they not only celebrate Easter, but they celebrate also the day after easter called Pasquetta. It means Little Easter. Everyone just kinda shuts down, has a BBQ, and demands why you are talking to people on Pasquetta of all days. Not really that productive. So what we did instead was go to our ward party that they had at our church, and mingled with all the less-active that only come to church twice a year (christmas and easter) and ate alot of meat. They made good meat, but american BBQ is alot better. And then, we had to go home and clean the house from top to bottom. The mission president's wife made a comandment for everyone to do it, and we did it. It was a good thing too, because while we were cleaning our kitchen we found a nest of cockroaches. There had to have been 40 of them! It was an all out apocolypse war front in our kitchen, let me tell ya. I think we got them all though, even though we did suffer major casualties. It is the price of war.....
 
Yesterday my mission president flew down from Roma to do interviews for our zone, so I was basically in church all day waiting for my turn. When it touched to me, I entered the room. Pres. Kelly and I talked about a lot of different stuff, most of it just talking, and some of it pertaining to the Transfer Calls that are going to be happening this Saturday. I dont really know what is going to happen, but I have my theory. I think I am going to be transfered, and put in a new city for one last transfer. I think I want it to happen to. I told my president that what ever happened, I was just getting ready to work myself to death (pun intended). I guess we will find out this Saturday.
 
Today for Preparation day I went to a little city close by called Cefalu', and it was way pretty. I pretty much have the best mission ever in the world.
 
We have been teaching alot of people that are growing in their interest in the church. We also found this lady from Ghana named Sicilia, who knew the church back in Ghana. She said her whole famly are members of the church, and that she had been trying to become a member when she left. She has alot of potential haha. And that is why Africa is now the highest baptizing area in the world. We have also taught Gaetano, the Lucas family, Michael, and some other people, but Sicilia was the coolest one. Also Gino is back from his vacation, so we have an appointment with him today.
 
Anyways, that is all!
Alla prossima, vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Lets go fly a kyte

Buon Giorno a te, Buon Giorno a me!

This week, well, lets just say it has been pretty interesting. It was full of things to do, and we did them, but it was kinda slow in the actual missionary work department. But with things like general conference, and then a Zone conference, it is pretty understandable.

General conference was incredible! I loved everything a ton. There was this one talk that talked about being active in the church, but not active in the Gospel, and it was something that really rang true for me. I had never thought about it, but I have taught many less active members of the church who were less active in the Gospel but had been active in the church. After all, it was exactly like how it was described in the talk; after years of being active, something happens and they just stop coming. Now that I have thought about it, that is probably the most common reason for being less active in Italy. 

We had Zone conference yesterday, and it was a good one. I really enjoyed it. It was weird to think, as I was reminded by almost everyone, that it was my second to last zone conference. I dont really know how I feel about that, so I cant tell ya lol. But I do feel that, from what I have seen, the missionaries are just getting better and better here it Italy.

We had a lesson the other day with a lady named Sussi. We watched the Restauration with her, and it went right along with the fact that before we started the film she was telling us that she was searching for the truth. Afterwards, she told us right away that she didnt want to be obligated into joining the church, that she would join when she knew if it was true or not, but that she definately wanted to know more, and she said she could see us ogni monday. It was a really cool lesson for me, especially because we were able to be sincere with her about what we do as missionaries, and she was sincere with us too as a simpatizzante. 

Anyways, I dont have any more time today! It got all eaten up because I learned that I need to register for school as soon as I could, so I did that today. 16.5 credits, do you think that is too much for a first sememster? Haha grazie tante per tutto, siete grandi!

Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry

P.s. It is officially summer here in Sicily. And I love it!



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Quick, send us a fire extinguisher, because we are on FIRE!!!

As you may have guessed, with absolutely no guile on my side, I had a pretty good week this week. Palermo is just on fire. In fact, just the other day there was literally a fire here. Someone had thought it would be funny to light some dumpster on fire. (We are in the middle of a garbage strike, so the garbage is just piling up in the streets). It is always pretty cool to know stuff like that happens in my city. I love Palermo haha.  

Since last wednesday, we have been doing alot of different Scambios, and it has been a ton of fun. We have been doing some way good work too. Last friday, I was doing a scambio with Anziano Weeks. He is in my group, and is actually the first one from my group that I have actually gotten to live with and second to serve around. We had a lesson with a girl named Letizia. It went very well. She is the girlfriend of a member named Giuseppe. They are attending university here in Palermo, so we are taking the opportunty to teach her. We taught her the Word of Wisdom, and she objected about Caffee, but in the end she agreed to quit haha. She is very intelligent. She asked us questions about the Book of Mormon, such as who the gentiles are, how to use the BofM and the Bible together, if the Catholic church was the great and abominable church. She asks good questions. She is gonna be baptised.

And then, the next day, we had finished our scambio so I was back together with my normal companion, Anziano Larsen. He is in his 8th transfer. We had a lesson with a family of ex investigators called the Lucas family. They are a way cool family. They are a mom, 2 sons of 22 and 9 years, and a daughter of 16. They had been dropped about a year ago because they werent keeping committments. Anyways, we went over to their house, and started talking to them all. It was good to get to know them, expecially because they still loved the missionaries. About half way through the conversation, the mom's friend walked in, and they all start talking to us. (They are all south american by the way). They were all way interested in what we had to say, and then, at the end of the lesson, the friend asked us when she could see us again. We set up an appointment for this friday. It was great, especially because we walked away with 4 more people to teach!

On Sunday we ended up doing Mostra again, but it rained so it wasnt quite that effective. But it was fun, especially since we had some members there helping us out.

We had another Scambio yesterday, and I went with my fellow zone leader Anziano Flitton. He is a way good missionary. We had a lesson in the morning with a man that is CRAZY paranoid. He thinks the CIA is after him, and the people take his picture and give it to the mafia, and that everyone is against him. He is a member, but went crazy a few years ago. He wants to just move to Arizona and live in the middle of nowhere to get way haha. He was a big downer. And then we planned out Zone Leader training together. 

And then, today, we have just been doing a bunch of Pday things. For example, we went to a nearby city called Monreale, and the cathedrale there has the most gold of any cathedrale in all of Italy. It has 900,000 square meters of gold leafing. It is incredible.

Anyways, till next week, ci vediamo!
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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Sweet and Sour

Ciao a tutti! 

I dont have much time today, I spent the day going and seeing a city called Agrigento and all the greek temples there, and then seeing something called the Stairs of the Turks or something like that. So because of that, I am going to give you kinda a "copy and paste" from my president's letter.

We had some ups and downs this week. First thing was that our main, progressing investigator named Gino decided to take a trip to America for a couple of weeks, and he sprung that on us few days before he had actually left. He should be back in about 2 1/2 weeks, but till then that kinda put us in an interesting situation. Since then, we have really been trying to find new investigators. This last week we saw some success with it, but not enough. We are going to be trying even harder to get more people to teach because, unfortunately, the ones we found can really only see us maybe once or twice a week.

I know it is kinda silly, but when I found out today that someone had shot and killed my dog, I felt really grateful for the Plan of Salvation. It was a shocking thing that happened, and I know that the Plan of Salvation was designed for the salvation and exaltation of man, but I got a little hope in knowing that I will be able to see my dog again too. He was good dog.

We are still teaching our new convert Gaetano how to read so he can read Book of Mormon by him self. He is progressing very well, and learning at a rapid pace. Our other less-active lady named S.lla Gennaro is still smoking, and we havent seen any progress in getting her to stop either. Hopefully we will see a breakthrough soon or we will just start doing something else.

I realised alot this week that if I want more work here, it is going to take more work. I want to leave Palermo better than when I found it, and I feel that Anziano Larsen and I can do it. 

I will send photos next week! 
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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The groundhog saw his shadow.

Heya Everybody!

This email is going to be fairly short! I am a busy man.

I had a killer week. It was alot of fun with my new companion, Anziano Larsen. He is awesome. He talks to everyone, and we have alot of fun together. I enjoy my new appartment alot. I am also living with Anziano Weeks now. He started the mission with me, and this is the first time that I have lived with someone of my own group. 

We found a new investigator named Rosa this week. She should be very promising. Her brother is an ex investigator who was always drunk, so the missionaries had dropped him. Now he has moved away for work, we are able to start teaching her. 

On Sunday we did Mostra again, and it was alot of fun. Unfortunately, the evangelists came back, so we had to send them packing. I dont mind them at all, but when they come up to us with the purpose of bashing us, it really doesnt make me that happy, so we said CIAO, and they left. Punks....

Today I am going to a lighthouse for P-day, so it is gonna be awesome. Last week was really interesting. My companion had to get on a bus wednesday night instead of Thursday, so I got tossed around between a couple of different companionships in Palermo. I went to go see the Cathedrale of Palermo which was very impressive. 

Gino is doing well. He still loves the lessons that we are giving him, and little by little he is making progress. It is really cool watching someone start from Zero, literally zero, so I enjoy it alot. 

The weather here has been nuts. It cant make up its mind. One day it is hot, the next day it is freezing. Make up your mind sky! Geez...

Anyways, Things are good here in Sicilia! Till next week!
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Transfer Calls Strike Once Again

Guess what!! As I am sure you know from the title of the email, Transfer Calls came and went, and many unusual things have been learned! First this first, I am staying in Sicilia for the 10th transfer here. I am the reigning king of Sicilia. I should make myself a crown or something. And even better, I am staying here in Palermo again! Yeah! I am way excited about that. But the bad news is that I am getting a new companion... Anziano Embree is getting transfered to Statte, a little hole in the ground in main land Italia. And when I say a little whole in the ground, I mean it is TINY. I am very happy about the fact that I am staying here in Palermo. The good news is that my new companion is Anziano Larsen! He has already been here in Palermo before, so he is going to be able to help me out. He is going into his 8th transfer, and I am going into my 15th. 

Things this last week were kinda slow, and in fact I dont have much time to go into detail on the little things that happened. We have been doing alot of advertising for our GANS (young adults) center and english course, and we have already been seeing some success. And I learned how to make a bunch of different foods this week, all different types of sea food. It was a fun week, even if it was kinda slow.

Anyways, I guess that is all for now, ttyl!
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry

P.S. The pictures are of 1) a tree covered in spines. The nature here is kinda hostile sometimes. 2) a lunch with my companion and I and the North companionship, 3) and of my and my companion making food. 



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Chickens and Chinese

This last week has been CRAZY!!! Boy, let me tell ya. We have been dragged all over Sicilia at least once, started a religious war, gone into Mafia territory, and found some one that didnt want to be found.
 
On this monday, we had DDM, and we went to Mistretta. It is a way far way. In fact, it is closer to my last city Messina than it is to Palermo. We had a good meeting there, and we had a good training given by my companion. He read us a story called the Amazing Blondin (I suggest you look it up on the internet, it was quite good) and then we took a district photo together. Afterwards, I was feeling the desire to have chicken that day, so we went and bought some chicken. Then, later that night, we had meeting with our Vescovo. In fact, it was an FHE that we had with him and his family (his wife is chinese) at his house. My companion was telling me that it was the first that that they have had an FHE with the missionaries in a really long time. My companion has been here for 5 transfers, and this was the first time that my companion had an FHE with the Vescovo also. It was alot of fun, and it was very respectable also. We had a dinner, which turned out to be chicken (It must have been the spirit telling me that I wanted chicken because I really got chicken that day) and then he asked us for a spiritual thought, and then he took us home. But it was very productive I feel for Vescovo-Missionari relations because we talked to him and asked him how we could make him sleep easier at night as a Vescovo along with doing our missionary work. He asked us to make 3 things our priorities as far as the ward goes. 1) The youth of the ward. There are several people preparing for missions, and he feels a missionary presence will help alot with that. 2) The Young Single Adults. We have alot of them, an they need some help too. 3) Families with financial/ any other problems. He just wants us to be his eyes and ears because he knows that members tend to open up to missionaries more. And he invited us to come to ward council once a month. I feel that this is a good way to really start working well with my ward here.
 
On Sunday, I was sitting with my elbows on my knees and my face in my hands at the bus stop when, all of a sudden, a giant grasshopper whacks into me and freaked my out alot. I think I yelled in public haha. Later than night, we were doing Mostra again at Piazza Politeama, we were having a fun time, but then the evangelists came up and set up their Mostra on the other side of the street. It was crazy. I could literally hear one of them soapboxing, yelling "You! Have you been saved? And how many of you have been saved?" And then the daughter of the crazy evangelist lady from two weeks ago comes up to us and tries to bash us again. We sent her packing too haha. But now I fear we have started a war.... It might get bloody, who knows haha.
 
We had a cool miracle yesterday. We were trying to go around and find a bunch of less active members, and we ended up knocking into a new convert who hadnt told us where he was living because he didnt want us to come visit him because he didnt know if it would be okay with the people he was living with. It ended up being okay too, so it all worked out. But we were just thinking that in the entire half of the city where we work, we just happened to knock into one of the people we were wanting to find haha.
 
Anyways, I will write more next week! Grazie per tutto! Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Potatoes+Pasta=Goodness

Some very cool things happened this week.
 
One of the cool things that we ended up doing this week was helping someone move. On Saturday, we went and helped this less-active member lady named Emanuela Velardi move to an area of the city called Monreale. It took all morning. And let me tell ya, it is really tiring carrying heavy things down 4 flights of stairs. And then, later that night, we had to pull a mini exchange with another Anziano si chiama Knutson. We had a way cool, fun exchange all together. Later that night, we went and had one of the coolest things that happened this week. In fact, I think it maybe the coolest thing. It has to do with my investigator named Gino. I dont know if you remember or not, but he has had a recent conversion. And this week he went from never wanting to come to church with us to wanting to come to church, actually coming to chruch, and loving church. On Saturday, we gave him a tour of the Chapel. He walked around, asked some really good questions about things, and we gave him a pretty comprehensive tour of the entire building. We showed him the baptismal font from actually inside the font itself, and taught about baptism, and explained what we do in church every Sunday. As we were getting ready to leave, he stops us and asks us about a certain painting on the wall. It is the one of Christ visiting the Americas. We explain what was happening in the immage, and he then tells us that when he was living in Mexico along time ago, he remembers a man telling him a legend once about a man all dressed in white with a beard visiting the ancient people. I thought that was really cool that he put 2 and 2 together like that. We invited him to church the next day, and he came. And he said he loved it.
 
I had a way cool lunch with a bunch of africans named Eric and Vida. We ate Fufu. It is like a lump of raw dough that you break off with some soup and swallow whole. And it was actually way good. They had put bits of goat stomach inside the soup, which was actually not too bad.
 
I saw some members from Trapani in Palermo this last week. It was way good to see them again.
 
Anyways, my time has run out. I will talk with you next week!
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Il Giorno di San Valentino

This last week has been one full of incredible things. I almost dont even know where to start. I guess the best place to start is always somewhere.
 
Last Wednesday night, I got a call from my fellow Zone Leader saying that he was on his way to Palermo with him and his companion, and that they had gotten a flat tire. They were coming here because Thursday morning we were flying to Rome for Zone Leader Council. The problem was that they had anti-theft lug nuts on the tires so they couldnt get the tire off. In the end, they had to call a tow truck, and they didt arrive in Palermo till 1:00. I stayed up incase they needed to get ahold of someone, so I didnt get to bed till 1:30 and then I woke up at 6:00. Then, running on 4 1/2 hours of sleep, we got on a plane and flew to Rome where we had a way good ZL council, but unfortunately it also went a little late so I got to bet late also. The next morning, I woke up at 5:30, where the other ZL and I flew back to Palermo. I was exhausted for the next couple of days lol. I am really bad at running on low fuel now.
 
On Churchday, the 4 missionaries here in Palermo (myself included) all decided to go do Mostra. I dont know what it is called in english, but it is where you go to a place with a lot of people and set up a table with stuff to give away and posters. A couple of members came to help us out, and we spent the next 2 1/2 hours talking to people. It was incredible. It was probably the most successful night of doing finding work I have had in my mission. We got a bunch of numbers from people, met a cool 14 year old kid who wants to go up to be an exorcist because he wants to, and I quote, "take Satan down". While I was out talking to people, an evangelist lady and come up and was bashing with my companion and another missionary calling us false and our doctrine all false and everything, and she even brought up the temples. At this point, she started talking about stuff she shouldn't of have been talking about (she apparently knows how to use google and do a little digging) so my companion came up and asked me to send her way. I mustered up all the righteous wrath that I could (you guys know me, I'm basically harmeless ;D) and I sent her packing. Take that! We ended up getting about 10 numbers and names for our 2 1/2 hours of effort. Lets you know how Italia is, especially because that is the best I have ever seen.
 
This are going really interesting here in Palermo. We are still working really hard, and we have been seeing alot of really cool miracles here. The latest miracle is probably the most incredible one.
 
We have an investigator named Gino Briseno. He is from the U.S.A, and is here because he is filthy rich and wants to learn Italian and write a book about the Mafia. He didnt really believe in God. When he thought about God, he thought of a Being/Energy in a different reality, and that we are just probes attached to it so it can gather information about this world. I had my first lesson with him a week ago, in which he had basically reached rock bottom in the fact that he told us that he didnt really even know if he believed in God, and that certainly God doesnt love him. I had pin pointed him out as being a scientific man, so I challenged him to an experiment where every day for a week he would read the Book of Mormon and then pray in some way. We left him a model of how to pray, and then we left also.
 
A week later, we get a call from him asking us to come visit him (which has never happened before) so we quickly set up an appointment and went to go visit him. The difference was night to day. We had a member named Salvo with us, and he speaks english, so we decided to bring him along for the ride. As usual, when we arrive, Gino talked a lot. He is very lonely because he doesnt speak italian yet, and he doesnt have really any friends but us and some other people he had met. He talked about everything, and him and Salvo got acquainted. When we got the lesson started in the end, he told us he had been doing the experiment, and that he had been getting some results. At this point he handed us a paper and told us to read it. My companion started reading it outloud. It had a really interesting story written on it. It concludes like this:
 
"I will open the door for you. You can come in if you want."
The breeze flew in.
Now I'm not alone. Thank God!
 
The way he had described it, he praying one night (which is something he had NEVER done before in his life) and all of a sudden all these crazy feelings that he had never felt before came and hit him. Something pushed him to go and write what he did. He then told us that where before he had viewed God as an energy, now he views him a friend.
 
Salvo, the member with us, had gotten slightly emotional, and then said that that experience was almost exactly like the one he had had 30 years ago in the era of his own baptism. It was perfect that he was there with us.
 
It was incredible. I realise that I am probably going to finish my mission here in Palermo, and one of my biggest desires is to go home seeing miracles. I am going to expect them, especially after what happened with Gino.
 
Grazie per tutto! Siete il mio sostegno.
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Palermitano cioè someone from Palermo

Heya Everybody! Anziano Parry here, and I just want to say that things are looking up here in Palermo 2. A couple of interesting things happened this week, especially concerning us and at least one member. I don't know what it was like in the past, but apparently there were maybe some missionaries here a while ago that would just go to the church just to be there, and then leave without doing anything. Anyways, there was this member named Antonio here. He is a GANS (its the italian version of Young Single Adults), and on Sunday morning on our way to church he and Anziano Embree got into a really heated argument. He was just accusing us of not doing anything, being lazy, going to church just to play ping-pong, etc etc, about a bunch of stuff that isnt and wasn't true, and everyones blood started boiling. He ended up shoving Embree, but nothing more than that happened. We got to church, and we talked to the Bishop about it, and apparently this member is a little special in the sense that he feels jealous very easily about the missionaries, and he told us that if he ever punches us, then to punch him back (which we probably wont do haha). It was a crazy situation, but we got it all calmed down.
 
As far as the work goes, it is pretty slow right now. We are going to be focusing our efforts alot on doing finding and trying to get new investigators because as of right now our investingators are a bunch of scrubs. If they dont start making progress then they probably wont be on our list to visit for very much longer. We have been also going through the member book, and we are going to start doing a less-active push too. It is time to get the work going again here.
 
I have been studying in the bible, and the Book of Mormon. In the bible, I am in the part of the new testament that you can finish basically a book a day. In fact, today I read 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. And in the Book of Mormon, and I reading in Alma. Yesterday, I read Alma 40.
 
We had a huge miracle this week. On last monday, we had lesson with a member family, and  we asked them to pray about an area in the city where we could go to do finding work. Then, on this Saturday, we gave the Dad of the family a call saying that we were going to the area to do finding and we wanted to know where to go. He said that he would pick us up and take us there. So he picked us up, and he started telling us about how his family had recieved very specific answers to their prayers. The wife felt that we needed to go to this Piazza, find the Pretura (a government building), and go behind it. The dad dreamt a street lined with trees, and the #69 with the name Bologna. So we go to this area, and we start doing street and house till we arrive at this house with the #69 named Bologna. We were amazed. No one was home, so we decided to say a prayer. Afterwards, the Dad said he felt we needed to stop a woman. I felt we should talk about the plan of salvation, and Anziano Embree felt it was going to be on that road. Two seconds later a lady walked by, and we stopped her and talked to her about the Plan of Salvation, right infront of #69. It was crazy. Later, we go to this member's house, and we start talking with the daughter. She tells us that she had dreamt a lady with blonde, long, straight hair. It matched perfectly the lady we stopped and contacted. It was a miracle.
 
I just want to let you know that last night I ate my 107th pizza since being coming to Italia. That is definately one thing that I am going to miss in 4 months. Pizza.... it is hands down my favorite food in Italia. And Lasagna.
 
Anyways, Vi voglio bene, and to be continued next week on missionary email channel.
Anziano Parry



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Spleen anyone?

Heya Tutti! Come state? Bene? Spero che stiate bene, ma a volte è difficile stare bene, quindi capisco se non lo siete. Ma, in questo momento, sto bene:D
 
So guess what? Here in Palermo, which is a città fantastica, there is a food here that is famous. Everyone here talks about a sandwich called Pane ca'meusa, which is dialect for Panino con Milza. Which is, in english, a spleen sandwich. So, of course, I had to try to it. My first day here, I got one, and it was pretty good. And then today we went and got another one from a place called Nino Ballerino, which is supposedly the best place in the city to get one. A member took us there (us meaning all four missionaries here in Palermo), and we ate together. It was pretty darn incredible. By the way, the one making the face is my companion haha. He is a stud. We have alot of fun together. The one on the right of my companion is Anziano Davis, one of my ex-companions, and the other one is Anziano Knutson. The member on the far left is named Salvo Minà. He is way cool.
 
Since being here, I have felt alot better about alot of things. I think I was just really ready for a change. So I have been getting myself back into a good groove, and it is amazing how much better you feel in a good groove.
 
The work here in Palermo is doing pretty good. We have alot of potential for alot of good growth, so we are going to be pushing really hard in that direction. I hope to be really able to make a change in this city. We had one lady show up like she fell out of the sky on Sunday. She is the wife of an investigator that we have had here for the last little while, at least thats what my companion was telling me. And, on Sunday, she just showed up in church, unexpectedly. That was really cool.
 
On Monday, we went to Mistretta (a nearby city) to do DDM (District Development Meeting). And while I was there, I realised that the other 3 members of the district, if we add all their trasfers together, have only 1 more transfer than I do. I guess you know you are old in the mission when things like that start happening. I am in my 14th transfer now, out of 16.
 
And I had an epiphany about my future. But it just ended up confusing me even more. But I guess that shouldnt bother me. All I need to do now is worry about getting people to feel the spirit and to decide to investigate, come to church, and in the end be baptised. Which isnt nearly as easy as you think it would be. But man can it be alot of fun. I love it with all my heart.
 
Anyways, grazie for everything that you guys do for me! You are the best!
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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More Cannoli anyone?

Well Ciao Ciao Ciao a Tutti!
 
So guess what? I have a story for all of you. Things are going very very well here in Messina. The sun in shining (only about half the time), the birds are singing (it is really just the cooing of pigeons), and I am here in an internet point in Italia sitting next to a buch of punk teenagers playing online gambling and listening to italians talk about soccer in the background. I would say that life is good. Well, at least it is in this moment of time.
 
So the story is this.... I have witnessed a Strike. A strike in the sense of all of the big truck drivers in Sicilia (and maybe Italia) decided that gas really does cost too much, (it really does. I put 120 USD of gas in our car the other day, and I bought not quite 14 gallons of gas) and so they just stopped working. They blocked all the freeways, interstate highways, and toll booths, and there was no moving of any kind of comercial good for about a week. You know what that means? It means that no gas refilled the gas stations, so the city was without gas for about 4 days. It means that no food was brought it to restock grocery stores, and it was nuts. We went and bought a 10 day supply of food, and it was crazy to see grocery stores just completely empty because italians, being italians, thought it was the end of the world and completely pillaged, raped, and plundered in a viking like manner all of the grocery storys.  But now, it looks like the strike has ended, and that everything is back to normal. So Mom, DONT WORRY!
 
And I have another story for you! I have been transfered! I am staying in Italy! Whoo hoo! And what is even more, I am staying in Sicilia! (That was seriously an answer to my prayers). I wanted to either go to Roma, or stay in Sicilia, and my wish was granted. I love Sicilia too much to leave it. The people...the food..... the cannoli.... everything! And what is even more, my new city is going to be Palermo, in the Palermo 2 ward! I will still be Zone Leader, which leaves me hoping and praying that there is going to be a district leader in Trapani because I would get to go do splits there! Trapani! Yeah! I loved Palermo while I was in that zone, and now I am headed back there. President Kelly (my mission president) told me that it is probably going to be my last city.  I have 3 transfers left, so I would probably agree with him. My companion is going to be an Anziano Embree. I am not sure where he is from, but he is a way cool kid. I am excited to work with him. We are going to SPACCARE Palermo together!
 
Last Wednesday, after I had done email, something crazy had happened. I was at home that night, and I was actually in bed. It was 10:40, and the phone rings. Anziano Botalla (one of my roommates, and the other zone leader) answers the phone, and it turns out to be a doctor saying that Giaimo (one of the new converts) is in the emergency room of the hospital and he wants us to take him home. We called president, got permission, and Botalla and bounced to the hospital. Let it forever be known that Italian hospitals make you pay to park in the parking lot or they wont let you leave haha. We pick Giaimo up, and he was fine, except that he was very depressed. His story is that he has lived alone for the last 25 years in a neighbor hood where everyone hates him (they threw bricks through his windows once, and a couple months ago some teenagers beat him up. He is a 65 year old man.), and he has had almost 0 positive contact with people in a really long time. He ended up having a panic attack, and went to the hospital where he called the only people in the entire city of Messina that he trusts: us missionaries. Botalla and I stayed with him at his house for a little while to keep him company, gave him a blessing, and then we went back home. We didnt get home and in bed till 1:30. It was a crazy night. It really hit me how much effect we actually have on the lives of the people that we teach as missionaries. It was a huge pleasure for me to be able to help someone out that really needed it the way he did. Needless to say, I didnt wake up at 6:30 the next morning haha.
 
The work has been pretty slow in for me and my companion the last couple of days. You know why? Because we are being blown out. Which means that both of us are leaving. Anziano Nelson is going to Gela, and two missionaries are coming to take our place. We have been trying to get things ready for them, so we have been doing alot of area book, and visiting people telling them that two different missionaries will be coming the next time. It is kinda interesting being blown out.
 
Last night we had our big farewell for our english course. And, being the advanced teacher, I decided to do something really bold with our 3 advanced students. I taught them how to pray in english. I told them that praying in a different language helps so much in learning that language, and that it has been a huge help for me in learning italian. They all thought it was actually a good idea, and the promised that they would try it. And then, because it was our last night, Anziano Nelson and I did the spiritual thought at the end. And we decided to be really bold again. He shared a quote about service from President Monson, and I bore a hard core testimony about the Book of Mormon. I told them that if there was anyone there who didnt have a copy of the BofM to get a copy, and for those who had a copy to read it, and for those who had read some of it to be taught by the missionaries, because it had changed my life. Anziano Nelson basically did the same thing too. Right after the class, two ladies came up and asked for copies of the book, and we gave it to them. Later, Anziano Botalla came up and told us that those two ladies were crying the whole time. How cool is that!? Then, we had a pizza party with those of english course that wanted to stay.
 
Well, that was my week. Sorry for the novel this time! I hope you enjoy it. Till next time.
Vi voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Heya Famiglia!

Well, I am going to be completely, and utterly honest today:D I really dont feel like writing too much, so I am sorry if I wont be too creative with my writing today.
 
First things first, I suppose, is that this that week was pretty crazy again! I spent from Wednesday to satuday with Anziano Migliori, who is a missionary is Siracusa right now. He is doing well. My companion went to Napoli this week for his permesso di soggiorno process, so I got to stay here while he made the trip with Migliori's companion. It was alot of fun. We taught Giuseppe, who is still a huge stud, and quit smoking in a day. A day! He does everything that we ask him to do. He is awesome.
 
And then I spent a few days in Siracuse also with Migliori doing work there, and it was a blast. I have a cool testimony builder about the Prophet while doing that exchange in Siracusa. We stopped a man on the street, and we told him that God had called another Prophet and more Apostles on the earth, and he was amazed! He had never heard that before. He gave us his phone number, and said that he wanted to hear more because it was important. His reaction blew my mind. It not that I took the Prophet for granted, but I took the prophet for granted! It never seemed to hit me just how incredible it is to have a Prophet on the earth.
 
And then on Tuesday we had zone conference! It was incredible! I had alot of fun. And I had a crazy interview with president Kelly.
 
This is Transfer call week! The call comes this saturday! And I am expecting to be transfered, from what President Kelly told me. So I will have to let you know next week what happens.
 
Well, that is all for today!
Vi Voglio bene!
Anziano Parry
 
P.S. The photo is of me, Anziano Gatchel, and Sorella Tinoco. She is the last Sorella alive in my group that came with me. Crazy, huh?
 



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La Befana, The Good Witch

Lo and Behold, The Befana! The good witch! I heard a brand new theory concerning the legend of the Befana (for those of you who dont know about it, Google it).  So this theory goes like this: The Befana is the wife of Santa Claus. Santa Claus is the one that goes out and gives gifts and whatnot to good children on the 25th. It is the Befana that goes around on the 6th and gives more gives to good kids, and coal to the bad kids. All along, it has really been the wife of Santa Claus that likes giving the black rock. I really never knew haha. But it turns out that the 6th is the day officially recognised by the Catholic church as the day when Jesus Christ was baptised at the start of his ministry. Wow.... I never knew that one.
 
This last week was absolutey full of companion exchanges. On wendnesday night, I had a Scambio with a certain Anziano Knuteson from Montana. He is great. He is dying. In fact, he is going home in 3 weeks. He is only 3 transfers ahead of me in the mission. He is in his 16th, and I am in my 13th. It was weird thinking that that is going to be me in 4 months. I try not to think about it, but there is a very slight, but very real and very attractive shimmer of relief on that little thought. It is interesting. He is a good guy, and he is ready to go home.
 
Next, on Friday, I went to Catania with a certain Anziano Marengo from Perù! It was a great experience. He is a good guy too. He is alot younger than me in the mission, but has been living in italy for the last 10 years, more or less, so it was like spending a day with an italian. While on this Scambio, I had the priviledge of interviewing a man named Andrea for Baptism. He passed with flying colors. He had a very strong testimony of a modern Prophet. He told me all about how he had researched every modern prophet since Joseph Smith, and he knew that every single one of them was a Prophet. It was very cool.
 
Then, on Monday, I had an exchange with a certain Anziano Kearl from Utah. I loved this scambio. Not only did I have alot of fun, but I learned a ton from him. He is in his 7th transfer. I dont know how I can explain it, but he is a really good missionary.
 
On Monday, guess what I had to do? I had to go back to the Questura! Yay! Mamma mia, and guess what again? It turned out to be a complete waste of time. I went because about a month ago I recieve a text saying that I needed to go to the Questura on a certain day at a certain time to pick up my Renewed Permesso di Soggiorno. And so I get there, and I find out that the people in Rome (because Rome is the one that does the actual renewal) havent even looked at my papers yet haha. I dont think this process will ever end.
 
Last Preparation Day, the missionaries from Reggio Calabria came over and we all played Football Americano together on the beach. And, as usual, I ended up jacking myself up (see pictures). Dont worry, it looks ALOT worse than it really was haha.
 
I had a lesson the other night with our investigator Giuseppe Nunnari. We are now helping him quit smoking. He is a baller. When we taught him the word of wisdom, he accepted it, and then I had him take is cigarettes, crush them, and then throw them away. Then I called him just a little while ago, and he said he still hasnt stopped smoking. He is a stud.
 
I am doing well. I recommend not eating any of the tiny red pepers you might find in Italia. They tend to pack QUITE the kick.
 
Vi Voglio bene,
Anziano Parry



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Buon Anno A Tutti!

Heya Everybody! Its a me, Anziano Parry!
 
So this last week has been a wild one. Well...kinda.
 
First things first, To Ammon and Brad, I want to say:
 
Tanti Auguri a Voi!
Tanti Auguri a Voi!
Tanti Auguri a Ammon e Brad,
Tanti Auguri a Voi!
 
I hope that you have/had a happy birthday.
 
As for New Years, it was kinda wild, yet really lame at the same time. Here in Italia, everyone absolutely loves New Years. They love it so much, in fact, that everyone buys fireworks that go BANG. And the bigger the bang it makes, the better firework it is.  So people set out to make their own concoctions that make noise. And then they sell them. And as a result, every year there are hundreds of people injured. People lose hands here all the time. Its a normal occurance here. In fact, this year, someone lost their hand at 6:00 pm. He was the first one, and he lived in Napoli haha. Italians... Gotta love 'em.  But because of the fact that it is SLIGHTLY more dangerous here than it is in the States, we had to be in the house by 6:00 pm. We got to play Risiko, and eat alot of good food that people decided to bring us, and then we said goodbye to sleeping when all the bombs decided to go off. It was loud, you could hear everything, but we live in a quiet part of the city right next to a police station so everything was a long way off. It was fun.
 
Then, on Monday, we had a mass day of cleaning. Twice a year, we deep clean the apartment. And this time,it needed it haha. We spent all day cleaning, scrubbing, mopping, washing, shining, organizing, sweeping, wiping, etc etc. And I must say, my appartment is now the cleanest it has been since I have been here.
 
As for work, things are going very well this week! We have been working with a lot of people this week, and several different new investigators that have alot of potential. We challenged two investigators to baptism this week. One is named Giuseppe Nunnari, and the other is named Enrico Nostro. One accepted immediately, Enrico, and we set a date for the 29th of Gennaio. The other said he wasnt certain about it yet, but promised that he would pray about it. We are going to be working with both of them striving for the goal of baptism.  
 
And I advise all people everywhere to not eat little tiny red pepers. It is just not worth it haha. And I did it without drinking anything. It really, probably.... it actually absolutely definately was not the smartest thing I have ever done. Mi Raccomando, eh?
 
Anyways, things are going great here! I have probably said that before, but hey, it is just as true as ever.
Vi voglio bene!
Anziano Parry



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