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 PerĂ¹! 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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