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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