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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