Well this week was SO GOOD!!! I just want to say that I am so grateful to be a missionary...there's seriously nothing better than to be testifying of our Savior every single day in every single moment! These past 6 months I have had some of the most spiritual and cherished experiences and I am SO grateful to be a part of the Lords work in bringing the WORLD His truth!!!! Transfer calls were on Saturday, Sorella Dew is going back to her birth city Rome 3 and I am staying here and getting Sorella Nelson who's in Napoli right now!!!!!! Wahoo so excited she is one transfer older than me and is SO CUTE! Saturday took Sorella Brunson to the airport, it was like saying bye to the fam all over again...she is one of the best people/missionaries I know and has shaped my mission so grateful I got to serve with her!
So to start...:) there were lots of people to see this week because Sorella Brunson was leaving and we saw so many crazy miracles! One of which was we had 8 meal appointments this last week, (3 of which were in one day) and we prayed that we would be able to make it through this week without getting sick or throwing up and God definitely blessed us and helped us through the week, and helped us to waddle to all of our appointments haha. One of my favorite experiences this week, we went and saw Sorella Calebrese in the nursing home, she's pretty lonely...oh mamma she is 92 years old and so full of life!!! Every time we see her my stomach hurts cause I'm laughing so much. The best is she's not supposed to eat sweets but at all the meals she steals all these cookies and rolls and hides them in a huge napkin and locks them up in the cupboard in her room. And then she shares them with us :) she told us how she used to like to dance so we turned on some Italian Efy music and danced with her!!! Haha she was so happy and cute, she has some of the best dance moves I've ever seen for a 92 year old.
Monday night we went over to Grazias, every time we see them they seem to be doing better and better and more happy. Grazia has found a little work that will help them out right now which is such a huge blessing. She used to own a pizzeria so she is an incredible cook and she had prepared a huge dinner with fried pastries, along with panzarotti and pizza! We literally couldn't breathe, this is no exaggeration. We taught the little girls how to make brownies and they loved it! Then we read this book with them "You Are Special" (tu sei speciale) it was so cute. And when Grazia was reading it she was like hey this is just like me and how God feels about me! And we testified how they are all daughters of God and they are so special and have so much potential. And God loves them so much and knows them personally and He created them and didn't create errors. He loves them so much. The spirit was really strong, it was a beautiful night, and every time we go over they become more and more prepared for this Gospel. We gave the little girls the children's Book of Mormon with the pictures that I used to read when I was little and they LOVED it!
One night we went to Carbonara to go teach our investigator Anna, haha boy shes a hoot. She is the most catholic person I have ever met here...It was really cool cause she asked us if she could show us this prayer she does to this saint and we were like va bene and as she was saying this memorized prayer the room just felt so empty and I was just so sad that people don't understand they can pray to Heavenly Father and have a personal conversation with him and just pour out their hearts instead of saying this memorized prayer!!! And immediately after we showed her the Mormon message "Mountains to Climb" and the Spirit just entered the room and the difference between that moment and the way I felt before was incredible and so discernible! It was incredible I couldn't hold back the tears. She was more quiet than she's ever been after watching this and we all just testified that she can have this relationship with our Heavenly Father, that He loves her and she needs to pray tonight to ask God to feel this love. We then said a prayer with her at the end and I could really feel that we were talking to God and that He was listening and I know Anna could feel it as well. It was so cool.
After Anna's we went and waited for the bus! It takes about 30 minutes to get from her house to the church and we had a lesson with Giada to get to. The bus was late and after waiting for about 15 minutes at the dark cold stop we all said a prayer and as soon as we opened our eyes the bus was coming down the street. GOD IS SO AWARE OF US. We made it to the lesson on time with Giada and Giuseppe:) We got to teach her the restoration and it was AWESOME! She understood that this has so much importance for her and Giuseppe shared a powerful testimony of how he came to know this was true. She was like, I'm curious why do I need to be baptized again if I've all ready been baptized (in the Catholic Church)? And when we explained the priesthood authority and everything she just got it. It was so cool and you could tell the Spirit was testifying to her of the truth of these things. she seemed so happy. We then both felt prompted to invite her to be baptized and afterwards she smiled, and said yes, when I know that these things are true I will be baptized :) AHHHH! It was so cool. She has a baptism date for February 27th!
We had dinner with Giuseppe's family one night, he is the only member but WOW his family is so ready and so prepared for this gospel. They are the most united and loving and stable family I have met here in Italy and I know the gospel will bless them so much. They all came to Giuseppe's baptism a few months ago and were so touched by the change they have seen in him. Anyways Giuseppe is getting ready to go take names to the Switzerland temple in March with the rest of the ysas, (Young Single Adults), and when he asked his family if he could do their family's work his parents said YES! Their hearts are being softened and I am so grateful!!! We also went and saw the Lossandros last night, cute couple in their 80s. He's not a member but the wife is and she's an angel, he told us last night he had a dream that he was in a room with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father asked him why he hasn't been praying and talking to Him, so Remmo has been praying every day the last week and has began to develop a relationship with God. So beautiful to watch someone's heart change.
I love the gospel so much, it's the most simple yet beautiful and true message we have and sharing it with the people of Italy the last 6 months has changed my life! I feel so close to my Savior and Heavenly Father. I'm so happy I'm staying here in Bari, I'm not quite ready to leave these people! Ciao ciao love you all :)
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI