I don't even know how to put into words or express how beautiful and spirit filled this whole week has been! We've had some unforgettable experiences and moments that have changed my mission and VITA:)
The mission conference with Presidente Kearon and anziano Sabin and his wife was amaaaazing! It was something I will definitely never forget and I will treasure all the things that I learned for the rest of my life! One thing they really focused on is how we need not only teach the message but we need to BE THE MESSAGE in everything we do! And one thing he said that hasn't left my mind since is how when we leave a house they should know and feel that two angels have just left! He talked about when he met the missionaries in London for the first time it was like he walked into a wall of light, he didn't remember one thing they said but he did remember the way they made him feel. So we have just been trying our best to BE that message and truly show people how happy and peaceful this gospel makes us!!! And we have seen such a huge difference in the way people are responding to us!
An experience we had with that this week was with adorable Mimo and Silvana! Mimo is a new convert and his wife took the lessons in the last year but really struggled quitting smoking. Well one day we were in the area and my sweet Sorella felt so prompted to go pass by their pizzeria so we did and we found Silvana feeling so down and nervous. Her brother had just gone into a coma a few days before and she hadn't slept at all the night before. We sat down with her and just tried our best to bring a little light into her day, get this situation off her mind and bring her happiness! For the first time since I've been here in Passo she was so open and started talking about how much she loves the gospel and everything we believe in. By the end we were testifying of Gods plan for her brother and by the end she lifted her head up from her hands and said "you two have completely changed how I feel today and how I feel about my brother. HE IS IN GOOD HANDS"
Next experience was with Gianni...he's been VERY sick the last little while and unfortunately can't leave his house very much, so we've just been leaving notes in his mailbox and passages to read in the Book of Mormon:) We were able to get him out for 30 minutes the other day and all the light he had in his eyes before was completely gone, I have never seen him so sad or empty! He started talking to us about how young he is and how angry he is with God because he should have so much more life to live and immediately this love just came over me that I have never felt for anyone in my life! I can't explain how I felt except this: I wanted so badly for Him to know that God loves Him and wants Him to be happy during this time and that's why he sent Gianni to us so he could hear this message. There's nothing more beautiful than telling someone they are a child of God un figlio di un RE and feeling the spirit confirm those words to me and to Gianni just brought tears to my eyes!!!!
Our sweet hermana Luisa came to church again on Sunday for all three hours and absolutely loved it! During gospel principles we were talking about the family and all of a sudden she stood up and bore her beautiful testimony of her role as a mother and the family and afterwards she told us she had felt a hand push her out of her chair to share those feelings:) We went to her house Sunday afternoon as well and taught her about receiving answers and how God didn't send us here to be confused and alone. He will always respond, and we just testified of how pure and HAPPY we felt at our baptism and she just began to cry and said she is looking for that happiness and doesn't know where to find it. At the end we all knelt down and in her beautiful Spanish prayer she asked God so sincerely to know if this church is true and if she should be baptized and if this will bring her HAPPINESS. The joy we all felt in that moment was indescribable!
One of my favorite things mentioned from the conference was when elder Sabin said " the thing that will surprise us most when we pass through the veil is how well we know HIM." What was the first word that Heavenly Father spoke in this dispensation? "Joseph." He knew him by name and He knows everyone of us by name and He LOVES us no matter where we've been or who we were yesterday. None of that matters, it's where we are going:) WE ARE his children HE IS OUR PADRE! and it doesn't matter what anyone or what the world thinks about us what matters is what HE thinks about us and he LOVES us! I testify to that with all my cuore! Let's go BE the message, show people how happy this knowledge makes us!
I think the happiest thing I heard from this week is my dear Samantha from Messina turned in her mission papers!!!!! I can't stop smiling!!! This work is HASTENING!!!!!! Have a belllllisssima week!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI