It's been a really beautiful and busy, busy week and I'm grateful....so grateful to be here,,,during this season:)
I don't have a lot to say about investigators this week because we spent most of our time doing a bunch of other cose importante, but I feel like you guys got a feel of the week from all the pictures, haha, so I'm going to keep this one short. At least I'll try....First off I got to do 3 exchanges this week with some of the coolest sisters.....Sorella Bicchieri from Italy, Sorella Tacchi from England, Sorella Walsh from Cali. And, looking back I really am so overwhelmed with gratitude and pure LOVE for the opportunity to meet so many faithful people from all around the world and hear their stories and be so so so strengthened by their testimonies...some people sacrifice so much more than I understand to come out here and tell people about Gesù cristo for 18 months of their life and it's so beautiful. :) So inspiring. Just felt the spirit so much this week being around them.
Friday we had specialized training and then got to go caroling at this huge cathedral by the Spanish steps....it was such a beautiful experience! We had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into, turns out it was a competition and we took 3rd place out of 5, hahaha! But it really was so neat, the spirit was so strong....music just brings such a powerful spirit:) something I will never forget.
Thursday we had a family night with the Garcia family and then Alba and Nicolas family that we're teaching, it was awesome. We made pizza together and then we taught them the restoration and it was so cool because they practically spoon fed us the lesson....Alba was like, WHY are there so many churches and they all say that they are true so how can I know which one is? It was really neat, and we really focused on how the gospel and modern prophets bless families and they just loved the family proclamation:) I love this season because Italians sure love being with their families and there just seems to be a lot more love in the home:) Praying that this sweet family can put their doubts behind them and continue to show their faith in Christ:)
I hope everyone has a beautiful merry Christmas :) We got to do service 3 mornings in a row this week, cutting this mans lawn by hand (I have a new appreciation for our lawn mower), cleaning out a wine cellar and working in the marataros olive orchard....I love this time of year especially in the mission because people are a bit more willing to let their hearts be changed by Christ...it's been quite the rainy, dark, cold week up here in Passo Corese but I've truly been able to see how our message is LIGHTING the world:)) One night we went with all the Ward members out caroling in the park....again...the spirit that music brings! Cute Nicola (special needs ward missionary) was running around as we were singing and handing out all of our pass along cards...he would stop them and then motion to us if they had interest and we would run out from the choir and share a message with them. We found a really sweet mother and daughter, Renata and Patrizia and again saw their eyes LIGHT up when we started talking about Christ:) I know He lives, I know He loves us. This is the reason I came to Italy...to tell these sweet children of God that they can come to know who their Savior is better..and in doing so we find PEACE:) Take a moment this Christmas to remember what He has done for you...and follow His example by doing something for someone else! BUON NATALE A TUTTI
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI