This week was SO GREAT!!! The church is so true! We've recognized Gods hand in every moment of the day this past week and it's the most amazing thing He really is watching over us!
A couple small miracles I want to share, one night we went to go see this family we had been teaching and when we knocked on their door no one answered but we both had the feeling to keep waiting. As were waiting we could hear a lot of people in the apartment next to us and both had the strongest feeling to knock on their door. So we did, and a cute big family from Nigeria opened the door:) we told the dad we had a message on the family to share and he said sure come in! First time I've ever been let in to a house doing casa a casa yay!!!! Anyways we find out they're all Muslim but not practicing, which means we have to get permission from president to teach them but we really feel they have a lot of potential, they loved our message and we found Book of Mormons for them in French and Igbo:) were teaching them the restoration next week!
I did a scambio with the Foggia greenie Sorella Peterson this last week and we saw SO many miracles it was awesome! One morning we had to make a trip up to Carbonara to visit a less active. On the bus ride there we were talking to this man about why we are here and he seemed very interested and out of no where this lady comes and sits across from him and says "listen to these girls, what they are saying is true. Think about it, after Christ and His apostles died the authority was not on the earth anymore and there had to have been a need for a restoration! What they're saying is true!" #memberpresentlesson it was the craziest thing, turns out she had been to our church a couple times many years ago and loved it. She gave us her number and we're seeing her Tuesday! The other man we were talking to also gave us his number, haha I think he was just as shocked as we were :) Before going to Carbonara I had a feeling to grab a progress record of a girl who lived in Carbonara, had been taught one time but the missionaries in the past dropped her cause she didn't have time to see them. Anyways, after teaching our less active we walked around in the pouring rain trying to find this address! This angel lady helped us and we finally found the street, so we get to this house and this cute girl answers the door and says it's raining come in!!! SHES FROM THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC! She met an Italian when he was on vacation there and they moved here and have 2 kids! She then proceeded to tell us that she works 7 days a week unless it is raining, so it was a miracle that we saw her:) Her mom had also just moved here from the DR so only spoke Spanish but she came in and listened. We had a really spiritual lesson and I'm so grateful God made it rain that day so we could go and find her!
Last night was one of my favorite moments ever. Cute, cute Fratello Lagatolla has been struggling with smoking again and he's heart broken and so are we so we're trying to do all we can to get him back on track! He called us up last week and told us he wants to do an hour of missionary work with us every week, so last night we met him in Centro. He's lived here for 70 years now and is the friendliest person in the world so you can imagine all the people he knows in this city-he literally stopped everyone he knew and we had the opportunity to talk to all his friends and explain who we are. Then he would bear his testimony it was SO awesome and we found some people who I believe are ready to hear the gospel. We then went and sat in a gelateria and shared Grazie a Lui and at the end Angelo took off his glasses wiped away all his tears and said this video contains everything we need to know and we testified how our Savior will help us overcome any difficulty or trial we have and it was just so spiritual!!
Miracle #82798 from this week, we were walking to an appointment one morning and Sorella Nelson and I both walked by this lady and said hi to her and then she stops us, looks at us for awhile and looks at our name tags and then says I was baptized in your church many many years ago! She then proceeds to tell us that she is going out of town and will be back next week and we must come by and see her on Thursday:) She gave us her address and her number and then walked away....we have no record of her on our ward list or anything, we are so excited to meet with her and her family....the Lord works in mysterious ways:)
We have continued to go over and teach cute Antonia, the woman who was taught for 4 years. We taught her the restoration last week the spirit was very strong and we invited her to be baptized, she was a bit hesitant but agreed that we all go to church next week, eat pranzo together and then start a fast for her and her daughter who can't have children right now. I can't wait, her heart has softened over the past years she hasn't been taught and I think with time she will see how the gospel will change her and her family's life! On our way back from her house I sat next to this man on the bus that I've talked to before. He's Muslim and from Africa, we've talked a bit about what he believes and he said he believes that Jesus Christ was a prophet...and I thought, I can't let this man leave this bus thinking that that's the only thing our Savior has done for him--so I just testified of our Savior and his atonement and that He suffered for this sweet man and He loves him and knows Him personally. And at the end the man just quietly said thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Many times:) He told me the next time we see each other he wants a Book of Mormon in French. This gospel is for EVERYONE.
One of my most cherished experiences of my mission was last week on the #4 bus, haha so we walk on the bus and I see a cute nun with an empty seat next to her so I go and sit next to her and we start talking...turns out she speaks English really well! She asked me what we believe in and I was able to talk about the restoration and the Book of Mormon and then she told me what she believed in and how we're both serving the Lord :) It was almost her stop to get off the bus so we exchanged numbers, she stands up, winks at me and says "go save them" and walks off the bus! Hahaha I will cherish this moment for the rest of my life.
I could talk about a thousand more awesome and spiritual and funny experiences this last week but there's not quite enough time:) Mannnn I love being a missionary, there's nothing better! I love you all and miss you so much!
Ciao tutti vi voglio un sacco di bene
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI