Christmas was so wonderful! We had the opportunity to make 100 he is the gift CDs with a Christmas message and pass along cards and go take them to all of the less actives in our area this week and get some of the members involved with missionary work and come with us to deliver them! Such a special experience :) haha after doing about 10 of the CDs we checked one to make sure it worked and along with the he is the gift video it had "accidentally" downloaded the whole book or Mormon audio in Italian :) we had no idea how that happened...but it did and I'm sure someone needed it!
On Christmas we were able to go to the funeral of the cute mom of the Iacavelli family and it was such a special experience. Really helped me to focus on the importance of our Savior and the peace and comfort his atonement brings into our lives! I don't remember if I told you but this family lost a 19 yr old son in a car crash and then lost their other son, daughter in law who was pregnant, and grandson in a car crash when they were driving home from the temple. There are 3 other siblings who aren't members and one who is and she is so brava! Anyways, in other words they are such a special family and have been through so much together. All of the grandchildren talked at the beginning of the funeral and were very distraught and could barely get a word out, and the rest of the family in the congregation was sobbing it was so sad! Then fratello Santoro and fratello carnivale both got up and talked about the plan of salvation and brought the most beautiful spirit into the room. Sorella Dew and I did a musical number "our saviors love". A calmness came over the whole family and for the rest of the meeting no one was crying like they were before, you could feel the powerful message of Gods plan for us and the atonement bringing so much hope into these family's hearts. Simona, one of the granddaughters told her mom she wants to learn more about this plan so we are going over next Sunday, I am so excited! So grateful I was able to spend Christmas with them!
We had a HUGE surprise yesterday!!! elder oaks and his wife came and visited Rome for Christmas, and yesterday he felt very inspired to do a fireside with all of the missionaries here in this mission. so all of us missionaries in Bari took a trip to foggia and gathered in the tiny church and watched it broadcasted to all the missionaries here! Elder oaks had felt inspired just a few minutes before the meeting that both him and his wife would get up and speak together at the same time, and just go completely off of the spirit. It was incredible, they both said things and shared experiences that I believe every single missionary in the mission needed to hear. It was SO inspired and so specific to our needs in the mission. The spirit was very strong! One thing they talked about was how God is building the temple in Rome, and how God will not build a temple to stand empty! The reason this temple has all ready taken 8 years to build is because these sweet Italians just aren't quite ready, and we have a wonderful opportunity to help prepare them to make these wonderful covenants, it's all in His timing :) It was such a special experience and I'm so grateful I was able to be a part of it...watching it just confirmed my testimony that elder oaks is an apostle and was called by God and is very in tune with the spirit!
I hope everyone had a meryyyyyy Christmas! We had 4 pranzos 4 days in a row (in other words we ate 4 thanksgiving meals back to back) and my body still doesn't know what happened to it. I still know that God loves me because He sent me to a place where people LOVE food :) Thank you for all the love and support and prayers I love you all and hope you have a happy New Years!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI