Ciao a tutti....vi voglio troppo bene lo sapete?!?! Questa settimana è andata benissssimo!!! Vediamo la mano di Dio in ogni momento, ogni giorno nella nostra opera. Il mio cuore sarà a Messina per sempre!!!!! I am so overwhelmed with love for my mission and this chance to share my simple testimony of Jesus Christ with these Italians! There have been so many instances and experiences this last week that have filled my heart with so much gratitude and love for this work and my Savior!
One night walking home we had 10-15 minutes so we walked up to the first girl we saw sitting on a bench in piazza and it turned out to be such a sweet miracle. Her name's Bridget, she's about 20 and studying at university, we immediately said a prayer with her and began to teach her the restoration. She explained how that night she was feeling so sad and alone and then we walked up. We asked her how her life would be different if she knew that this message was true and
she said it would be a "beautiful thing" because there are many things about the Catholic Church that confuse her. We had her read Moroni's promise in the Book of Mormon and she began to cry. She told us she believed she could find an answer to this and had a desire to know. She said the closing prayer, we exchanged numbers and gave her a Book of Mormon and she just seemed so serene and said she would read it before our next visit, she was so ready for us to come and talk to her
that night. The next day as we were walking home from an appointment we hear someone calling our name on the side of the road and it was her and we talked a bit and set up an appointment:) God is literally leading us to her and she is searching for something. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY
The other day this lady named Pina texted us and told us she missed us and felt something missing from her life and so we met with her in the church. She had met with the missionaries 5 yrs ago and was progressing towards baptism but then got a job and had to work on Sunday's so the missionaries dropped her. Well, for the last year that no missionaries have met with her she has been reading the Book of Mormon EVERY NIGHT. She basically taught us the restoration and bore
the most sincere testimony of Joseph Smith. We invited her to be baptized and as I was telling her that God wouldn't give us commandments that we can't follow I just felt the spirit testifying to ME of these things. She began to cry and said I know if I put Christ and his church as a priority in my life everything will fall into place. She's going to need to stop working on Sunday's so please pray for Pina because she is so ready!!!!
We saw Sorella Lilia and so boldly testified (but with lots of amore) how if she stops making excuses and comes to church God will bless her and provide a way to do all the other things she needs to get done. It was awesome and so bold but the Spirit was guiding our words. She cried and said she would pray for the strength to come and grow her faith. Sunday morning I was playing the prelude music and when I saw her walk in I couldn't help but run up to her and hug her, my heart
was about to burst! There were many other less actives that we have been working with for months who all came to church yesterday (including Janina, the first time she's come to church since I've been here) and as I was playing the hymn "I believe in Christ" the spirit was so strong in the room and I just looked up for a split second and our little Messina chapel was so full we had to bring some extra chairs in! Such a beautiful sight!!!!!
Well Davide is getting baptized tomorrow and let's just say Satan has thrown every curveball at him you could imagine, so much as to put our district leader in a coma so Davide couldn't get his baptism interview (don't worry, Anziano McKennas fine he should be out of the ospedale tomorrow, haha it's been a crazy week) It's amazing to me what lengths Satan will go to to stop someone from doing this special ordinance because he knows the blessings waiting for him and the strength that
Davides going to be for this Messina branch! The Catania zone leaders drove down and interviewed him and said he was amazing, especially after telling them he would be going on a mission and then going to the Salt Lake temple in 4 years to be married for eternity:) Tomorrow is the day! Let's pray all goes well!
So funny story, we go and eat with member couple Namolie and Kushan from Srilanka (no idea how to spell that) They had prepared for us lots of curry and rice with mystery Srilankian fish and eggs and lentils! So so nice of them.....well after we say the prayer we were just kind of waiting because there weren't utensils on the table and then Kushan yells at us "EAT EAT!" Haha, and we realize we're going to eat all this saucy curry and all with our hands....that was quite the experience :)
Well I am sooooooo so happy beyond words. Nino should be getting baptized this Saturday at the ocean before our ward bbq. We are praying all goes well--but with some doubts and things he is having I have just been made aware that this will all be done in the Lords timing. We can only do all that we can and leave the rest up to these peoples sweet libero arbitrio and to the Lord and His timing:) I love this gospel con tutto il mio cuore, it's true and is the most beautiful thing in my life! Buona settimana a tutti di voi,
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI