Wow, it's been such a beautiful week, unfortunately lack of time today just won't be able to do it justice:) But if anything I hope you all know and take from this email just how much I love my mission and am in love with the Italian people. And seeing the atonement work in their lives.
This week has dropped degrees like crazy, everyone says it's the coldest winter they've seen and there's snow in the mountains we can see from our house it's beautifullll!!! Anyways, to bed this past week we have worn what I would wear on a nice ski day...haha cioè scarf, hat, few pairs of leggings and a couple sweaters and sweatshirt and wrap ourselves like a mummy with every blanket we could find in the house:) it's been quite chill.
This week we saw more miracles than I have space for in this email....we were able to see ALL of our investigators this week, more than once, almost all of them with members, and almost all of our investigators are still continuing to progress, read the Book of Mormon, come to church and sincerely seek for the answer to know if this church is true!!! It's absolutely incredible:))
One of my favorites was with Renata and her whole family yesterday. We ate lunch with them, and then started to teach them about the restoration but the dad was just pounding us with all these questions and concerns he had with things he had read on the internet and I was just praying that he would be able to calm down a bit so Renata and her daughter could feel the spirit....he immediately got up and left, realizing he had forgotten to do something for work and we ended up talking about the plan of salvation. Renata's husband actually passed away with the same cancer that my companions dad passed away with and it turned out to be such a beautiful lesson. I know President was inspired and God sent her here to help and connect with some of our investigators in a way that I just couldn't. Renata and Patrizia's hearts were so softened and we will be going over with our Bishop again this week:) Renata is still reading the Book of Mormon and her testimony is growing like fire.
One night we met with Alessandro, I'm not sure if I've really talked about him much but we met him a couple weeks ago at the park after giving him a Book of Mormon with our testimonies in it. The next time we saw him he had read quite a bit and prayed to know if it was true..we had an incredibly spiritual lesson with him with our member Alessandra and asked him (using the scripture "what man ought ye to be? Even as I am") and we asked him what man he wanted to be, and he paused for a second and thought about it and told us he wants to be as Jesus Christ:) and the spirit was so incredibly strong. We just kept reading from the Book of Mormon and there was just so much power from what we were reading, I testify that book is TRUE! It is the key to our religion. At the end he said such a beautiful, sincere prayer, asking Heavenly Father to tell him, if this is true and thanked Him that He had spoken through us that night. It was so neat.
I am so so so full of gratitude for the members here and all the help they are giving with our work. This last week, sweet Sorella Marataro came up to us and said "Sorelle are you teaching a man named Massimo?" We told her yes....and then she got all red eyed and told us when she was putting names on the temple list she felt so prompted to put down the name Massimo...and she had no idea why. But I know he definitely had need of those prayers this last week.....I was so touched with how in tune with the spirit she was.
We did service for a part member family this week--Francesca the wife is a member and her husband Flavio instead is not...they have the cutest little girl:) Well, we went and moved them all out of their basement which I think was just a huge sign of our love for Flavio and I could see how grateful he was. Service is so cool. Well, then afterwards we taught a lesson and it was just so bold but full of amore:) We read the family proclamation with them and then asked them where they wanted to see their family in a year. We talked about the construction of the Rome temple and testified of eternal families and asked Flavio if that was something he desired and was going to work for this year:) he said YES! We gave them a picture of the temple to hang in their new remodeled house and had them make goals for this new year of how they're going to accomplish this!!!!
We found two new investigators this week, Tiziana and Maria Cristina, they are both amazing and such special people:) Tiziana is about 45 with 2 adorable daughters and her father just passed away so Sorella Bishop was really able to comfort her and we taught her the plan of salvation in her little shoe shop and the spirit was....so powerful..I love telling people they can see their family again because I KNOW that it is true and it brings us so much comfort:) Maria Cristina we taught in her tiny little store/cottage in Farfa and took a Book of Mormon and when we taught her again she just cried because she told us she knows this is something new for her and something she needs.
By the way Brayon is doing AWESOME, he went to a stake dance this last week in Rome haha and everyone was asking him when he is getting baptized:) He's ready he just is taking time to continue to strengthen his testimony because he realizes the commitment of this decision and how it is going to affect his life forever. I couldn't be happier for that reason in waiting for his baptism:) We went to Adas this week and took the stake patriarch with us and he talked about the power of the priesthood and how another way for us to communicate with God and receive counsel from Him is through a priesthood blessing. It was so powerful and his wife talked about all the blessings and comfort she has seen in her life having these blessings:) She asked for a blessing and we're going over this week with bishop !!!!
I love my mission! I love this gospel and I know this church has been restored once again to the earth:) I know that Christ not only suffered for me but for the WORLD:) I love wearing His name. I am not going to spend time being sad that this is coming to an end but enjoy these moments I have meeting new people and loving and sharing what I know about my Savior with them:) Life is beautiful!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI