Wowww this week was crazy!!!!! Like Italian crazy. Haha I'm going to try and get my thoughts together and share some of the love with you that I have felt this week. we got our transfer calls and GUESS WHAT!!! I'm staying in Bari with sister dew for the next 8 weeks YAY:) I am so relieved and so excited. Sister Tapia is going to Rome and sister Thorpe is coming to us from Sicily, sister rackham got blown in to battipaglia!!! Cray. We had to do a scambi this last week for 4 days in foggia with Sorella kenendy, haha it's really crazy trying to manage both our work in areas 2 hours away from each other!!!!! But it's been sweet :)
We went to Sorella avantarios house for her bday and secretly cleaned the outside of her house and her garage door!! (She's in her 70s, has very very bad health and is a bit of a hoarder haha) anyways we bought cleaner and cleaned her garage door. Then we taped a bunch of pink paper hearts on the back of sister Rackhams jacket and as soon as sister avantario let us into her house we immediately plastered them all over the inside of her door! This all happened while sister dew was trying to distract her haha. We then gave her a big card and chocolate bar and sang tanti auguri to her...we asked her how her birthday had been and unfortunately no one had done anything for her, it broke my heart! We shared the Christmas video with her, "he is the gift." And bore testimony of our savior Jesus Christ and how he is the best gift we could ever receive, and how we have the wonderful opportunity to meditate and reflect on all the things that He has done for us. It was so simple but so special to her.
We worked a lot with isaac this week and saw so many miracles!!! Likes randomly catching a bus to his lesson after waiting for 30 seconds when people had been waiting for an hour!!!! The biggest miracle we saw was he feels ready for baptism!!!! Ahhhhh! We had a really spiritual lesson with him. We tried to apply the things that we learned from zone conference and apply the book or Mormon into everything we teach. We decided for this lesson, since Isaac has such a strong and powerful testimony of Jesus Christ we would share passages from the book of Mormon about Christ being baptized. We decided to try and be more comfortable with silence and asking inspired questions and it's amazing how the whole spirit and dynamic of the lesson changed. Heavenly Father has given us such an amazing tool, the Book of Mormon and we need to use it in everything :) We then asked him if he felt he was ready. He said yes!!!!!! I couldn't even try to hide the smile on my face, or the joy that I was feeling in that moment. He's having his bap interview TONIGHT!!!! :) speriamo bene
Right after the lesson Sorella rackham Sorella dew and I escaped to go catch our train to foggia....I could barely breathe I was so excited yet so shocked for Isaac. In preach my gospel it says you will never experience as much joy as when you are laboring in the work of the Lord and I can testify that this is true. He has been taught for almost 6 months now. I felt like the past 2 1/2 months I have had the opportunity to teach him we didn't do anything! And the thing is, we didn't. It was all the spirit and all the Lord. This is truly His work. And it's been so sweet to see how much he's changed. I am so grateful I have been able to be a part of this experience, helping him come closer to Christ.
On Friday in foggia we went to a family's house for pranzo from Sweden...the strombums:) it was such a wonderful experience I will never forget!! They have 2 of the cutest little girls, and one little boy named icchiro:) They moved to Italy because they wanted their children to be homeschooled so they could incorporate gospel teachings into their schooling as much as possible-and it is against the law in Sweden and your children will be taken away. This family was just so down to earth...the dad was the only member in his school growing up. His wife, when she was 12 yrs old, was best friends with David and ended up getting baptized along with her parents. They eventually fell in love and were married in the Stockholm temple! So rad! They are all vegan/vegetarian so for pranzo we finally ate something somewhat healthy hahahha. When the dad was younger he was called to the Austria mission, and after a few weeks at the MTC he became very sick and had to go home...he was never allowed to go back out. Because of that he realized that Heavenly Father had more important work for him to do somewhere else and he really has done so much for the church. They are such strong and faithful members. We decided to show them the new Christmas Mormon message. Their testimonies afterwards were so powerful!!!! They explained how they were only giving their children 3 gifts each this year because that was how many Jesus received...and they don't want their children to get distracted from the importance of Christmas!!! I am so grateful I had this opportunity to meet such an incredible family❤️
Spero che possiamo meditare sulle cose che Gesù a fatto per noi. :)
Love you all!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI