Well it's been a week for the books! I'm going to miss this island❤️We got transfer calls Saturday, I'm opening up a new city and getting another greenie and will be the sister training leader there. I'm going to Rome 5 which is the country side, we live in the mountains and I guess it's about an hour away from downtown Rome so it should be awesome! There haven't been sisters in this area for months so we will be starting brand new! Should be a ventura:) I think the thing I'm
most scared for is we're getting a car...hahahha! Not just because I haven't driven in a year...but because it's Rome. My heart is a bit broken, I'm leaving Messina. But I know that Heavenly Father knows what He's doing and where He needs me. I'm really excited!!!
We got permission from President for Samantha to come with us and do a scambio with the Sorelle there...the very first lesson the Sorelle had planned for us was on missionary work and Sam bore the most beautiful testimony. She received an answer to her prayers and is going on a mission! She opened her papers this week and we go to help her start them:) She will be the only missionary in the branch right now. I'M SO HAPPY FOR HER!
One goal that I made at the very beginning of my mission was to find an eternal family!!! And, my whole time here in Messina I have been praying to find a family that is ready and willing to listen to us. On Friday night we had a couple of minutes to spare so we headed downtown and went and walked up to the first family we saw sitting on the bench. They told us to sit down and share this special message with them! We taught them the restoration and it was INCREDIBLE. There are just some lessons that you have with people on the street who have open hearts and are willing to listen and because of this the Spirit will testify to them. I just felt a spirit to strong and couldn't help but picture this family all dressed in white going to the temple. Again, God had just led us directly to this sweet Fam. I don't know what will happen with them but I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to teach them.
This week we had some friends come and move in....it's COCKROACH season:) hahaha! Someone send me something because we don't know how to get rid of them.
By the way thanks for all the birthday wishes. I love you all and had one of the best birthdays ever, surrounded by so many people that I LOVE DEARLY. Not to mention that for breakfast Sorella Crandell bought me granita; then Sorella Fortunate made me a pistachio and fragola gelato cake; and then Nino bought me a torta that said "buon compleanno cirstel"; and then at our ward service project/bbq Sorella Crisafulli made me a cake and they all sang to me! I am so full of love for these people, they are my family. Sorell Crandell gave me a ring that says "miracle Messina" and it could not describe the past 4 months here any better....we have seen the hand of God in every moment of our work. We have seen people change their lives! And all of this is thanks to our Savior and his atonement. He is ready to run to us we just need too reach out and let Him in! I will never forget the experiences I have had here in Messina, these people have touched my heart forever. I know that God knows better than me and can see further down the street than I can...and I can't wait for the miracles to be seen up in Roma:)
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