What's upppp! This week has been AMAZING. First off my greenie is Sorella Crandell from Utah she is so great, her mom is from Peru so she speaks Spanish and because of that her Italian is all ready sooooooo good:) #hasteningofthework She also lived in Spain for a year as a foreign exchange student! Anyways, I'm super grateful, she has taught me so much all ready and helped me to remember my purpose and have the faith and courage needed to be the best missionary I can be! As we were planning for our lessons the other day the first thing she asked me was how can we make Jesus Christ the center of our lesson? It just really hit me, she does all she can to make Christ the center of everything we do and it has been such a blessing and good reminder for me. We have seen SO MANY MIRACLES
Our very first day together we went and taught Irma, the cute bedante at the rest home that we've been teaching for awhile, and unfortunately she hasn't been able to come to church cause she works every Sunday! Well, as we were planning for her lesson we both were strongly prompted that we needed to ask her to pray for the help to change her work hours or to even change her jobs so she will be able to come to church on Sunday! At first I was a little bit nervous to do this, she is a single mother with 3 children and is all ready working 2 jobs to try and pay the bills....but we knew that that's what Heavenly Father wanted. We went in and taught her about prayer and at the end the Spirit was so strong and I invited her to pray and ask for the help needed to change her work schedule and she told us that she would. It was incredible, I know the Spirit was testifying to her of the truth of what we were saying. She texted us during the week and told us she is still waiting for her answer....pray for Irma:)
Sorella Crandell and I made it a goal to ask all of our investigators to be baptized this week with a specific date, so we prayed and selected dates for all of them that we felt they could prepare for! One night we went over and taught Zahaitu and Davide the restoration again and at the end invited them to be baptized and Zahaitu explained some of her doubts and challenges but accepted the invite to pray which is such a huge miracle! Davide on the other hand accepted and said he will pray to know if he can prepare himself for the 28th of MAY! He realizes the importance of this decision and how it will change his life and it's just so beautiful to see how much intent he has and how he wants to be sure this is right for him. It was so cool to see.
We taught Patrizia and Giada last night the plan of salvation and it was one of the most incredible experiences....a little while back Sorella Cueva explained how they had been thinking about dropping her because she has been taught for so long but is having a hard time progressing. Well, we kept teaching her and meno male because the GREENIE just completely changed everything. Sorella Crandell had experienced some very difficult family situations right before coming out on the mission and during the lesson yesterday she started sharing this particular experience and Patrizia just broke down and said "that's exactly how I feel!" We finally figured out what has been blocking her from progressing and being baptized thanks to my companion following the Spirit!!! We invited her to pray for the help to make some changes in her life and invited her to be baptized and to partake of the JOY of the gospel and promised her she can be happy again! She told us she would pray about it and I know that God is preparing her and she is getting so close to making these covenants with Heavenly Father!
I love this work and am so grateful! Thanks for all the prayers, support and love I feel so blessed! This church is true :) There's nothing else that could possibly bring me this joy or the miracles that I see every single giorno!
Have a happy week
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI