Ahhh I'm finally here and I couldn't be happier!! This week has been sooo amazing and crazy and busy and I have loved every single second:) for the most part I have no idea what's going on, no idea what the Italian men are saying to me and my comp hahaha (I don't want to know,) no idea which way is north or south, no idea how I even got to Italy yet I am absolutely LOVING it :) I have seen miracles upon miracles this last week and am so grateful for Gods constant hand in my life!!
Arriving in Rome was one of the most exciting and exhausting things, president and sister waddoups picked us up and took us straight to the temple site, they are AMAZING. mama Mia the temple is beautiful. I know that God is preparing these people for this place, in His own time. it is incredible. NO one in this country knows how to drive, haha the tiny cobble stone streets are full of Vespas, smart cars, and impatient Italians :) Wednesday night I found out I was being transferred to BARI :) (Poggiofranco) sorella holiday got transferred to Ragusa, Sicily (haha a 15 hr train ride) and the anziani got transferred to Napoli! Thursday I took a 6 hour train ride to Bari, it didn't take long to fall in love with this place. It is right next to the sea, and is a very, VERY poor area full of lots of graffiti, smoke, and thousands of apartment buildings and I love it so much :) everyone in the mission calls it the promised land because there are
90 MEMBERS. Which is insane for Italy! it is such a blessing to be serving here :) the people are so humble and each day I see God putting people in our paths to talk to.
Sorella DEW :) I didn't think I would ever get a companion again that I loved as much as sorella holiday but God is just pouring out blessings upon blessings to me. Sorella Dew is my trainer for the next
2 transfers, and is an INCREDIBLE missionary!!!! Ahhh I LOVE HER. We have all ready grown so close. she is from alpine Utah, went to lone peak, went to NYU (yes she is a Broadway singer) transferred to byu and now has been on the mission for a year!!! She has the most beautiful voice in the world, she was in a band that was nominated for the Grammys a couple years ago so yes I make her sing to me every morning :))) anyways she speaks perfect Italian, has such a strong love for these people and is SO in tune with the sprit which has been such a huge blessing to us this last week. I live in a cute little apartment in the dead center of the city With Sorella tapia and Sorella rackem, oh my goodness I love them so much...haha Sorella rackem is 23 from New Jersey and is by far the funniest person I have ever met. there are pigeons EVERYWHERE in this place and the other day a pigeon flew into the kitchen and started eating our food on the stove..Sorella rackems reaction was priceless hahah it was so funny
Like I said, I have seen miracles upon miracles this week :) yesterday was incredible! Isaac, one of our investigators from Peru came to general conference yesterday and he absolutely loved it, he has a baptismal date for October 24th :) he has so much faith and took off work every Sunday just so he could take the 7:30 am bus every morning to church. also, me and Sorella dew teach English course every Tuesday and Thursday night and it is SO fun! On Thursday we had about 20 people, (no members) and I was able to share my testimony with them at the end :) After the class, michaela, an adorable 15 year old girl came over to me and Sorella dew and told us she is atheist yet has been feeling so confused and lost in life. When we told her she had a loving father in heaven, her eyes just LIT up. It was the most beautiful thing to see. She told us she wants to learn more and we gave her a Book of Mormon and are meeting with her tomorrow I am so excited :)
The gift of tongues is so real. Yesterday we had a lesson with cute Christina, she is from Romania and is homeless and looking for work. I prayed all day to have the gift of tongues so I could somehow express the love God had for her. I was able to share my favorite scripture with her and bare testimony, saying things that I had no idea I could say. The spirit was so strong and I felt gods love so strong in that moment :) she just kept hugging and kissing our cheeks. The most amazing part of the lesson was when we taught Christina how to pray...there is nothing in this world that compares to hearing someone pray for the first time. It was so special. So Daniel-I handed out my first BOM in Romanian :) I don't have to know this language to be able to communicate with the people, it's all the spirit.
I am absolutely in love with these people :) this past week was so amazing! I hope you all loved conference as much as I did...I was able to watch a few sessions in English thank goodness :) I am so grateful to have a living prophet on the earth that speaks to us today. Each talk was so inspiring and uplifting.
Until next time Mia familia :) I love you with my whole heart and miss you all so much!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI