Wow this week has been a dream!!! It all started out saying a sad bye to Messina and taking the 8 hour train ride to Rome on Thursday, stopping in Napoli and, of course getting, a Napoli pizza🍕Then once getting into Rome meeting my adorable new greenie! Sorella Frogley, she's from Idaho and has a heart of gold! I love her a ton. We all slept at the villa with president and his wife so that was nuts, and then we had a training the next morning with all the zone leaders and sister training leaders. For the first time in my mission I saw people from my MTC group! Probably the happiest reunion seeing Sorella Holiday, we couldn't stop hugging haha. Also, Sorella Nelson and I are stls together (served with her in Bari) so we're super happy. The conference was amazing and I learned a lot. Something that a missionary talked about is how we need to "be Him to them" and that phrase hasn't left my head since I heard it!
I just got transferred to a little city called Passo Corese about an hour away from Rome, Sorella Frogley and I are opening up this city, haven't been sisters here in a few transfers. It's literally one tiny little street in the green beautiful mountains and the people are so cute:) it's a dream! We have walked down Main Street probably 15 times now and knocked on every door and talked to every street owner and every person possible....there's usually about 10 people outside everyday:) There was no work when we got here, but God is blessing us so much and we've already found some people who have a lot of potential. I will have to admit the first couple days here were really hard...I had no idea where to start but that's the beautiful part about this whole situation is that we literally have to rely on the Lord in EVERY single moment because we don't know what in the world were doing. And, wow, God has sent some blessings straight from heaven and I'm happy as ever! I have learned more in the past 3 days and come closer to God more than ever.
Going to church yesterday was so awesome. We all meet in a hotel, there's about 60 members, lots of young families and returned missionaries with solid testimonies. Such a beautiful sight and a little overwhelming to see a ward that functions so well! It's a huge blessing! One of my favorite members from yesterday is Sorella Gigante (sister gigantic). I am so used to being in Sicily that when I met her I hugged her and gave her a big kiss on the cheek and then kinda froze realizing that the people up here might not be as open as the Sicilians, haha! But she immediately grabbed me and gave me a huge kiss right back and wouldn't leave my side. Bishop and his wife immediately invited us to come over for pranzo....I was so humbled hearing their story. They're from Bari and last year felt strongly prompted to move up north here in Rome, and that he would be able to find work. He immediately found work, was called to be the bishop, and then shortly after he went to the temple with his family in London for a week and lost his job. They are being patient and understand that Heavenly Father needs them here right now and it's so beautiful to see their faith.
Yesterday we went through and called every single investigator in the area book to see if they still had interest. Most have moved, lost interest or didn't respond. One sweet African woman responded and said we could come stop by and once we arrived at her house we saw the police taking her out of her house and she was crying and very upset. It was so hard for me to see and I was getting so discouraged, wondering why I felt prompted to pass by her house and really wondering how we were going to get this work moving. We both said a prayer and headed to a little square in the city where there were two
boys. We talked to them and it turns out one of them had read the entire Book of Mormon 2 years ago but didn't feel in his heart that it was true. We asked him if he thought that maybe God gave him those 2 years to search for his answer and continue to grow and maybe he's ready now and he stopped for a while and thought and then said YES. As we were talking to him, this cute 20 year old girl walked up to us, out of no where (I kid you not this town has a population of about 200 people) and she said "FINALLY there are missionaries!" "I took the lessons with the sisters in the past, and then just moved here 2 months ago and need to meet with you." We exchanged numbers and are going to meet with her tomorrow! As we turned around to go walk home we walk past this house and a family was eating dinner outside. The father stood up and yelled to us to tell us that he had a Book of Mormon and wants us to come over and share a message with them, we are seeing them tonight. As we turn the corner from their house there were 3 girls walking down the street and we asked them if we could teach them and we taught them the restoration and gave them all book of Mormons and they are all incredible...as we were walking home my eyes were so full of tears, Satan had tried to discourage us but we didn't let him and look at the miracles we saw! I read this scripture this morning and felt that God was speaking to me...
4 Therefore, I, the Lord, have suffered you to come unto this place;
for thus it was expedient in me for the salvation of souls.
5 Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this
people; speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you
shall not be confounded before men;
6 For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea, in the very moment,
what ye shall say.
I AM SO HAPPY. this work is so real. This gospel is beautiful and true
and I can't wait to find more people who God is preparing. Have a
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI