It's been such a beautiful week to be una missionaria di Gesù Cristo! Satan threw a whirlwind of temptations and trials at our investigators this week and unfortunately we weren't able to see as many of them as we would like to...and because we had more time God helped us use that time to find some people who have been SO prepared. And we were blessed to just add so many more people to our teaching pool! This work is so guided by il Signore it amazes me everyday!!!
So many good things where to start....Vasilika and her family are doing amazing! We went over there this last week and for the first time the 15 year old son as well wanted to listen to us and he asked SO many questions and was so interested. At the end he asked us how he could become a missionary as well to go around and share this message with everyone. HA! :) we told him of course he needs to be baptized in this chiesa first and he asked us everything he needs to do before to prepare. When he and Vasilika walked into church on Sunday I almost fell out of my seat, it's the first time they have come! They absolutely loved church, testimony meeting was incredibly spiritual yesterday, and in Relief Society the lesson was beautiful and all about the family and Vasilika just sat there and cried! We had the wonderful opportunity of having President and Sorella Pickard and they were so sweet with our investigators in church and afterwards President took us into a room and said "I felt such a special spirit about this family." He then went through all the Albanian members he knows in Rome and is working to find some who can help us during our lessons! Such a beautiful experience!
This week we saw this woman sitting on a bench and asked her some religious questions and she didn't seem too interested but allowed us to sit down and share a message with her! We began to teach her the restoration and as soon as the Spirit came it was amazing how much her attitude changed...she asked so many wonderful questions and thought it was beautiful and was so d'accordo with the Book of Mormon. By the end of the lesson she told us to give her one month...and that she wanted to take this time to read and study and pray about the Book of Mormon with sincerity (obviously we're not going to let her get away from us for a month:)), but she was so sincere and I could just feel her intent was so strong. As we walked past the park a little while later she was sitting there...reading the Book of Mormon:) I LOVE IT!
Today for p day we had the opportunity to go see the temple site!! At first I was a little bit heart broken because I just miss the temple so much but then I was just so full of love and gratitude that all these people right now have the opportunity to prepare themselves so they can go and do the most beautiful and important work there is to do here! We are teaching 2 part member families in our ward right now and I KNOW that both of these husbands will be baptized in the near future, they are absolutely incredible and so prepared and I know that these wives will be able to take their sweet husbands and be sealed for eternity with their families! I am so grateful to be a part of this work, I love it with all my cuore!!!!!
Okay funny story of the week...my dear collega of course went out of her way to go talk to all these Ragazzi about English course! And instead of saying "facciamo un CORSO di inglese gratuito" she said "facciamo un CORPO d'inglese gratuito" (we do an English body for free) hahaha. I think it was a "you had to be there" experience but the ragazzis faces were priceless.
Well that's a wrap for this week tutti!!!! I have never been happier in my entire life and am so grateful for the blessings I see in my life everyday!!!! I have learned so many things on my mission but I think one of the biggest things I have come to learn is how aware our Heavenly Father is of us and how GREAT and perfect and sweet His love is...with a full awareness of our weaknesses and shortcomings He loves us the same. When we fall He is there to pick us right back up and get us going again!! God is so good to us!!! Have a beautiful week I love you all!!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI