It has been such a wonderful week....where to start :)
One day we had planned to meet with 5 new people to teach! We had confirmed every single lesson, some of them were even double confirmed haha:) However, within the first few hours of the day every single one of those people gave us a bidone and bailed on us, along with backup plans. So we were left with a WHOLE free day. It was so interesting because at first we were quite discouraged. Satan was working so hard on us but then we just pushed those feelings away and put forth our effort and called and called and made lots of new appointments, and guess what? We got a new investigator out of it! Wahoo for Remmo! He is the husband of a member in our ward, Sorella Lossandro. He had met with missionaries for quite a long time we saw on his progress record but had never been taught the lessons. So we thought we would go teach him the restoration!. He's in his 70s, he just got his toes cut off in a surgery so unfortunately he can't come to church for a couple weeks:) Anyways he actually really listened intently as we taught. The spirit was strong and his wife bore the most beautiful testimony. She's been a member for almost 35 years now! We invited Remmo to read the Book of Mormon and he said he will, and as we were all 3 bearing testimony he was like wow I have 3 witnesses here that this church is true. And we were like yes Remmo it is true and he said I know :) We then went finding and found some people, specifically this couple who are so ready to hear the gospel! They were so cute and open and wiling to talk to us. Within a minute of talking to us the wife said, well when are you going to come over and explain more about this church? It was a bit shocking but really exciting and we got their number:) At the end of the day Sorella Nelson and I both realized how lucky we were to have gotten all those bidones because there were some other people who needed to hear about the gospel that day.
Sorella Magno....of course she answered the door in her bright pink onesie! We talked for a while, she is seriously the best missionary and talks about the gospel every single day with people....one day we walked past this guys mechanic shop and he was like "Mormons! Sorella Magno! She came by one time and told me about your church! Look-she even got my number and has been texting me!" Haha it was just so funny cause he was this big guy who looked like Santa and was covered in car grease and cute little Sorella Magno had gone over and talked to him about the gospel. Anyways we went out and were visiting with her and she was just so sad because she doesn't have a car and can't go visit people and share the gospel as much as she would like to. So we had the idea to teach her how to share Mormon messages from the church on Facebook and she almost had a heart attack she was so excited! Haha she loved it so much, and within 5 minutes had blown up Facebook with Mormon messages :) So if any of you ever need a little lift go add Rosa on Facebook :) it was so cute.
I have been praying to have more charity for Sorella Montrone, haha every time we go by she yells at us and tells us how much she doesn't like us but she is less active and needs our help. She has never been married, all her family has passed away and she has a little peg foot and just stays inside all day:( we thought we would go share the video mountains to climb with her and I was just so nervous to take Sorella Nelson there, her first week in Bari haha.) Anyways we walked into her house and it took a while for her to warm up to us, we said a prayer and then showed the video and she absolutely LOVED it. She was so touched and talked to us about how she knows Jesus Christ can feel her pain, and bore a beautiful testimony on the Savior. Usually I walk out of her house on the the verge of tears because she's not always the friendliest, but today I was on the verge of tears cause the spirit was so strong and it just hit me that Christ really did suffer for this woman, and He is the only person that truly understands her! Special experience :)
Isaac is doing awesome he just finished the Book of Mormon AUGURI!!!! He is preparing to receive the priesthood so we are probably going to pass him over to the anziani soon for them to start teaching him wahoooo. Gabriella is also doing awesome, we did a lesson on baptism last week and invited her to be baptized and she said with time if she comes to know that these things are true she will be baptized. MIRACLES every day! She told us she felt a feeling of enthusiasm when she was praying about our church, a feeling she's never experienced before. Super happy for her:) Monica from Venezuela came to church again yesterday yay! She's moving to London next week for this nanny job and told us that she's going to find the church there and we will be contacting the missionaries there. I am so happy we were able to teach her and get her back to church a few weeks before she goes to London, tender mercy!
One day Sorella Nelson and I were going through our area book and we found a lady who had been taught for 4 YEARS and came to church but never accepted the gospel! So we gave her a call and she told us we could come over the next afternoon :) As soon as we got to her house she had forgotten we were coming over and was in the process of handmaking ravioli, which is a very difficult process and no Italian wants to be interrupted when they're cooking:) she was super cute probably in her 70s, anyways we started talking to her about the church and she said she loved the church, had read a lot of the Book of Mormon and she loved what the missionaries taught her but felt so bad because all of her family was Catholic and didn't want to turn away from them. She said she made herself forget all the things she had learned about our church so she wouldn't feel bad going back to the Catholic Church. As we were teaching I know things were familiar to her and that she could feel the spirit, we asked her if we could come back and teach her and she said yes:) I'm so excited!
We met a cute lady on the street the other night coming back from a Catholic Church and we started talking to her about who we are and what we do as missionaries! She said come over tomorrow and explain to me more:) (she looked like she was maybe 65 or 70) so we did, as we were talking she said guess what! My birthday is next month and I'm TURNING 93!!!! Haha what in the world we were so shocked! She's so cute and in such good health, has more energy than Sorella Nelson and I combined and was running around the kitchen. Anyways we got to share Grazie a Lui with her and our purpose as missionaries and a bit about the restoration...she said she's Catholic and will never change but that's what everyone says here so we just have to keep tryin, I know she felt something different so I'm excited to teach this cute cute lady...haha hopefully she lives a bit longer :)
Lucia and Niccol, oh mamma Mia one of my favorite couples I have ever met here in Bari:) we met Lucia at English course and she invited us to come over to lunch one day! We go over to their house and her husband Niccol is the greatest guy I've ever met. He looks exactly like the old man on back to the future, he makes movies and just made a movie called Focaccia Blues and it's ALL OVER THE USA! Haha he was so excited to tell us. During the ENTIRE lunch they were asking us so many questions about our church, why we are here and what we do and were just so cute and open and willing to listen to us...they weren't trying to prove to us that the Catholic Church was true or anything, simply all out of curiosity:) and by the end cute Niccol laughed and was like "Lucia I think I like the Mormons better than our church!" Haha....So we are going to to go see them next week I can't wait!
Awesome week! So grateful to be here, love you all thanks for all the love and support xoxo
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI