This week was BEAUTIFUL :) I fall in love with the mission and Bari and the gospel and this culture more and more EVERY day!!!!!
Okay so highlight of the week...I was soooooo grateful for this moment :)
So bishop Mckell came over to our house about a month before I left for the mish and explained how a government official in Italy (very Catholic) and his wife were in Utah and decided to take a tour of temple square with the Italy sister missionaries. This man was so impressed with these missionaries and loved the feeling he had and the spirit he felt walking around temple square. A few years later when president Uchtdorf was meeting with this official in Italy, the man said how he would love to have that same kind of feeling here in Rome and would love the youth to be as impressive as those missionaries were. This is when President Uchtdorf asked if they could build a temple here, and now that is why the temple is being built in Rome:) when Bishop told me this story I was so touched, and so grateful that the Italian missionaries were able to help this man feel the spirit-so we could now have a temple here:) anyways...the reason I am telling this story is because I met that sister missionary this week. We were invited to their house for pronzo yesterday, they are so wonderful! She served on temple square, her husband served in Albania, and they have 2 of the cutest kids in the world and are incredible missionaries here in the poggiofranco Ward :) when she told us that story of how she gave that man a tour and how powerful the spirit was I just wanted to HUG her!!!! She is a part of the reason there is a temple here in Rome and I was so grateful to meet someone who was such a huge part of that. Their family was so inspiring and I will never forget how I felt when she was telling this story!!!
This week was zone conference and it was WONDERFUL :) so good to see president and sister waddoups they are the greatest, and to see all the other missionaries in the zone they are SO awesome. Haha me and Sorella Anderson had prepared a musical number for the conf, I was playing the piano and she was playing the violin but the day before a little gypsy kid came up and stole her thousands of dollars violin.....ya no bene so anyways me and Sorella dew came up with a musical number last second haha it's such a blessing having a Broadway singer as a comp :)
Maria Teresa is doing wonderful Ahhh I love her!! She told me I am like the daughter she never had (they were never able to have children)...and she really is like a sweet Italian mother to me!!! Haha always grabbing my chin, kissing my cheeks and hugging me. we went on a walk with them last night, I was walking with her and Giuseppe and Sorella dew were ahead of us and she explained to me how she read all of 1st Nephi and knows that this book is true and that our gospel is true. Giuseppe doesn't like that she is reading il libro di Mormon but she told him that she has never been happier in her life or seen so much light come into her life since reading this book so she insisted :) I absolutely adore her! After meeting with them, her and Giuseppe gave us a letter that said
"In the course of the street, we met.
You are the light that lighted our dark
street. Your smiles improved our days
and your friendship helped us to
overcome the obstacles, all of
the evils that we find in our way. For
this we thank you with our hearts."
Even if we aren't able to teach every person we meet on the street I know that as missionaries and as members of the church we have a light and are able to light the way for others :) some days the only thing me and Sorella dew can give to other people is a smile, and maybe that's all that it takes for to light up someone's day. I love the gospel and am so grateful for the opportunity I get to share it with others! Even if it's just through a smile :)
Until next time famiglia mia,
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI