Ok so this week has been incredible....one of the best weeks since coming here to Rome! We have seen so many miracles we started writing them on sticky notes and posting them all over our house and there's not even enough room to put them everywhere....:) Well this time has been a little nuts with the earthquake and everything...my poor companion woke up in the middle of the night with me talking/laughing in my sleep, normal, haha and then all of a sudden her bed was moving all around our room...all this happening while I was sleeping. Anyway, we've seen a lot of miracles with all this happening...a lot more people willing to listen to us and our message and we're finding some beautiful opportunities to go serve and be HIS hands. My favorite experience was with sweet Vasilika....
We went over there last night and unfortunately she hasn't been progressing as quickly as we would like and her husband just came back from Albania so we weren't sure if we would be able to keep teaching them with him there. As soon as Vasilika saw us she hugged us and told us how much she needed us and our message...her cousin just passed away in the earthquake and left behind his wife and 2 children. We were able to teach the plan of salvation and her husband for the first time was quiet, listened, and asked some of the most amazing questions during the lesson. It was so incredible the spirit that we felt testifying to them that we can truly live with those we love most and see them again...Vasilika just began to weep and we could all feel the Spirit had really touched her, it was so beautiful. I know Gods plan is perfect and I can't wait to find more people this week to share it with.
Gianni is absolutely the biggest miracle...I am so grateful we ran into him that night. So he's Catholic, but is not really practicing...believes in God and Christ but is not d'accordo with a lot of things that Catholic Church does. Teaching him the restoration was one of the greatest moments in my mission. After testifying of Joseph Smith and the LDM he looked at us, grabbed our hands and said with tears in his eyes "so you're telling me I have been living my whole life not having this knowledge of the restored truth?" He sat there in silence for a little and then said "thank you for sharing with me the most beautiful thing that I didn't even know existed." After giving him a reading in the Book of Mormon we came to find out he had read almost all of 1 Nephi, he told us he couldn't put the book down after starting. He came to church yesterday and said he has never felt "more at home with a family that he doesn't have." The members already adore him! He is preparing for baptism for the end of this month, this has been one of the most beautiful things to see:)
One night we had a few minutes left before we needed to be home so we told ourselves we would talk to the first person we saw...so we did and he yelled at us and told us to "get out of Passo Corese" haha, so we just smiled and turned around and there behind us was this sweet man telling us to come over! His names Celso, he's from Bolivia and is working here while his wife and family are still in Bolivia. We taught him the restoration and it went amazing...we gave him a chapter to read in the Book of Mormon and when we came back to piazza a couple days later we saw him sitting there reading the Book of Mormon!! He came to church yesterday and loved it, the Garcia family from Argentina just completely took him in and loves him! Pray that he will be ready for his baptism the end of this month!!!
Funny story....again about vomit sorry....we pranzoed with the cute Bruno couple yesterday after church...after eating way too much tiramisu, we were driving home and taking way too many winding streets and my poor collega told me she didn't feel very good...seconds later she opened the window and threw up, everywhere...haha and the best part about it was she was laughing through the whole thing!!! Best collega ever. I guess my stomach has become a bit accustomed ;) Well I love being a missionary I sure know this church is true and I love my Savior Jesus Christ and love wearing His name every day!!!
Have a beautiful week!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI