Ciao a tutti
Awesome week as usual here with Sorella Crandell, we are loving Messina! God is so good to us. Have to go to a funeral in just a bit we don't have much time so this might be a little scattered....scusami
Davide is doing so well! He prayed last week to find work, and a couple days later he got a job washing dishes at a restaurant-he has been without a job for almost a year! He was so happy and was so touched that God was so aware of him. He hasn't smoked in over 3 weeks now and told us he has no desire to ever smoke again! During one of our lessons this last week, we asked him "who is Jesus Christ to you" and he told us that Christ is his Savior. He talked about the past 7 years of his life he didn't know who Christ was and how lost and empty he felt! and then told us that thanks to our Savior Jesus Christ he has now found a new life, and he has never been so happy or ever felt this much peace. The Spirit was so powerful in the room! The Davide I met 2 months ago is a completely different person now-it's so beautiful watching the reality of Christ and His atonement changing people.
The other day we were on the bus and this cute old man got out of his seat so I could sit down! We started to talk and exchanged numbers to meet one day to share our message. Well, we called him on Saturday and invited him to church (he doesn't have a car and lives about an hour away) and he said he wouldn't be able to because his daughter was coming into town. Well right as sacrament meeting was about to start yesterday in walks cute Nino all dressed up and excited to see us! Then in walks Fabiana!!!! Biggest miracle of the week-we taught her a couple months ago and she was doing wonderful but started smoking again and it made her discouraged and she told us she didn't want to meet anymore. Well she came to church yesterday and told us she wants to start meeting again! They both loved church, Nino (86 yrs old) especially loved singing the hymns it was so great:)
One night we went with all the ysas downtown and did a huge gesso, with surveys, English course, & Mormon messages it was so much fun and such a huge success! At the end of the night this older man came up to me and explained how he had met with the missionaries 15 years ago and read the Book of Mormon, but eventually the missionaries lost contact with him and he hasn't met with them since. We set up an appointment with him and met last night, the lesson went so well, he explained for the past 15 years how hard his life has been and some trials he has gone through, & expressed his love for the Savior during this time. We both felt prompted to invite him to baptism for June 18 and he asked us if he could be baptized sooner! Haha that's definitely not the answer we were expecting but we couldn't be happier for him:)
I feel like it's getting harder and harder to write every week! It's hard to put into words all the countless miracles we see every day and the Lords hand in guiding us in His work...but what I can say is this is the greatest experience I have ever taken part in:) like Davide I have never been happier or felt so much peace in my life like I do now, sharing the gospel! I know it is true! We got to do scambios with the sorelle in Siracusa last week and had the opportunity to share the gospel where Paul preached the gospel....it was incredible! I will never forget these experiences! Have a settimana meravigliosa!
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI