It's been a rad week over here in Passo Corese:) so many miracles happening every day!
This week we had the chance to go to Roma and have a leadership conference with president and all the leaders around the mission it was pretty incredible! I learned so much and just loved being surrounded by so many amazing examples and missionaries, plus celebrating 1 year at a burger place with my dear Sorella Holiday and president afterwards! Anyways during the conference as we were talking about the work one of the missionaries on skype started talking about one of their less actives who had recently just come back to church for the first time in a while...Sorella Pickard began to cry and then President Pickard began to explain that he had baptized that man. The Spirit was strong in the room and really was a testimony to me how we all are contributing to this work and no effort is wasted...maybe some of these seeds we are planting right now will begin to flourish 40 years from now, it's all in Gods timing and we just need to put our trust in that!
One night we were out finding in fiano Romano and this sweet man walking his dog came up to us and asked us what it was that made us so happy! He said he's seen people smile before but that our smiles were different and that it was as if we were glowing...it was so much more beautiful in Italian and we asked him if we could share with him what it is that makes us so happy and we are meeting with him tonight! When we called him last night to confirm the lesson he said "let's meet at the gelateria so we get to experience two of the most precious things...gelato and the word of God!" I have a great feeling about this Gianni:)
This last week we were at correlation with our amazing ward mission leader and as we were talking about the work he stopped us and said "I have a sensation I need to share this with you." He began to talk about how he had been in the Switzerland temple this past week and received revelation that we are going to see so many miracles and baptisms in this ward in the next little while if we get all the help of the members and work together! He began to cry and it was just so sweet for me to see how much this one member cared about the hastening of this work! I love these members so much.
Weeks ago we had talked to this sweet lady and her husband in the park and she loved hearing our message....sadly however she wouldn't let us come over to continue meeting. This last Saturday at the Mostra I saw her sitting in the park again, this time alone and looking so much more sad! She talked to me and said her husband was just diagnosed
with Alzheimer's and she feels so alone and doesn't know what her purpose right now is in life. Pina began to get emotional and asked us if we would come over this week....again...it's all in Gods timing:)
Stefania is our golden simpatizzante right now...she's going through some pretty intense family issues right now and they actually just lost their home..and this last week she called us and said she knows we met for a reason in this moment and that our message and the libra di Mormon is the only thing that can help her right now. We had a beautiful lesson on Christs Atonement and how He will never EVER abandon us.
Okay funny story.....also a bit graphic...we were teaching great Giuseppe at a cafe this last week and as we were talking we hear some strange noises coming from the woman sitting down next to us...she had in front of her a mound of pastries and coffee. Giuseppe looks over and asked her if she was okay and as she tried to respond throw up just started going everywhere, out of her nose and mouth into the newspaper she was holding. I immediately began to feel nauseous myself and we had to conclude our lesson...just another reason why anziani should teach all men, so we don't have to teach them in a cafe when women are throwing up their cornetti next to us. Anyways Giuseppe is doing awesome, we had a bbq at his place with 3 members this past Saturday and it went really well...all the members bore their testimonies and the spirit was so powerful! Yay member missionaries!
It really is amazing to me how much the work is growing here and how many people God is placing in our path right now. I love being a missionary so much....this has been the best year of my life. I love being able to feel Gods love for His children and seeing people become so happy through Christ! Have a happy week tutti!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI