Ciao a tutti WHAT AN AWESOME WEEK HERE IN MESSINA SICILIA :) I am loving the mission so much. More and more every day and I know that I am serving in the city of miracles right now!!!!!!
Just a quick update on the investigators.....
-jasmine Lorenzo, her boyfriend Antonio, Nino and davide all came to church yesterday! And davide will be getting baptized next Tuesday and we all just can't wait! He is doing so awesome, he fasted for the first time yesterday about questions regarding a mission and he said he felt a sensation he's never felt in his life before. he texted us one night his whole testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon and all of a sudden all these huge fireworks just started going off right by our house. Illegal but I felt like everyone was just celebrating for Davide! Awesome moment:)
-Antonio & jasmine are so great, they will need some more time because they're living together but hey we might just be seeing a wedding in a short amount of time!!!!
-Ninos birthday was last week and no one knew or did anything for him that day so when we found out we threw him a party and brought balloons and watched the restoration movie...it was pretty awesome :) We went to pranzo at his house last week and when we opened the fridge all the wine was GONE! He has completely stopped. He says the most heartfelt prayers, when he prays you know he knows God is listening to Him and aware of his situation and it's been such a good example for me.
-We haven't been seeing Irma in a couple of weeks because she wasn't keeping her commitments but we felt we should one day and we went and she told us she had prayed to know if this church is true!!! The first time in 5 months! She said she knows with her heart the Book of Mormon is true and Joseph Smith was a prophet. It was the biggest miracle, I
know if we too ask God for the truth He will tell us. We will be praying for a miracle that she can change her job and come to church.
-We pranzoed with Fabiana, her new convert sister and less active mom in Capo Dorlando last week and it was amazing to be with this part member family and teach them all at the same time:) They are the only members out there, about 2 hours away from the church but Stefania wakes up every Sunday morning at 5 and makes the two hours to church, 30 € every Sunday. Such an amazing example per tutti! Unfortunately, Fabianas really struggling with smoking but we will just keep loving encouraging and praying for her! God is on our side :)
-Cetti called us this last week, turns out her son has been sick so she has been in the hospital and guess who the doctor is taking care of them? BISHOP. We will be seeing them and teaching them as soon as he's out of the hospital:)
Again, there were a million other miracles we saw this week but I really just want to write about one experience. Yesterday we ate lunch with Bishop, his wife and the Stake presidency who was in town. It was such an incredible experience and they all are such amazing examples, some only converts of a couple years and since their conversion have all completely devoted their lives to serving Christ and helping the people here in Sicily to find Him. At the end we shared a spiritual
thought with them on missionary work and as we were talking I felt prompted to share the experience when I prayed to know if Pres. Pickard, the knew president coming in was inspired to be serving and leading us in this mission. At the same time I again prayed to know if God had called me here to serve the people in Italy and if I really was supposed to be here in Sicily right now and I receive such a strong and clear confirmation that God needs me here and all these leaders during this time! And that there are so many people around us who are searching for Christ and are ready for this gospel, we
testified of the miracles we have been seeing and Bishop just broke down and started crying. He works so hard and I don't think people realize or maybe appreciate all that he does but he has really devoted his life to Christ and it was just such a beautiful moment! I'm so overwhelmed with gratitude to be serving with these amazing faithful and humble people, these people are changing my life! This gospel is changing people's lives here in Messina! The atonement is real and Christ is changing people's hearts, grazie a lui. I love this work! I love my Heavenly Father for sending me here and I know that there are people all around us searching for the truth so let's go out and FIND THEM!!!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI