This week was so beautiful!!!!! I am absolutely soooo happy to be here right now!!!!
Well, it's August and today is Ferragosto so there's absolutely no one here, including members, neighbors, investigators, TUTTI so we have just hit the streets tracting and doing casa!!! And one thing that Sorella Frogley and I read this week from an apostle is that when you knock on someone's door and they look at you through the peep hole or window make eye contact with them and SMILE and they should be able to see Christ through you and your eyes. And that just got us so excited. I am just so honored this week to be wearing HIS name and to be reminded how I need to be living my life every day. Definitely have a long way to go but what better knowledge than knowing we can change EVERY single day through HIM? And we have the opportunity to share this message that is more important, more special and more beautiful
than any other message with everyone! We tried our best this week to help others see Him through us and to hear this message and we saw so many miracles that I wish I could tell you all about!!!!!
We had the opportunity to go see the beautiful family of Vasilika! This time the father was out of town so we just taught the mother and her daughter Teuta the restoration and the Spirit was just incredible. As we were teaching them Vasilika stopped us and said something to Teuta in Albanian and then turned back to us and told us that specifically she and her daughter are searching for the truth and they want to be baptized. She said that she believes the Book of Mormon to
be the word of God but they will pray anyways just to receive that spiritual confirmation! It was amazing! Our only obstacle in this situation is the father--he is very orthodox and isn't too accepting of this message. But nothing's going to stop us from trying our best:) We will just trust in Gods timing!
One of my favorite moments from this week was when we got to go do a gesso in centro with the anziani and the senior couple and some members! We got a million pass along cards and Books of Mormon and opuscoli (pamphlets) ready and tried to stop every person who passed by. It was so great and so fun to be working with the members and watching them share their powerful testimonies! I felt strongly prompted to stop this girl who walked past and at first she put up her hand to stop me and said "I'm atheist I want nothing to do with this." And then I said we just have a small message that is for everyone! And she stopped, turned around and let me share a small message about the restoration. At the end she just said "thank you for sharing that with me....it was so pure! I felt something." Even though she wouldn't accept meeting again
she promised me she would search our website! I couldn't help but feel the strongest love for that girl in that moment and a happiness that maybe in a small sense Heavenly Father feels when one of His children comes closer to Him. I love this work!!!!! :)
We brought Franca, amazing new convert with us to our lesson with our new investigator Giuseppe (met him on the street) and as soon as they saw each other they just hugged each other and laughed! Turns out they have been best pals since they were little kids and we had no idea!!! We taught him the restoration and Giuseppe just got so discouraged and said "I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed for years and years and never received an answer" and Franca gets up out of her chair, runs over to him grabs his face, kisses his cheeks and starts yelling "keep praying, keep praying!" Haha, got to love those member in the present lessons:) Anyways, afterwards she got his number, set up a dinner were all having this week together and told him she would be at his house next Sunday to pick him up for church! We were just speechless, she's been a member for a year and is incredible!!! I'm so grateful to be here working with these saints!! We're going to see a lot of good things happening soon!!!! Have a beautiful week! VI VOGLIO BENE
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI