Wow what a busy week I can't believe it's all ready Monday!!! We've been able to see SO many of our investigators and meet so many new people, and I heard the great news that NINO in Messina is getting baptized on Saturday❤️THIS WORK IS MARVELOUS! Anyways, here its been great, sent off my dear Sorella Frogley to the beautiful land of Sicily and am following up training Sorella Nelsons last greenie who is amazing and so hard working. Awesome cause we've all ready been able to do scambios and I all ready have a lot of love for her! And were staying in the great Passo Corese and couldn't be any happier. I know the Lord needs us here and we're going to see even greater things happening! Just want to send a little shoutout to Sorella Ferre who came out and joined the mission field this week, ti voglio bene carissima!! Hope to give you a big abbraccio soon :)
Wow, we really saw Gods hand every moment this week it was bellissima......On Monday Sorella Frogley wanted to say goodbye to our investigator Anna Rosa who we unfortunately had only been able to see a couple times because she has been working so much. So we went over and passed by her house and turns out it was her birthday so she had all of her family over! She excitedly let us in and sat the whole family down and started telling all the grand kids about how we pray and about the Book of Mormon. It was so powerful watching our investigator teaching her family the things we believe. Even better we were able to teach the whole famiglia the restoration!
Okay Friday was such a beautiful day:) That morning we had a leadership conference in Rome and our GPS Tom Tom decided to take us for a big giro in the pouring rain around Italy where all the kids were going on strike from school and flooding the streets and blocking all traffic.....I thought I was going to have a heart attack because we were going to be late and just kept pregando and all of a sudden in all the midst of traffic and chaos there was the TEMPIO right next to us! What a beautiful sight:) The spirit was so strong just being so close to the temple grounds....God works in mysterious ways, was able to bring me so much comfort and we ended up being exactly on time to the conference. (Even after waiting for sorelle and hauling them to the conference in the pouring rain!) After the conference sweet Francesca canceled on us because she is having some serious family issues (please keep her in your prayers) so we headed to Poggio Mirteto, this little city on top of the hill where God has been preparing so many of His children! Mamma mia we had some beautiful experiences and it was neat seeing how God changed our plans that day to find some of His other sheep who are ready for this beautiful gospel. We parked the car and walked maybe 20 feet and stopped the first woman we saw and turns out she was a religion teacher for the awesome Guidara family children in our ward years ago and lost contact with them but she had been to all their children's baptisms, church, and read the whole Book of Mormon. We talked to Sorella Guidara in church yesterday and she about died because she was so excited and we're having dinner together this week! We then walk maybe 5 feet after talking with her and there's this cute girl on her bike, Caterina, and long story short we end up teaching her the whole restoration and she accepted baptism and she has 5 brothers and sisters!!! Another eternal family!!!! As we were teaching her this woman just came up and started listening to us...we asked her if she wanted to sit down or listen and she really didn't say anything just stood there and stared. So we continued teaching and at the end she sat down with us and asked us so many questions and read the whole restoration pamphlet with us on the bench and wants us to meet her family! God knows where His children are and is sending them to us!
I don't know if you remember about Ada but she is probably the most Christlike person I have ever met. The Sorelle met her about a year ago and we have had difficulties meeting with her because she works every single day until late at night, it just wasn't the right time. Well, because Sorella Frogley was leaving she was able to organize her schedule and see us and we showed her Anziano Uchtdorfs talk "fourth floor last door" and it was esattamente what she needed to hear...she was so touched and told us that God has sent those words to her and that she needed to completely put her foot all the way in the door and show 100% her faith in praying, reading the Book of Mormon and doing all she can to come to church. So she talked to her boss and was able to work out Sunday's and SHE CAME TO CHURCH for the first time yesterday!!! We've been able to use a lot of members in our lessons which was such a huge blessing because seeing them run up to her and hug her and love her was so sweet, especially because she lives alone and doesn't have a lot of friends you could tell she just felt so loved. Sorella Marataro sat by her in sacrament meeting and just held her hand the entire meeting it was the sweetest thing. Every member a MISSIONARY!
We were able to eat dinner with Vasilika and the whole entire family last night it was sooo special I love them so much. Vasilika has been looking for work ever since we started teaching her and has been praying and guess what...she got a job last week at a restaurant in Rome and she told us she knows it's because she's been putting the things we've been teaching her into practice and that God is showering her with blessings..... Bryan told us that he's been praying and really feels in his heart this gospel to be true. The most beautiful thing when we were talking about the Sabbath day he said "when I go to your church I feel like I am home and with my family." We hope and pray for this baptism the end of this month!
Sorry this is a novel....I could go on and on about how happy this work makes us!!! And, how marvelous and real it is and true this beautiful gospel is. It is a message of happiness!!!! And when we share it with others we realize how precious it really is and appreciate it that much more. And we realize all the blessings and happiness it has brought us. So go try it and share this beautiful message with everyone!!!:)
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI