WHAT A WEEK! It was a never ending flow of adventures. I have so so so much to say, but can't describe it with justice. I have no idea where to start either.
So Vasilika.....we are now to the point where we are teaching both parents and all three children and we saw the beautiful hand of God in every moment with them this week...it has been absolutely incredible. We have been going there with Bishops wife and she has connected so well with them, including her kids have completely befriended their kids at church!!! We are having family night with them this week and I just can't wait. I have never really taught a whole family this constant in my entire mission and it has been such a beautiful experience.....the fact that they are all reading the Book of Mormon together makes my heart want to burst of joy!!!! What's incredible for me to see is how every time we meet with them they tell us all the changes they have been making in their life to be more in harmony with this message, the blessings they are seeing and happiness they feel...they are truly repenting, changing and becoming converted to this gospel and Christ and there is a beautiful spirit in their home! The kids are praying for the first time and developing that solid relationship with God...and learning how He talks with them. Wow. This family is going to enter the waters of baptism I can just feel it:) it has been an incredible experience.
Us sorelle just learned this week we have been living with mold for all this time, hahaha. Bishop came and cleaned our whole house, well 3 of the 4 rooms. He cleaned them with a mold killer that resembles bleach. It was so strong.....strong like we walk in our house and can slowly feel our brain cells dying. This begged the question of where we were going to sleep that night. (Bishop said it was only going to take one night) There was no way we were going to sleep at a members house because that would just have been really stressful. Us being the sisters we are decided....hmmmm, outside looks good:) We might as well just camp for a night (on our balcony). We go to bed only to wake up at 3:11 to RAIN. We take the mattresses in, the next morning we laughed about it all, hahaha. We started our studying and bishop come to finish the job. After 20 minutes he comes and tells us it is going to TAKE A WEEK to finish, which means we get to camp for a week....The second night it rained at 5:30, it was not worth it to move, so we just slept in the rain. Night three, last night, it didn't rain and we were such happy campers. This whole experience is quite entertaining. :)
We thought we might go pass by adorable Sorella Garcia, we had some time one night and when she saw us she was like sorelle you were inspired to come over, my joints have really been hurting today and I need someone to go walk my dog!!! We were so happy she was going to let us give a hand, little did we know her dog Luna is furbo, (clever!). As soon as we walked out the door she slid out of her leash and escaped going 100 mph I swear, haha. We both panicked because it was a really busy street and so we chased and chased and chased after her, she was running through people's yards, knocking over things, headed for the pool, Sorella Garcia had seen the whole thing from the window...so she came out and eventually we got hold of il cane cattivo....(the wicked dog!) We had a pretty good laugh after that, and got to know all her neighbors really well through the whole fiasco:) Last time the sorelle get to walk the dog...all we wanted to do was help relieve Sorella Garcia from some of her joint pain...instead.
I feel like I have focused a lot on all the funny and entertaining things of the mission, but this week has been so full of miracles for us. We went and saw an investigator of the anzianis that they passed to us, her name's Louisa from Peru and she is amazing!! Her daughter is an active member in Peru and wants so badly for her mom to join :) Anyways, this week we went over to do a service at her house and move all this wood and the son and his little family (who have always avoided the missionaries) were so touched that we wanted to help them and invited us over for lunch and asked us soooo many questions about the church--it was incredible! The wife began to talk about her experience she had with cancer this last year and began to cry...we testified of Gods plan for us and the Spirit was just pounding in my heart! It's amazing how these peoples hearts were softened because of a simple service.
I absolutely love love love being a missionary...I am so happy and beyond excited to be re energized and learn so much from the mission conference this week in Rome. This week one of the elders in our mission called and asked me if I could do the musical number with him. He ask me if I sing soprano, and I told him I sing alto. Then he says, "great, well at mission conference we need you to sing soprano and I know you'll be happy to do it." Haha, so I guess I will be singing at the conf, and I am feeling bad for all these missionaries, General authorities and our mission president......
I am just so grateful this week for the simple knowledge of how we can strengthen our testimony...it's ours and no one else can take it from us. We will talk to so many people in the street about the gospel who can try and prove us wrong and tell us what we're saying isn't true...but as soon as we bear our testimonies the atmosphere always changes and those people can't tell us that what we truly KNOW isn't real....I KNOW this church is true. I know God loves us and gave us His perfect son Jesus Christ and I KNOW he is our Savior and is ready to help us in any and every moment. I KNOW this gospel has been restored. I KNOW THIS WORK IS OF GOD! :)
Buona settimana carissimi,
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI