Well it's been probably one of the most beautiful weeks of my life:) I am so grateful to be here!
Davide was baptized on Tuesday and it was such an incredible experience. Everything went so well and it was so spiritual. I have never seen someone so happy and clean and glowing! The very first time I met Davide he was wearing all black, smoking and didn't want to talk to us. This week I got to see him all dressed in white and make this sacred covenant and promise to follow Jesus Christ for the rest of his life! He bore his testimony afterwards and it was so powerful yet
simple, he explained how he knew without a doubt this was the true church of Jesus Christ and hearing him explain how he now knows who His Savior is was the most beautiful thing. I feel so fortunate to be able to see people come unto Christ everyday, so many people are changing and it's changing me!
On Saturday the investigator of the anziani, Enzo finally got baptized:) he's just such an amazing example to me, after telling his parents not too long ago that he wanted to be baptized they told him they will kick him out of the house and disown him. He struggled a lot with this because he loves his family so much and didn't want to hurt them, but he knew if he put God first, knowing that this was right, everything would be okay. We all fasted as a district Friday and he called Saturday morning and said that he wasn't going to do it, but we didn't lose our faith and we kept on fasting!!!! A couple hours later he told us he had prayed and knew that this was right. We called all the members back and headed to the sea and had the opportunity to witness a incredible baptism:)
Davide came to the baptism, fasting as well, and being under the sun all day and then going to work that night until 4 am did not do him well. He fainted and went to the hospital Sunday morning around 5 am. The doctors had him hooked up to all sorts of unnecessary things and told them he would have to stay there for quite some time. He started taking off everything and told them he had to escape because he "HAD TO GET THE HOLY GHOST!" He ran all the way to church from the hospital and walked in right at the end of our sacrament meeting. Unfortunately, he will have to wait till next week to receive the Holy Ghost. He is crushed and knows that Satan is working hard on him but he is not losing faith:)
This week I am just so incredibly grateful for the priesthood. I know that this authority and power is real and allows us to do the ordinances needed to be able to live with God again one day....we were able to see Gods hand and power in this work thanks to il sacerdozio! Sorella Gambardella, a less active who we have been seeing every week
since I have been here (she hasn't been to church in 3 years), called us and asked us if the anziani would be able to give her sick (inactive) husband a blessing. We all went over one day and after the anziani gave him a blessing there was a completely different spirit in the home, it was so powerful. Sorella gambardella has not been coming to church for the last 3 yrs cause her husband won't give her permission. She later called us and said she spoke with him after the blessing and told him they needed to recommit themselves and go to church, and he told her she could. She came to both the baptisms this week, which is huge because she hasn't talked to any of the members in 3 years...watching all of them run up to her and hug her I couldn't help the tears welling up in my eyes! She is committed to come to church on Sunday.
I have never felt so much peace and joy in my life than I do right now being a part of this work....I love my Heavenly Father and I know that I am here in Messina at this time for a reason...these people are changing me and I am so humbled to see all that these people sacrifice and their faith. I love being a missionary....I'm really happy:) and I know that's because this gospel is true and having that foundation and anchor in my life has been the greatest thing that has ever happened
Happy 4th of July I love you all🇺🇸🇮🇹
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI