Ciao ciao :)
We have been working a lot with the less actives in the ward here...there are many! We saw some sweet miracles with them this last week :) we have been meeting with the lagatollas for a while now...greatest couple I have ever met! Also the loudest people I have ever heard in my life. Only 70 year old Italians have voiceboxes like that haha. They are so great, they have a pet turtle and a cat in their little one room apartment and fratello lagatolla is always grabbing the cat by the neck and throwing him around.....haha anyways, we've been able to work with them the last month I've been here, and have been praying to know how we can best help reactivate them. I have grown to love them so much and Sorella lagatolla came to church yesterday! First time she's been since May :) also, fratello lagatolla has had a smoking problem for 60 years now...and at church yesterday he said it's been 95 hours since he has had a cigarette. The longest he has ever gone since he was 10 yrs old! It made me so happy :)
Sadly michela told us that her parents won't let her meet with us anymore...I think that was the first time I've really felt like my heart was breaking but I guess it's just not Gods timing for her right now :) it's hard because not only do I love teaching these people and seeing a different light in them, but I really have grown to love them and miss them when I don't see them!
On Sunday, Isaac walked home with us after church (he still isn't sure if he has received an answer so he didn't get baptized on Saturday unfortunately) and he asked me what I had learned in church that day...this really hit me. Earlier this week I had read the talk "is it still wonderful to you?" by bishop caussé. It talks about how the gospel is a fountain of knowledge that never runs dry-"never tire of discovering or rediscovering the truths of the gospel. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. We should hunger and thirst every day after spiritual knowledge. This personal practice is founded on study, meditation, and prayer. If we seek, we shall find." Anyways it completely opened my eyes when Isaac asked me this. being born in the church I think I often take for granted the beauty of the gospel. It can offer us so much every day, only if we have the eyes to recognize these things. I hope the gospel is still wonderful to you :)
One of my favorite experiences was today in Trani. We took a train to go visit leondra, the only member living in that area. She was baptized 5 years ago, both of her children died, she is divorced, and she wakes up every Sunday morning at 5:30 am to take a train to church. (All the times I woke up for 9 am church complaining) She has made her own pass along cards, and has posted pictures of Joseph smith, the Book of Mormon, and the church address outside of her house. she is soooo brava, one of the strongest members I have met here in Italy :) she was so excited for us to come she waited outside all morning for us. the faith these people have is incredible, and has strengthened my testimony so much.
I love you all! Thank you all for the love and support. Spero che tutto bene. Vi vogliamo molto bene :) happy halloweeeeen amici!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI