This week has been special! I am really happy to be here...one thing that has really hit me being here in Passo Corese is just understanding that this is His work and being more patient in His timing.
This week I really gained such a huge appreciation for the members and their help with us doing missionary work. We prayed about and then went and visited 5 members this week and each one gave us a referral of a family we can go and visit with them. Never in my mission have I seen such dedicated, faithful and humble members. One of my favorite experiences was with cute Franca. She has been baptized just over a year and picked us up one morning to go teach her friend and this family. Unfortunately, when we got to the families house they didn't answer and Franca was so sad. She then turned to us and said "well, God wants us to see someone else Sorelle. What are your backup plans?" She then came with us and taught this cute couple from Africa and bore the most beautiful testimony about her conversion story. The spirit was so strong.
The other day on the bus coming home this cute college aged girl turned to us and started speaking in English. She's Italian, 20, has studied English for a long time and speaks perfectly! We exchanged numbers and she said she would love to meet up with us...that night she texted us and said it was a "miracolo meraviglioso" that we met her on the bus and that she really needed to talk to us that night. We are teaching her the restoration tonight--we can't wait!
I am also so grateful for all the work the sorelle have done in our area in the past. We called up a former investigator from the area book this last week and she told us she and her husband would love to have us over for dinner Saturday night. Such a BEAUTIFUL experience. An orthodox family of 5 from Albania who are so sweet and loving. They live up in the mountains and have a huge olive orchard and do all their groceries from their backyard:) I know they weren't ready a year ago when the other sorelle were teaching them but they have been so prepared and I think we will see a beautiful miracle with them! We also called an old former investigator that Heavenly Father has been preparing for a long time now. We saw her last week and she had read all of the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. She told us she wants so badly to know this is true and is just waiting for her response. We will continue to try and help her understand how she is receiving an answer, but she is preparing for baptism for September. Pray for cute Ada! Snow is still doing wonderful, unfortunately she's going out of town with her husband for a few weeks but we hope that she continues to pray and read.
We got to do a scambio with the sorelle in Pescara this last week, it is about 3 1/2 hours away and it is beautiful! The sorelle are so incredible I love being able to do scambios because I am learning so much from them.
There are these refugees who live close to our house in Passo. They are always outside not doing very much so we decided to give them a Book of Mormon in French. When we came back a few days later and saw them they were still reading and had read about 1/3 of the book. They took out Google translation on their phones and started typing...they wrote "this book made us feel alive! This book makes us happy." That was such a sweet moment for me this last week....I too know that this book can make us feel alive! And that through Christ we truly do find life:) I love this gospel, I love being a missionary and representative of Jesus Christ. Don't ever be afraid to share what you know! There are so many people around us waiting to hear what you believe. I know this church is true!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI