BUON HALLOWEEN! Wow this week has been incredible!!! I don't even know where to begin....have to sort through all the miracles and amazing people we met and were able to share the gospel with :) Yes the earthquakes, there were two this week and the one yesterday was pretty forte...it was weird watching our whole house shake and the ground moving underneath me. We just had one hour of sacrament meeting for church and it was pretty neat because all the talks were centered around preparing ourselves to return to God and keeping that close relationship with our Heavenly Father! Something I won't ever forget.
First I just want to talk about my amazing comp....so her grandpa and his wife served in this ward here in Roma 5 years ago, and blessed the lives of SO MANY. Well, on Tuesday morning my collega received really sad news that her grandpa was killed in a car accident. I just have to say there's no other place my companion could be than here in this area at this time....immediately all these people and members were coming over and telling her of all the lives he changed, gave her blessings, food, and just so much PURE LOVE. That day she was feeling so down and I just prayed and prayed that we would have the opportunity to share the plan of salvation with someone. Well later in the day this missionary who served here a little ago called me and told me that Silvana, a new converts wife had just lost her brother and wanted to meet with us and talk about the plan of happiness. So we went to her pizzeria that night and it was so sweet and really special for my companion. I know that in the temple the family can be sealed together for eternity! It's amazing because I have felt so strongly Gods love for my comp this week..He gave us sooooo many opportunities to teach the plan of happiness this week it was incredible.
One night this week we headed to English course and sadly none of our students showed up, and then immediately after Vasilika called us and said come over right now! HUGE miracle because they have just been so swamped with school, sports and work and haven't been able to make time to see us. Right as we're walking out of the church Alessandra (member who just got back from mission) shows up and tells us she wants to come to the lesson with us. So we went and ate dinner with them, the whole entire family, they immediately took Alessandra in and were hugging and kissing her. I have never seen a family full of more love for everyone and anyone. Alessandra was able to bear the most beautiful testimony of how she came to know this church was true. At the end the father, who's heart has been soooo softened since the first time meeting with them told us how every time we come over its almost as if they can feel Christ in their home. I never expected those words to come out of his mouth but it was the most beautiful thing...considering our first encounter with him months ago.
We got to meet with one of the people from our area book this last week....wow it was amazing. She is the sister of Franca (Franca was baptized a year ago) and get this her name is VERA. (True) Well we found her, she lives in this tiny little cottage and when she opened the door my heart was about to explode I just felt so much love for her!!! She's 70, her husband passed away 8 years ago and she now lives with her boyfriend and when we taught her the restoration and the keys of the priesthood that have been restored that we can use to seal our families for eternity, I can't even describe the SPIRIT and joy I felt for Vera!
Okay I am so scatter brained today. And so happy. A quick update on our amazing investigators....sweet Louisa came to church yesterday! She decided she was going to go to the Catholic Church for a month and see how she feels and she couldn't even last a month...she gave in and came yesterday:) I love her so much. We taught Danilo the plan of salvation the day slla Ericksons grandpa died, it was super special. I just have a strong testimony of when suffering ourselves if we turn outward instead of turning inward and focusing on our own problems we experience true joy and I saw that with sweet my sweet Sorella. Unfortunately Danilo has looked everything up on the internet and Satan is doing all he can to confuse him but in some way I'm super grateful that he's being tested...because in the end he's going to be so much stronger. I know he will come around!!. We taught Teuta and Bryan yesterday and my heart melted a little bit after them telling us the first thing they did when they woke up was read the Book of Mormon together. Teuta wants to be baptized so so so badly (she's one of the top runners in Italy) and trying to make time between sports and church is a big obstacle right now. But we will work through it with her :) sempre nel tempo di dio! We taught Ada yesterday, she was really shook up after the earthquake, and I think it has really humbled her and helped her to think more about Gods plan for her:):) piano piano
Last experience of the week was last night...one of my favoriteeee families, the Garcia family from Argentina called us up and told us they had a family they wanted us to meet. SI. Well last night we go over and WOW such a beautiful family, the wife is from Honduras (we bonded over that a bit:)) the dad is Italian and they have two beautiful girls and immediately the wife was like WHY are you guys so nice? You don't even know us yet at the same time I feel like we've known each other forever. Well, as we're eating the Garcias start talking about the Rome temple and eternal families and it just segued beautifully into what we had prepared that the gospel of Jesus Christ blesses the family. Then the sweet dad, Nicola got all emotional and talked about how his brother died and then again there comes my sweet collega and she just testified so strongly with the spirit about eternal families and Jesus Christ and his atonement for us. So beautiful. I love eternal families.
Favorite quote from this week :))
Do you want to be happy? Forget yourself and get lost in this great cause. Lend your efforts to helping people...stand higher, lift those with feeble knees, hold up the arms of those that hang down. Love the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hinckley
Vi voglio un mondo di bene,
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI