Dearest family and friends :)
This week was SO amazing!
Wednesday was just loaded with miracles! We went and visited Sorella Aventaria, an adorable less active woman, and on our way home when we were waiting for our bus this lady from Ethiopia came up to us and said she met with missionaries in Ethiopia but then moved here 4 years ago and lost contact. She straight up told us she wants to be baptized...we've met with her twice and gave her a Book of Mormon in her language-Amharic :) her faith in Christ is so inspiring, she has been through so much! after that we met with cute 15 yr old michela, and showed her the restoration video. At the end, with tears in her eyes she said "why don't they show this movie in my school? If everyone knew they could pray to God and receive answers from Him life would be so much better. Joseph Smith is genius!" Haha I love her SO much...she prays every day and is so excited to go to seminary every week. Later in the day we had a lesson with Isaac...he is progressing so much and doing so well! he's just trying to learn how to differentiate his own thoughts from the Spirit, so he hasn't received an answer if he's ready to be baptized this Saturday...but he is so close and so prepared :) he calls us every day and tells us what he has learned from reading the BOM. Our lesson on Wednesday was just so guided by the Spirit, I am so excited for him!!! On our way home that night, Sorella dew had a feeling we should walk home on a different street. As we turned the corner, some car started honking at us and pulled over on the side of the road...haha we were a bit nervous, but we walked up to the car and it was ANA :) English course student, around 60 years old who treats us like we're her granddaughters...she ended up giving us a ride home and told us how lonely she is because her husband just died. She told us she wants to learn more about this "plan" that God has given us...she found so much comfort hearing that she will see her husband after this life :) she invited us over for pronzo this week and asked us to teach her more about this plan, I can't wait! right as she dropped us off at our apartment, Antanella called us and told us her boyfriend wants to meet with us so now we're teaching the whole family tonight (they have a 2 year old son) anyways I am so so grateful she called us. For the last 30 min of the night we thought we would just go finding near our apartment...so we turn the corner and guess who was standing right there! Maria Teresa and Giuseppe :) we had our first lesson with them this last week and Maria Teresa is soooo prepared and so interested, she loved it...but Giuseppe is HARD core catholic and is holding her back unfortunately...anyways, Maria Teresa told us she wants to teach us how to cook her favorite Italian pasta!! So we met with her Saturday night and she taught us how to make this orrechia pasta:) we ate together with Giuseppe in the church kitchen (because they don't have a house right now, they are living with a friend.) at the end we showed the Mormon message "Grazie a Lui" (because of Him) and bore a simple short testimony of Christ at the end. The Spirit was very strong and Maria Teresa was crying...I know she wants to hear more so I'm just praying that Giuseppe's heart will be softened :) anyways I was just so grateful for this day! It taught me that God really is in every single detail of our lives. He guided us to each one of those people because they needed to be lifted in some way :) he helped guide us down a street we NEVER take so that Ana could hear she would see her husband again. God is SO real and so mindful of us and knows each of us personally.
yesterday they found out I played the piano and assigned me to play for the primary program which is next Sunday, momma Mia please pray for me. Haha our practice yesterday was so intense, the kids are so so cute and wild....little danielle and Samuele are screaming through the whole thing it is mad chaos! So I have about 30 new grandmothers from the ward, haha every Sunday we are swarmed with wet kisses :) for Sunday pronzo we ate at Sorella Spognolettis, she reminds me of grandma Taylor :) I love this Sorella! her husband died 8 months ago so she is very lonely but her testimony is SO solid. She just laughs at everything, especially me trying to speak Italian hahaha but she is so loving and so funny. i have now learned my lesson that I'm not going to eat after Saturday pronzo or else I literally will blow up...me and Sorella dew just waddled home yesterday...
I loved loved LOVED president monsons talk from general conference. I know that as we develop light within ourselves we can light the way for others :) "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?...you have come from His presence to live on this earth for a season, to reflect the Savior’s love and teachings, and to bravely let your light shine for all to see."
Let your light so shine :)☀️
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI