Ciao a tutti! This week has just flown by I don't understand where
time is going! It's been such an amazing week, the amount of miracles
and tender mercies we see every day just strengthens my testimony that
this is the Lords work! I am so grateful to be a missionary, to meet
so many people every day and to share my simple testimony of Jesus
Well first off this morning we were standing in line at the questura in
Bari waiting for my permesso (visa) and in walks this huge group of refugees!
They all were speaking English and one of them said something that was
so funny so I started laughing and he turns and looks at me and smiles
and yells MISSIONARIES! I'm a Mormon! Turns out he just moved here
from Nigeria and has been looking for the church! He was soooo cool,
he had been preparing to go to the temple in Ghana! We talked for a
bit, gave him the address of the church and everything, it was such a
This week we had the opportunity to do member exchanges with the
Crisafulli sisters-Martina 18 yrs old and Samantha 20 :) I went with
Samantha and it was such an incredible experience....she is in the
process of deciding if a mission is right for her and is nervous that
being timid she won't be able to talk to people about the gospel! We
went out and taught some investigators (including Anna, the awesome
woman we met in the shoe shop-I am so happy about this one she is so
ready for the gospel), went finding and taught some less actives. And
throughout the day and during lessons Samantha began to open up and
overcome this fear and she bore the most beautiful testimony and
shared some powerful experiences! Well, at the end of our scambio the
Relief Society pres. texted her and asked her to give the relief
society lesson...on MISSIONARY WORK! She did such a good job and
shared her experience from this week. It was just so cool to see
that no matter how much fear we have to share the gospel, if we open
our mouths and pray God will give us the words to say and the strength
to overcome any fear and be the instrument He needs! And nothing
compares to the joy that comes from sharing this gospel!
Little update on investigators...
-Ivan came to corso a few weeks ago, told Sorella Cueva he wants to go to
Spain and learn Spanish so she was like hey we will teach you 30 min
of Spanish if you'll also let us teach you 30 min about our church.
And he was like yes why not! Well we taught him and it turned out to
be such an amazing lesson, he loved it! if Sorella Cueva leaves this next
transfer I sure won't be able to teach him Spanish but I think he
might have more interest in the gospel than he does Spanish!
-Also we picked up Giovanni and Guzzi, cute young couple from corso.
They're super duper Catholic but also very open and disposti to listen
to our message! Anyone can change and I think with time they will be
-We're not only teaching Patrizia from Columbia but her 2 daughters
now! And last week we taught her 16 yr old daughter Michaela the
restoration when she was sick in bed and the spirit was SO strong!
Afterwards she was like "secondo me è vero!" and has started doing the
libro di Mormon challenge from start to finish with us!
-Francesca has been coming to church for a year but doesn't want to be
baptized or commit herself cause it scares her and I'm just like WHAT
you know this is true! She's a bit tricky to meet with during the week
but one morning we were prompted to see her so we made a dolce and
took them over and turns out she was sick so wasn't at work and we had
a wonderful lesson! #miracles
In February President & Sorella Waddoups invited all missionaries to read
the Book of Mormon from start to finish by May, so I did and finished
it on Sunday yay! Never in my life have I read the BOM with this much
diligence, meditating and trying to put into practice what I learned
every day! Doing this has been one of the biggest blessings I've seen
in my mission the past little while:) I've come to better understand
that the BOM is literally the word of God-in some of the past little
struggles during the mish Heavenly Father has always lead me to open
the BOM and every time I found peace and answers and comfort that
nothing else could give me-He literally can talk to us through the
scriptures. Well Sunday morning as I was playing the prelude music in
church Fratello Impollonia came up to me & asked if I could give a
talk in church because there would be extra time....I was one of the
first to speak, had no idea what I was going to say but as I stood up
felt strongly prompted to share my experience about the BOM. As I was
talking I really felt the Spirit bearing testimony to me of the truth
and I just was so overwhelmed that I have been so blessed to have this
knowledge! The BOM is true and contains the fullness of His gospel and
draws us closer to God:)
Well I just loooooove being a missionary. I don't know why but this
past week especially I have been so overwhelmed with gratitude for the
opportunity to play such a small part in this work with Sorella Cueva.
It's been hard, Satan tries to discourage us every day and tell us
that we're not good enough and not capable of doing this or finding
people who want to talk to us. But we also have Heavenly Father and
Jesus Christ on our side who are literally guiding us to people who
are in need, and helping us find the joy of seeing others making
changes in their lives to become closer to Christ and find the hope
that this gospel brings. And we have been able to find this joy
together...I LOVE THIS GOSPEL.
Well life is so good. Have an incredible week, happy wedding to my
best friend Maddy and happy graduation Daniel :) I love you all!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI