Hello all! Don't have too much time today but just wanted to wish all you mothers a buona festa della mama🌸especially my beautiful mother! One of my favorite talks is behold thy mother from Elder Holland:
"No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child." Thanks to my beautiful mother and her selfless love! I LOVE you mom!
I especially loved this Mother's Day not just because I got to talk with mom but also because we went downtown that night and talked to all these families and shared a message about mothers and how grateful Heavenly Father is for their divine love and service-it was really cool and so beautiful to talk to so many families. Saturday night our plans fell through so we thought we would go stop by Leonas apartment because she hadn't answered our phone calls and texts all week. We went over and she said she hadn't left her house all week because she was sad with Mother's Day coming up because her children haven't talked to her in a very long time and she misses them and her husband. She just sat there and cried, it was so sad but we had the opportunity to talk about Christ and His perfect atonement! And immediately a peace just came over us and Leona. I love being a missionary because I love seeing the reality of the atonement and how we can be lifted through His sacrifice. She walked with us to church the next morning and there was just such a beautiful spirit, I'm grateful she was able to come and feel the Saviors perfect love for her during the sacrament.
This week has been really amazing, I love this work so much. Sorella Crandell & I fasted on Sunday for a way to help all our investigators progress more towards baptism and for their hearts to be softened and accept the dates we had prayed for. Well, Monday night Davide called us and told us he had received an answer to his prayers and wants to be baptized! We are so happy for him, we might need to push his date back until June because he is doing the smoking program and we want him to be as prepared as possible, but he feels at peace and believes this is the true church of Jesus Christ. One of the most beautiful things is seeing him pray for the first time in 7 years and developing that relationship with Heavenly Father again. I'll never forget the first lesson we had with him and how sad and lost he seemed and now seeing him and the joy and light that radiates from him! God is working some pretty great miracles here in Messina :)
We taught Anna and her husband Giovanni the restoration last week at their shoe shop! They are devoted Catholics, some of the first I have met here in Italy who go to church every Sunday and pray and read the bible every day! We gave them a Book of Mormon and they have been reading it together! Tonight we will invite them to baptism, we have faith that if they keep reading the Book of Mormon with open hearts they will receive an answer and make this change that will change their lives! I can't wait.
Have a happy week tutti! I am so happy to be here and see Gods hand in my life every day. He is so good to us, don't ever forget He is there!
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI