Prepare for the novel...I can't help it....
It's been SUCH A WONDERFUL WEEK!!!!! I am so so so happy, everything has been busy and awesome and we have seen so many miracles in the last little while. It's so good to be a missionary:):) Sister Nelson is one of the greatest people I've met, she's always so happy and we get along SO well!!! From Logan, went to Dixie and loves to rock climb and be outdoors so ya we have a bit in common:)) Helping the other 3 sisters get to know the area and people and where the church is and where the grocery store is and trains and buses and how our "washing machine" works and how to shower without flooding the house it's all been such a fun experience haha!! For those of you who know me, (family), I'm not very much aware of my surroundings so this has been so good for me to have 5000 street names crammed in my brain:) Sister Nelson was a bit in awe when she walked off the train cause of how huge this city is, she just came from Caserta where the buildings are only a few stories high and there was one little Main Street that they walked down to go finding:) So many new things. CHANGE IS GOOD and she's brought so many miracles, doesn't let a single person go by without talking to them.
Saying goodbye to Sorella Dew was really sad, being with someone for a straight 4 1/2 months and then not seeing them for a whole year is pretty weird. She has taught me SO much I am so grateful for her!!!! It was hard especially watching her say goodbye to the members and our investigators that she has been close with for the last 6 months. So many wonderful people to love here.
When Sorella Nelson walked into our church for the first time last week she just broke down in tears. She was in a small small ward in Caserta by the American base so most members were American. She had no idea the church was like this in Italy and when she saw our baptism font she was so touched! It was a really neat experience and again reminded me how blessed we are to be serving here--it's gonna be THE BEST TRANSFER:)
So Giada is doing wonderful, I am beyond happy for her. Really there is nothing more beautiful than watching someone change their life around and feel the love that the Savior and Heavenly Father have for them again. We found out she actually lives in Libertas area so we're passing her over to the Liberta sorelle and they will be great for her:) Sad I won't be able to watch her progress but I know she is SO ready for this gospel and this gospel will CHANGE her life!!!
MICHELA. So the very first day I was in Italy this 15 yr old girl Michela walked up to Sorella Dew and I and told us she was interested in learning more about our church after hearing the spiritual thought in our English corso. Then after teaching her about 3 times and giving her a baptism date she told us her family situation was a bit hard and she wouldn't be able to meet with us anymore and we were heart broken because she was so ready, she LOVED the restoration and knew it was true. But we knew that the time just wasn't right and God would eventually provide a way:) Well we finally got a hold of her last week and on mine and Sorella Dews last night together she met with us. It was such a HUGE miracle, I have no idea what changed but she told us how she felt something missing in her life the last 3 months and how it's been hard, her parents are getting divorced. Anyways, we had a lesson with her all on Christ and how He can help her overcome anything and we would love to start teaching her again if she felt that way. We're teaching her the restoration TOMORROW!!!!!! Words can't express how grateful and excited I am.
MONICA. So last week at English course this girl offered to read the Book of Mormon for our spiritual thought. Afterwards I went over and talked to her, she's 26, from Venezuela, she moved here 3 months ago looking for work and is living all alone, super lonely doesn't have any friends. I asked her if she is religious, she laughed and said I am a member of the church:) WHAT! Turns out she and her family were born in the church, but when she was 13 she and the rest of her family went inactive. So we asked her if we could have a lesson with her and we did, it was the most beautiful thing to see how as we were talking so many things were familiar to her and she told us how at peace she was!!! And she came to church yesterday for the first time in 13 YEARS! It was so sweet, she loved singing the hymns and she participated so much in gospel principles and was taking notes in relief society it was so cute:) Anyways she found work in London as a nanny and is moving in a month so we're going to contact the missionaries there and make sure they get her coming back to church!! Such a tender mercy. God literally places people in our path.
So the Lagatolla couple....some of my favorite people I have ever met:) They're in their 60s, have a pet turtle, their favorite movie is Mr Bean, Angelo has the best stache I've seen and his wife makes pasta all day every day! Anyways we've been working hard with them ever since I got here and last week when we went and saw them Angelo said I have a surprise for you two:) Then he sat down, put his arm around his wife, kissed her shoulder and said what do I need to do so that I am sealed to this lady forever? We want to go to the temple!! Ahhhh I couldn't stop smiling it was one of the best moments of my LIFE! So we made a plan with them and prayed with them and the Spirit was so powerful, the joy we all felt in that moment was indescribable:)
Saturday we planned to go and visit Fratello and Sorella Valentini and choose something with them to fast for. They are such a wonderful couple, have 4 children and 2 who served missions who are now inactive and it just has broken their hearts! So before we even said anything they started talking to us about their daughters and Fratello Valentini said maybe we could start a fast now to know how to help them? We smiled and said that's EXACTLY what we wanted to do:) it was a really special experience, we all said a prayer together and started our fast. Something I'll never forget! I am just so sad for these daughters because they left the church because of something that happened with members. So many of us forget that the people and members of the church aren't perfect but the GOSPEL IS PERFECT. that's why it is so beautiful. It is constant and I know that Gods love for these 2 daughters is constant and he will provide a way for them to come back:)speriamo bene
I am so happy. I don't think I've ever been more exhaustedly happy in my entire life!!!! Haha I still have so much to learn, I learn more every day about the gospel,how to be a better teacher, how to speak Italian, how to get around this city, how to cook something besides pasta, how to read a map, how to speak on the phone with old Italian women speaking dialect, how to avoid Italian men attracted to my companions beautiful long blonde hair, how my digestive system works, but most importantly I have learned more about my Savior Jesus Christ and His gospel and how it has changed my life. I LOVE sharing this with people every day!!!!!! This gospel is so true :)
Xoxo until next time....:)
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI