Words can't even do this week justice.....too beautiful to even express :) I AM SO GRATEFUL to be a missionary in this dispensation! I love the pure simple gospel and the immense joy it brings that we can't find anywhere else! Some exciting things happening here...and we're preparing for Anziano Russell M. Nelson who is coming to visit in a couple weeks! We're soooo spoiled!
Every day was amazing and full of so much good this past week GOD IS SO GOOD to us. Yesterday, because we didn't have to watch the conference until late Sunday evening we had all Sunday morning to go out and do some good finding, which was great because so many families were at home:) We knocked and knocked and knocked and just as we were about to head back home this woman came out on her porch and smiled at us. We talked to her and she smiled even bigger and ran inside to get her daughter...this little girl then explained to us that they're from Albania and the mom still doesn't speak Italian. Well, I had just downloaded a video about Christ in Albanian for Vasilika and her family, so we asked her if we could share a message and the little son came out as well. We watched it with the family and lo spirito was SO strong and just flooded the little alleyway we were standing in!! We then began to bear our testimonies and it was incredible, even though we knew she didn't understand Italian we KNEW she understood what we were saying. The Spirit was taking everything we were saying and taking it to her heart and bearing testimony to her. This sweet woman (her name in Italian is luminosa, "one who emits light"...it's not a coincidence that is her name, she was glowing.) just began to cry and hugged us and said "GRAZIE" over and over and over again. It was such a special moment I will never forget, and she asked the daughter to ask us to come over as soon as possible. I am praying that we get a Sorella missionaria from Albania down here, transfer calls are tonight so we will see ;)
I hope you all enjoyed general conference as much as I did!!! Last night Bryan came to conference all by himself! He's absolutely incredible and I know he's the key to getting his whole family to accept the gospel as well. One of my favorite moments was when we all stood and sang "sono un figlio di Dio" and then Bryan telling us afterwards that he doesn't remember everything that was said in the conference but he does remember how he felt and loves that everyone emphasized how no matter where we have been or who we are or how far we may think we are from coming back we can ALWAYS repent and be cleansed through Jesus Christ!!! We are seeing so much change in him and he told us again how important he knows this decision is and the prayer and study and thought he is putting into his decision to be baptized! He seems so much happier than the first time we met him, I love seeing so much light coming into people's lives after them hearing the gospel for the first time. This gospel is the only way to true HAPPINESS.
We haven't been able to see Gianni for quite some time because his health just won't allow it but when we called him and asked him if he wanted a priesthood blessing he was more than happy. We went over last night with the Anziani and before the blessing Gianni put his huge Dalmatian outside because it was so loud. During the blessing it kept barking and whining and I was just praying and praying that it might stay quiet or at least Gianni would be able to feel the Spirit!! It continued to be loud for a while but then all of a sudden it went completely silent and the anziano giving him the blessing just simply started talking about our Heavenly Fathers love for Him and how Padre Celeste can't wait to embrace Gianni in His arms again one day and I can't even describe the feelings of peace and love that came over me for Gianni as a child of God!!! After the blessing Gianni was so calm and peaceful and couldn't stop thanking us it was such a beautiful thing and I know he felt those strong feelings of love that His Padre has for him. I am so grateful for this restored priesthood authority that allows us to see and feel the power of God in our lives and the lives of others every single day.
One thing that stood out to me so much during la conferenza was just understanding our Saviors and Heavenly Fathers love for us and filling ourselves with that PURE love. This week we went over to a members house and taught her friend Sabrina who lives next to her about Gods love. All the little kids were running around everywhere, screaming, spitting and throwing everything and at first I thought there's no way this is going to go well or she's going to feel the Spirit. But as soon as we starting testifying of the simple truths that she is His daughter and He loves her, her eyes just locked with ours and like it says in dottrina e alleanze "he that preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are edified and rejoice together" and it's true we all just felt SO happy amidst all the chaos around us. As we bear testimony of these things our own testimonies become more firm and we experience and taste a happiness sharing this knowledge with HIS children that we can't find anywhere else. I love my Heavenly Father and Savior and I know they love each and every one of us!!!!!
"We love Him because He FIRST LOVED US."
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI