Well, just have to start out by saying that there is nothing better than hearing that your best friend is coming to join you in this work here in ITALY!!! auguri Elsa I could not be any happier :) This week has been really beautiful, despite the amount of mosquito bites & sweat haha...it's all about the experience right! I'll share just two or three experiences.
This week we had an incredible lesson with the one and only Nino. We had been praying all day that we would have the gift of tongues and be able to teach in such a way that could touch Nino because we just feel and can see that he has so much potential. Well, we walk into our lesson and Nino offers to say the opening prayer & says one of the most beautiful and heartfelt prayers I have ever heard. He prayed that he would be able to know for himself that this message is true, that
he would continue to feel the happiness he has felt since meeting with us. We then taught the restoration for the third time and it was one of the craziest feelings, we were all able to understand each other perfectly and I felt the spirit guiding me and my companion in everything we said, it was tangible in that room. At the end Nino told us he has abandoned the Jehovah's Witness church and asked what he needs to do to prepare himself for baptism! He began to tell us, with
tears in his eyes that he knows there is a reason we met on the bus that day, and that he has known since the second he met us that the message we were sharing was true. He told us he didn't know how to describe the happiness he has felt in his heart. July 2 he is preparing to enter the waters of baptism!
With Davide and his new job I felt a little bit discouraged because of working so late he has struggles coming to church. Sorella Crandell and I realized we need to put more trust in Gods timing and I really came to understand how this is not our work!!! Well we go and have a lesson with him one day and both felt prompted to ask him if he could talk to his boss to get Saturday nights off so he could come to church. He started laughing and said SORELLE! I all ready talked to him and told him I was getting baptized, I asked him when I will be able to get Saturday's off so I can go to church, and in fact I shared
with him a Book of Mormon and this beautiful message that has come into my life and I told him that I would be leaving for 2 years to go share this message with others one day! Well.....:) we just sat there kind of dumbfounded, hahaha I couldn't stop smiling! He is so prepared.
Sunday morning comes and we have the European conference broadcast with Elder Christofferson and for the first time in my mission we had 6 investigators come to church! Patrizia and her daughter Giada; Jasmine and her boyfriend Antonio; Nino, and last but not least DAVIDE! Davide had gotten home from work at 5 am, and didn't want to go to bed cause he knew he wouldn't wake up so he started reading the Book of Mormon until it was time to make the 1 hour bike ride to the
With Fabiana living 2 hours away from us it has been difficult meeting with her to prepare her for baptism next week but she is still doing wonderful! She asked for a priesthood blessing to help her overcome her smoking addiction and so we met with the anziani last week and anziano McKenna gave her a really beautiful blessing. Afterwards she couldn't stop smiling and told us she has never experienced a joy like she feels right now. I am beyond grateful for the priesthood and the
power that we have seen working in Fabiana :)
16 And there was no inequality among them; the Lord did pour out his
Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the
children of men, or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which
should be taught among them at the time of his coming--
17 That they might not be hardened against the word, that they might
not be unbelieving, and go on to destruction, but that they might
receive the word with joy, and as a branch be grafted into the true
vine, that they might enter into the rest of the Lord their God.
I read these scriptures this week and was just so overwhelmed with all
the people's hearts that Heavenly Father is preparing to hear this
message and to receive it with JOY! I am so happy to be here!!! I love
you all :)
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI