Buongiorno a tutti!
We saw such a beautiful miracle this week. We headed to final romano and started doing casa and weren't having much success, then noticed we had forgot to say a prayer! So, we prayed and turned down this little street and when we went to ring the last house a cute little woman started talking to us in English on the ci tofono! She let us in and turns out she's this cute lady from China! Her names Hang Xue (Snow) and we sat around her table outside on the porch. The first time I have ever been let into a house doing casa! We just happened to have a restoration pamphlet in Chinese, don't ask me why, and it was such a beautiful lesson. When we were talking about Gods love for her she started to tell a story when her mother got very sick and she had felt like God had forgotten about her and she felt she couldn't feel His love for her anymore. She began to cry and said she could feel His love in that very moment. We taught her how to pray and she said the most beautiful prayer, even though it was in Chinese and I couldn't understand, I could feel in a small sense how happy Heavenly Father was that she was finally talking with Him. She is preparing for baptism and came to church this Sunday and absolutely loved it--a lot of the members speak English and were really able to make her feel loved! So grateful.
One night we were going to meet a family up in a park in Monterontondo! We decided we would go early and do some finding in that park...and little did we know there were so many people waiting to hear our message! We were able to teach 5 different people the restoration and get return appointments for all of them! We asked a lady if we could share a message with her and she said "I'll give you 1 minute!" After sharing our testimonies she invited us to sit down and teach her. During the lesson she began to get emotional and explained how her mother had just passed away. She thanked us for the peace we had brought her, and we told her it wasn't us but our Heavenly Father who led us to her. I hope to see progress with her, she's special:) When we went to meet this family later they had sneakily sent some testimoni di Geova (Jehovah's Witnesses) to try and argue with us. We were way too happy after teaching all those amazing people the restoration that we couldn't stop smiling and we just left them with our testimonies, and they were silent as we shared our testimony! It was pretty neat--I hope we planted a seed. By the way, they were Romanian. I feel like I am in Romania Daniel! We have been teaching more Romanians than Italians lately, haha.
President Uchtdorf came and visited the mission last week and President Pickard told us a few things he talked about with him that were specific to our mission. He explained how the Lord is restoring His church in Italy, and the temple may not be ready this year but WE will be ready this year! He encouraged all of us to invite everyone to come to church and "Come and See." That night, we decided to put this into practice so we went up and talked to this woman and her son. We invited her to come to church and she said "That's strange, a member of your church who I work with invited me this morning to go to church!" The members here are so incredible, I love them!!! We exchanged numbers and are going to see her and her family this week.
I had a such a beautiful experience being with Leticia and Marcello. *(Leticia lived with Steve's family when she was in High school.) They came and picked us up and took us to lunch close by our house and we had a wonderful time together. They are amazing, Christlike people. I am so grateful for that time we had with them, I will never forget it.
I was asked to speak in church yesterday about the happiness my mission has brought me....I could have gone on and on. I am SO HAPPY to be a missionary. It's the most beautiful thing...my mission has changed since I have tried to let God change me. I know as we turn ourselves over to God He can make more out of our lives than we can do by ourself! He will change us:) In the words of president Pickard, "Be patient with yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day!" I know my Savior lives and loves us enough to help us change! Have a beautiful week! Vi voglio un mondo di bene.
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI