Oh my goodness it has been the most beautiful week I am so incredibly grateful to be a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:) We had Zone conference and my interview with president which just brought me overwhelming peace and we were able to talk with so many new people about the gospel! I love it.
So this week everything changed with Brayon and his family, God has been truly listening to all the prayers!!!! We went over Monday night to do a family night and the WHOLE entire family was there and the lesson went so well and the spirit was powerful and guess what....they all chose dates for baptism!!!! Brayon has chosen to be baptized this coming Friday, the 28th and the rest of the family wants more time to read the Book of Mormon and ponder on these things and chose to be baptized at the end of February. We are praying and doing all we can to get Brayon there, we all have faith that he will make it. Our bishop interviewed him after church yesterday and he told us some beautiful things that Brayon said.....he said that Brayon couldn't even get a word out talking about the Savior because his feelings are so profound for Him and all that He has done for him....and Brayon explained how months ago the only thing that mattered to him was sports and now everything has changed and the Savior has allowed him to realize that there is more to his and his family's lives!!!!! Our sweet Bishop decided to plan with us a play of the restoration for the beginning of February and had the great idea of letting Brayon act out the part of Joseph smith...I can't think of a more spiritual way for him and his family to gain a testimony of the restoration:) We need all the prayers we can get for this family. We went to Rome today with Vasilika, the mother, and she is just such a good person. On Thursday I will be doing an exchange with an Albanian sister so we will teach them the lesson in Albanian (well, Sorella muçe will:)) Never been happier to have found an eternal FAMIGLIA!
Last week we went and taught cute new investigator Maria Teresa the restoration and it was nothing more than beautiful. We did something with her that I haven't done very often with investigators and we had her read the first vision and Joseph's story in his own words. (Instead of us reciting the first vision) and as soon as the words "I saw two personages" rolled off her tongue chills just ran all down my body and my heart was pounding. It was absolutely beautiful to hear her read his story and at the end she told us how beautiful and true she thought it was. She "cherishes" the Book of Mormon and is excited to continue reading and learning more about this truth! She accepts everything and realizes that there is something missing in her life. Her father, along with MANY of our investigators right now, recently passed away. I can't wait to tell her about the restored truth of the plan of happiness:)
Well we went over with our Bishop to Renatas last week and had a beautiful lesson on the plan of salvation. Bishop was just so incredibly sweet with her and as I watched him listening to her and comforting her as she mourned over the death of her husband I was just overcome with love for how Christlike he truly is. At the end Bishop went over to the piano and played "Where Can I Turn for Peace" while we all sang together. It was beautiful. When Renata walked into church yesterday Bishop about jumped off his seat. She is preparing for baptism:)
Funny story........cute English course student Laura came last week and we had felt to do the spiritual thought on the Book of Mormon. She comes up to us afterwards and says, "GIRLS I found one of your books on my shelf this last week. I have no idea how or when that got there." What are the odds of that, we invited her to start it and she accepted:) Well then yesterday we invited her to come to church with us, she texts us back and said that it was saint Antonio day and on this day everyone takes their pets to the priest to be blessed:) So, she was taking her fat cat to the priest to be blessed:) Some things about this country I will just miss way too much.
One of the best moments as well this week was finally being let up to the top floors to clean the Marataros house...for the last 6 months they have let us come over every week to work in their orchard and do some handy work and last week was the first time they let us upstairs into the "rooms..." let's just say we filled a whole vans worth of garbage bags and cleaned up lots of things...such as dead animals and other things I don't want to mention here. Anyways this is one of my favorite things to do on the mission because immediately (literally) so much light entered the house but also SPIRITUALLY the spirit was much more fully able to abide in their home...and the picture of Jesus on the wall was the perfect finishing touch:)
I love being a missionary:) I love seeing light come into lives of these sweet people. Through Jesus Christ always:) I know He loves everyone of us unconditionally, His love is there no matter what, no matter the person we were yesterday or today. We don't earn that love it's just simply there for us. Have a beautiful week:)
Vi voglio bene
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI