CIAO:) a tutti.
First, I got all my Christmas letters this week I want to thank you all, you know who you are:) thanks to the Ward and friends and fam MY HEART IS FULL.
Okay, it's been an awesome week. Got transfer calls and I'm finishing strong here in Passo Corese and couldn't be more grateful that I've been able to see so many amazing things unfold here the last good 7 months! God is so good to us:) New collega is Sorella Bishop she's sooooo great and the moment we met we just loved each other so much....we had our first lesson yesterday together, spontaneous on the spot and didn't have time to prepare before and I don't know if I have ever felt more unity in a lesson like we did there! It was amazing,...afterwards we just looked at each other and were like what just happened....just feel like God really blessed us to start off like this so we can hit the ground running and do lots of good work at the start of this new year!!!!! Forza forza forza
Allora we had a pretty beautiful experience with Brayon and the whole family this last week. We went over there with a member and the anziani were just going to wait and study in the car while we were there but the mom, Vasilika wouldn't allow it so she made them come in and it turned into a big testimony meeting and the spirit was amazing. Well, especially powerful when Teuta and Brayon bore their testimonies as well. Brayon talked about how he knows without a doubt that God is by his side in every moment no matter what and will help him make this decision. Tonight we will be setting a final baptism date with this family and it's going to be BEAUTIFUL
One night this last week we went by Ada's and sang the hymn 'oh how lovely was the morning' to her. I'll forever be grateful to music and the power that it can bring into a setting, it touches people's hearts in a way that's different than anything :) She was reading along with the words and afterwards we all bore our testimonies of Joseph Smith and she got emotional. SHES GETTING THERE! In that moment though I again received another confirmation that Christ's church exists here on the earth today!!!
I'm grateful to have seen so much happen here in the last months and to see how God is truly so good to His children. HE LOVES US. As I was talking to Sorella Bishop about our work and explaining all the situations of the people we're working with and their stories and needs and everything I was completely overwhelmed. God has filled my heart here in Passo and helped me to love a lot of people. Renata has read 50 pages in the Book of Mormon. Alessandro asked us what he needs to do to become a missionary like us. Brayon & Teuta are reading the ldm everyday together. Ada made us a promise she will read the Book of Mormon every day with a question in mind and will read until she finds the answer, EVERY DAY. Massimo is continuing to develop this relationship with His Padre Celeste and is learning how to find strength through the atonement. Alba & family are praying for the first time together and we're starting personal progress with the daughters. Sabrina and kiddies told Sorella Malara how it makes their week to do spiritual thoughts with us. This work is real and is changing people hearts everyday I promise you because I see it EVERY SINGLE DAY and it's been like this ALWAYS. His children in need are around us, we need to pray to have the eyes to see them and then we need to act and help them.
Favorite phrase of the week. Today we went to the Vatican and this sweet woman from Nigeria looked at us and then got this huge smile on her face and yelled "are you missionarieS!? I LOVE YOU GUYS. God bless you. And, WIN FOR JESUS!"
Siccome it's the beginning of the year I feel it's fitting to invite you all to choose a couple ways you are going to come closer to Christ this year & also how you're going to help others come to feel His love :) This past year has been the greatest in my life. Christ is my hero!!!! I am grateful for the trials and challenges faced this last year that have helped me, in the smallest sense, come to know my Savior better and what He went through. I'm grateful for the JOY I have felt seeing people change their lives, which has helped me understand how happy Heavenly Father is when a child comes back:) I love love love love love this gospel with my heart and I know it's true. ITS TRUE. Please seek this year to understand your relationship with your Savior better.
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI