August 8, 2013
Family and Friends,
Ç'kemi nga MTCi (Hello from the MTC) ! Ky javë ishte shumë mirë për ne dhe unë jam i lumtur për të qënë misionar (This week was great for us and I am happz to be a missionary!)
A lot has been going here on the MTC West Campus. Our brand new cafeteria is turning out great food and the new bookstore/ barbershop are up and running. We are on our 5th batch of English speaking missionaries and the 6-weekers (Spanish mostly on the West Campus) that came in with us are leaving us pretty soon. We are beginning to feel old now.
The Finns and Estonians in our zone are doing Consecration Week right now where the can only speak Finnish and Estonian respectively. That means that they are leaving the MTC in two Mondays. We have 13 days until the Albanian and Hungarian Consecration Week and then we will be leaving shortly after that.
According the natural order of events in the MTC, the district leaders are switched in the longer MTC stays at the half way point. My companion Elder Ostergaard has succeeded me as our district leader. I could not have been more delighted to have the most qualified guy for the job take it over from me.
An additional thing that our mission has been doing this week is called Charity Week or Javë e Lumterisë Hjynor. It is an opportunity for us to develop greater love and charity for everyone within our mission and without. We have been studying Charity and Grace in the scriptures and have been identifying ways that we can become more like Christ. It has lead to many prayers and answers this past week.
Your Albanian Sprej or expression for this week is going to be my Deshimtarisë i Jezu Kristit (Witness of Jesus Christ). E di se nëpërmjet Shlyerjes ne mund të çlirohemi nga mekati. Perëndia përgatiti një plan që të na ndihmojë për t'u kthyer tek Ai dhe ai është Shlyerja i Jezu Kristin. E di se që ne jemi femijet e Perëndisë dhe Ai na do. I them këto gjera në emrin e Jezu Kristi, amen (I know that through the Atonement we can be freed through sin. God prepared a plan to help us return to him and it is the the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We are God's children and He loves us. I say theses things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.)
I love you all so much. I am currently in 3rd place for DearElder.com letters. We can do better than that =)
Dashuria dhe urtia,
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