Monday, October 14, 2013

#6 LETTER IN TIRANA, ALBANIA


At the Baptism of Maliq

Family and Friends,

This week has been another excellent week in Albania.

This week I had an exchange with the Assistants to the President in our mission and I got to see what their role is like in our mission. I had a great time with them teaching, finding, and eating at one of the best traditional Albanian restaurants in the country called Mish Helli’s. Albanian food has acquired for me a very reminiscent taste evoking images of old, wrinkled goat herders and log cabins. But really it is wonderful. If you ever have the opportunity, I suggest TavĂ« Dheu: an excellent dish consisting of scalding hot kos with lamb chunks.
Tave Dheu, a favorite dish in Albania

Elder Wagstaff and I ran across the best Tre Leche place in the country the other day. Tre Leche is an incredible dessert that isn’t sold generally in the United States except in a few select locations. It is essentially cake, cake soaked in milk, sugar, and sin. It is then covered in a Carmel-type sauce and served with a contract with the devil. It is so good that there must be some transgression involved in its consumption. The best part about it, the best place to get it in the country is a 5 min walk away from where I live.
Tres Leche, a wonderfully sinful dessert

The work is progressing. I gave a priesthood blessing confirmation to our investigator Maliq this past Sunday in Sacrament meeting. It was wonderful opportunity to give the confirmation in Albanian, nobody laughed loud at my poor Albanian.  I am really trying to improve.  I was able to correct a grammatical error  mid-blessing and it all turned out well.
We had our other investigator Krenar bring his two boys to church which was a huge success.  We have been working with him for a couple weeks now. President Ford has been telling us that church attendance is the most important “key indicator” for missionary use. We as missionaries use “key indicators” such as lesson numbers, church attendance, and baptisms to keep track of how effective we are as missionaries. Krenar’s attendance in church is indicative of his spiritual growth.

A local Xhami in Tirana
Today for P-Day, Elder Wagstaff and I went Xhami hopping. There are a couple really excellent Xhamis or Mosques in Tirana and we went around to the more major ones today. We went to a Xhami that we found out is the World Head Quarters for a branch of Islam called Bektashi. They are a more relaxed form of Islamic Worship and have some Pagan practices. We actually ran into the Leader of the Bektashi Order. His title is Dedebaba and is the equivalent in the Bektashi faith as is President Thomas S. Monson to the LDS Faith and Pope Francis I to the Roman Catholic Faith. That was fun. We told him we were missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and were interested in learning about his faith. He said make an appointment and that he would personally give us a copy of the Koran.

An other Xhami or Mosque in Tirana


















Well my loved ones, the work continues and the Church is growing. Thank you for your support and prayers. I love you all and pray for you.

With great love,


Elder Acheson

 Studying the gospel and Albanian
I LOVE ALBANIA!

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