Family and Friends,
This has been a great week in Tirana. Merry Christmas!
Elder Wagstaff and I have a new investigator along with Zaim and Anxhela! Our new investigator is named Arian and he is a lawyer and political scientist from Vlorë. We originally met him through our apartment search; we investigated an ad that he placed in the newspaper for an apartment (which we did not end up choosing) and he wanted us to give him English lessons. We agreed to come under the understanding that we are primarily missionaries and that we, though glad to teach English, teach primarily the gospel. He agreed and we came back. The 1st portion, the Gospel portion of the lesson, really drew him in and ran over in to the English portion of his lesson. We are coming back 3 times a week and he has become more interested in the gospel portion each time.
This week we had the Albania District General Priesthood Meeting. The meeting was held at the 2nd/4th Branch building in Tirana and was broadcasted to the Durrës, Vlorë, Elbasan, Fierë, Prishtina, and Gjakova buildings. President Mema, the District President, and President Ford, our Mission President and the Presiding Priesthood Authority, gave wonderful talks that were very powerful and enlightening; they had to be because the power cut out and the lights went off during President Mema’s address. The meeting was beautiful in particular because they sustained and ordained all of those recent converts who had joined the church in the past year to the Melchizedek Priesthood. Three from 3rd Branch, Alfred Abdullari, Timo Koka, and Albion Jurasi received the Priesthood and I am so proud of them.
This week a member of our Branch, Agron Bukaçi, took all of the missionaries in our branch out to dinner on Tuesday to a great traditional Albanian place on Rruga Elbasanit on Thursday. The place is a missionary favorite and it was a great time. We had the Homer couple with us as well as our branch president, President Cuçi and it was a great experience all around.
This week has been a week of good hard missionary work and we expect to have an even better one next week. I will not be sending a letter this next week because of Christmas but I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Ju Dua Shumë!