Monday, March 3, 2014

#3 WEEK IN DURRES, ALBANIA

March 3, 2014

Family and Friends,

Hello from Durrës and Happy March!

The Baptism of Ersi Myrtollari with Elders Biladeau and Acheson
Things have been going wonderfully in Durrës. We baptized Ersili Myrtollari (Ersi) on Friday and he is awesome. Ersi was found by Elders Bilodeau and Richards a few weeks ago and has progressed at a rapid rate toward baptism. Ersi had been looking for the truth in his life for quite some time. He met with missionaries some time ago but things were not correct then. We were just fortunate enough to be here when the planets aligned in his favor.

This week has been an Ersi-highlighted week. He has spent almost 2 complete days joining us in lesson and baring down pure testimony at just the right moments to our other investigators.

With the Mytollari Family and Elder and Motra Tooley
The evening after he was baptized, we took the Tooley couple (who were visiting from Elbasan) to Ersi's home for a celebratory dinner with Ersi and his family. This very a pleasant evening  which was accented with a power outage and a realization that I have reached the point on my mission where I can thoroughly enjoy a conversation with a drunk Albanian for an extended period of time. Ersi's father, a non-traditional Muslim, took Ersi's baptism as an excuse to begin dinner drunk and to swallow 3 more glasses of Raki (the Albanian traditional liquor) through the course of the meal. I truly splendid evening.

The Durres District
I am beginning to really enjoy Durrës. The beach access and the rock solid branch surely doesn't hurt the chances of developing a great affinity for the city but what really has been great has been having a companion that is wonderful. My time with Elder Bilodeau has been a true pleasure. He and I are getting along very well. We have many common tastes such as listening classical music, drinking the highest of quality juices and fizzy drinks that we can find in this country.
We love the same books, movies, and we  are both ambitious within our respective fields. I love working with Elder Bilodeau.

I love you all and I know that if you work on trying to do what God wants for you, you will find it easier to be happy in this life. God wants us to be happy and obedience towards his commandments. It is the easiest way to find true happiness.

With great love,

Elder Açësoni



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