September 1, 2014
Family and Friends,
This week has been full and fulfilling week here in hot Kosovo.
|Esiona Alushaj and Suzana Biçaku from Elbasan|
The main feature of this week has been the presence of Suzana Biçaku and Esiona Alushaj from Elbasan here in Gjakova, Kosovo. They have come for the week and have been helping us out with missionary work before school begins. Suzana and Esiona have been staying at Vlora Hajdari's house and have been joining us in lessons.
|The Gjakova Branch YSA Conference|
They fortunately were here to join part in the Gjakova Branch's YSA Conference. The new YSA President, Jasemin Morina (my recent convert), did a wonderful job in organizing activities for the younger members of the branch.
|The beloved bowling trophy held hostage by Elder Schramm|
|Mirusha, a secluded waterfall|
|Elder Acheson called this waterfall a "little slice of heaven"|
|The ALS Bucket Challenge reached Elder Acheson|
Then, the YSA went and had a picnic (which we were not able to attend) that ending in a testimony meeting that, according to all reports, was simply wonderful. It was held on top of a hill that over looks the valleys surrounding Gjakova and was apparently very conducive for the spirit.
|Elders Baker, Acheson and Bilodeau|
|We are handsome!|
|Both Elder Acheson and Baker reached the 1 year mark in the mission field this week|
Well I love you all and I hope that you all are doing well. I pray that you are in good health and are doing very well.
This next, marks my 1 year mark in the field. Looking over this year, many changes have happened: some difficult and some miraculously easy. I counsel and encourage you that if you have an aspect of yourself, your character, or your life that you wish to change, you can change it through the enabling and ennobling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Remember what President McKay said: "The purpose of this Gospel is to make bad men good, and good men better: to change human nature." You, for the most part, are good men (and women). It is our goal to become better, to improve and to be the person that the Father wants us to be. Those changes to our very nature may be wrought through the enabling and ennobling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Life is much easier when you allow the Lord to direct you. You learn faster and your road is easier. I promise you that you will be happier, more intelligent, and will have the blessings of God upon you if you are obedient to whatever covenants you have taken upon yourselves and keep the commandments. Do that and I promise you that you shall see God, His hand in your life, and you shall be happy.
I love you and I am glad to be here. Kosovo needs your prayers.
P.P.S. If you want to send my any letter or package, the ADDRESS MUST BE EXACTLY AS FOLLOWS. There have been many mailing problems (derivatives of the following including: Tirana Albania Mission, Adriatic Mission, [ommiting the P.O. Box 2984], do not make it to the mission office)