Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WEEK # 10 IN FIER, ALBANIA

Family and Friends, 

Thank you for your birthday wishes! I quickly want to add that there was a certain photo (my one year old birthday photo)
that was placed on my blog post last week that was not authorized. I apologize.

For my birthday the members of our district went to a restaurant Elder Eddings and I call the 3rd house. We did, in Fier district fashion, take Settlers of Catan with us and we played in the restaurant. It was a great little party.

I actually had to go to Tirana to take care of some business this week and I got to go to the Balillari house and Sister Balillari made me a birthday cake and birthday pizza. I love my Albanian mother!

Elder Wright, our district leader and I had an exchange this week and we had a great time together. I really enjoyed being with him. He was companion with my boy Elder Asler and he loved him. I like it when people like my boy.

I want to let you all know that I love you all. I love this mission.I know that the Lord is watching over me and leading me to those who need this beautiful message. I know that God loves His children.

With great love,

Elder Açësoni i Madhërishëm

P.S. Check out Le Petit Elder Acheson's blog at racetolyon.blogspot.com

P.P.S. If you have missed any of my past letters got to barbyacheson.blogpsot.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

WEEK #9 IN FIER, ALBANIA

Family and Friends,

Hey, it is my 21st birthday on February 17th.  I’d love to receive a birthday note from you. Email me at tacheson@myldsmail.net and I will read it on my next P-day.  Thanks!






This week my companion Elder Eddings and I had a full schedule of fallen through lessons. It was okay because it gave way to a lot of good finding of new investigators. We did a lot of good hard work this week  that hasn't yielded a lot of juicy fruit yet. We have the faith to get a bountiful harvest this upcoming week.

We did something that became rather interesting this morning for P-Day. We went with our sisters to an Orthodox Monastery outside of Fier and we happened to show up simultaneously with a group of guys for a baptism. 

One of the guys was getting married in the Orthodox Church and so he needed to be baptized. We should up and saw that they brought in a big 50 gallon tin barrel with a cross welded on it. We asked one of the men what was going on and he explained that the guy was going to be baptized. I spoke to the man to be baptized and asked if we might observe and he willingly consented. 

The ordinance was performed by a priest wearing a simple black robe with a long white almost scarf-type garment. He read out of a small ordinance book the prayer in Albanian. The priest blessed the water and anointed the water with oil three times in the form of the cross. The man was then washed with water on his face, neck, arms, and legs in the shape of crosses and then he was anointed following the same pattern. The man's brother and cousin were taking pictures through the process.


He then went and changed into a white tunic with small red crosses on the front and back. The priest changed into an extravagant and ornate robe of red and gold. The man got in the barrel and squatted down as far as he could and the priest, using a cup, poured water on his head three times in the name of God, Christ, and the Holy Ghost. He then got out of the barrel and stood while the priest spoke more of the prayer. 

He then dried off and changed back into his civilian clothing and stood while the priest anointed him with some substance that I could not determine, the whole time chanting. The priest gave the man a candle and they circled the barrel three times on the opposite side of the barrel from each other. The ordinance soon ended. The man and his family then gave us some treats they had brought. The whole process lasted about an hour.

It was an interesting sight to see. This monastery was over a 1,000 years old and was where Skëndërbeu, a 15th-century Albanian nobleman, was married. The baptism was very fascinating to witness. I am grateful that I could see that on my mission. I probably will not something like that again.

I love you all. I will share more next week. My birthday is tomorrow and I would love a quick birthday note from all who would like to send one.

Love,

Elder Açësoni i Madhërishëm


P.S. Check out Le Petit Elder Acheson's blog at racetolyon.blogspot.com

P.P.S. If you have missed any of my past letters got to barbyacheson.blogpsot.com


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

WEEK #8 IN FIER, ALBANIA



Family and Friends,
Our districts favorite past time

I hope that you are all doing well. We are enjoying a deluge of rain here in Fier. There has been some serious flooding taking place in the villages surrounding Fier. We have not been effected greatly by them. I haven't seen any rivers flowing through the city streets yet but I understand that the river that normally runs through Fier has risen some several feet to the point of consuming a bridge that the other elders use quite often.

This week we have been doing a lot of finding. We found a couple of new investigators with whom I am very excited to work. We are working in particular with a couple of young men named Bushi and Keti.
The Sacrament hall of the Fier Branch


Elder Eddings mastering Franz Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody


This week also we had the honor to have an exchange with the zone leaders. Elder Squire came with me and Elder Eddings went with Elder Price in Lushnjë. Elder Squire and I spent quite sometime finding and we came across some old investigator who knew missionaries back in 2000. He showed us a CTR ring that was given to him by those first missionaries. He told us that he gave them a ring that carries a unique Fier symbol.

Well I love you all. I know that this is the Lord's work.

Love,

Elder Açësoni i Madhërishëm

P.S. Check out Le Petit Elder Acheson's blog at racetolyon.blogspot.com He is now in France!

P.P.S. If you have missed any of my past letters got to barbyacheson.blogpsot.com





Sunday, February 8, 2015

WEEK #7 IN FIER, ALBANIA

Family and Fiends,

This week we had a zone conference in Tirana. It was a combined Tirana, Durrës and Vlorë zones conference and so the Albanian part of our mission. We watched that "Meet the Mormons" movie which was very nice. Additionally this conference the missionaries in the group ahead of mine gave their dying testimonies. It was an interesting feeling knowing that we are next.

I also had an exchange with Elder Schramm my former companion and we had a lot of fun. I know that he has grown a lot from the time we served together. I hope that I have become a more mature and effective missionary as Elder Schramm has become.

I love you all friends and family and wish you another great week.

Elder Açësoni i Madhërishëm

P.S. Check out Le Petit Elder Acheson's blog at racetolyon.blogspot.com

P.P.S. If you have missed any of my past letters got to barbyacheson.blogpsot.com