Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WEEK #30 IN TIRANA, ALBANIA

Family and Friends,

This week has been another week. A lot of hard work finding new people. We had a man find us. His name is Murat Shanallari from a place called Skrapari in the South of Albania. When he was in Elbasan as a student he met up with missionaries there and learned with them for quite sometime about 8 years ago. He remembers an Elder Lee who was also a U.S. Marine. Murat invited us to his home and we met there with the help of member Shëptim Shkuka. He accepted a baptismal date and we will be taking him to family home evening with our bishop's family tonight.

Today for P-Day we climbed a hill to the south of Tirana with Elders Asler, Szabo, Wright, Braden, and Sisters White and Cheshire. We wanted to go see some old communist bunkers. We hiked quite a while and had a look at some great tunnels. We found a friend named Bardhi (The White) Qërshori (June) and he guided us through the mountain and tunnels. Who knew that a mountain-dwelling villager uses Facebook.



We have another investigator named Papi. Just about every single lesson that we have had has been a very great spiritual experience. We go and visit his mini office max share some very spiritually guided lessons. We have been helping Papi develop faith that God exists and loves us. We taught the Plan of Salvation in great detail. I know that both Elder Greener and I have been guided to change our plans and teach according to his needs. We could have 3 times stuck to the 'plan' that we made but I know that we have been guided meet this man's needs.


Thank you very much for your letters of support and encouragement. The other Elder Acheson (Le Petit Elder Acheson in Lyon, France) is going to have a birthday tomorrow and if you have a moment to drop a quick birthday line his email is donald.acheson@myldsmail.net 

With much love,

Elder Açësoni I

Monday, April 20, 2015

WEEK # 28 & 29 IN TIRANA, ALBANIA

Elder Acheson, Elder Greener, and Iljaz on his birthday on top of a tower over looking his estate 
Family and Friends,

I am sorry for the week delay. I did not have an opportunity to write last week. I was attending a birthday party for a friend of a member. He was gracious enough to have us at his estate at Rrushkull. He is involved in various business practices and is economically set. The majority of his property is a private zoo. So as part of his birthday surprise some of his friends, namely Sister Xheka from the Durrës ward, purchased for him all of the animals from the Vlorë City Zoo. We had additionally a fantastic dinner. 
The first van containing the ex-Vlorë zoo

Some wild pigs on Iljaz's estate

Elder Greener and I had a good week. We have put in a lot of hard finding hours. We, on Wednesday, had some of our investigators, the Pepaj Family, teach us how to prepare a great chicken dinner. Mirash, the husband worked at the Mill Floor restaurant in Rancho Santa near San Diego. Apparently it is one of the top 25 restaurants in America. All I can say is that I know that the food that he prepared was absolutely amazing. We had a great lesson with them with the help of a member named Xhesi Lakaj, they have very similar stories in regard to their time in the States.

I am very happy to be back in Tirana. I am loving Tirana 4th Ward. The district we have is solid. It is a treat to be able to serve with them and to work with them. Elder Greener is also a very hard worker and I am pleased to be with him. Bishop Beleshi and his family are fantastic. I am also very pleased with our ward mission leader Brother Lezo. He is very proactive in his calling and rather supportive and willing to give his effort in all places where he can.

I know that this will be a great period of my mission. I intend on riding this out to the end well. I am excited to do everything possible to be a good missionary and help others to do so as well. Thank you for your support.

Elder Açësoni

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









Monday, April 6, 2015

WEEK #27 (RETURN TO TIRANA, ALBANIA)



Elder Acheson and Elder Greener hanging out in the snow on top of a mountain. 


Family and Friends,

This has been a great beginning to what I hope to be a fantastic final transfer for me as a missionary. I am 3 months away. The office called me the other day and asked me which airport I would like to return home through. I tried to get Provo Municipal Airport but that was not an option. 

I am now in Tirana 4th Ward which is on a diagonal line from the Tirana 3rd Ward (the place where I served 7 months). I am the district leader over the Tirana 2nd and 4th Wards which takes in a bit more than half of the city. There are 10 missionaries in my district. We have the assistants to the president Elder Bangater and Elder Stewart (who, if neither of us get transferred, will have served 7.5 months with me which is longer than any other missionary) and a sister set consisting of Sister Chesire and Sister White are in 4th Ward with me and Elder Greener. In 2nd Ward are Elder Vërushi and Elder Guymon (a trainee) and Sister Zollinger and Sister Johansen (another trainee). We have the biggest district population in the mission. I am excited to work with these fantastic missionaries.

For Easter our ward went to the artificial lake and had an Easter egg hunt. We got to hide the eggs and have a lot of fun. I know a lot of the members already in 4th Ward and it was as if I had never left Tirana from 3 months ago. I am very excited to be here.
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Elder Acheson with a sacrificial knife in Kruje

For P-Day we headed back to Krujë to the north of Tirana. When we got there it was raining very hard. That rain turned to snow when we went on top of the mountain. I actually got to see snow on my mission! I was so happy. Though all of us got completely soaking wet and froze, I am so happy that we could do that.

I am excited to serve with Elder Greener. We already have seen some awesome miracles. We were tracting on our 3 day together and we tracted in to some young men. They told us they were Muslim and as the lesson progressed 4 other friends came in and we ended up teaching 6 twenty-one year old Muslim men. The spirit was so powerful and so perfect in its direction. A couple of them throughout the lesson had to pop out and in at various times. That was so important because they were all asking questions. The absence of some meant that we could move on in teaching the lesson. When one would show up, his friends would explain what we had just taught. They all were fixed on the lesson and were very respectful. This could have become an absolutely terrible experience. It was one of those lessons were while sitting there I have to consider objects in my reach that I could use as a weapon, escape routes, how I could quickly debilitate them, but they listened and asked amazing questions. We were so blessed to have the opportunity to teach them and I expect to teach them again this week.

I love you all and I hope to report another fantastic week!

-Elder Açësoni

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

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Elder Acheson and former president George W. Bush