Monday, May 4, 2015

WEEK #31 IN TIRANA, ALBANIA



May 4, 2015



Family and Friends,

This week has been a good week for us. We have been working our tails off and we hit 20 lessons. We are working with a couple people and I would like to tell you about them.

We have 2 people on baptismal dates named Murat and Gentian. Murat is from a city called Skrapari and learned with missionaries about 8 years ago in Elbasan, the city where I was with Elder Price last year after New Year's. He actually found us. He had been out of Albania traveling around in different countries looking for work. He came back to Tirana to look for work and felt that he would like to track down the missionaries. He found the number of the Lushnjë missionaries and they referred him to us. We met with him and have been working with him. He is great and is absorbing the Gospel well, we just have to get him to come to Church because he travels to Skrapari, his home town (5 hours away), to be with his family during the weekend. We will be having a lesson with him and work with him to see if he can move visiting his family.


We are also working with a man named Gentian. I cannot remember where he is from exactly but he has come to Tirana to try and find work. We met him street contacting and brought him into the Church and had a lesson and invited him to be baptized and he accepted. The date we had chosen for him was beyond his planned date of return to his home city if he hadn't found work. We promised that if he exercised his faith and accepted the baptismal date and performed the other commitments that we extended, the Lord would bless him with a work opportunity. We heard just a couple of days ago that he will be interviewing in the next couple of days for a solid-looking job opportunity. We still have to help him with coming to Church.

We have another investigator who has not yet accepted a baptismal date named Papi. We have been working with him for the period of this transfer. He is very open to meeting and is very kind. He has been having a difficult time with (1) accepting the existence of God and (2) accepting that God is loving. We have been working with him to develop a testimony of the Book of Mormon and to test the truth of the things we have been teaching. He has not been very willing to pray but last week he began saying simple short prayers. He has been reading and pulling out good questions from the reading of the Book of Mormon. He came to a baptism that we had on Saturday and he felt the Spirit. We now have a reference point to indicate as to how the Spirit feels and what a manifestation should feel like. I am very excited to work with him this upcoming week.

We also have another investigator named Miti who has come to Tirana looking for work. He brought with himself the equivalent of $90 and has no place to sleep nor anything to eat. He has been sleeping on park benches and has nowhere to rest. He actually went to school in London, England but still has no work. We had a member join in that lesson who randomly had the same story in his life. We were able to testify of the love of God and that blessings come with living the commandments. He came to Church yesterday and would like to humble himself before God. We learned that tonight he now has a job interview and we pray that the Lord will grant him reward for his faith and acts.

Elder Greener and I have had a good week. We have been working hard and well together. I am very pleased with the progress of our district and I am excited to be here in Tirana. I know that the Lord has a great plan for us here and I am loving this evening phase of my mission. I hope to work myself to the bone until the last moment and then sleep comfortably on the plane ride back knowing that I have given my all.

I love you all,

Elder Açësoni

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