What a magnificent week! Everyday here is seriously fantastic. I am constantly surprised and find myself just marveling at everything walking down the streets and just thinking: “I am in Albania! I speak Albanian!” What??! How is this even possible? Needless to say, I love it. 🙂 2 months in country, and I still can’t get over it.
We have just picked up an absolutely amazing investigator. Her name is Aferdita (offer-dita) and she is golden. And there is a funny story behind her. Ok so Aferdita and her sister Ilirjana had been coming to our english course class every week for a month and a half, and they seemed interested but not very and never really responded too much to our invitation to learn outside of class. BUT. When our cutest girl Rosa was baptized, she invited the whole english class to come to her baptism. (she is a fantastic missionary already) and aferdita and her sister came! And I can’t think of a better baptism they could have come to, because Rosa’s baptism was absolutely wonderful and was so spiritual. At the end of the baptism in the closing song, my companion actually was holding hands with Aferdita because they were both feeling the spirit so strong. It was beautiful. We asked again if she wanted to learn more. This time she accepted. This last week we met with Aferdita on tuesday, and everyday since have had a lesson with her. And in our first real lesson with her on tuesday, she came into the lesson and when we started talking about her experience with the baptism, she told us she had already decided that she wanted to be baptized! She said it before we could even invite her! And as we got into more lessons, I tell you, she is so prepared. The lord really does prepare people.
ooh another interesting part of this wonderful story is that on thursday, we had a lesson planned with aferdita and she called the night before to cancel and we tried to set up another time and she said that we would just talk to us tomorrow… and then district leader calls and tells us a member wants us to call him because he has a referal for us… we call him, and he asks if we have time tomorrow… of course we have time! Next morning show up to the church for our lesson with this new “referal” and who is it? Aferdita. confused? haha The member who called us was Aferditas brother Trashgim, who has been a member for 6 years! And they hadn’t told us before that they were siblings!
Turns out that He had been keeping a distance from his sisters learning in the church because he wanted them to find the right path for themselves, but had encouraged them to come to english course. And I guess everytime after english course they would come home and ask questions to him about the faith part of our lessons and they would talk for a long time about the things we had taught. And when Aferdita had called Trashgim to tell him that she had a baptism date, he said he was so happy and they then decided to pull a surprise on us. 🙂 We are so excited for Aferdita, and we are hoping that we can meet the rest of the family soon. – her date is the 20th of September.
Aferdita came to church for the first time yesterday. And with the way that she was interacting with everyone and involving herself in the lessons you would have thought her an old time member. She fits in so well, and just loves everyone so much. It is amazing to see the growth that these investigators make. In such a short amount of time! It is such a privilege to be able to see that kind of growth, these people are so inspiring! And it is truly incredible the changes that take place once people start putting their trust in their Heavenly Father and start acting on that faith and repenting through keeping commitments.
Needless to say, I feel so very blessed to be a part of these peoples lives.
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you…” (John 15:16)
That is all for today, hope you are all well, LOVE YOU ALL DEARLY!
Love, Motra Kollmen
-went to an artificial lake this week for pday, just a big man made lake in the middle of Tirana, it was so calm and peaceful, that place is definitely my happy place
-for all those friends who know of my love for all things asian, I found an asian restaurant. That is also my happy place here in albania. I was the happiest kid to have some authentic and beautiful chopsticks in my hands once more… 🙂
– Sister Favero is the best companion that has ever walked the planet. And we only have till the end of this month together! (first companion… yes we have 12 week transfers here- and this one is 14 because we got a new mission president) So needless to say I love her
– Roza is helping in lessons and has such a solid testimony and is helping her mom learn so much. Hoping to get her mom in the water this month too 🙂
– tried Dhale for my first time ( think buttermilk+ salt) (mom- this is literally the stuff grandpa alder drank. I think he was albanian) And it wasn’t too bad… this one tasted more like kos (yogurt) than anything else…