Alright, let me tell you a tale of this wonderful girl named Rozalinda. (my golden girl) She was baptized about three months ago now! She was my first baptism. And in every essence of the the title golden investigator, she was it. She is so solid. So spiritual. And since her baptism, we have been working with her mama Fiqeret. And after months, this last Friday she entered the waters of baptism and was later confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! It was such a special day. I felt incredibly proud and loving and warm at Rozas baptism three months ago, there are just some people that you have this undeniable connection to, Roza is one of the people I know with all my soul I knew in heaven. But I was so uncontainably happy this past weekend, so proud, when Rozalinda was able to give a lovely and powerful talk about the Gift of the Holy Ghost at her mothers baptism.
2 Each one read a scripture out of the Book of Mormon
3 One of you shares a 2 to 3-minute testimony how he had recognized the enabling power of the atonement in the work today
4 Give account to the Lord of what you have achieved during the day
5 Pray for next day goals, write them down and discuss how you want to achieve it and write it down in your daily planer
6 Pray on your knees for confirmation
7 Listen to the receive the desired confirmation
8 Make changes if necessary
9 Pray again for confirmation and listen
10 Enjoy the Spirit
Conference was absolutely fantastic! We watched it yesterday in church, translated, so it was a week late, but it was so wonderful! With each talk, each topic, I had the confirming feelings that these men, our leaders, are truly and absolutely inspired men of God. I know that President Monson is the prophet and I am so grateful for modern day revelation. I learned a lot from this conference, and even though it was in Albanian, I found so much comfort in the messages that were shared. Probably my favorite talk, one of them, was Elder Bednars talk which was addressed to investigators/non members, on why we do missionary work. Probably it was my favorite because he shared a passage out of enos which has become one of my favorite blocks of scripture. But it just spoke to me so much, because that is exactly why I am out here! I have experienced for myself the joys and the redeeming power of the atonement, I have learned of the peace and comfort living the gospel brings to me, and I want everyone to feel what I have felt, to know what I know. So that is why I am here. I love what E. Bednar said, something along the lines of, “do you understand now why members of the church are so desirous to share this with you? However awkward we may do it… it is out of a pure desire to share what we have come to know is true and good…” Something like that, remember I was listening in Albanian… haha. But it is so true! It is potentially awkward to do missionary work. But I (we) do it because even though initially awkward, to let someone know about something that has been the biggest and most life effecting part of my life – makes that initial awkwardness worth it! So moral of the story, share the gospel, and just embrace being a bit awkward. I promise it gets less and less awkward. 😉
Well people. My new companion is fantastic! Sister Vermunt is wonderful! Unfortunately she has a couple body issues as of late, so we have become very good friends with the Greek Hospital staff this week! Don’t worry. She is ok. Just has some weird things that we don’t know what they are, and also we know that she has kidney stones. Poor kid! But I am taking care of her, and she is still working way hard. Probably harder than she should be. But she is seriously a feisty and hard worker. Anyhoo, the title is like that because Sister V. had to get an MRI and while we were scheduling one for the next day, the lady said that it was better to pay for it today because today they were half off! SO she paid for her MRI and got it for like 150 Lek instead of 300 or more. So it was a good day. who has sales on MRI’s? anyhoo. Gotta love it. Then we go back the next day, and they put some needles in her and get her ready for her big test…. only then does the nurse come back and say that we would have to come back the next day because the power was turned off, and they were running on the generator! These are stories we will remember forever. Don’t worry, she got her brain scanned and is all good up there 🙂 But truly, she is amazing.