“No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, til the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” -Joseph Smith
Hello there America.
This week. I don’t really know where to begin. Because I feel like whenever I get on to write all you people, the only word that comes to my mind is : MIRACLES.
So my new cute companion is named sister Eliason, and she is super tall and super blond and super fantastic. I am excited to be working with her here in Lushnje branch!
As far as this week is concerned… I feel like it can all be summed up in several words… Melting, Finding, and Miracles!
So we are whitewashing our area here… and we came here to find a pool of investigators exactly 0.. haha…ha. So we sat down, established a vision, set some goals and are getting to work! And honestly in the few days we have been here together already we have already seen miracles. One of which was that after a couple days of majorly finding with few lessons… I received a random phone call of a woman who had received a pass along card quite a while ago from the elders here… she called and said that when she had been talking to the elders they promised that the message we have would change her life. She called she said, because she felt an impression that what he said was true and that she wanted to change her life. And when we actually met up with her the next day, we had the most powerful lesson that I have had here in Lushnje yet, in which the spirit testified so strongly to her that what we said was true… especially when we talked about baptism and Christ being our Sheppard, she stopped with tears in her eyes and motioned to her whole body… after a few seconds she regained her voice and expressed how her whole body was warm and had chills. That is the spirit my friends. And it is a real testifier of truth. This wonderful woman accepted a baptismal date a few weeks out, and asked us if she could have her family come to learn and get baptized too. Sure, why not. 🙂
As far as other things are concerned… our apartment is glorious! We are on the 8th floor and it is like a purple apartment made for royalty. It is awesome and modern and our pronari or landlord is definitely part of the mafia. 🙂 He told me that he has our back. Also I have become the branches new pianist for sacrament…. bahahah it is hilarious considering the fact that I took like 6 months of piano when I was 13 or something like that and that is more than everyone else here! haha so I definitely have some practicing to do… oh man. pray for me! haha also we do a lot of work out in villages, lushnje is super small. so we are figuring out the organized hitchhiking system that albania has for getting out to those! Good times. Good times.
New favorite scripture in connection to what we are called to do as missionaries:
“18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”
Love you lots,