Hello, how's it going?
Well, it's good to hear that (Hurricane) Sandy did not
affect home too much, and I have actually heard a lot about New York
and New Jersey, the Albanians pay quite attention to what goes on in
America, and I'm gonna keep the people there in my prayers.
For other stuff that I might want, I would probably like some
sweats, because it's gonna be getting really cold here real soon. And
maybe some skittles, the ones in the light blue or purple bag, if I have
to be specific. As far as like coats and stuff, I think I'm ok with
that stuff because that coat I got from the missionary mall is
So, the move last week was good, things went pretty smoothly. So,
simply, we just switched YSA buildings. We actually have a legit church
building right now, for the time being at least. Our apartment is
separate from the other church buildings, so we didn't move houses. The
purpose of the YSA building is for FHE every Wednesday and to teach
For English classes, there is beginning, intermediate, and advanced
English. Most are in intermediate English, but Elder Knight and I taught
Beginning, but we don't have English this week since we moved buildings.
I don't think anyone else in my district has a blog.
makes sense now about Dave, well tell him I say 'yo' and to send me the
baby pictures. Finally, I can be an uncle-in-law. (Getting married in November....)
So, you (Mom) went tracting to talk about the Mormon Presidential candidate with 2 other Mormons, eh? That's funny.
I've heard from a few
friends from school who are in the field now, they're doing really good I
hear. I lost Colin's address, could you send me that?
So, right now, I am in Alma 35. The Book of Alma is legit, I
love it. This is the first time I'm reading the Book of Mormon (with a
purpose, I guess, I've read it twice before but I didn't pay
attention), and it's awesome like actually knowing the stories in them
and when someone asks you about those stories you actually know what's
going on, because before I started I didn't know jack, and I could
really see the difference.
Jake, glad you liked band, write Michael Jordan and send him my congratulations for that 1 win, here's hoping for a few more.
glad you love band so much that you don't get bored because Mr. Swartz
(the man) is yelling at someone, that's just who he is.
Dad, we didn't do jack for Halloween, but there was a YSA party in
Durres, but we didn't go because we're not on our own time right now,
but yeah no pumpkins or anything.
Favorite candy bar? It's called White Lion, it's so good.
Food? Chipotle. But, as I said, if it has to be mailable, I do
miss skittles like no other, so that would be lovely if you would be
willing to send me some, thank you.
Yeah, Albanians are paying
quite a bit of attention to the election, and since everyone knows we're
Americans, they'll probably let us know by yelling, "Romney" or "Obama!" No, the people aren't aware that
he's Mormon, and honestly we have been told not to use that to gain
interest. The members in the church know, however, and
yesterday in Priesthood, our teacher told everyone that it's very
important that we all pray that Romney will win the election.
from what you've told me about football, BYU is playing nobody, and the
Redskins and Cardinals are pretty much how they usually are. The Jazz
lost to New Orleans? Outside of Anthony Davis, who did they have that
made the game difficult? The Spurs? We always lose to them. I feel
like we got a pretty stacked team if everyone plays to their potential,
but whatever. Glad to see Marvin Williams is doing well, as well as Mo.
Alright, so this past week. We actually got something that we had
never thought we would get in Albania. We got a media referral! I think it's a couple, but not sure, but one of
them actually knew a lot about the church because when they traveled to
South Korea (yeah, I know right?) with their Mormon friends they talked
with the missionaries a lot. They can
speak Albanian, English, French, Spanish, Czeck (which means they can
pretty much understand Serbian, Macedonian, Russian, and Slavick), and
Korean. Apparently once you master Albanian, you can learn any language
with ease. But anyway, they're awesome. Yeah, and yesterday at
church, outside of the branch president and missionaries, we had 3
priesthood holders, 2 of them Aaronic. I blessed the
sacrament for the first time in Albanian yesterday, it went just fine.
I'm pretty sure that the ward still thinks I don't understand a lick of
Albanian, but I think I can understand between 60-70% now when I talk to
people. I definitely need to work on speaking more, I feel like I have
been focusing more on understanding than speaking lately, so I am
working on that this week.
So, this Friday, these 2 girls in our branch, after 2 years are
getting baptized. This is so
significant that every missionary in Albania that has served in Elbasan
is trying to come, as well as the Fords and the assistants as well. I'm
pretty sure this is going to be the biggest event Albania has this
week. It's incredible.
Well, for any of my friends reading this blog, feel free to take the
time to send a letter to a kid in Albania who hasn't gotten much mail
since I hit the field, as a missionary I invite others to make
commitments, so, as I say to my investigators, I encourage you to make
this commitment, and I promise you that you will be blessed beyond all
belief for sending me a letter.
OK, well that's really all I got for this week. Hope everyone is
doing well, feel free to email me pictures of what you guys look like,
after all it's been 3 1/2 months. Ok, see ya next week!