Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Priesthood Rocks!

Nov. 24th Email

Dearest Family!!!!

So this last week was a good one. Not too much stuff happened but nonetheless it was happy and not too stressful.
Monday was good and that night we had a lesson with Ajdin about the Priesthood. 

He came to the church and we asked him how he was feeling and he said that he was feeling perfect!!! BOOOM!! Priesthood rocks and God is real. So that was a good thing for him to see. We explained to him how right after he's baptized he can get the Aaronic Priesthood and do the sacrament. He was pretty excited about that so we are super stoked for that moment. 

The next day the Macedonian Elders all came up and had an exchange with us. We've decided to switch off every month so we can save some gas personally. So Elder Prince and Barber stayed with us and Elder Gierisch and Krajnc stayed with the other Elders in Prishtina and we all spent the day working together. There was a lot of street contacting and stuff like that. So Elder Jorgensen and I then taught our English Course and met with Suad. He is doing good and we are trying to help him feel a little bit more comfortable doing sacrament and such. 

English course.
Later at night the Macedonian Elders came back and slept at our house. That morning we woke up and studied and then had some more finding time which was good. We got some good numbers and we were happy. Then we went to this awesome restaurant that we found called "Sabaja". It's a brewery but it's owned by an american and they have some killer good food and it's not expensive!! Hallelujah! That made us happy and then the other Elders had to leave back to Macedonia. It was also Elder Prince's birthday that day so we said "happy birthday" a lot. 

That night we just spent a lot of time finding and then we had  our private English Course with Artur and Adhurim. They are good kids and we love teaching them. We taught them some english and then about the Plan of Salvation. They answered our questions really well and they are definitely learning something from that. I hope we can get in contact with their parents really soon. Afterwards we had our Institute Activity. That was really good and it was good to learn from them. And then right after that we got to meet with Nezir! It was our first recent convert lesson with him and we reviewed the Priesthood with him so that he would be ready to receive it on Sunday. He had been out of town for a while so we weren't able to meet with him very often and it was kinda sad because I would usually talk with him all the time for a lesson or for setting something up. He's doing good though and still is off smoking. I really hope he keeps up with that and I definitely know that he will be blessed by it. 

Happy Birthday Elder Prince! (on the right)
Thursday was the day that we played soccer. We went with some members and a bunch of investigators. I made 3 goals!! And they were sweet goals if I might say. One of them was off a corner kick and I pulled this crazy kung fu move and drilled the ball into the goal like Jackie Chan. Or like Po. After that we went home and got back to finding and working. We had a lesson with Betim and then our English Course. It was our last one for two weeks so everyone was all sad because they love us so much. Just kidding.

Friday we did service in the road. It was good and the road looks much nicer now. But anyways after that we went to Sabaja again and I got a chili dog. TO DIE FOR!!  Later that day we had some more finding to do. We've been trying really hard to get some new investigators. Later that night we met with Suad again and then with Ajdin and we just kinda explained more about Prophets and then about Baptism and Confirmation. It was good stuff. 

Sister missionaries are the BEST!  They feed the other 4 missionaries almost every Sunday.  Jed says they are awesome!
So the next day I actually had an exchange with Elder Stewart. That was awesome. In the morning we had a lesson with a new investigator named Ismail. He wasn't very interested and we had to end the lesson early becasue he said that he needed to go to work so hopefully we get to see him again.  After that we went to the church and cleaned up for the activity that was happening last night. After that we went finding and such and then we met with Agim. He's the guy that keeps asking us how to get visas to England. But he shows potential every now and then so we have kept him for a while. We taught him about prayer and prophets because he basically thinks that a prophet is someone that just has a good idea and then when he prays, he prays to me and Elder Jorgensen which is very flattering but incorrect. 

Elder Stewart and Elder Clawson

After his lesson we had a big activity for the young single adults. The Stake President came up with a bunch of Institute teachers from Albania and he gave a great lesson on putting on the armor of God. When he got to the part that explains 'loins' he kinda started ripping on the young men.  It was good for them to hear it. They needed a little guidance I think. Another sweet thing that happened that night was I got to meet Elder Euglid Hoxha! He served in Leeds with Kelbie which was super awesome. He is a way nice guy and he actually lives in Lushnjë but he wasn't home when I was down there. Good stuff. 

The next day was church. We had all the soldiers there from Bondsteel and all the Institute teachers as well. Nezir was also able to get the Priesthood in the second hour and I got to give it to him!! It was awesome and I loved every second of it. That was basically all that happened yesterday. 

Well I'm sorry I'm getting worse at emailing. I'll try to improve on that. I hope you guys have a good week! Love ya'll!

Love, Jedediah

Dearest Mother,  

Well how much snow do you guys have? We haven't had any since that one time but it's getting a bit colder so I'm sure it'll come down soon. Have fun at Sam and Hollie's this week! Tell them all that I said Hi! I love you!

Love, Jed

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