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Adriatic South Mission
P.O. Box 2984
Bulevardi "Gjergj Fishta"
Qendra "ALPAS", Shkalla NR. 5,
Apartamenti NR. 14
Tirana 10000, Albania

Monday, October 27, 2014

27 October 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your email this week! I really look forward to reading your emails weekly! It sounds like you have had some good weather to do some stuff outside. Here it was really hot at the beginning of the week, but the past couple of days it's been pretty chilly. It's been kinda' different in Durrës lately. Since it's getting colder, people aren't outside as much as they were before. Also it's been getting darker earlier, and this weekend was the daylight savings time switch for us. I don't know if we switch times on the same day or if it's different for you back home. It was interesting because I only heard it in passing from a member this week, so I had to ask a bunch of other people to make sure it was actually the right time to do it. It was kinda' strange how it just happened out of the blue like that. Mom, Dad, and Rachel, I'm glad that you had time to listen to Elder Bendar's talk this week and choose a family you would like to share the Gospel with. I know that the Lord will bless you because of your desire to share the Gospel. In fact, this week I had to give a talk in Church. I was asked to speak on Missionary Work. It was the second talk I've had to give here as a missionary, and I feel like it went very well. That's one thing I've felt like has become a lot easier since becoming a missionary: public speaking. You talk to so many different people and in front of different groups of people all the time, so public speaking becomes very easy. That's so crazy that Mikey has left! It blew my mind seeing those pictures of him at the airport! Thanks for sending those. I know that he'll be a great missionary! Have you heard anything about anyone else in the ward working on their mission papers? 

It's crazy how fast time has been flying by! October is almost over! It's crazy that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. There isn't anything concrete yet, but in years past there has been a Thanksgiving Mission Conference. So the entire mission gets together and usually they have a talent show and a dessert contest. We haven't heard anything specific yet, but we may be doing something like that! However, this Friday we're actually having a Halloween party at the Church here in Durrës. It will be interesting to see how Albanians celebrate Halloween. Apparently, they go around door to door and ask for candy. So guess who's going tracting Friday night!! Ha ha, just kidding, we'll probably figure out something more productive to do instead. They don't have a holiday like Thanksgiving here though. I've also heard that Christmas isn't celebrated as much as in the United States. The biggest holiday that they celebrate here is New Year's. Also on the 28th and the 29th of November they have a big celebration for the Independence of Albania. So I'm excited to see how they celebrate that.

This week has been pretty good! This week I got to go back to Lushnjë! I was only there for a couple hours, but it was really awesome to go back! We had a District Leader training meeting in Lushnjë with the Zone Leaders and all of the District Leaders in Southern Albania. We had to take public transportation there, so it took FOREVER to get there. It's difficult getting there because there isn't a bus or van that takes you straight there, so we had to take a couple different buses to get there. It took about 2 hours when it would've taken an hour with a car. So that was quite a trip, but it was super nice to be back in Lushnjë for just a couple hours. I really hope that I have the time to go back and serve there. I really enjoyed my time there. Whenever I talk to the missionaries serving there they always say that nearly all the members in Lushnjë ask about Elder Clawson and I all the time. So I'm really excited to go back and see them again and actually be able to talk to them and understand what they are saying! A lot of missionaries don't really have the best thoughts about Lushnjë because it's just a small village, but I really love it there and I would really like to go back one day. I hope that the Lord has it in His plan to allow me to serve there again for a while. This week I went on an exchange with another elder in my district Elder Rasband. He's from Brigham City, Utah, and he's super awesome! We got along really well and he's a great missionary! He's a great example of working with a positive uplifting attitude. We had a really great exchange and we got a lot of work done!

One thing we've kinda' been struggling with is finding new investigators to teach. We've been talking to tons of people, we've been knocking on tons of doors, we've been doing everything that we know how to do, but we've had a couple of really slow weeks with finding new people to teach. I know that as long as we are living obedient to the commandments of God, including mission rules, that we'll be able to have the success we're looking for. We are being obedient to the mission rules and the commandments and we know that as long as we are working with all our heart, might, mind, and strength that we will be able to have success in finding new investigators. One thing I would ask of you is to keep that in your daily prayers as well. That we will be able to have a successful week in finding new investigators. Also a passage I read from "Preach My Gospel" came into my mind as I was writing this. There is a section that talks about the importance of members helping with missionary work. There is a quote in there that I don't quite remember the source, but it talks about the importance of members not just praying for missionary work in general, but praying specifically for the success of the missionaries in the ward where they live. So if you could also remember the missionaries in your ward and pray for them, pray for their success daily. I know that their lives will be blessed, as well as yours!

Thank you so much for the love and the support you give me every week! Ju dua shumë! Javë të mbarë!

Love, Elder Watson

A sunset looking out of an apartment building where we were tracting.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

20 October 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your weekly emails! I know I say it every week, but I really look forward to reading them every P-day! It sounds like you've had quite the weekend! That's a lot all happening at once! Give my congratulations to Colby and to his wife. {Colby Baker and Whitley Brickey from the St. Cloud Ward who got married last weekend.} As well as to all the Returned Missionaries when you get a chance. {Many friends from Jacob's youth group are starting to return from their missions, already!} That's so crazy that you have an appointment scheduled with the missionaries so far out in advance! {We scheduled to have the Elders come over on Jacob's birthday in November.} People here don't really plan out their days, so we have to call them the night before or the day of to schedule an appointment with them. At first it was really strange! I thought no one will want to meet with us on such short notice! But if you have a lesson scheduled two days before, they'll forget and they won't show up. Scheduling is very different here. I'm glad Grandma's doing well after her surgery! That's a lot of time to spend off her knee! Wow! I could see how that would be frustrating! {Grandma had to have the cartilage and ligaments in her knee fixed. She has been on crutches since July and will have to continue to keep weight off her knee for another two months.} Say "Hi" to them for me! So gas here in Albania is expensive. The average now is about 184 Lekë for a Liter. So that's like $1.80 per liter. I think a gallon is about 3.5 liters so... about $6.30 a gallon, if I did that math and conversion right. So it's pretty spendy to fill up the little cars that missionaries use. Is the food better in Albania or Kosovo? That's a difficult question to answer. In Kosovo, we don't get sufllaqe so that's a huge plus for Albania. However, Prishtina is known as one of the best food places in the mission so Prishtina is VERY difficult to beat.

Elder Keck and I are doing great! He's really loving serving a mission. He loves Durrës as well. The people from different cities have different names for themselves. People from Durrës are called "Durrësak" So because Elder Keck was born here, he's Durrësak. I still consider myself "Lushnjarë". It's interesting because not many people are trained in Lushnjë. There are actually only two Lushnjarë missionaries left in the mission. There is one other sister that was trained there and me. I really hope I get a chance to go back to Lushnjë one day. The South Zone Leaders live in Lushnjë and they came up to Durrës a couple weeks ago to do a baptismal interview for us. One of them is Elder Price, we served around each other in Prishtina for the past three months, so it was really good to see him. He told me that a lot of the members in Lushnjë remember Elder Clawson and I and ask about us every once in a while. So I'm hoping I'll get to go back there one day. So yeah, a couple weeks ago, like I said, the Zone Leaders came up to Durrës to do a baptismal interview for us. That baptism happened this weekend! It was super awesome! It was a wonderful service and she invited a lot of her family and friends to come to her baptism. She's actually a cousin of a member of the Church in Lushnjë; however, he didn't get a chance to come to her baptism. I was kinda' bummed out about that. However, Esmeralda's baptism was wonderful! After her baptism, she came up to us with one of her friends and said, "She wants to take lessons from the missionaires." Her friend was really interested! She has even come to Church a couple times in the past. She was telling us about how it felt really different inside the Church and how the people here are a lot different than other people you would meet. She said that she felt really good at the baptism, and so she was interested to learn more. So this morning, we were actually in the house doing studies and said called us and said, "Hey, can we do a lesson in 10 minutes? I'm here with a couple of my friends and they want to learn." So we went over to the center and we were able to have a lesson with her and a couple of her friends. Her friends seem really interested in the Gospel! It's wonderful to see how amazing Esmeralda is with missionary work already! She's very solid in faith and she's going to be a strength to the Durrës Ward!

This shows us that people are already prepared to receive the Gospel. At times it's kinda' hard to believe that when we tract and we talk to people in the street for long periods of time without getting a number; however, from Esmeralda and her friends we see that people really are being prepared to receive the Gospel. As a missionary, I've come to see that the best way to find those prepared people are through members. When members prayerfully think of someone they can invite to learn about the Gospel, miracles happen. The use of members in missionary work is HUGE! It drastically hastens the work of salvation. There shouldn't be a division between missionary work and being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We should always be looking for ways we can share the Gospel with friends or family members. Happiness, peace, and comfort are just a few of the many great blessings that come from sharing, or accepting, the Gospel. Elder David A. Bednar gave a GREAT talk about this topic in General Conference! I would encourage you to listen to his talk again, and then to prayerfully think of someone you can share the Gospel with. It can be intimidating at times, but if you have any questions, "Ask the missionaries, they can help you" (Elder Russel M. Nelson). I know that if you do this, you will have those great blessings in your lives. I would highly encourage you to do this and to invite a friend or a family member to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that the Lord will help you in your efforts to share His Gospel!

Thank you for all the support and love you send to me! Javë të mbarë! Ju dua shumë! Kalofshit bukur!

Me Dashuri, Elder Watson

Baptism of Esmeralda!
Sunset over the Adriatic Sea.
Awesome sandcastle we built at the beach today!!
Nice photo bomb!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

13 October 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your emails! I really look forward to reading them every week! This week was a good week for Elder Keck and I. We're getting along very well and we're working hard. I'm grateful I have the opportunity to be his trainer! On Friday it was Elder Keck's 19th birthday, so we had a little party for him for lunch. It seemed like he had a pretty great day. So yeah, I did have a car. Don't worry, I didn't get in an accident or do anything to have it taken away. There are three missionary areas here in Durrës and one area (the area that had the car before) is all of the outskirts of the city. They had the car in their area because one of them was the District Leader. However, I'm serving in a different area and they needed the car in order to go to lessons with their investigators. I talked with the Assistants to the President about the situation and they talked with President Weidmann and we all decided that the best solution was to just keep the car in the other area. I'm totally fine with it. So we don't really have the option to do all sorts of traveling, plus we'd need to get permission to leave our area for traveling on a P-day. When I came to the country I was living with the Zone Leaders, so I always had permission to leave my area when I traveled with them. Essentially I had all the benefits of being a Zone Leader without any of the responsibilities. However, we've been doing some fun stuff as a District here. Like today, we went to the beach and we played soccer on the beach for a while. Afterward we just played around on the beach making sandcastles and stuff like that. Next week we're going to go back and build some intense sandcastles. We're all pretty excited about it!

So Elder Keck and I actually live in almost a private house. Out landlord lives above us. It's kinda' like the house I lived in when I was here before. However, this landlord was one of my former investigators last time I was here. I don't know if I wrote about him in letters before, but his name is Beni. He's been the landlord for missionaries before. He's super nice! However, he doesn't recognize me from before. Not many people recognize me as a missionary that was here before. I think one reason is last time I was here I couldn't really speak very much, so I didn't make much of an impression on the people here before, but now my language skills have improved a lot and now I can do a lot more than I could last time. I guess one blessing is that what people see of me now is the image of Elder Watson that they'll remember. So going back to the house, we don't have a microwave, but we do have a washing machine. Here in Albania, the idea of a laundromat hasn't been thought of. Everyone owns their own washing machine and they do their own laundry.

This weekend was conference weekend here in Albania. It's always a little different because we're in a different time zone and we have to wait for translations too. So the way it worked out for us is they had Women's session and Priesthood session on Saturday night and then we watched another session on Sunday morning and Sunday evening. It's still a little hard to understand what's going on. It takes a lot of energy to focus on Conference in a different language to get stuff out of it. However, one thing I did is I downloaded a bunch of the audio for the talks in English and we've been listening to them at our house during lunch or when we're getting ready for bed. I noticed that there were a few talks about the Sacrament and making it a powerful, personal, spiritual experience. I really enjoyed the talk from Elder Holland. There was also a talk that I really enjoyed that the phrase was "Which way do you face?" I really liked that, and it's a good reminder that we always need to remember that our loyalty always lies first to God.

It's so crazy that Sierra {Jensen from the St. Cloud Ward} is home already! Elder Roberts went home the same day as she did, so it's still kinda' hard to believe that they're home. A day or two after transfers I was looking through my camera, and I saw a picture of Elder Roberts and me. It blew my mind to know that he was home and I had just served with him a couple days before! I can't believe Mikey {Gross from the Princeton Ward} is leaving {for his mission} already! Time is moving past so fast! It's hard to wrap your mind around it at times. Today I looked down at my watch and I couldn't believe that October was almost halfway over already! That's crazy that Sister Kenfield {from the Princeton Ward} might be moving! I hope that the Lord will guide her to make the best decision for her! Yeah, I've been hearing a lot about that Meet the Mormons movie. It sounds pretty cool. You'll have to tell me how it is.

So this week we've had some interesting experiences. First off we met a man named Thimiri. When we talked to him in the road he said that we wanted our help with some papers. It sounded like he wanted our help to translate a letter. We said okay and we got a time to meet. When we met he brought with him about 10 pages. We start off and he lays the papers our on the table. I noticed that some of them were written in very poor English, and they all mentioned something about a rock of great value. I asked this man what help he was looking for and he said that first he wanted to explain these papers. We listened to him tell us of a story where he found a rock. He said that one day he was watering his sheep in the sea, and he felt like the Lord told him, "Go into that bunker over there and see what you find on the ground." So he went to the bunker and he told us about this rock he found. He said that it was in the exact form of a ship with sails. He said that the rock was over 5 million years old. He showed us a picture of it and it looked like a normal rock... I guess if you squinted at it you might be able to see a ship. It resembles the form of a ship in the way that one side of it is rounded slightly. He was trying to tell us that it was sculpted by the hands of God and placed in that bunker for him. He said that it should be placed in a museum and be the 8th wonder of the world. He put everything he had into convincing us that we should be excited about this find. We told him that as missionaries we don't work with stuff like this. However, he continued to try and convince us for over two hours. Yeah, two hours of this old man talking about a rock he found. No matter what I said, he'd always say some other reason why we should help him put this in a museum. It was really weird. We decided that we were going to share a quick spiritual thought with him before we left. So we talked about the Book of Mormon. We talked about Joseph Smith finding the gold plates, and he was like, "Oh! That's like me finding my rock!" We were like "Oh no! Don't start talking about that again." But everything was alright in the end. Another interesting thing that happened was that another older man stopped and talked to us on the road. He said that his family was visiting him a week or so ago and his son-in-law messed with his printer, so he didn't know how to work it. He asked us if we could come and help him fix it. We agreed that we would try and fix his computer if we could share a message about our church. He agreed, so we went over one day and we tried fixing his printer. We weren't able to figure it out, but he said maybe you could fix my Skype instead. So we got Skype working on his computer. He was really happy and was willing to listen to a message. We talked about prophets and how blessed we are to have scriptures and to have modern prophets too. He actually knew quite a bit about our church, and he was really receptive to our message. Hopefully we'll be able to go back over and to teach him some more.

We can always turn any situation into a Gospel situation. As we were fixing Skype on his computer we saw some pictures of his family and we were able to talk about families and blessings they bring. Because we were willing to provide a simple service he was open to hearing a message about the Gospel. Service is a wonderful way to open people's hearts to the Gospel! It's a great opportunity to explain why we serve others. I know that through simple acts of service we can bless the lives of others. So always look out for little ways you can serve those around you. If you pray for those opportunities, the Lord will bless you with them. He will also bless you with the oppotunity to turn it into a way to share the Gospel with someone!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers! Thank you for the support you give me. Ju dua shumë. Javë të mbarë. Zoti ju bekoftë!

Love, Elder Watson

So we were tracting in this one apartment building and we noticed that there was a huge
crack in the wall. You could see outside!! I could fit my hand in it, and it ran along the
whole height of the apartment building. Needless to say we left very soon!
We made peanut butter bars for District lunch. When I went to cut them, I asked how I should
cut it. They said, "Cut it in 6." So, I did. And we all had a HUGE sugar crash afterward.
Another apartment building couldn't decide if we were on the
5th or 6th floor.
On the beach for P-day today.

Monday, October 6, 2014

6 October 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you for your email this week, I really appreciate it! I've heard that conference was really good, however I haven't seen any of it yet. There was an issue with the broadcast in Albanian, so this last Sunday we had fast Sunday instead. I just downloaded some of the talks and I'm looking forward to hearing them. We'll have the opportunity to hear them next week in Albanian, but some things get lost in translation, so I'm looking forward to hearing them in English. So we came down from Kosovo early in the morning on Tuesday. I didn't pick up my companion until Thursday, so in the mean time I was put with Elder Opper. Elder Opper is training in Tirana, so we were put together for a couple days until the new missionaries arrived in the country. But now I'm with my boy, Elder Keck. He's from Layton, UT and he's super awesome! He's super excited to be here in Durrës! His Albanianized nametag reads "Elder Kek". "Kek" is Albanian for "cake" so the members remember his name very easily. That'll be good that the members will remember his name so well! He's kinda' shy, can you imagine me saying that?? I was pretty shy, but my mission has broken me out of my shell quite a bit. Everyone kinda' goes through an awkward stage once they come into the mission, so I'll get to know Elder Keck better as he breaks out of that stage. He's really awesome and I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to serve with him. So I'm not in the same area I was in when I was here last time. It's a little strange, because other people are working in my old area and I'm here again. I'm actually living in the lower level of one of my former investigator's houses. It's really awesome to be back there. They're really awesome people! However, Durrës has changed quite a bit. It's interesting being back and seeing how things have changed. Today was really rainy. So here in Albania, it's a lot warmer than in Kosovo. Because I left from Kosovo Tuesday morning, I was wearing a long sleeve shirt and a jacket, but when I arrived in Albania, I was dying from the heat. I'm not looking forward to having to wear long sleeves and suit jackets here during the winter. Hopefully it'll get colder so it won't be so bad! 

That's sad that Brother Klein passed away. However, it was getting tough for him. When I would go out with the missionaries, we would visit him often. It's sad that he's passed on, but he's in a better place now. We really are so blessed that we have knowledge of the Plan of Salvation! It brings a lot of peace and happiness so that we don't have to worry about this being the end. I'm very grateful for the Plan of Salvation, I'm filled with gratitude to my Heavenly Father when I have the opportunity to teach people about this Plan of Happiness. I can imagine that without this knowledge, death would be a scary thing, but I know it's only another step in the great plan that our Heavenly Father has for us!

This week has been an interesting week. Last time I was here in Durrës, I couldn't speak very well and also we didn't work very much with the members. We focused on working with investigators. So when I came back this time, not many of the members remembered me. A lot of the younger kids remembered me though! It was kinda' sad, but I guess it gives me an opportunity to work with them and to show them who Elder Watson really is. President Weidmann gave me a special task to do while I am here in Durrës. He gave me the assignment of maintaining the good, strong relationship with the Bishop. Apparently there hasn't been a good relationship in the past, but one has just been formed. The way that it was formed was by talking with him on the phone every night and praying with him. I'll be honest, the Bishop here in Durrës intimidates me quite a bit, so I was more than nervous when President Weidmann gave me this assignment. So I started off this week by calling the Bishop. We talked and prayed together. I didn't really seem like anything special; however, President Weidmann gave me this assignment, so I kept up with it. I continued talking to him and praying with him. Some nights it felt like I was bothering the Bishop; however, I stuck with it. On Sunday, the Bishop bore his testimony in Church about how special it was to talk with the missionaries and pray with them every night. That really calmed my worries about calling him. And then that night, when I prayed with him he prayed for me and Elder Keck by name. It was such an amazing experience! I know that as we continue to follow the counsel of our leaders, that we will be able to have success in whatever assignment they give us. I know that this assignment was given to me by the Lord through President Weidmann. I know that he is a man, inspired by God to direct the missionary work here in this part of the world. I'm grateful that the Lord gives us inspired leaders that follow the counsels of God.

Thank you for your love and your support! Ju dua shumë! Javë të mbarë. Zoti ju qoftë.

Love, Elder Watson

Elder Watson with "newborn" Elder Keck.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

29 September 2014

Dear Family and Friends,

Thank you so much for your emails! I always look forward to reading them every week. I'm glad to hear that you had a good week! I'm doing good. Wow! That's crazy!! I mean I knew that Colby {Baker, a returned missionary from the Sauk Rapids Ward} would get married someday, but it's really weird hearing about people in your youth group that are getting married now. That's awesome, though. Give him my regards when you see him, or President Baker {Colby's dad and our Stake President}. Rael {Parks, a returned missionary, also from the Sauk Rapids Ward} is back? Wow, that's so crazy! The weather here is getting cold. Normally, we would be wearing short sleeved shirts as long as we possible could. We can wear short sleeves until General Conference, however, we have been wearing long sleeves for a couple weeks now. It gets pretty cold in the evenings when we contact. It's been about 15 degrees C whatever that is in F {about 59° F}. Either way, it's been chilly. However, I won't be here for the winter...

Yup. Transfer calls were last night, and I'll be leaving Prishtina. In fact, everyone that's been in Kosovo for 90 days has to leave. So only Elder Clawson will remain in Prishtina from our district, everyone else is being transferred out of Prishtina. The mission just found out about a visa requirement, so I'll have to be out of Kosovo for 6 months before I can return. But because I'm so young in the mission, I have a pretty good chance to return, kismet. However, I'll be returning to Durrës! In my old area! As the district leader! ...With my son! And we'll have a car! Yeah, this was a HUGE transfer call. So once again, I'll be serving in my old area in Durrës as well as training a new missionary. Yes, that's right, I just killed a missionary, and now I'll have a newborn. Talk about extremes! No, I don't know who he is yet. The new missionaries will be arriving on Wednesday afternoon, and on Tuesday morning all the trainers and trainees will be meeting at the mission home and we will be assigned companions there. I'm excited! Elder Clawson will have a Durrësak grandson. It's interesting because for the past year, excepting three months, there has been someone from my family line in Durrës. I'm excited to keep it going. Also, I've been called to be the district leader there, and one of the perks is having a car, which I'm excited about too!

I'm kinda' stressed out a little bit about this call, but I know that the Lord will help me out. Like Nephi said, "unë do të shkoj dhe do të bëj gjërat që Zoti ka urdhëruar, pasi e di se Zoti nuk u jep urdhërime fëmijëve të njerëzve pa përgatitur një udhë për ta, që ata të mund të plotësojnë gjënë, që ai i urdhëron" -Nephi 3:7 (Sorry I couldn't remember it in English.) I know that the Lord will prepare a way that I will be able to accomplish all of the things that He has in store for me. At first it looks like it could be stressful, and it may appear like it may be very difficult, but as we rely on the Lord, we will have the strength to do all the things that he commands. I know that this call was inspired by the Lord, and I know that He will strengthen me to accomplish these things. I'm excited to return to Durrës, but I'll miss Prishtina a lot! 

The members here in Prishtina are amazing! They have to go through so much to be members of the Church. It's difficult to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints anywhere in the world, but it's especially difficult for them here in Prishtina. For example, here in Prishtina we had the opportunity to see another person be baptized and follow the example of Jesus Christ. She had to sacrifice a lot to make it to the church for her baptism. It was a wonderful experience for her, us as members, and for the investigators that were there. Ismet attended her baptism, and he was so excited he told the branch president, President Bodell, that watching the baptism was one of the best experiences of his life and he's looking forward to his own baptism. Ismet should be getting baptized in the middle of October, so I'm sad that I won't be here for that. However, I know that the missionaries that will come here will take good care of him. The people here are amazing! They all have changed who I am in many ways. We have awesome members here in Prishtina and I hope one day that I can come back! I'm really going to miss the members here. One of the benefits of having such a small branch is you get to know the members so well! I'll be very sad to leave them. I know that the Lord will help them continue on the path of the Gospel. I know that the Lord will watch over these people and bless them as they continue to sacrifice to come to church. The members here have touched my life in many ways, and I won't ever be the same because of them. I hope I've had the same effect on them as well. I'll miss them a lot, but I know that the Lord has called me to serve in another area. I'm very excited to see those whom I've served before and will yet serve. I know that the Lord is in control and all I need to do is find out what His plans are and then do them. I know that the Lord will help me in this call, just as the Lord helps all of us that are willing to accept His help. I know that Heavenly Help comes to those that are humble and willing to accept His help.

Thank you for your love and support! Zoti ju bekoftë dhe shpërblejftë. Dhe më pëlqen shumë që google translate nuk kupton gjuhën shqipe Prandaj ju nuk më kuptoni, por ju e dini se këto gjëra janë të vërteta. Ju dua shumë she kalofshit bukur!

Love, Elder Uacën

Photos this week courtesy of Sister White and Sister Curtis.

Looks like Sister White and Sister Curtis ran into Harry Potter!
Sister White cleaning the baptismal font.
Prishtina Missionaries no more :(  Elder Watson headed to Durrës, Albania;
Elder Roberts going home; Sister White headed to Tirana, Albania;
Sister Curtis going home; Elder Price headed to Lushnjë, Albania;
Elder Clawson is the lone hold-out in Prishtina.
I am going to miss Elder Roberts and his beaming smile!