Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 1st

Përshendetje familja!

So we've had a pretty good week here in Durres. The Gjergji family is doing great. They are super good at missionary work. We met with them almost every day last week, and in almost every lesson there was a new person. At first we were just teaching Ilmi, Mimoza, and Suzana. But after that we've started teaching the rest of the kids; Indrit, Arber, and Hamza, and also we're teaching their neighbor Ina, and her kid, and a different one of Indrit's friends Tani. So they've been most of our work this week. We've taught them a lot and they seem to understand really well still. The lessons get really crazy sometimes, and sometimes it's a little hard to keep them on track because there are just so many people who all want to talk, but it's still going really well. This week on Sunday we even had Suzana, Indrit, Tani, Mimoza, Ina, and Kristal all in church, it was awesome! 

Also this week we met with Mustafa again. He's super funny and he tried to convince his orthodox friend to come to a lesson with us because our church is true and theirs isn't, which was super funny. He's basically the classic example of an Albanian xhaxhi, and basically the whole lesson was us trying to talk about the Book of Mormon and getting sidetracked to us talking about the Koran and prophets. So I don't know if we'll keep meeting with him, but he ended up coming to church again and really liked it, so I guess we'll see.

We also met a young couple that we went and taught. But the husband is going to Greece for work today or tomorrow so we had a transfer lesson where we gave them to the sisters. They were really nice and have a lot of faith, but I'm not sure they really want to act on our message.

Then other than that, today we went to Lushnje to play soccer with a bunch of the south zone missionaries and with some members. We had a great time and played pretty hard, and it was a ton of fun seeing everyone again. I met two of the new missionaries today and they're super cool. Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures, but it was still a great time!
I think that's about it for what happened this week though. We've done a lot of finding but nothing too crazy has happened.

Also, that's super awesome about Ian's mission call, he'll do great. That's going to be super cool. And to respond to your question, Albanian is not similar to Slovak at all. In Kosovo they use a few words that are close to Serbian words, but I think that's about as close as it gets. Macedonian might be similar, but I don't speak that so I don't know. And also, I actually have a friend in that mission speaking Slovak, so Ian will probably meet him.

Have fun on your trip to Arizona, and have a great week! I love you all!
Mirupafshim, Elder Gardiner

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