Monday, November 20, 2017

October 30th

Përshëndetje familja!
Another good week come and gone. Not a lot happened this week, but we still had a few good experiences nonetheless.

First off, Redi. He should hopefully be baptized this week. We still have to go through the baptismal interview questions with him and have the interview, but other than that he's totally ready! He's had the book of Mormon for a long time and usually he just opens to a random page and reads something, but now he's decided to read it start to finish. He's so awesome!

Also this week we finally had a district meeting. They're supposed to be every week but due to random things popping up it got pushed back until now. But this week it was super good. President and Sister Anderson, and the APs came and gave trainings, and our district leader gave a great training about working with ward leadership to bring back less actives.

Church was good this week. It got a little crazy at some parts and people weren't the most reverent, but we had a lot of investigators and less actives who showed up. We're trying to teach the members how to learn and study, because most still know very little about the gospel, and that's been going pretty well. We're trying to focus on getting people to turn to the scriptures when they're asked a question instead of just giving the basic answer they have memorized. Hopefully it actually works, but I guess we'll see.

We had a few first lessons and met some new people but for now there's still nothing too promising. We will have a Halloween activity tomorrow though, so hopefully we get some people coming to that.(I did get the Halloween package too, and it was super awesome! Thanks!)

We had a few good lessons with Xhoni this week, but my favorite one was yesterday where we taught him how to learn. We talked about listening and waiting to hear an answer from the spirit instead of just talking, and the lesson went so much better from then on. He's a super smart kid so now if he'll just keep listening he'll learn a ton really fast.

Other fun/random things, we had daylight savings yesterday and now it gets super dark super fast. I'll probably be going on an exchange to Elbasan this week, so I'm really excited for that. The bishop from Durres is in the Liahona magazine for this month, so you should all go check out the pictures, he's an amazing person. And lastly, I still need a lot of practice with the whole piano playing thing.

I love you all and I hope you're all doing great! Have a fantastic week! Mirupafshim, Zoti ju bekoftë!

Elder Gardiner

Here's a picture from last p-day when we went and played risk and frisbee in Lushnje with some other missionaries.

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