Saturday, October 22, 2011

the one about home

Elder Mitchell Weaver returned home from his mission on Friday, October 21 with a Medical Release. We are glad to have him home and hope to have him diagnosed and on the road to recovery soon.

Monday, October 17, 2011

the one about a little

Things are going great here in Lushnjë. When I really sit back and look at the big picture, it's a beautiful picture. Seminary is going well, the kids are learning, church meetings are good, we're doing lots of retention work, and we had one of our investigators in church.

I'll tell about our investigator: His name is Xhani (Johnny), and he's about 65 years old. That's getting up there by Albanian standards. He's a really nice guy, and very sharp. He works as a French teacher, and he's really interested in learning English, so we teach him English and the Gospel. The thing that's great about him, is that he reads the Book of Mormon by himself! Most people we have to pester and poke and prod to get them to read, but Xhani does it gladly. I'm really happy for him, and I hope he will get a testimony soon.

Cool, that's it. I love you all, in a family way!

Elder Weaver

Monday, October 10, 2011

the one about hope

So, I got a new companion! His name is Elder Kay, from Calgary, Alberta. He's only got three months under his belt but already speaks like he's been here for nine months. We're having a great time here in the branch.

Last Monday, seminary started. It looked kind of sad having just us, the teacher, and two students. But slowly, more and more people came during the week and on Thursday we had nine kids there! It's great to see them learning from the scriptures, and especially learning that the scriptures have a lot of real-life application if you just pay attention.

And finally, yesterday we walked Rajmond (rye-moaned) all the way to his house after church. I have an even greater respect for this faithful man. The walk from the church to his house takes two hours. He does this twice every Sunday. We met him at his small plot of land with his cows and had a little lesson on hope. He says the only thing that keeps him going is a firm hope for a better future, which he gets from reading the scriptures at night by the light of his cell phone. This man is an inspiration to me, and if he doesn't get into the celestial kingdom, I sure as heck won't.

I sincerely hope the best for all of you!

Elder Weaver

Monday, October 3, 2011

the one about continued success

Woot woot, we got another baptism!

From left to right:  Elder Weaver, Florida (flow-REED-uh),
Nedi (neddy), Elder Ireland
She's from a member family that sadly went less-active when she turned eight, so now she's 14 and just getting baptized. We're slowly reactivating her family, and it's great!

Also, we got a picture of the branch yesterday!

I really like Lushnjë!

Allës gut!

Elder Weaver