We had a fun opportunity to go tabling with the youth last week. I really enjoy working with them. We set up a stand with Book of Mormons from all around the world, and an Albanian flag. We stood off to the side and talked top people as they walked by. It was great to have the youth because it made people realize that we are all real people. We had a really fun time, and we managed to get a lot of phone numbers. We called through them, and one of them was willing to meet with us. We met with X (18) and E (12). Apparently they have tried out some other religions before, but they are still looking. Ersi helped us out with the lesson. He is a fantastic help. The lesson went fantastic. We hope to have more of the youth there for the next lesson. We hope to meet with their whole family!
Guess who I saw in the road this week?? K! Well actually he saw me.. and he yelled across the street in English "I finally found you!" Well that sure made me feel good. He is the coolest kid. We would honestly be great friends if we had lived lives close to each other. I was so happy to see him. We reunited in the street and talked for a bit. He said we can start meeting again. Hopefully the K story has a good ending.
This week we were talking with E, and he had been down for the last few days it seemed. We decided it was probably best to sit down and talk to him, and see what is up. Life has been tough for him. He gets bullied and stuff. He is a reporter, and had been 30 straight hours without sleep. His parents are always at work. He lives a wild life. He had a lot of reasons to be down, and what did he tell us... He told us that to remedy it he was trying to develope charity. It was mind blowing. Not the reg response from a 15 year old boy. He is so cool. He gets bullied a lot, but he gets all of the ladies. It is pretty funny!
A is still the man. This has been a long haul with him. We hope baptism is close! I am sure it is. he continues to come to church faithfully. This week we had a pretty cool experience with him. One night he didn't show up to an appointment. We hadn't been able to contact him at all that day or the day before. It was really weird, and we were a little bit worries about him. We decided to go find him. We said a prayer, and took off looking for him. We found him within 10 minutes. That is proof that prayer works. We didn't just find him, we found him within 10 minutes. It turns out his phone had been broken.
This week we went finding out in the private house section of Durrës. It was my favourite night this week I think. We got out there and had one arranged appointment with a man named F. We found him one night. He has very strong family beliefs, and is happy to learn. It was our second lesson. We were talking about the Plan of Salvation. We have talked a lot about prayer. He understands prayer, but he is asking for signs. He told us if they happen he will come to church every week for the rest of his life. I am still unsure as to what to do. We told him God answers prayers, but we can only get things in line with his will. Anyway it is an interesting case.
That night though we continued the contacting tracting approach. Most people are out in their yards on summer evenings. We had a gang of youth helping us out. At first they were kind of laughing and giggling at us, but then we went up and started to talk to them in Albania, and got to know them for about five minutes. They were all super nice after that. We explained whet we were doing, and they loved it. They came with us from house to house talking with their neighbours. We didn't get any lessons, but we had a lot of great conversations. A few times one of the kids would run into opn house doors and bring out the owner of the house. Everyone thought it was hilarious. We got a good reputation in that neighbourhood. At the end of the night we said goodbye to everyone, and the kids were begging us to come back another day. It was so much fun.
I think I told you that one of the ways we are getting closer with the ward is by being in the choir. I love it. Not all of the missionaries stay, but the few of us who do have a great time. As a rule we do not sound great, but it is so much fun, and the ward loves it.
The work goes on! I also got back in contact with B and X this week. We saw B in the road, and she was very happy to see us. We also saw their dad/grandpa, and before he was against us, but this time he talked to us for quite a while, and it was very nice. E and G showed up at English course this week. E was the one who said an amazing first prayer. They aren't in Greece. We aren't going to press to hard, but they were very open and happy. I am kind of realizing now that there are a lot of open ended stories. unfortunately I don't have a ton of control over if and when they wrap up. I am also realizing that I have had a ton of great times out here. Hopefully some of these people will come to realize that all of this stuff is true. We have faith!
It was great to hear from all of you today! I hope things continue to go great!
Walk Buddy somebody!
Love Elder Stewart
Elder Rasband's idea for P Day activity this week. They had a great time! Elder Stewart said he is pretty rusty!!