An inactive man we met this week invited us to pizza on Saturday which was nice. His problem is that he can’t come to church because he is a commercialist (I think that’s correct in English) and works Sunday. A really nice guy, he knows the church is true, but dug himself too deep in the hole. I have learned a lot about the importance of keeping the Sabbath Day, and the blessings it brings. It is sad to learn that through the bad example of another, but at least I was able to receive that knowledge. The church is true. Even though the people are not perfect, the church is. It is such a blessing to be able to go to church in order to renew our covenants. That is why we go. Sometimes we don’t realize that blessing every week, but it truly is a blessing. May we all continue strong and active, so the Lord will bless us forever!
I’ve mentioned this before, but Albanians in my community find it SO strange that I run around outside and get really tired for fun. People–my neighbors, the shop owners I frequent, my students, small children whom I’ve never met before–get pretty worked up about my exercise routines. “I saw you running yesterday! WHY WERE YOU RUNNING?” “You’re going to run?! But it just rained, there are puddles everywhere!” “Where are you going? I have a car, I can take you, you don’t need to run.”
Exercise is widely embraced in America because we’re all a) fat and b) taught to admire athleticism. But in Albania, if you are fat, you either stay that way or adopt what I call the “Albanian Woman Diet” which is coffee, cigarettes, coffee, coffee, and no dinner. That really does not sound appealing to me, so to help myself stay fit–and sane–coupled with the…
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I think I just found out who my companion is going to be. Until I know for sure, I’ll tell you next week =)
Okay…despite the fact that they told us not to take pictures of Elder Cook, many other missionaries did anyway. I did not, I didn’t think it was appropriate, so that is why I have no photos of him. I’ll get some other ones next week just so you believe that we saw him.. =) BUT!!!
He came to Xela first to speak with the whole mission first. While there we took a group photo.
I’ll send you a letter specifying what Elder Cook talked about, but he did leave some amazing blessings upon us.
Elder Cook mentioned the story of Jesus walking amongst the heavy multitude of people, and noticing that virtue had left him because of the sick woman who touched his cloak. She was healed after 12 years of sickness. The most amazing part was seeing Elder Cook come down from the pulpit after the closing prayer, and hearing the music in the background, and the flock of people who came from the whole congregation to at least touch him before he left. People had so much faith in him, and loved him so much, that they did everything possible to at least touch him. Amazing.
During this whole shindig, my tall long gringo body caught his attention and he asked where I was from. I told him Momos central completely forgetting that I was not a missionary 2 years ago, then he asked, where are you really from? I said Vegas. He then told me, you are doing a great job Elder. Keep it up. Amazing… he took that time, despite 1,000 people trying to shake his hand and get his attention, to talk to me and say that I was doing great.