March 9, 2015

We are getting our own building!! This week had definitely picked up! These are the highlights :)

Car accident! So this week we had our Zone Training. As a part of that, President Weidmann wanted to meet up with the District Leaders as well as the Zone Leaders, so we had to drive up to Kosovo for 3 days while Elder Krajnc went off to his training. We were about to leave for our 2-hour journey, when we stopped by my old apartment to pick up some CDs for the ride. We got the CDs, some tasty snack food, and were ready to hit the road...when Elder Krajnc hit another car getting out of his parking spot. The guy he hit starting getting all flustered and angry because he was only the driver. We weren't really too sure of what exactly we should do, but luckily one of our members, Zoki, was there, so he calmed the guy down and helped us through it. It was a pretty big blessing to have him right there! The damage was only a few small scratches on the other guy's car, but we had to go, so we agreed to take care of it on Friday when we got back. The rest of our journey to Prishtina wasn't as exciting, but we got there, and pretty much just went to bed.

Elder Krajnc headed off with the Zone Leaders, and Elder Chingas and I were with another Elder in Prishtina. We had a few lessons that cancelled that we hiked pretty far to get to, which was disappointing, but we ended up having a really good one that night. The investigator only spoke Albanian, so I couldn't do too much or have any idea what was going on, but in the middle of the lesson, I felt the Holy Ghost rush into the room. It felt so peaceful, and I felt so happy. The missionary later said in the middle of that lesson he started testifying of Jesus Christ strongly. The investigator was found because he is very Muslim and wanted to make fun of Christians, but then saw that we are good people, so he wanted to know more. It was an awesome experience seeing the power of testifying!
We got challenged for each one of us to get a baptism this month. We did a zone-wide fast for it yesterday, and have been praying for it a lot. It will definitely take a miracle, but it's still possible for it to happen. We have a few older people that we've been meeting with that are very interested, but have been difficult to meet up with regularly. If we can figure out a way to see them more often, then they will be as golden as anybody!

We returned from Kosovo and took care of business with the car. We met with our lawyer, Elena, and she found out that Elder Krajnc's license expired 4 years ago, so from now on, it's probably only going to be Elder Chingas and I driving. I have yet to see the drivers here obey any law, so I'm not looking forward to it.

One morning this week, we had the privilege of taking some very cold showers. Our water heater busted, so we talked to our very awesome landlord about it and he got it fixed that day. He asked us if there was anything else we could use, and it ended with him buying us a mixer and a grill. Like I said, this guy is a stud.

Filip ended up getting a job in Qatar, and so he left this week. It was frustrating, because he just recently started getting very interested, but his girlfriend is still here. We had as good as a lesson can be in a very noisy cafe this week with them about the Plan of Salvation. They both like it a lot, and both agreed to baptism. They always talk about how good they feel whenever they meet with us, but Filip just can't seem to realize that's the Holy Ghost. They're both very prepared people though, and were excited to keep working with Ana!

We have another investigator named Lazar who read the whole Book of Mormon in a week. He's read every religious book he knows of, and he said he's never felt closer to God than when he read the Book of Mormon. He has a big concern with actually joining our church though, and again, doesn't like meeting with us often, but luckily Elder Chingas and I will be in the same exact spot for 2 years to give him all the time he needs!

On Sunday, I gave my first talk here. I decided to opt for English with it because I didn't have quite the confidence to give it in Macedonian, but next time will be Macedonian for sure! Zoki translated for me. We had quite a few American guests here for a service project with the Nelsons, so that part gave me a good excuse for the English as well. That night, with Zoki and Nejat getting the Melchezidek Priesthood recently, we had Macedonia's first Priesthood meeting at the Swineford's house, which also happened to be National Woman's Day. President Swineford encouraged the members to use their priesthood when the can, and described more about what it is.

The most exciting thing this week is that we put a down payment on the new building!!! It's seriously going to be such a blessing for us, even though it's way far away. Now people won't look at us like were crazy when they here we have church in a hotel on the Muslim side of town :')

That's it for this week! Things are going well for us right now, and with the will of God, we might even add some new people to our branch soon!
Elder Rigby