December 14, 2015

We had a first Branch Council in Macedonian, with Prend and Suzana joining us. It's such a big step forwards with the members running more things here. They were offering a lot of advice with members and investigators, since they have the inside scoop of what's going on. Sister Barch translated for Elder Nelson so he could know what's going on, since he's probably one of the most important at that meeting.

Sasho is a stud!! We went down to Kumanovo this week, invited by Sasho, to visit him. We had been talking for about half an hour, when he told us he's going to get his mom to make us lunch. She was apparently making a whole lot of food, because after we had been sitting there for 2 hours total, there was still nothing. Finally she came through and gave us HUGE plates of Kumanovski Sujuk, which was similar to meatloaf and sausage blended together, with a side of fries. It was soooo nice of them to do that. Sasho's mom is so adorable, probably one of the sweetest people I've ever met. We got full pretty fast since it was just straight meat, but Sasho saw to that we cleared both dishes. That's the first time I've had a member meal like that since I've gotten here!

It's awesome being able to stay in the same city for so long. Sasho and I have grown very close the past 7 months that he's been a member, and it brings me so much joy to see how he has changed, and how much more joy he has in his life with the gospel. He has said his life was hell before he was baptized, but now he feels like he's flying. I know the gospel changes lives whenever it is truly applied. Following the the gospel gives us a road map for the tricky course of life. God wants to help every one of us, and it's just on us whether we're going to let him or not. 

Love you all! Hope you're enjoying the Christmas season. Remember to spend it with those that matter most.
Elder Rigby