Monday, October 19, 2015

Letter # 37 - The Most Awkward Word of Wisdom Lesson - October 19, 2015

Dear Family and Friends-

Are you getting old? Are you tired? Are you cold? Are you upset? Are you cold? Are you upset? How are you? 

Basically that is the beginning of every SINGLE conversation I have here in Kosovo. They just ask, are you getting old all the time. Then you say, "nga pak" which means just a little. 

Anyways, this week was amazing! I also have a great story. So we have been teaching this mom and daughter. We are on the Word of Wisdom lesson with them so we go over and we actually were able to get a member to go with us. So the member starts telling them what and what they cannot drink and the woman stops, "Wait you said rrushe tea is bad? But the sisters drink it every time they come over." HAHAHHA. So awkward. That is what happens when there is a language barrier and you don't understand what they give you. So yeah...we have been breaking the Word of Wisdom, but we committed our investigators and us to live it. Moral of the story: keep learning Albanian. 

But besides that small hiccup, this week has been amazing. We found an amazing family who loves Jesus Christ! Yesterday, we got to teach the Plan of Salvation to them in their candle lit home (the power was off). The Spirit was so strong.

It was funny, the two days before we met the family were a couple rough. We literally tracted for two days straight, we were either on the road or knocking on doors. But those two days were all worth getting that one phone number that lead to us traveling out to that little village and finding them. All the work for just the one-it was so worth it.

It just reminds me the hard days are always there, but you keep working and you keep going and the Lord blesses you. How merciful He is! 

I love you all.

Motra J 

P.S. Second marriage proposal of the mission happened this week. Now I can choose between a vineyard or a house with a cow. I think I am going to deny them both and try my luck in America but it was a nice offer. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Letter #36 - October 12, 2015

Dear Family and Friends-

Hello from rainy Kosovo! It is has been raining for the last 3 days straight. I am finally getting use of rainboots! 

This past week, I have been thinking a lot about light. I guess maybe because I haven't seen a lot of it for the past three days. (And yes, my beautiful tan is finally fading away.) I was really impressed by President Monson's invitation to become lights for the world. 

This week we have had a lot of Restoration lessons and then we can never meet with the people again. They decide that they don't want to meet with us any more, or just never answer the phone again. 

At first, I was thinking that it was just a waste of time to teach these single lessons about Joseph Smith to have the people drop us later, but I heard a example about light in my first transfer that really changed my opinion about that.

They compared the gospel to a light bulb and they drew people who were super close, members of the church, the prophet, everyone who has accepted the gospel. Then they drew people who were on the outskirts who couldn't really see the light. Then we talked about how whenever someone comes in contact with us, they get a little closer to the light which represents Jesus Christ. 

So I have realized, that every street contact, every smile, every lesson that seems like it did nothing-really it helps that person just come a little closer unto Christ. No effort really is every wasted. 

True, not everyone I talk to gets baptized but that doesn't mean that they don't deserve to hear about the gospel. If I talk to everyone, God can figure out the technical stuff. He is the Master Planner and I know that His plan for his individual children is a whole lot better than mine. 

"To each of you, I say that you are a son or daughter of our Heavenly Father. You have come from His presence to live on this earth for a season, to reflect the Savior’s love and teachings, and to bravely let your light shine for all to see. When that season on earth has ended, if you have done your part, yours will be the glorious blessing of returning to live with Him forever." 

- President Monson

I love you all! 

Motra J 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Letter # 35 - Welcome to Kosovo - October 5, 2015

Dear Family and Friends-

One week down in the beautiful land of Kosovo. It has been quite the week of readjustment. The language has been a bit hard, everyone kind of speaks like a hick and every time I talk to a woman on the phone, I think it is a man.

But we have already seen a ton of miracles this week. Everyone is Muslim here and so I find myself over and over again, testifying of the Prophet Joseph Smith. It is funny, I think this week I have gained even a better testimony of the importance of a living prophet. And no coincidence, it being conference weekend. 

A lot of people like our message and like us, but don't understand that we are different because we have a living prophet. I met a girl this week who investigated the church for 13 years, but she said she knew it was true because we were the only church that had a living prophet. How neat is that? 

I don't really have much else for this week, besides the fact that I am grateful for a living prophet and I know that he really talks with God. 

I love you all.

Motra J 
One of my favorite families in Elbasan!

Our cute apartment!