Saturday, September 16, 2017

amazing people

Stake conference in Durres happened this week! We took a 30 seat bus, we had 26 people come with us! I even met my friend that I baptized about a year ago, and gave him the priesthood! It was an amazing moment!

Missionary work:
Is* is doing great, he knows the church is true and loved conference! he has been bringing us a ton of referrals! He is awesome!
Ti* accepted a date to be baptized. He loved conference a lot! Especially how they talked about the importance of families!
3 new investigators: Referrals that are super prepared and really understood and accepted our message! AMAZING PEOPLE!

Planked for 3 minutes this week, ran a 5k. Basically the fittest person in Lushnje rn! Also for P-day we hiked the Berat Castle!

Spiritual Thought:Families are very important for the Gospel. Families are the most important unit of all time. The book of Mormon is the guide to have a happy family! I am so grateful for the blessings the gospel brings to my family! Family is sacred! Keep it that way!

Love you all!
have a great week!

Elder Michael Ueston

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My Son

I dropped off Larsen and grabbed Stapleton in Tirane. (hour and a half)
Drove back to Lushnje. (hour and a half)
Thursday we went back to Tirane to grab my son. (hour and a half)
Drove him to Lushnje (hour and a half)
Drove to Berat (45 mins)
Drove back to lushnje (45 mins)
Monday (today) we went to Tirane to fix the car (hour and a half)
Drove back to Lushnje (hour and a half)
For a total driving of 10 and a half hours of driving! FUN!

My son is from Gilbert AZ. His name is Elder Tobler! He is cool and tall. They grow up so fast!

While we were in our area this week we passed out 700 English course flying! At Church I sat on the stand because it looks like I am the 1st counselor now!

Spiritual thought:This week my thoughts were focused on The Power of the Spirit! The Spirit is like a tour guide in our lives. The Spirit will tell you what is true and help you know what you should do to stay on the right path! I am grateful for the guidance in my life!  Listen to the Spirit!

Love you all! have a great week!

Elder Michael Ueston

Elevator selfie 


Elder Tobler and me

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

waffle

This week we got a call from president this is how it went:
Pres: "Elder Weston you are training"
Me: "cool"
Yeah so I'm training and I will probably be 1st counselor in my area as well! I am excited! but I will miss Elder Larsen! Cry emoji.  Larsen BYEEEEEEE! I'm getting my son on Thursday!

This week we had a baptism! Ag* and La*, they brought their families, then they all came to church! We doubled the attendance in sacrament this week! #Blessed! Also Ag* got in the water while we weren't looking before the baptismal service and get all wet! hahah super funny!

I went to Berat for an exchange and ate a really good waffle!

Spiritual thought: I am grateful for families! Family are so amazing! I am grateful for my family and their love for me! I know that I will be with them forever through God's Plan!

Love you all! have a great week!
Elder Michael Ueston






Monday, August 21, 2017

25%

This week concerning missionary work was good. 25% of the people in church Sunday were investigators, and 10% was me and my companion! I will let you do the math!  Found a lot of people. Worked hard! It was great! Two people are going to be getting baptized next week! Life is good!

Now the good stuff: one of our recent converts had a great opinion about Asians. "Asian's all look the same... the thing Asians have is agility, because they use sticks to eat their rice." True!

We are teaching a great guy named Is*, he loves bringing us referrals! That is always cool!

Spiritual thought: Being worth for the priesthood is such a blessing. We listened to a story from President Monson's life when he gave his first blessing and after the guy who received the blessing said "I am grateful you hold the priesthood" and President Monson said "me too." be grateful for the simple things! :)

Love you all have a great week or something!



Elder Michael Ueston

Zone Conference




Monday, August 14, 2017

Berat

This Tuesday I went on an exchange. It was a lot of fun to serve with Elder Stapleton for a day! He is a cute kid!

Today for P-day we went to Berat. They have a castle over there and it is super pretty!

The work in Lushnje is going alright! Everyone is at the beach during August and no one wants to meet because it is too hot!

English course has been going well, we have been printing out random word and phrases and are making the students make sentences! It is a lot of fun!

Spiritual Thought:
This week in the lesson in Priesthood, at church, we talked about the Atonement. The Atonement is truly a blessing and the only way that we can return back to our Heavenly Father. I am grateful for the merciful plan of God. That he has given us an opportunity to repent!

President Gordon B. Hinckley: "No member of this Church must ever forget the terrible price paid by our Redeemer, who gave His life that all men might live—the agony of Gethsemane, the bitter mockery of His trial, the vicious crown of thorns tearing at His flesh, the blood cry of the mob before Pilate, the lonely burden of His heavy walk along the way to Calvary, the terrifying pain as great nails pierced His hands and feet...We cannot forget that. We must never forget it, for here our Savior, our Redeemer, the Son of God, gave Himself, a vicarious sacrifice for each of us."

I invite you to study the Atonement more!


Love you lots!
Elder Michael Ueston


p-day
Elder Weston's new suit




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

trustworthy kids

One of our investigators was a little confused when he misread the word
"Bota e shpirtave" (the spirit world) and he said
"Bota e shqipareve" (the world of Albanians.)
The look on his face was priceless!

We had a lesson about turning the other cheek with our favorite recent convert. She said, she doesn't want to turn the other cheek, but she will hit them 3 times! Her excuse was, "What if someone is robbing you?" I am not just going to let them take my stuff! haha fair enough.

Family home evening last week was a big hit, a total of 3 people came! Not all at the same time btw... I hope it goes better this week!!

We made pizza. It was good!

This lady came up to me on the road, I'd talked to her one time before, and she said "Hey watch my 'store'" aka. table on the road, "I have to go and buy something." She was like 70 years old. We sat there for like 10 mins, then she came back and she was grateful! It was service... I guess. I guess we looked like trustworthy kids! #blessed

I pulled out my butchers knife this week, to cut a watermelon, and with my 90° perfect cut, I cut it right in half!! I also cut the plastic cutting board right in half along with it... I forgot how strong I was... whoops.. that's what I get for doing the fitness game!

After District meeting we got ice cream!

Spiritual thought: "For thus saith the scripture: Choose ye this day, whom ye will serve." Choose to serve The Lord! As I have served The Lord I have felt some of the greatest joys of my life! I invite you all to Serve Him as well!!


Love you all! Have a great week!
Elder Michael Ueston









"Hey watch my 'store'" aka. table on the road 



We made pizza 


We also made a watermelon hammock 







Tuesday, July 25, 2017

convert

President came down to "The Lush" and we had interviews with him! Right before that we were having a lesson with our favorite recent convert!
Our conversation with our recent convert!
Us: "we would have to make the lesson fast because our president was coming."
Her:"so... do you want me to cut some watermelon?"
Us: "no. like we said we don't have to much time"
Her: "well don't worry about it he can wait for 30 mins"
Us: "no. like he is important. We have to be back on time"
Her: "He can wait, no one is more important then anyone else. Just when he calls tell him you are around the corner and then get there in 15 or 30 mins"
I just started laughing so hard!!!
This is why everyone is 15 mins late to lessons! haha

This week was good! I gave a talk in church. Made a game of Jeopardy for FHE using the BoM for tonight! Met people. English course. Pretty normal.

In district meeting I related my dog named Millie to Alma 20 and 22! Pretty much the best spiritual thought I have ever had!

Spiritual thought:
"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever." Alma 26:12
I am so grateful for Ammon's great example of true worship of God!


Love you all! have a great week!
Elder Michael Ueston