Monday, November 28, 2016

turkey & gravy

For Thanksgiving we went to Tirane and ate food with all the other missionaries, then after all the districts prepared a skit. That was awesome! Super funny!

We went to Korçe this week for another baptism there! It was awesome! I talked to one person at the baptism, last week. Then he wanted me to give a talk this week. 2 baptisms 2 talks. Then to top it off I gave another talk in Church on Sunday! Every week in church I have given a talk, and at every baptism I have given a talk. It has been awesome! I never want to hear someone complain about a talk again!

We found some pretty solid Investigators, we met this guy named Ermes. We gave his daughter a blessing!

Our recent converts feed us! It was awesome!!! They are the best!!

Spiritual though:
This week I would just like to let all of you know that I will be forever grateful for My Savior!  "Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me, Enough to die for me! Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!"  It truly is wonderful!

I love you all!!
Elder Michael Ueston

Friday, November 25, 2016

Adriatic South Mission ~ Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Skits

These pictures of Elder Weston came from the Adriatic South Mission Facebook page

Monday, November 21, 2016

the lake

O Molali ku je? (Homie, where you at?)

This week was a lot of fun! Our friend R*, was baptized, and to make it 2000 times cooler, he was baptized in the lake! Some other Elders from Korçe came down and baptized someone as well. It was sweet and I got to give a talk at the Baptism, then the next day, at Church, I got to give another talk, and R* received the Holy Ghost! We had 16 people at Church this week.

Today we got a haircut for less than $2 and played pool.

We have been teaching this kid named O*, we hope he will get baptized in 2 weeks. We have been meeting with a guy named P*. He has a hard life and hope to help him a lot! and We have been meeting with our recent converts here a lot to strengthen them!

This week we are going to Tirane for Thanksgiving, and then we are having mission conference! It should be a lot of fun!

Spiritual thought:
This week after giving two talks about baptism, and seeing 2 people make that covenant with God, My testimony and love for that sacred ordinance grew. I am so grateful that The Savior restored his church and gave us the power to baptize and bring his children unto him fold! I am so grateful for my Savior and his church. I know that baptism is the only way that we can inherit the kingdom of God!

I love you all! have a great Thanksgiving!

Elder Michael Ueston

R*, his family, and our recent converts. 

Lake baptism #classic! 

Monday, November 14, 2016

1st week in Pogradec

Pogradec, this place has been opened for 6 weeks now, we have 3 members. It is awesome. We had sacrament meeting with 13 people!!
38% missionaries
23% members
30% investigators
7% under the age of accountability
Elder Lords is basically the branch President, but it is to small to be a branch. And it looks like we get to give talks almost every week, in church!

It was Elder Lesi's birthday on Tuesday, we ate at the member's house. I got to go back to Elbasan for zone conference on Friday! It was goals! I ate a crepe! It took 2 hours to drive there!

Oh yeah, they took the car from Elbasan (my old area) and gave it to Pogradec (my new area.) I have only been 6 weeks without a car! haha
I guess God just wants me to have a car! ;)
It has been raining for the past 5 days, so we had been doing a lot of trakting!

We live super close to the lake, It is super pretty! And the other day there was a rainbow right above it!

Today for my birthday we played some card games, we hung out with our recent converts, and we ate some food, after I am going to watch 17 miracles for family home evening.

Spiritual Thought:
One year ago from today I went through the Temple, and 2 weeks before that I received my mission call. I would never have thought how much my life was about to change, and how much love I would have felt for all The Albanian People. "[I] had loved them, according to the love of God which was in me, with all my heart; and my soul had been poured out in prayer unto my God all the day long for them." Mormon 3:12. I now know how Mormon felt when he said this. I am extremely grateful for God's never ending love, grace, and mercy.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love you all!

Elder Michael 

Our kitchen

Our apartment

Our room

The view from our apartment

The Church

Monday, November 7, 2016

Transferred to Pogradec (look it up)


Albanians always look at me and my companion's name tag with a confused look on their faces, then ask "ju të dy keni Elder" (both your names are elder?) No matter how many times we explain it they don't understand! cute people.

We got transfer called from president this week. I thought I would be staying here in Tirane. But president has no rules! Me and Elder Lords are both going to Pogradec (look it up) with Elder Lessi. This area is super new 6 weeks! and it has a beautiful lake, and the other side of the lake is Macedonia! We will be in the same district as Macedonians!!!! I am super excited! I will miss Tirane.

We met this guy named Eg*, he has met missionaries about 10 years ago and he said that the missionaries really effected his life for the better. He is on a baptismal date, but we are leaving, but he is super cool! life!

This week was really cool! we had a lesson with a recent convert and after he said that was exactly what he needed! That is the best feeling in the world!!

Spiritual thought: This week I turned on some conference and the second I turned it on I could not stop listening to it, I felt the strongest spirit! It was the most amazing feeling ever!! I know that we have a prophet on the earth today, his name is Thomas S Monson, and that he is sent from God!

I love you all!! shout out Happy birthday Sarah!!

Elder Michael Ueston
We played Frisbee for P day!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

sweater weather

This week was pretty boring but I will try to make it sound cool! BTW Happy Halloween!

I went on an exchange with a little greenie Elder Harris, cute kid.
I planned a couple of lessons and then later they said "Do të marr Vetë" So yeah they are going to call us... Great..... I can't wait for all those people to call us! SO EXCITED!! ONE DAY!!!

We went to the sisters house while their male landlord was there (AP's approved.) we then got home at 10:00 pm!! it was the first Time I have been out later then 10:00 for like 9 months!!! (home.)

Church was great, I love the Bishop, the zone leaders baptized a guy, English course, we made a great Sunday dinner!! (I'll send a pic)

It is also sweater weather (I'll send a pic)

Spiritual Thought:
Our friend Ar* loves The Book of Mormon, every lesson he probs talks about how it is like a guide for life for 10 mins. I am so grateful for The Book of Mormon and the power that it has to change our lives and I hope all of you will read and ask God if The Book of Mormon is true!!!

Elder Michael Ueston

my companion is from Idaho so obviously he made the fries!