We had lovely Picnics,
We played volleyball, soccer, played chess and checkers on the grass. We ate and enjoyed the beach...
In the Fall we had Stake Conference and Super Saturday/ Conference.
We used our funds to take our branch across the country on long bus rides to go to these conferences so they could meet and see the possibilities of growth in their branch and what church buildings are like and how they function.....It was very expensive, but we felt that it was important for them to go. We always want to use our funds appropriately and choosing what will make a difference is often hard to decide!
We are trying to give our new members a vision of a how the church works through it members. That the members teach each other under the direction of a branch or ward leader/bishop. That they counsel with each other , clean their own chapels, create activities to unify and then clean up after themselves.
We encourage them to sing together and take turns leading the singing. We invite them to prepare gospel doctrine talks for church and they do a fantastic job! I have to say that the people in Pogradec do not know how wonderful they give talks and present themselves so well with really very little direction. I am so impressed with their talks and beautiful prayers and how they pray for each other.
Everything is so new to them we forget that our branch has only been members for less than a year! The youth and the adults are uniquely impressive!
We always try to be the example and show them what it will be like when they will be in charge of their own wards and have callings. It is impressive indeed how well and willing they help and understand.
What can I say.... These people are AWESOME!
We Now Have Sister Missionaries!
I love having sisters missionaries! They add so much to help our Pogradec. They balance out our male/female membership and do only what a sister can do.
Pogradec Group is Growing, Learning, and we are having Families come! I would love to see everyone have the opportunity to go to the Italian Temple when it opens. How special would that be? We are helping them chart their family history and hopefully it is and will be meaningful to them to connect their family histories. We do all that we can as our time goes so quickly!
We love them all!