Friday, May 26, 2017

WheelChair --Humanitarian
This was like a 2 day vacation in Korce.  
We really did some good work here and Greta passed off two of her three goals we had set together!  We met with the Weidmans who are always fun to talk to and brought the building assistant to meet the Sister Missionaries and set up a lesson at the church in Korce. All in all very successful!  We meet again on June 5 to measure our patients for Wheelchairs!  


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Red Cross Pogradec
Teaching kids in our neighborhood not to SMOKE, DRiNK, and don't do Drugs!
with the Weidman's -Humanitarian, Elder Anderson and Elder dhe Motra Winegar
Kristi a young 17 year old boy gave a perfect impromptu explanation How 
"I don't want to Die!"
first time cross out I, Second time, cross out don't, you get hooked then suddenly you Want to die then helplessly cross out wanting anything and afraid "to Die" and if you keep going you...

Very graphic and well done.  
Met Shar also who helped me interpret.  Hope to work with her again!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

There are those days when you feel you are doing more Harm than good, or just breaking even on the Momentum of Missionary Work.  It wouldn't matter as much if I didn't truly Love these Pogradec People and want not just to better their lives but to have them have that drive for Eternal Happiness with their Father in Heaven....... 

In a Kingdom where perfection is an eventual expectation, each other’s needs for improvement have a way of being noticed. Perceptive Jethro had plenty of data to back up the crisp counsel he gave his son-in-law Moses. (See Ex. 18.) Even prophets notice their weaknesses. Nephi persisted in a major task “notwithstanding my weakness.” (2 Ne. 33:11.) Another Nephite prophet, Jacob, wrote candidly of his “over anxiety” for those with whom he was not certain he could communicate adequately. (Jacob 4:18.) Our present prophet has met those telling moments when he has felt as if he could not meet a challenge. Yet he did.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hospital Donation ---The church was involved with eye care in our area and we are working with Dr. Lewis from Arizona .   He just happened to be in the Adriatic so the church invited (asked strongly)  Dr Lewis and his wife to come train our staff in Korce with the new equipment we donated to the hospital ..  This equipment will help them immediately diagnose glaucoma and other eye issues.  We were thrilled to be involved with such a useful project.  The Weidmans --our Humanitarian couple here did a fabulous job of submitting all information, coordination and all the many details it takes to carry out such an expensive venture.  We are thrilled! We had patients lining up as we were leaving to be tested.  We even had some press there and hopefully will also assist our missionary work in Korce and Pogradec!

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On the Way Home From 
Humanitarian --Optical Hospital Visit
I Guess if you Help Clean the Church you Get
Ice Cream
Lorin, Percival, Riepel, Elvis, French, Flores

Rea.............................................Rea, Greta, Majlinda, Kelvis
Frenki has been baptized not even a week. He is 16 years old and can grow a beard.  The kid is a positive force of nervous sunshine.   You ask him, "How are you Frenki?"  He always replies, "Fantastic, Super, The Best!  Perfect!"   The Elders gave him a challenge at baptism to start memorizing the Sacrament Prayers....... Next day they are memorized, the day after he has memorized D&C 4,  the day after that he has memorized all thirteen articles of faith.  Note he hasn't even been baptized a whole week yet ---he is now memorizing all the Book of Mormon summaries.  His head is like a computer!   That is our Frenki--Oh and he has finally found his niche with the other young men ---he is tall and can block the goal for our weekly muddy "football-soccer" games.   So...Great! Fantastic!  Perfect!


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Everyday here the scriptures just unfold with real life people facing real life issues. I feel that I am a spectator of prophecy.   I read the scriptures and the next day or two the very situation unfolds before my face.  Most too private too fragile to place on the internet.  Today's scripture was 3 Nephi chapter 22.  "For  a small moment have I forsaken thee but with great mercies will I gather thee.  ...... My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. "  
Oh thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted......Just wait.... be patient.... the blessing will be more than you can imagine...   Today I pray for my dear friend Jeta and her children.


Monday, May 8, 2017

"It is better to prepare and prevent than it is to repair and repent." ~Ezra Taft Benson (       My Moto for Albanian Branches!

Long Evening Walks just to D---STRESS!  Or should I say K----Stress!
Lorin and I head for the hills to get away from all the things we cannot control and cannot permit and cannot face yet!....   We go upward to the hills sometimes in the Makim but mostly on foot.  We just walk and walk and walk.  The villages above seem to have more peace.  Their lives are less demanding and uniquely simple.  Our lives down lower by the lake are much more intense !   People above even speak quieter.  I also love to hear the stream flowing as we walk.

These hill are cut out by sheep and goats that are herded along the mountainside for generations.

This is a small village close to the lake that have blocked the streams that flow towards the lake and they have made beautiful farm lands and stock ponds with fish.  They seem to work together in a community type garden ...everyone helping with the plots of land taking shifts.