Monday, June 19, 2017

Korce Baptism

Romans : Chapter 6
Baptism is in similitude of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ—The wages of sin is death—Christ brings eternal life.
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of hisresurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him,that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members asinstruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servantsto obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
20 For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free fromrighteousness.
21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Sister Godfrey, Long and Nahle with Ermelinda Troka and her family

President and Sister Weidmann with Ermerlinda
Joan Cerepi, Elder Winegar, Alexia, Zhanetta, Morta Winegar

Joan, Kristyaq Panajoti, Spiro Farka, Manol,
Kostandina, Marinela, Mirela

Kristanq  , Manol, dhe Eldder Jakaj

Mire Tone is our newest member.  She was found by Elder Riepel and Persavel .  She is lovely!  She so willingly wanted to be baptized, give up coffee and change her life around the gospel principals.  She truly is a Golden Member.  How fortunate we are to have her in Pogradec.

Her baptism was a beautiful experience... She decided to get baptized in the Swimming Pool in the Hotel just next to the church.  She had a completely private baptism and the spirit was very much present.  Her daughter and children were present for her baptism.



And also, the voice of the Son came unto me, saying: He that is baptized in my name, to him will the Father givethe Holy Ghost, like unto me; wherefore, follow me, and do the things which ye have seen me do.
Nephi 31:12

Welcome to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mire Tone
Her name Mire Tone means Our Good and yes she is Our Good!


 We had planned around Rea's Birthday for a month and The Missionaries in Korce wanted their baptism on her Birthday, then President Weidmann announce he was coming up and wanted a fireside on her birthday. Then it change to Saturday, then back to Friday then back to Saturday.  Then the President came Friday and wanted a district meeting at 4--Great! it would work that I could take the Ladies for Lunch and we could all go and be back at 4.  Well, the President and his Posse showed up at 2:30!  I loving stated that I was taking my Panda to a Birthday Luncheon Planned long ago and that Sister Weidemann was certainly invited to come with the Ladies.  She declined --they had their meeting without me and I totally enjoyed myself for a Pizza lunch with greek salad.   After the President decided to have the fireside that night and we all hopped on a Fergon that owed us $30.00 and we conveniently went to Korce for a lovely evening.  On Saturday, we had a multi-person Baptism Mire Tone in the Morning where I spoke about the Gift of the Holy Spirit and Greta who spoke on baptism--A completely peaceful baptism.  Later that afternoon the Korce KLAN came to Pogradec for two baptisms. Not so peaceful but... All is well in ZION and we made it through another complicated weekend!  But the best part was that my Darling friend Rea  turned 18 and I was there to help her celebrate!



P-Day in Macedonia
We stayed at the Beautiful Hotel INEX Gorica
There at the hotel they had their own private beach with beach house accommodations and private forest.  Pictures below show our adventure there.  Later that day we went hiking with Elder Bischoff, Halverson and Davis---A lovely and surprising hike to a church on the mountain and to the Cross that lights up the night sky in the evening.


This was such a beautiful perfect weather hike--These Elders were absolutely delightful!  
We Love Ohrid and Macedonia really is a beautiful place!