We had to leave the meeting early on Wednesday because we had a 14 hour drive from Zagreb through the needlessly winding roads of Bosnia, which was sooo long. We made it to the apartment at 2:30 am, and woke up at 5:30 am on Thursday to go to a Red Cross service project in Sutomore, a town about 45 minutes away from Podgorica. After the service project, we drove for 6 more hours to hop the Croatian border because in order to get a white card (90 day visa) here you have to get it within 24 hours of entering the Montenegro border. Needless to say, that was another long day and I am still tired from that Monday-Thursday.
Montenegro has 2 progressing investigators and 2 sets of elders. One of the investigators, Safet, is in the other area and our investigator, Kwame (a loaded African guy), travels a ton for business and is currently in Guam I believe. Needless to say, we did a lot of contacting on Friday. We did stuff at the MUP (police station) in the morning for our white cards, then contacted the whole afternoon. It was an interesting experience, but I don't mind contacting that much. We talk a lot about our free English classes, and we gave away a ton of flyers for them so I hope some of the people show up.
The big miracle that happened on Friday, and I hope something will come of it, happened right by our apartment. We live right by stores (like everyone here because everything is communist apartment style), and Friday afternoon when we left the apartment, an Iranian guy came out of one of them, and asked us who we were and why we were different (in English, he doesn't speak Serbian). We were pretty taken aback because that is unheard of here (not the language part, a lot of people speak broken English). The last baptism in Montenegro was 1.5 years ago, and the guy got excommunicated, but none of the elders know why. He still comes to church sometimes though which is cool. Anyway, we told him about church, he expressed that it was a good time, and we parted ways. I will finish the rest of the story when I get to Sunday!
Saturday we cleaned the church in the morning and contacted in the evening, which isn't bad but I was a little frustrated that we had no investigators. Nobody here wants to change, and Montenegro is known for being lazy. The joke is that if you want to hide money from a Montenegrin, hide it under a shovel. Anyway, it was mostly a long night of contacting.
Sunday morning we got up and went to church at 10. It only goes till 11:30 because its just the elders and one senior couple, the Westwoods. We have one talk in sacrament meeting and then a lesson for Sunday school. When we showed up, the Iranian guy, Behoosh, was there! The other elders were there before us and when we showed up he smiled and said "So this is your secret!" At first we were pretty confused. Then he said that it was why we had happiness in our souls (Later, the other elders told us that he had told them that when he talked with us he felt happy and didn't know why, and he wanted to find some of that for himself). I was so excited to hear that! We set up a lesson with him for tomorrow night, and we are also going to attempt to teach him Serbian, which is weird because I don't speak Serbian haha. I really hope everything goes well!
After church, we had district meeting at the Westwood's. We had lunch and talked about district stuff and then played a game of Wizard. The Westwoods love card games so we oblige them to one or two every week. They are super cool, but they're about done and they finish their mission at the end of this transfer! It's kind of sad because they are so cool and we REALLY need good senior couples out here. Senior couples can do a lot of things that we can't, and the Westwoods have done some amazing work here. After district meeting we went tracting for my first time. I didn't love it, I would rather street contact. It's just awkward! However, we only got a door slammed in our face once, and only one guy chewed us out! So that's good!
All in all I love it out here. The area is beautiful and the people mostly just grunt and shake their heads to turn you down and aren't really rude about it! I like my companion, and the other elders, Hixon and Wilson. The food isn't too bad, and the juice is so good. Also the bakeries are so good too. The language is tough and I feel like I talk English too much with other people because they always talk in English if they can because they want to practice their English. That's the worst part for me because I need to learn Serbian. But I am super glad to be here. I hope everyone has an amazing week!