Hey everyone!!!So it turns out the email that I thought I wrote last week didnt get sent and got deleted! But all of last week was basically 3 days at the mission home for training, and then we went to Tampere for stake conference which was way cool! They rented out a big stadium type thing because the Stake Center in Tampere cant fit everyone! Last Wednesday I also got to go through the Helsinki Temple for the first time. It was SOO beautiful I loved it!!! Such an amazing temple!
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Hey everybody!So Im writing this week a little earlier because I have interum tomorrow which is basically a thing where all the new missionaries go back to the mission home in Helsinki and have a 3 day training session which will be super fun! Ill get to see all the people in my MTC group again which is going to be super fun!
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Been a super good week with lots of miracles!! So last week around this time Vanhin Findley and I saw a dwindling investigator pool so we set some goals and went to work. Well now we have 6 new investigators, hopefully a 7th, 8th, and 9th by tommorrow!! The Lord really does bless us when we have faith in him and put to action our faith. Last Wednesday I got to do splits with Vanhin Stimpson who is a Zone Leader in Oulu. It was super good and he is saw a great missionary and I learned a lot from him. He is such a good teacher with a lot of patience. He knows Hebrew because he studied it from High School and can still speak it super well. He is just a genius with Languages. We found an investigator that day who is super cool, that we have been meeting with. The man who walked into our church last week because the Catholic church was closed has been progressing super well. He came to general conference and loved it! He is such a kind old man who lives out in the Finnish countryside right on the edge of a beautiful lake with an island right in the middle of it. He lives on a farm so Vanhin Findley and I have a ton of serving oppotunities! I really have a lot of faith in him, he is such an amazing guy. I cant understand everything he is saying but I can feel his love. Another cool thing that happened this week is Vanhin Findlay and I were walking home one night when we ran into a boy who was 14 years old. We started talking to him but found out he was deaf. So we whipped out our notebook and introduced ourselves. He still was a bit confused but we showed him the Book of Mormon and invited him to read it. He said he started to understand what we wanted him to do. He was really initially confused and sort of scared at first because he couldnt understand what we were saying. But by the end of our 20 minute conversation he had a huge smile on his face and he gave us the address of his house. When we were walking away he had a huge smile on his face and he called out to us again to say goodbye. It was just a really heartwarming experience. A few days ago we went and visited his family and they warmly welcomed us. We had a great lesson with them, and got a return appointment which was great. So are prayers were definately answered with the investigators. If you have faith, anything is possible according to the Lords will. Faith is the bases off which miracles happen. Not the other way around, miracles dont happen and then we get faith. We need faith first and then miracles are wrought. In Mosiah Chapter 27 Verse 14, and angel visited Alma the Younger to stop him according to the FAITH of his Dad, and other church members prayers. It is according to our faith.So as a missionary I found out that General Conference is bigger then Christmas. There was a Ton of SUPER good talks, with a lot of good notes taken. You know the worlds getting into a sad condition when an Apostle of the Lord has to tell people not to text a each other to go on dates, but to man up and call them or go and talk to them haha. When I first got to Finland I heard a statistic that Finland was the Number 1 phone consumer per person in the world which basically means they have the most people that use phones. I didnt believe this at first, but now I really do. Everybody is on phones here, and sometimes it can be sad because people miss so much in the world around them and talking and meeting to people. Now that I dont have a phone to use I see how much of an attachment I got to my phone, and how it can become such a habit to check for texts or status updates. Theres nothing wrong with any of that, but when people spend so much time, so much effort on relationships with people through phones, or people compare other people and how great those peoples lives are compared to theres, then problems arise. There was a talk by President Uchtdorf that talked about how people make things look much better then they are. He used the analogy of the Queen floating down the river and the people on the bank set up fake towns to make it look like they were productive. Unfortunately that same concept can happen a lot on social media and people make there lives look really good, which makes others jealous and people judge. What we should instead do is focus our efforts into serving the Lord and helping people around us, that is how we have a most successful life. Not by comparing to other people.
And if that werent enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play. He stood right before me with his head tilted down, and said with great excitement, Look what I have found!
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Finnish sunset over a frozen lake in jyväskylä
Been a great week!! I got to do splits wednesday through friday with Vanhin Smith and Vanhin Kontinen because Vanhin Findley has to go down to Helsinki for leadership meeting. It was super fun, and on thursday I had three dinner appointments! One of them the member took us to Ali Baba which is like a greek pizza buffet which was super good. The pizza in Finland is a lot more flat and less greasy. American pizza definately wins though. Had a good time with them and finally got to bike around town. I just used Vanhin Findleys bike because I dont have one because I am in a bus mission and we dont use bikes, which is kind of nice because lately its been really cold and wet. Also this week, we met this guy on the street, and then a few days later we met him again as we were leaving an appoitment. He was moving apartments so we offered to help and he accepted. We spent about 2 hours helping him move which was good and then we got to teach him about the restoration after. Hes from Cameroon, which is in Africa. He doesnt really like it here because he says the cultures compared to here and home are like black and white. Its super cold in finland and the people are super quiet. In cameroon its tropical and he says everyone is loud and outgoing haha. But he offered us dinner and we had some. I forgot what its called, it has smoked fish and some vegetable from cameroon. The taste was ok, but the texture was pretty bad. It had the texture of drool. We would dip this bread like potato thing in it, and my hand smelled like fish for the rest of the day haha.
But right now we got to teach a girl from Khadekstan. The cool thing about Jyväskylä is that its a college town so theres a lot of foreign college students here. She says that she enjoys the winters here because where she leaves it gets 40 below. Thats insane. Ouch.
But the new #becausehelives or in suomi its #koskahänelää, is super good. Share it on social media so that everyone can see it! The church did an amazing job putting it together so share it so people can know the true meaning of Easter. Because he lives we are able to live with our father in heaven forever. We are able to enjoy blessings, and we are able to live with our families forever.
One thing that is amazing about this life, is that we have the ability to choose. We have the ability to be agents to act, rather then to be acted upon. Yes its can be hard sometimes, but the hard times in our life are given to us to humble us and to grow stronger. The Lord told the Nephites in Helaman that he gave them tribulations because he loves them and knows that they need it to be humbled or they would forget the Lord there God.
The church is true and Joseph smith really was a prophet!
Happiness is not a destination, but it is the Journey.