Well this is my first group email! And first things first HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO GRANDPA WALKER! Let me start by asking for your forgivness in advance because I am a slow typer adn even worse speller/grammarer.....
This week has been super long but super fast at the same time! This is now our 8th day here, i say our because there are 9 Elders going to Finland and 2 Sisters going as well. My companion is Vanhin Reeder from Riverton but wen to Herriman High School. He graduated early adn has already been to a year at BYU, come to find out he is younger than me... Not mention he isfar smarter than me and a better singer. He likes to sing opera so everywhere we go he sings HYmns and Les Mis in an opera showtunes type of voice. It's a good thing that he is a good singer. When he was at BYU he was majoring in Philosophy so everything I say he always has a twist with some big philisophical meaning.
The language is way hard not to mention that fact that we never have a teacher! We have three 4 hour class time blocks. One of them the teacher isnt supposed to come so we are to do our personal, companion and language study there which is good. And then the teacher is supposed to be there for the next to classroom times but she never is! We have been her 8 days and only had a teacher 4 or 5 times. Learning a new language is hard enough let alone Finnish, and then the fact that we don't have teacher most the time is super difficult. Apparetnly we had tons of teachers but they all quit when the old Finns left and right be fore we came. So there are two teachers (one is our investigator) but rumor is she's quitting.
So now to my investigator. We had been here two days and we get our first "investigator" to teach and it has to all be in Finnish. Luckily we get this neat little blue book that has all these common phjrases for everything including all of the lessons. So we basically go in there ask how she is doing in our broken Finnish, she says something but we dont know what it is, so we just ask another question. For all we know she could be saying I want to get baptized but we just keep asking questions haha. The first lesson was horrible. We got in there my comp asked her a question and then she responded. She answered in Finnish but since I can't understand her I started to laugh a little whioch was super disrespectful but it's just so funny because I can't understnad her. Lesson two went amazingly well! We taught her how to pray adn I understood almost everything she was saying! But then lessons three and four were just like lesson one, I couldnt undersatnd her! It was amazing though in lesson 3 we talked about Joseph Smith's first vision, and even though i didnt know a word that was being said I couls still feel the spirit!
Yesterday was quite the adventure! Four of us Vanhimat went to California for the day! Yep that's right we went to LA! The MTC is doing a new thing where they send missions who will be here for a long time (aka the Finns) and send them to the mission field adn let them teach in english an actual lesson and leran how to proselyte. It is actually really cool and not true at all.
So no the MTC does not let us do that but we did actually go to California for the day. We flew put at 7 and flew back at 1900hrs. That means we woke up at 2:50 and then today we woke up at 5 something to get to the temple so I'm sleep deprived haha. Anyways we went to California because we had to go to the Finnish Consoluate and get interviewed by them. Good thing it was all in english or else i would have failed. We were only there for like 20 minutes adn then we were done. The church hired a company to pick us up and drive us which was good. Our drivers name was Salvador and he was way chill. When we got off at the airport I just gave him the Restoration pamphlet adn the Gospel of Jesus Christ one