Boy oh boy it's already week two! Time is starting to pick up it's pace at the MTC. Yestersday when all the new missionaries where being dropped off I felt like I had been dropped off yesterday! We do some much in one day that I can't remember everything that has happened! So our investigator Anna who was really our teacher quit this week which was super sad because she was way awesome and possibly my favorite teacher (maybe because she spoke some english to us) and now she is gone but still at BYU. The good thing is we get to teach her for TRC tonight hopefully!
But everyday is basically the same here, we wake up and eat breakfast, go to class and teach a lesson in our broken Finnish and then try to learn more Finnish. Then we get lunch and go back to class for perosnal, companion and language study. Then we have gym and then dinner. After dinner, you guessed it more class but this time we learn about the gospel, but it's still in Finnish so I don't know what's going on anyways.Then we go back to our residence and go to bed and wake up to do it all over again. Fun huh?
Gym is pretty fun we have 9 elders in our district so we all play spike ball (look it up, it's my new favorite game!) and we have gotten so good! We have three teams of three so we rotate and play eachother. At first our team was really bad and we only scored 2 points the whole day, then the next day we scored 5 and then yesterday something happened and we won! We play to 10 and we won! I was so happy! Sothe winner stays so we played right after and got down 7-1 early but came back and only lost by 1 (10-9)! It was a good day! But umm we don't actually keep score cause it's not allowed but if someone did keep score by accident those were the scores... Just sayin'...
Funny story, since we are in the MTC we are really cut off from the world and I'm really curious to see how my spartans are doing,, hint, hint. Anyways we were in our devotional waiting for it to start and one of the staff got up before it started and was telling us to take our seats and he also announced the Elder Scott has passed away. Well it was pretty noisy and hard to understand and my companion miss understood what he said. He turns and looks at me and says well it's a good thing I've got my good suit on, my favorite tie and a notebook today. I was a little confused then realized what he was talking about. I said "Hey Vanhin, Elder Scott isn't speaking today, he passed away today." And he was suddenly deflated after that. But it gave me a good laugh nonetheless!
So the only thing I can really think of to say is how difficult this language is. At first I didn't think it was hard but it actually is. There are 33 official cases in Finnish but we only learn 16 here at the MTC cool huh? No not cool it's super challenging but that's good for me! Our teacher told us this joke about Finnish (but she said it in Finnish so I had a delayed laugh because I had to internally translate it which takes a while) anyways it goes something like this. Before we all came to earth God called all the countries into a big meeting where they were giving out the language assignments, so which country would speak which language, but the Finland had to go to the bathroom really bad so he quickly ran to the bathroom. but the lines were long so he took a while but when he finally made it back he went up to God to get his assignment and God goes "Oh Finland I was wondering where you went. I am sorry but all the languages have already been handed out so I guess you'll have to make up your own."
Hahah! whew that joke gets me every time! Especially now that i have heard it in English! But yes the language is challenging but I was called to this country and according to 1 Nephi 3:7 there is a way and I'll find it! I love you all! Remember to pray and read your scriptures!
Zone and our Investigator in the middle. Her name is Rakastan teitä! Tehkää hyvää työtä :) (Rachel Egan)