Tuesday, November 17, 2015

November 17, 2015 ~ Week 10 First letter from Finland

I believe it is week 10 becaue I could not send an email home last week due to traveling. But I have finally made it Finland! Whoop whoop! But first things first there are no apostraphes on the key boards here so thats why it looks kind of funny. Also there is no spell check so please be patient, also this is a no judging zone!:) And the most important rule, Finland has super strict privacy laws so that means I cant share much info about people. Basically the rule is if someone were to read this letter and be able to tell who I was talking about in Finland its to specific so things will be pretty general. But now lets get to the goodies! 
They say the temptations are really hard before you leave for your mission but they said nothing about it during your mission! For example my brothers put T. Swift, Glee, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra on my iPod so now I have to fight that constant temptaion for two years. Another example is that on the plane ride from Dallas to London each seat has a tv in it, and on the tv were games and music and also free movies and tv shows. Talk about temptation, putting that right infront of me for 8 constant hours with a nice little remote to hold in my hand. But let it be know I did not cave, I just watched the plane move ever so slowly across the US, the ocean and finally into England, adn then watched it circle England for a while too, but hey the food was good so thats a plus! And then we get to Finland! We land it looks kind of cloudy, no big deal and then we walk out to cars after meeting President Watson and His wife and the APs and it was dark out, like midnight dark. i take a peak at my watch and its only 5pm no big deal. haha! But I only have 7 minutes left and a lof to cover. So I am in Lahti! They call it the Chicago of Finland, but its nothing like Chicago! its super safe and clean! No trash anywhere! And we have 6 awesome investigators, one of which is going to be baptized not this Saturday but the next so the work is moving right a long in Lahti! And who says we dont baptize here!? About half of our investigators only speak English so thats way nice and the other half dont, they speak Finnish so thats cool too! I dont understand a thing people say to me but thats alright my companion understands it and then he gives me back the information in censored form. haha! People here dont look at you, if you try to talk to them they just walk by like they didnt hear you, and they may not actually hear us because some have headphones in but its all good! We have have a few potentials and thats good. weve had some interesting food due to the lack thereof in our apartment but dont worry that problem is fixed today! Well Im out of time and I will write more next week! I love you all! Keep working hard!

New Rad bike.

Sisters in Lahti and Elders of Hemanlinaa.

View outside Kyle's first apartment.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

November 5, 2015 ~ Heading to Finland!

Oh boy, in four short days I will be in Finland! Can you believe that? We fly out at 11:30ish from SLC to Dallas, then from Dallas to London and then we arrive Tuesday afternoon in Helsinki at 4:10! It's about a 20 hour day of travel. We will leave the MTC at 6:30 monday morning the 9th! Time sure has flown! But i can't begin to explain how excited/nervous/scared/stoked/every emotion there is! That's how I am feeling! The language is still hard and I continue to make funny little mistakes in our lesson that makes our teacher break character because it's so funny. For example, we were teaching the 10 commandments and our investigator had a question on why coveting was so bad. I had never thought about it so I didn't have an answer for her, so I gladly gave the reigns to my companion. He wanted to say something like, when we begin to want what other have we begin to not be grateful for what we have and we end up hating what the other person has. Although he forgot the word for hate, so without thinking I told him the word haiste, but when I said it it didn't sound right, but I shrugged it off. Well anyways he said haiste which means stinky. So in turn he was saying when we covet we become stinky. Not sure how doctrinally sound that was, but hey our investigator got a laugh. Anyways the word for hate is vihata, not sure how I mixed them up but hey, I now have another good story to tell! 

Since this is our last week in the MTC things became super busy real fast, suddenly remembering that all the stuff I had to get done before I left. So we've been busy running to the dry cleaners, getting pants hemmed, getting stuff laminated but that has also made it fun because I got to do something other than my normal schedule! Yesterday we got to direct traffic for the new missionaries coming in which was fun but it made it more fun that we got to wear our winter apparel! It was a little chilly outside, not to bad, but we still took advantage and broke out the hats, scarves, gloves and I got to wear a nice neon green coat that really brought out my eyes;) And they trusted me with a radio, so I got to have some nice conversations with other people from my district while directing traffic, watching poor mothers crying driving away. I have been here 8 weeks and it's still hard to watch missionaries parents drive away when they are crying but we must go forth in a righteous cause! I also saw Elder Nick Lutes from good ole' Ephraim get dropped off so that was fun to see him along with Elder Mackey! 

Umm not much else has happened except for the fact one day we were up in our residence changing after gym and others were showering and the lights went out. Not only did the light go out but the fire doors closed too. That was pretty funny to see one of the British Elders in my zone going to Albania, run like the wind to grab the door before it closed because he thought he was going to be locked out or something. But all is well and he wasn't locked out! But the Elders in the showers we a little scared considering that you couldn't see your hand infront of your face it was so dark! So they had fun trying to get out of the bathroom! 
Oh boy that's about it, I'm just happy to be here and happier to leave to go to my assigned mission in Finland! I look forward to hearing from you! Love you all!

Vanhin Robison

​This is our district with an Elder from Finland who is going to Sweeden that we've talked a lot with. Elder Mortunen (back row, with glasses next to the tall blondy)

MTC Traffic Squad

My Notebook on the Left and My MTC companions on the Right

My Bed on the Bottom and My MTC companions on the Top.  Complete opposites!

President Garr our MTC Branch President

That's ME ~ Elder Robison

October 29, 2015 ~ Week 7! Boy oh Boy!

October 22, 2015 ~ Week 6!

October 15, 2015 ~ Miracles!