Boy oh boy! Week 7! You know what that means, flight plans tomorrow! Whoop whoop! I'm so excited to go to Finland! Every time i think about it get so excited!! But it is also very humbling. We were Skyping a lady in Finland yesterday and teaching about revelation through prayer. I was super confident going in and found out i could understand maybe 1 in 15 words. Awesome huh? That's more than i could understand a few weeks ago so there is progress! But the real miracle of it all is that the spirit was still so present and I could feel it when she spoke even though I didn't know what she was saying!:) But another awesome experience came this week with one of our investigators. Her name is Karina and we asked her to be baptized a while ago but she didn't know if she wanted to or not and if the Savior was even able to help her anymore because of all her sins. So elder Reeder and I studied the scriptures to see what story we could relate to her to help her realize the power of the atonement. We decided to share Alma 36. In that chapter it is Alma talking to Helaman I think about his conversion process. We spent the whole lesson with her reading that story. After we finished she looked at us and said "I want to be baptized now. I know that the atonement is real now!" Whoa talk about awesome! The only problem was she hadn't talked with her parents about it yet. So that night she went home and talked to her family about it at a relatives birthday party. Turns out they got pretty upset and angry with her! When she was telling us that in our next appointment with her I was trying to think of how we were going to answer this. I then remembered (aka the spirit reminded me) of my personal study that morning. Usually I spend the hour studying a topic, but that day i decided to continue in my reading for continuity. i only read a chapter (Alma 1) and then went back to my topic studying. I read Alma 1 and was wondering what about his chapter is of great worth to us that it made it into the Book of Mormon. Well my answer came in the lesson. Once she told us her story I remembered Alma 1:19-20. It talks about how the saints were persecuted because of their faith. I told her that being a member of God's church has never been easy and it still isn't easy. Actually if it's easy it's probably not right. (Life's easiest paths make men and rivers crooked. - Austin Robison) And then I said but it will be worth it! God always up hold his saints who try and up hold his work and Him. She then told us she still wanted to be baptized so apparently sharing that scripture with her didn't scare her off! Good thing too haha because we ahve a limited number of investigators;) haha!
But this week we also had the privileged of hearing from Elder Neil L. Anderson of the quorum of the 12! He was wearing a red tie, and I'm pretty sure I have only seen him in a red tie... but anyways he gave a great talk! He spoke about four words; Sacrifice, Opposition, Adversary and Deliverance. i don't have time to share what her shared about them, but just try to think about what he would say regarding missionary work!:)
I'm trying to think of funny stories to tell this week and I don't really have one other than yesterday in Skype TRC i gave our member the wrong scripture to read. We were talking about prayer and i mixed up my scripture references and had her read one about rending someones garments or something. Whoops haha but we had a good laugh so who really cares right? haha well I care just a little but we got it all figured out! Turns out I make a lot of these awesome blunders in lessons. I would probably make them if I were speaking in English in too but because it's in Finnish it's even better:) Haha! Oh also there are some missionaries here from finland going to other countries so we talk to them a lot. Elder Reeder had one of them read his sacrament talk that he gave a few weeks ago. Turns out my companion conjugated a word wrong so instead of saying "ollut", which means something important but I can't remember what it is, he said "olut" which is beer. So good talk elder:) haha During that same talk he walks up the the podium, realizes he for got his scriptures so walks down off the stage to get them from our seats. goes back up and realizes he forgot his PMG so we walks off the stage again to get it after already starting his talk, all while a member of the MTC Presidency was there. Good times! Needless to say the member of the MTC Presidency didn't look pleased at all! Haha! Well that's all for this week! I hope you are still looking for ways that the Lords hand is in your life! the more you look the more easy to see how much he loves us! I love you all! The church is true! Faith not Fear!