Wow this past week I hit my 6 month mark, i cant believe it! That mean I have been in the beautiful land of Finland for 4 months! Nuts! Also transfer calls came! I am staying here in Lahti to complete my first 6 months in the country all in Lahti, the best place in Finland! And my companion who has been here for 6 months is getting the boot and going to Rauma, a beautiful city on the coast!
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Wow can you believe it? My 6 month mark is tomorrow! I can not believe that I have been on my mission for 6 months now! Its crazy time is flying!With that experiences and blessings are multiplying, just like two snowflakes are not a like, the same goes for a mission. two days are not the same, except for the MTC where everyday is the same. But still, here we get to see and hear and experience new things! What a great blessing that is!
Wow oh wow my 6 month mark is only like 2 weeks away! I can not believe all that is happening here! It feels like yesterday I was being kicked to the curb at the MTC! Time is a weird concept on missions! If you want time to go fast, you don't think and just work, and if you want it to speed up, you think about it haha! Its weird!
The power of the spirit is real! It can change us! I have seen people hear change like I never ever thought possible because of the spirit! It can often hearts, change desires, promote us to do good and to follow Jesus Christ better!
Hey family and friends! Let me begin the repentance process by asking forgiveness from you all for my lack of communication to you all. A lot has happened in these past weeks, probably the most of my entire mission haha. Well to start off I am sure you are wondering what happened to our investigators with baptismal dates, and Im sad to say that a few weeks ago they call texted us and said that they did not wish to be baptized anymore and dropped us like a rock. we have not been able to meet with them since which is not a good thing. We aren't sure what happened, but they said that they do not feel like Joseph Smith was a prophet and did not believe in the Book of Mormon. That was incredibly sad, but I want it clearly known that I KNOW that Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it truly contains the fulness of the gospel. I KNOW that it was translated by Joseph Smith through the power of God. I KNOW that Myöhempien Aikojen Pyhien Jeesuksen Kristuksen Kirrko is the only true church on the earth today!
|Sunset in Finland|
Kyle has been sending Audio emails since he is short on time. We will get his audio's typed up ASAP and send the written version out. Until then - know that he is doing well and had 4 investigators at church on Sunday. He and his companion got to go to the Helsinki Temple and do baptisms with their newest convert and a family in the ward. He said it was amazing and wonderful. They realized however that they forgot to tell the new convert that singing in a regular voice, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Let it Go" is really not OK inside the Temple. I guess he sings when he is feeling the spirit :) All in all he said he was a great day!
My last week of training! YEAH! Man staying inside till 1300 hrs almost every morning is rough but this is the last week I have to do it!:) This week has been great full of a lot of tracting and finding and teaching and training and so one, but the best moment was SEEING THE NORTHERN LIGHTS! Thats right i saw them! Man they are a spectacular sight! Although they werent bright enough to take a picture! But we also had a world wide missionary broadcast which was really good! We receive training from Elders Anderson, Bednar, Oaks and Waddle as well as President Clayton of the 70.
We got a referral from the sisters, they contacted a girl on a bus and set up a lesson with her but see is in our area and she is one solid person! We taught her on Sunday and she is so cool and really prepared!
We also found thisone guy on the street he seemed pretty cool so we got his address and stopped by his house yesterday but he is a total nut haha! He sang for us, drew a portrait of Elder Smith, applied for healthcare, lifted weights all during our lesson with him. I offered the closing prayer and he corrected my Finnish for me, even though it want wrong it was just another way of saying it. It was one really interesting lesson. we only got like 10 words out. But when we were leaving he asked if we baptized people by water and we said yeah and then he asked us the baptism him, so who knows maybe we will, if we could ever get through a lesson with him. Just the weirdest experience of my life haha!
And the weather has gotten really wierd, on friday it was -32 and then Saturday was -9 and today it rained. Mother nature is really confused right now. But ti should be fun to see whats instore this week! Thats all for this week I love you all so much!
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Wow I feel like I have been out here way longer than 18 weeks. I probably have, my counting has never been good haha! But this week was a nice cold Finnish week:) With temperatures plummeting to a solid -30 celsius, but don't worry because I discovered the art of hand warmer in mittens, thermals, and heaters in apartments buildings. This week while tracting and being pretty cold, we took a break from knocking doors to warm our feet and shoes on the heater in the apartment buildings and made some phone calls. It was a good day:) Also there was a baptism this week, it wasn't any of our investigators I was involved. Also I get to stay in Lahti for the next 9 weeks with Elder Smith! Prayers really are answered!
Hello all! Wow what a week! Im pretty sure i start every email off like that, my bad. But it was quite a week! On Monday we went down to Helsinki for our interim training and it was 3 straight days of training for like 12 hours a day. They were some long days full of self pondering, making corrections and learning. But I feel I came out better and more determined than when I went in! We talked a lot about Charity, Faith, Hope, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, planning and everything single things was related to obedience. So it was kind of like a chastisement all week because I realize I can be doing so much better! But good thing we have the atonement of Jesus Christ! I also think that I got called out because I hadn't cut my hair since I left the MTC, and it was shaggy, and President was talking about our appearance, and he says, Elders some of you need a haircut in here. Then he scanned that room and tried so hard not to make eye contact, but I did, and realized that yeah that was to me, whoops. So dont worry I cut my hair, actually Elder Smith cut my hair! I have a lot of trust in him because I love my hair a lot and for me to let him touch took a big step, but he did well!
I come to Finland of all places! Haha! Its been in the 40s and rainy all week. Im kind of bummed out about that. They say its Lahti's warmest summer EVER! Im living in the history book, in the present! Life is moving right along! Remember the Savior this Christmas season! I know that he lives! He loves us and wants to help us! Let us accept his gift to us!
Hello friends and family! This was such a busy week! Busy weeks are the best! On Thursday the Helsinki and Tampere Zones went down to Helsinki for a Mission Tour Zone Conference with Elder Dyches of the area presidency and he is one cool guy! He spoke to us a lot about working with memebers and becoming master teachers and teaching like the savior! He made it real simple for me which I liked! he said to 1. Simplify 2. Clarify 3. Verify and 4. Testify. It was as really good and rewarding conference! Then to make that day better we got to play sählu! That is a super fun game! We played with the bishop, a few other members, a less active and his friend! Such a fun time! My companion is killer at it!
|Finally found a statue with clothes on!|
|The Sisters in Lahti who feel like family.|
Hello all of my awesome friends and family! Boy did Finland have a treat for us yesterday that continued on today:) So yesterday we were making lunch and I was cutting the onions. I thought that I was man enough to not cry but no such luck! Onions are mean suckers! But I noticed the room to get brighter and brighter, I though it was the onions playing a joke on me and my eyes were "going to the light" (like they were dying). But then I looked up out the window and the sky was blue! I thought that i would try my luck and I walked out onto the balcony and turned to my left (the south) and low and behold... I SAW THE SUN!!!!!!! Wow that just lifts your spirits right up after studying for 4 straight hours! But just to make my sight of the sun in about month, I did what any mature servant of God would have done, which is stare right into it, and of course take a selfie with it! Man I love the sun! And its out again today! Whoop Whoop! I love the sun!
|Finally found some people to teach!|
|Dressed and Ready for my first baptism!|