Hello all! It sure is great to be able to write to you every week and see how it is all going! This week was great and Im sure as many of you know there is no Thanksgiving here in Finland, but luckily for us there are a few Americans in Lahti. We were invited by a member to multicultural Thanksgiving meal! It was so awesome! About half were Americans that had married a Finn so it was super cool to beable to visit with them! We had turkey and mashed potatos with gravy, greenbean cassarole, rolls, corn bread, if you have it in America for Thanksgiving, then we had it here! it reminded me so much of home! Not because of the fantastic food and the fact that i ate to much, but also the fact that everyone was talking over eachother haha! I never realized how loud Americans are until I have been with Finns for the past almost month, and then ate with Americans. Lets just say the Finns are pretty quiet!
This week was also splits! Elder Reeder and Elder Bingham came up to join us and serve in LAhti for the day. I was with both of them for half a day. Elder Reeder as you know was my MTC companion and both of us know some Finnish (he knows way more than me) but not enough. Before, with my trainer, I would start a conversation adn then turn and look for him to carry it on. I was just fine with that, unitl Elder Reeder did the same thing to me, he would start the conversation, and then turn to me as if I knew what was going on. I quickily learned what it means to rely on the spirit and the promise of open your mouth and it will be filled! Very cool experience, and to be fair I did the same thing to Elder Reeder a few times adn he handled it like a pro!
The snow has all melted because it just keeps raining here, and rain is much much colder than the snow! My shoes got soaked yesterday since were tracting all day in the rain, and I put them on this morning to find out they are still wet. What an awesome life I live! But we are hopinf or snow real soon! The other day we were walking home in the rain and the rain turned to snow right infront of our eyes, and then back to rain, lame. But I mean its Finland, its gonna snow haha.
Ive also had an awesome experience with my testimony growing. We were teaching a lady the Restoration, I was kind of following along and kind of understood that we were talking about Joseph Smith and his story and then I heard "sitten hän sanoi" (then he said), he just stopped, and turned to me. I took it as my key to recite the first vision. As I did I felt the spirit enter into my heart testifying that Jospeh saw and did what he said he did. He was Gods chosen prophet! I know this is his church and I as try my faith more and more my testimony strengthens! There is no need to be caught up in the deep doctrines, when the plain and simple ones build our testimony more and more! I love my mission and I love you all!
Can you believe you have to pay to use the public restrooms???