Whered the time go? I feel like I was just sitting here emailing! But before I begin I have to apologize for making last weeks email so short. I had poor time management and when I began the group email I only had 7 minutes left. But boy oh boy where to start! The more and more I am here the more and more I love the people and this country, even if I still havent seen the sun and its rained or snowed everyday since Ive been here. Thats right I said snow, Finland had its first snow this week and it really brings in the Christmas spirit! In the Tori (a big market place in the center of the city) they put the biggest tree I have ever seen in my life! And it is the most perfect Christmas tree I have ever see! Its truly a remarkable sight! I had a member ask me how people here were treating me. Haha. The members here are the best people in the world and so willing to help us with anything! (Including feeding us) And then there are the people we pass on the street! If you ask them a question about Finland or the language they are super nice and want to help, but if you mention Jesus Christ of the Book of Mormon, they want nothing to do with you! My favorite response is when someone is walking towards you and you start talking to them but they keep walking like they dont even hear you. Or you get the hand, like you have some kind of disease that they dont want to get. Which I guess is true, we have a disease of happiness, hope, eternal life, becoming a god, family history, forgiveness of sins, strength, the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I guess people dont want that. But contacting and tracting is very fun, I get the coolest excuses like I cant talk I just came from the store, I have warm food waiting for me at home, my dog needs me. You know the average sayings you use to avoid talking to people.
Our investigators are awesome! We have a baptism scheduled for December 5th and 4 more that we are close with setting a baptismal date!
Last week I mentioned funny food because of the scarceness of it in the apartment so I will elaborate on that. My trainer didnt make it to the store before I came so to start we were low on food. So we had a lot of Pea soup and mustard, two things I dont like. And then we were really desperate but had a lot of leftovers, but not enough of them to make a good meal. So what better then to just combine them all? We made a casserole with noodles, tuna, potatoes, eggs and then a lot of ketchup to flavor it! It didnt taste as bad as youd think but it look disgusting! But no need to worry we went to the store and have been eating like kings ever since! It really helps that my companion likes to cook, because if it were up to me wed probably have bread and cheese, whcih is my breakfast every morning!
It hasnt been to cold yet on -2 Celsius which is 28-30 ish Fahrenheit? But the sidewalks are supper slick which makes biking so fun/exciting! Weve both gone done once trying to stop on ice, I guess that turquoise/ green bike of mine has no real magical powers!:( But all is well, we just continued to slide on the ice. Oh yeah I forgot to mention that I had to speak in sacrament my first week, that was fun and awfully short haha! Till next week! I love you all!