Another great week down. Missionary work is great.
We had a few more lessons this week. YAY!
These are some of the highlights/funnies/bummers of the week:
TIISTAI-- The wind blew really hard. I guess they say it makes it about 10 degrees colder.... let me tell ya-- it sure did. It was cold. BUT still a great day. The sun was shining and the sunrises and sunsets are beautiful. The snow glistens like diamonds and I just love Finnish winter. The Lord's creations are amazing. We had a lesson set up with a potential investigators, but supposedly she gave us a fake address, because we looked and looked and never found the right one. BUT we had another lesson with a different potential AND we have a return appointment. He was really nice. Gave us all apples juice and chocolate at the end of our lesson and washed his whole house, just because we were coming. It was great. SUPER EXCITING to have a new investigator.
KESKIVIIKKO-- Another NEW INVESTIGATOR. He is a student here in Jyväskylä. Really interested and another return appointment. SUCCESS!! We had all been tracting and contacting for a while and had to go to the bathroom. Unfortunately, Finland doesn't exactly believe in public restrooms most places, so luckily we had a member in the area nearby. When we were contacting later that evening, we saw the investigator from the tuesday night out running. We were stopped talking to someone on the street and he saw us and yells-- hey sisters!! It was so fun!
TORSTAI-- District Meeting. Spiritual thought for the week that I learned from District Meeting--
"By holding fast to the iron rod, disciples will not wander, nor will they give undue heed to the fiery darts around them. Clinging to the word of God on the often mist shrouded path is vital, BUT more is involved than clinging to the rod. Also required is pressing forward, even if one can not always see the destination clearly and constantly before us." (Neal A. Maxwell)
It isn't enough to just endure. The attitudes we have now in life, won't change when we die. So become who you want to be then, RIGHT NOW. If you want to be happy then, then find a way to do that now. If you hope you'll be a more patient person then, then start RIGHT NOW. We can't just endure in this life and expect that everything we didn't fix now, will be changed then, because we "held on". We have to continually be pressing forward. We have to be moving upwards. Up towards our Father in Heaven.
This was such a powerful wake up call for me. I hope this is inspiring to you as well.
PERJANTAI-- Two really solid new potentials hopefully. SUPER AWESOME lesson with a different one of our investigators-- the one that I taught with Sister Allen for a while. She just got back from Helsinki. I am really excited to see where things go with her. We've had really awesome lessons with her this week! She is so great!
LAUANTAI-- Second lesson with the investigator from Wednesday. It went pretty well too, but not sure if we'll end up with another appointment with him--- SUPER DISAPPOINTING. But we did our very best and I know that one day he will catch the wave. We're continuing this week to try and set up a return appointment with him, but we'll see.
SUNNUNTAI-- One of our investigators. The one that came back from Helsinki came to church. I think all the topics be it in Sacrament meeting, sunday school, or relief society were so inspired, because they were ALL just for her. It was great! I really learned from one of the speakers in church, that it's never too late to start. To start on the path to becoming who we know and God knows that we can be.
MAANANTAI-- Zone Training in Tampere. President and Sister Watson came. They ARE THEE BEST! Talked a lot about planning and how important it really it. It seriously determines everything in missionary work. So now, we are really trying to improve our planning skills. It really does make all the difference in the world, when you plan well. Still trying to master that one.
Well everyone it was a great week. I love where I am at and who I am with. Finland is great. Missionary work is wonderful. I am staying warm, and all is well. Love you all so much! Have a great week!