Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June 28, 2016 Another Week Down on My Sprint To The End

Wow what a week.  Another great and amazing wonderful week! Gosh I just love it so much!  I just love Finland.  I love my mission, and I love the Gospel.  There is no where else I would rather be, no other people I would rather be with (sorry family)!  I just can't even quite explain it with words, other than just that it is the best!
Tuesday we taught one of my mos favorite investigators of my entire mission.  We've been teaching him since I got here.  Definitely it's a slow process and he has changed a lot A LOT of things in his life, and still has a lot ahead of him, but he's a champ.  One of my most favorite things about teacing him, is seeing that true humility and childlike-ness that the gospel brings about in us.  So you have to know, He has the biggest muscles I have ever seen and tattoos all over.  I was scared to death the first time I met him with Sister Powell.  BUT... we've been teaching a lot about prayer and how important it is that we pray sincerely and with real intent if we really want to receive answers to our prayers.  Well on tuesday, we went to his house to teach him and we followed up on how his prayers have gone.  It was so cool to see just how excited he was to tell us about how his prayers had been answered.  I've never seen him just so excited to tell us something before.  He could hardly wait to have us say the opening prayer before he burst out telling us about his prayers and the answers that he had received.  You can guess just how grateful I was for Heavenly Father in that moment and just sent up my own prayer thanking him for answering my pleas to answer this investigator's prayers.  It was such a moment of gratitude and thanksgiving to my Heavenly Father.  I know that He is always listening and wants to answer our prayers.  I also know that He answers them in His own way and time, because this is definitely something that I have been praying for for quite some time now.  And it happened.  At just the right moment.  And it was amazing and special and beautiful and sacred.
Wednesday we had a pretty long evening.  Sister Jacobsen and I headed to the train station about 9pm to pick up the Sisters from Vaasa that were coming for splits.  We got there and waited until about 9:45 when we decided we better call and see where their train was.  Well come to find out, the train wouldn't be there for another hour because of a delay of some sorts.  So we decided to walk home and grab our jackets and a snack so we didn't freeze or starve waiting for them at the train station.  Then we sat and waited... and waited.... and waited.... and then we got another phone call saying that it would be even longer.  So long story short, the Sisters didn't end up getting in until about 12:50pm.  It was definitely a long wait.  Thank goodness it's always light here, so we didn't sit one bit in the dark.  So then after walking home and getting ready for bed and finally going to sleep about 1:30pm, we woke up the next morning for splits.  We were all pretty tired to say the least, but we had a pretty busy day scheduled and it kept us awake and busy.  Then Friday morning, the sisters' bus left at about 5:45, so we all woke up about 5am and got ready and walked to the train station to help them catch their bus.  Well I've never sent sisters out on a bus before from here, or taken one, so I wasn't quite sure where it left from.  So I went to where I thought they all left, and we waited.  And there were two other buses that came, but neither one of them were the right one, so finally about 10 minutes past when the bus should've come, I decided to ask one of the other bus drivers about where the bus would be leaving from.  Come to find out, it left from the other side of the train station.  So.... the sisters got to stay with us for a few more hours and leave on the next bus at 11:40.  Let's just say, we were all PRETTY tired.  But I learned now where the buses leave from and we won't be making that mistake again.
Saturday was awesome!!!! We set a baptismal date with another investigator-- the one we met two weeks ago at the door, who said he was athiest and didn't want to listen at all! Miracles happen.  They really do.  Every. Single. day.  And... he came to church again on sunday!  And.... he's the one asking us for more "homework" he calls it from the Book of Mormon.  Never did I think that my investigators would be the ones asking me to give them more commitments.  He's nuts.  But he's so great! He's amazing, and I am humbled everytime that I teach him.  It's such an amazing feeling to know that the work that you're doing is paying off.  All those doors that you knock on, and all the times you try and try to be as persistent as you cacn and people still don't listen or accept, it really does pay off... and you find people like him, who are ready for the Gospel.  And it's so cool.  It's the best.  It really is.

Well those are all the exciting things for the week.  This week we fly to Helsinki for MLC.  That means we'll get to go to the temple and see President and Sister Watson, and eat all of her amaing and yummy food.  MLC is so great! Can't believe how fast the weeks are winding down.  WAY.  WAY. WAY too fast.  It sure hurts my heart.  God is so amazing.  God is so good.  I know that my Savior Jesus Christ lives and loves each one of us.  "I Stand all amazed at the love" He offers me every single day.  The peace that He brings to my heart when I am stressed or nervous or afraid.  I know that this is His true Restored Gospel and Church on the earth today.  Believe it! Live it! Love it! It's just the best!   Please keep praying for me that I can finish strong and we can continue to experience miracles here! I love you all so much! Have a super week!

Sisar Jordan
The Beach!

SPLITS!!!!  Me and Sister Roberts.  The two red-heads!

Us.... Just waiting at the train station at 11pm at night. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016 Another Week!

So... I've been thinking about what to tell you all about this week because there's been so much.  After writing my mission President, I just felt like this part of what I told him, is the best explanation of this last week....
It's been a long, fast, happy, frustrating, exciting, miraculous week. I'm not exactly sure just how else to explain this last week. We were tracting about a week or more ago with member and we met this man at his door. He said he was atheist and was rather grumpy and didn't much want to listen to us. He was about ready to close the door when we told him to wait and we just kept telling him about how this could improve his life and why it would be worth it to learn. Then he finally says, "okei fine you can come back." Well this last week on Wednesday, we went back with a member at the time we had scheduled with him. He was home. And.. he let us in. His house was definitely not in the most shining shape, and it was clear that he smoked quite a bit. So we sat down, and started our lesson. It was a pretty awesome first lesson and we were able to invite him to be baptized. He wasn't quite sure about it, but definitely didn't say no. He just said that he really has been looking for something or someone to help him improve his life and he feels like this may be it, but he wants to learn a little more before he makes any sudden decisions. Ahhh... talk about ready to hear the Gospel!! So then we went back the next night and he had already read 6 chapters in the Book of Mormon and said that he had really been thinking about what we talked about. He already believes that the Book of Mormon is true and he applied everything that he had read into his own life-- better than I could have ever done. It was unbelievable! Then we taught him for the third night in a row, and it was just another really awesome lesson and he committed to coming to church. And then on Sunday, what do you know?! There he is sitting in church! As I sat there in church on Sunday, I couldn't help but think about how God really does work by small and simple means. There me and Sister Jacobsen were doing missionary work and being persistent with someone who said they didn't even believe in God and within less than a week, he has read the whole book of 1 Nephi and come to church! I am constantly counting my blessings everyday, because there are just so many and my eyes fill with tears when I think about how much Heavenly Father is blessing us. Even when Sister Jacobsen and I as a companionship had a hard time this week, because we were trying to solve things and trying to do our best regardless, Heavenly Father blessed us. And He continues to bless us as we do what is right, as we are obedient, and as we work hard, and give of ourselves to Him and to helping His children receive the Gospel. I can never say in words how grateful I am for my mission and for the amazing people and places I have met and taught and seen.

Time is definitely winding down quickly.  Baptismal dates holding and setting them hasn't exactly gone as we had planned or expected, but we're patiently working through it all and continuing to try and do our best. I know as we continue to work hard, Heavenly Father will bless us as He does everyday.

I'm so grateful for all the emails and letters of support.  Thank you all for making my mission be the most sacred and best time of my life. I love you all so much! Hope you have a great week!

Sisar Jordan

SPLITS! Sisar Christensen and Sisar Bradbury in Kuopio! I must say... that is probably one of thee most prettiest cities in Finland.  

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

June 7, 2016 Stop and Smell the Roses

When was the last time you just took a moment to be still?....  To really just think about God.  To think about all He's created.  To ponder the amount of love that he has for you.  To count the blessings that are in your life and to thank him for each one of those.  To marvel at the beauty that surrounds you each day.  To appreciate your life and the blessing and privelage that it is.  This week I've made time to just make sure I do this for just 5 minutes each day-- even if it meant that I did that as I bike from one area to the next trying to make it to a lesson.  It requires a lot of concentration and effort, but it has made me stop and realize even more all that God has given to me and blessed me with.

Tonight we have a lesson with one of our investigators who has been progressing in ways that only God could have control over.  I'm so excited for this lesson, because I think that we will be able to move his baptism up a week.  So when that works out, it will be on the 18th of this month.  I know that thanks to our fast and the priesthood blessing that he received a little over a week ago, he is progressing the way that he is.  I've been so grateful to see how much God has blessed him and to see how much he has blessed us to know how we can help him.  One of my most favorite things in this whole process has been to see the light of the Gospel just shine in his eyes.  He truly is so happy and because of that, it makes me so happy.  It's really a happiness that you can't completely descibe.  It's this happiness that burns deep into your bones and your heart.  It fills your whole body with light and warmth and goodness.  It's the kind of happiness that only comes from righteous gospel living and righteous gospel sharing.  It's a happiness that want to feel the rest of my life.  I truly stand all amazed at the love God has for his children.  He loves them. He loves them oh so very much and I know He wants them to return to Him.  I'm so grateful that as a missionary I can be the instrument in His hands, to help His children feel this love.

I can't thank God enough for guiding my life in such a way as to allow me to be here.  Right here right now in Oulu Finland.  I can't even being to describe the gratitude that I have for His tender mercies in my life-- for the strength to endure hard things and to find happiness in the darkest of times.  I love my Heavenly Father so much and I want nothing more than to serve Him the rest of my life.  I love this calling to serve as a full-time missionary for Him in this beautiful and sacred country.  I love and cherish each day.  These truly are the days...  Serve a mission.  It's the most sacred, and special, and amazing thing you'll ever do.

I love you all so much! Thanks for everything! Have a super week!

Sisar Jordan