My Dearest Family and Friends,It just blows my mind to think that this will be one of the last emails that I send you!! It is crazy to think that my time in this wonderful land is coming to a close! This week has been a pretty great one!! We have been bringing this change to a close and getting things ready for the last week of it. It also happens to be my last full week in the country. I've really reflected on building people up this week. It might have been all the chances that I got to uplift people or it might have been the poem I read about how it is so much better to be a builder than a wrecker but it is something that is very important to me. Because the thing is when you build up others you are also building a relationship with them and that is something that is so special to me!! And it doesn't even have to always be those people in your family (although that is one of the most important!) but is can be even some random person on the street. If we are determined to make someone's day brighter then I believe that we will and the effect will be amazing!!
Here are my highlights:
Ma:We had a great P-day and in the evening we had a pretty good teach with one of our investigators. He is frustrating me because he just won't act on what he knows is true but we have been really trying to help him see that now is the time to receive the blessings of the gospel.
Ti: I can't for the life of me remember what happened today. Somehow it didn't stick and it didn't really get into my planner so...I don't know.
KV: we had a great experience. We went up to Kemi for companion exchanges. On the way from Oulu to Kemi we felt like we should sit in a particular car. We sat down and it was shortly there after that a german exchange student asked us if the train was going to Rovaniemi. We told her it was and then ended up having a big long discussion about the gospel the entire way up to Kemi. It was way sweet!!
Tor: We had a great day in Kemi. I was with Elder Money and we had a couple of fun lessons. One was with one of their investigators and that was probably one of the best lessons that I've been in in awhile. The Spirit was so strong and I felt such a strong desire to help her so that definitely helped!! It was great and I think that she will be more willing to come to church now!
Per: Today was Finland's independence day. We had a district meeting in Oulu so that was a lot of fun!!! And then we had a birthday party for the bishop's son that we went to that evening. It was so much fun to just get to spend time with them since he is normally super busy. And since it was a hard red day we weren't able to do anything else.
La: was a pretty fun day!! We tried really hard to just get out and get some teaching in. We ended up with several teaches to members and one investigator teach since our other one fell through. It was a very enjoyable day though!!
Su: Church was way great!! We had a farewell for one of the ysa who is going to be serving here in Finland. So we had a big party and everything for him. We also just sat down and set up as many things as we could so that we could have lots of things to do this next week!!