Well honestly it feels kind of weird sitting here typing these words knowing that this is the last time that you will all hear from me before my mission comes to a close. To put it understatingly it has been a wonderful experience...one that I would never trade for anything. I don't think I could begin to describe what my mission means to me and the affects that it is going to have on the rest of my life. So I don't think that I will attempt that right here. I just wanted you all to know how grateful that you are in my life!! I have had so much support while being out here and it definitely has helped a lot!! I have felt of your love and of your prayers on my behalf!! If there is any of you that doubt that I am grateful for the relationship that we have let me know and I'll try and show it better! ;) But serious thank you all for everything that you have done and for letting me share a part of my life with you!! I'll see you soon!!
Vanhin Jeremy Troff
Here are my highlights:
Ma:We didn't do a whole lot because we spent the whole day on trains...great right before I spend 31 hours traveling. We headed up to Rovaniemi for the last time!
Ti: We had a great day working with the Elders up in Roy. Elder Stegeby and I had a great time trying potentials (the snow was ridiculous to bike through) and then teaching some of their investigators and recent convert! They were pretty good lessons!! I also got to see one of the missionaries who went home a long time ago but moved back to Rovaniemi. I'd gone on splits with him a couple of times so that was cool!
KV:we had my last district meeting so that was kind of sad!! But I did get the Sähly(floorball) sticks and they were definitely worth the 10 euros!! We also went over to a member's house that night so I could practice the two songs that I was going to be singing with them during the pikkujoulu (Christmas party). Haha don't worry mom I got my favorite recorded on my camera for you to listen to!
Tor:honestly was crazy!! We got tracked into by Jehovah's witnesses so that was interesting. Then we went to lunch at this kind of scary looking soup kitchen with a member and we happened to be there at the same time as all the head priests of the Lutheran church who gave speeches throughout. (we even saw a female priest..I had never seen one before now so that was interesting.) We then had a couple of teaches with some members which was good. And then on the way to another appointment we got contacted by Pentacostal members and talked with them about life. They were asking people about some questions one of which was, "On a scale of 1 to 10 how satisfied with your life are you" I thought about it for a minute and then answered a ten which totally through them off. It was pretty funny but it was a good chance to teach them about the restored gospel!! We then had a teach with one of our investigators to finish out the day!
Per: It was another interesting day but definitely not as crazy as yesterday! We had a teach with one of our members in the morning and he wanted to play a game of chess with me before I left. So we played right there and that was fun! We then had a teach with one of our investigators later that night and the member that came with us was such a stud!!
La:if you can believe was crazier than was. It was my companion's birthday so that was cool!! We didn't even have time for studies in the morning because we had to run out the door for a coordination meeting with our BML. AS soon as we finished with that we headed over to a members house for a teach with her. That is where we got the call from President to find out who was coming with Elder Lym. It is one of the other missionaries named Elder Ream. We then left straight from that over to the church so we could meet with a less-active. She is way sweet!! During that teach we got a call from actually this less actives mom and she told us that she wanted us to go with her to the hospital to give one of her friends a blessing. So as soon as we finished up with the teach we headed over there. We gave her a blessing and then had to fly across the city so we could actually eat something (it was about 16.00 by this point) before we had a teach with one of our investigators. Unfortunately our next appointment fell through but I guess it was good because then we weren't in such a huge rush to get all the way across the city again to the church where we had our Christmas party!! It was a wonderful night!!
Su: Compared to everything it was a calm but sad day!! I had to say goodbye to all of the wonderful members here and they sat me in a chair and sang God be with you til we meet again while they were standing around me! It was sad and hard not to cry!! The rest of the day I spent packing a little bit and then we tried to get some things set up for Elder Lym and Elder Ream when they get back to Kajaani.
This is Shayla Bentley, the manager of this blog. Thank you all for your support for Elder Troff while he has been on his mission. For those of you who have read this blog - thank you. For those of you who have written to Elder Troff - thank you. For those of you who have prayed for him and for our family - thank you. For those of you who have loved him and our family - thank you. We know that the success of Elder Troff's mission was in large part because of his huge support group.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and may the love of Christ shine on your hearts all year round!
Love, The Troff Family