Monday, August 31, 2009
31 Aug 2009
This was the last week of the first change. This next week is District Meeting which means I have my personal monthly interview with President Brown!!! I love him so much. He has paid the price and continues to do so to be a great mission president. I will be returning home about a month before he does. So we get to finish up together.
The Finland Helsinki Mission is hard-core Preach My Gospel which is the best. We are all focused on bringing our brothers and sisters unto the Savior. We all believe they are out there ready to be found. We just have to put forth the faith and effort. Also something new here, the area president of europe has emphasized ''teach to find''. This is a new approach they have implemented. It is where one missionary immediately begins teaching in a few sentences (to whoever they meet on the street, bus, train) and then asks a question about what they just taught to help the person really think about it. Then the missionary testifies. The companion then testifies, asks a question, and teaches more. This can continue to go until either you get a teaching appointment, contact info, or they just are not interested.
Also the members here are so kind (they also cook the most delicious food). Kouvola is the perfect city for me to start in Finland. I love this city.
It is getting a little colder. It seems that fall has come. The smell of fall is my favorite (Mary, Laura, and Sarah know that). Also the country here is beautiful. As we drive from appointment to appointment we have the opportunity to observe beautiful Suomi.
The Lord has taught me so much this first change and is continuing to teach me more. I love how when we want to learn and grow the Lord is there to help. We just need to ask.
I love you all and will continue to keep you all updated on Finland.
Vanhin HamnerRakas Perhe
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3 Aug 2009
This past week was hard but awesome (I like it when its hard because you know you are doing the right thing then). Last Thursday was District Meeting in
The branch here in Kouvola is quite small but there is so much potential. We are working hard as we contact and tract. The Lord is definitely helping me in understanding this language and speaking it. This past Sunday was fast Sunday and I bore my testimony. I was initially nervous but the Spirit calmed me and I felt great. The peace can be described like a bright sunny day right after a spring rain.