Doctrine & Covenants 93:1

"Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am."

Monday, August 10, 2009

Aug. 10, 2009

Rakas Perhe,

10 Elokuu (Aug) 2009
This past week has been a lot of hard core contacting/tracting and lots of learning (I love learning and improving!!!) First of all we have an investigator who is getting baptized on the 16 of Aug. We are so excited for her.
I am also understanding the Finns so much more (of course all credit goes to Heavenly Father). This past week we had companionship exchanges with the zone leaders (Elder Kääriä and Elder Nikiforov) One is swedish and the other Russian. I think you can pick who's the Russian. I learned so much from just observing them and how they go about doing missionary work. They are ''Preach My Gospel'' missionaries. Elder Kääriä helped improve my contacting methods and Elder Nikiforov gave great advice on tracting, personal study, and when you do something (i.e. Exercising, studying, contacting, tracting) do it 100%. Dont do anything half-hearted. That has really helped me increase my effectiveness and not waste any time.

Heavenly Father has been tutoring me much this past week through the Holy Ghost. Our Father in Heaven is so wise. I just love Him so much. The mission is the best place for me right now. I am learning all kinds of life skills that will bless me and more importantly you all and everyone else. Being a missionary helps shed so much of the natural man. A speaker in the MTC said that the mission is the best time to develop Christlike Attributes and the best time to shed the unChristlike ones. I wholeheartedly believe that statement.

Our District has set some high goals for this change and the next (which I love! Stretching is always good). One goal is to have a baptism per change (6 weeks). We will reach this as long as we are true and faithful in all things. I can feel that more miracles are coming to Finland but they will not come if we dont work. Dont worry we are and will continue to do so with the third member of the Godhead as senior companion.

I am exercising 6 times a week for 30 min starting at 6:30 am. I am also eating well. We get £190 each month. Bytheway the ice cream, jam, milk, cereal, and pretty much everything else is delicious. Bytheway I never liked dark chocolate until i came here. A member gave me this bar of peach dark chocolate. It was so good. I will mail some home when winter comes. I love you all and pray for you.

Vanhin Hamner

Our sweet
European ride!!!

Elder Bird & I.

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Helaman 5:12

And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.