21 Dec 09
This past week has been amazing. First of all tuesday was Zone Conference. President Brown taught about how to make Christ more the center of everything. He focused on the basics and opened our eyes through the Spirit to a microscopic portion of the Savior’s Glory. I was truly edified. He showed one video which was niin voimakas (so powerful). Please watch ‘’Lifting Burdens’’ Mormon message on youtube. Especially focus on how you feel when it references your divine potential. It is true. I know it. One quote from the movie was Elder Wirthlin’s which said, ‘’ Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father won’t. For He sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation.’’ I know we can reach Heavenly Father’s expectations. Each day we are either improving or not. We are not perfect but if we focus on the Savior then we will feel the Savior’s grace make up for those weaknesses.
Weather- It is quite cold here. At night when we go tracting I wear two pairs of gloves, two thermal pants, and a sweater and coat. The Lord has blessed me with health.
Zone Leaders- This past week was splits with the zone leaders. I learned so much from them. We made cinnamon rolls for them. They were DELICIOUS!!!
Finnish Christmas- Here one tradition is to open all your gifts on Christmas Eve rather than on Christmas. Also they love to eat this rice hot cereal with milk, cinnamon, and sugar. At the ward Christmas party I ate too much of it and felt pretty sick. It was quite funny.
PS Im sorry that my letter was quite choppy. I have so much to write and so little time. Love from Suomi!
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.