Dearest mom and family
Wow, This past week was quite amazing. The Lord's tender mercies are all around and it requires us to take ourselves out of our fast-paced lives (which I am eliminating) to notice them. I have been learning this lesson over the past 3-4 months. Rush does not mean success. I used to just go from point A to point B and see if I could jump to point C in the same leap so I could be most effective. However, I was missing the mark in allowing the Spirit time to breath and use my brain in this work. As I have been heeding the whisperings of the Holy Ghost I have never been more at peace as I have slowed down. As I did, everything came more natural. My teaching, Finnish, love for life improved dramatically. I have never felt the influence of the holy Ghost as much as I do now. i know it because I feel it. My vision for the future has never been so clear. My desire to love and bless has never been so fervent as now. The Lord is truly taking care of his missionaries. I see it all around in the North Zone. Working with each elder is a blessing to learn and to love. I wish I could write every story in this letter and in my journal but time does not grant it. I trust what I feel will suffice.
Yesterday, Elder Peterson and I found a Russian lady who speaks decent finnish who expressed her desire to know what is truth and what is not. When she said that, my heart just did flips! Well, we have another meeting with her this week. Thank you for your prayers. Please keep praying that elder Peterson and i will be placed in the elect's path and vice versa. In the north we do a lot of traveling and not a whole lot of tracting and contacting in the city so every hour we do get is gold. Please also add to your prayers that we will plan better by the spirit so this comes to fruition--baptisms.:)
This past friday was Zone Conference in which was presented the Simplified Curriculum. The purpose I have already explained but it is quite big because it reduced the amount of zone conferences and interviews with President. As a result President can train us personally in our teaching! Which means Elder Peterson and I will be getting hands-on training with the 28yr career as CES teacher President Brown. Sorry I'm salivating. This is too good to be true.
Well, time is running low. I love you and remember to not do too much in a day and lose your peace. That is what the adversary wants. As we do less, we will come to find out that we will do more.
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.