“These were the [years] never to be forgotten.” -Oliver Cowdery

My dear family and friends!
Thank you to each of you for supporting me, cheering me on, following my mission, and developing your own testimonies! I love you all so much and I am so thankful for my time as a missionary here in the sacred land of my forefathers:Finland.
Throughout my mission I have served in Jyväskylä, one of the cities where my Papa served, then in Kerava where a good family friend served, then in Lahti, where my Mummo’s brother used to live, then in Lappeenranta, the closest place I could have gotten to my Mummo’s birthplace, and finally here in beautiful Tampere where my Mummo grew up and joined the church. Also where my Papa and one of my uncles served.
I am eternally grateful for the chance to get closer to my family by being away from them, but by being in the places that mean so much to them. I have grown so much closer to my Savior Jesus Christ, my family roots, and to so many of the dear saints here in Finland. Throughout this time I have many so many of my own memories for which I will always be grateful. I have become a missionary, and I always intend to be one, with or without the name tag! I have become a new person. I know my life’s purpose, I know how to find happiness, and I am a better friend, companion, and family member because of that. All of these things are just a few of the literally countless blessings I have received while serving as a full-time missionary.
But let’s now focus into what I really love, the people who mean so much to me, and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Finns are the most amazing people I have ever met. I have been so privileged to live among them and to teach them the gospel. I learned in the MTC that the character of Christ is to look outside to others when the “natural man” (Mosiah 3:19, The Book of Mormon) would look inwards. I truly know that by looking outside ourselves in the very moments when we ourselves need help.
As Elder Neal L. Maxwell says, “Being blessed with hope…Let us reach to lift hands which hang helplessly down.” Brothers and Sisters, Friends, we have hope! We have hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have hope in eternal life. We have hope in the remission of our sins. And we have hope in everlasting peace that comes from the well of living water, our Savior Jesus Christ. He is infinitely loving and I testify that because of His Atoning sacrifice He truly does know us, our sorrows, pains, hopes, ambitions, the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. And He can help us as well let Him into our lives.
I want to share a few brief stories of how people have done that.
Miracle number 1:
This week I gave my first school presentation as a missionary. We practiced well and welcomed a class full of 16-17 year-old students from a local high school’s religion class (almost all Finns take this class). The class was quiet, but helped us read the informational slides and a certain boy asked multiple questions. We were there to inform them, answer questions, and share our own experiences, but not to proselyte. At the end they were allowed to take a Book of Mormon and he did just that. It was so touching! I felt the Spirit strongly present and am so thankful for that experience. I have no doubt in my mind that that young boy will find the missionaries and join the Jesus Christ’s restored church one day!
Miracle number 2:
We were out contacting one night and needed to stop by at a local bathroom quickly, changing our course of path. We came back outside quickly and immediately started talking to people again. The first woman outside the parking lot said she didn’t speak English or Finnish, but asked “What church?” Normally the first thing out of my mouth is the church’s full name, but this time before I could stop myself, I blurted, “Mormon!” then quickly shared with her our full name. In an instant her entire countenance changed. She started speaking fluent English and told us she has been looking for our church for 2 years since she moved to Finland. Turns out she investigated the church in Idaho! She hugged us and we were all so happy!
Miracle 3:
We have been following up with many former investigators lately and I’ve always wondered what ever happened to that wonderful woman I once taught in this area one year ago when I came to serve here for the day. Well, Sister Roberts, wrote down some names, and she was one of them. We went to her house and a flood of amazing memories came back! I was so excited to find her again! But she wasn’t home. We tried back 3 days in a row and on the third day we pulled up to her house right as she was coming outside. God’s timing is perfect. Long story short, she remembered me and we are teaching her tonight!
I know this is the work our our Savior Jesus Christ and I would like to share my testimony in the language that means so much to me. ❤
Minä tiedän, että Jeesus Kristus on meidän kaikkien Vapahtajamme. Hän tuntee meidät täydellisesti ja henkilökohtaisesti. Hänen kautta me löydämme iankaikkinen rauha ja iloa. Meillä on rakastava Taivaallinen Isä joka on luonut meidät ja suunnitelman meitä kaikkia varten. Tiedän, että seuraamalla Jeesusta Kristusta tässä elämässä me olemme onnellisia riippumatta mitä tapahtuu tai ei tapahdu elämässämme. Taivaallinen Isämme haluaa olla meihin yhteydessä. Todistan, että me puhumme Hänen kanssaan rukouksessa ja lukemalla pyhiä kirjoituksia. Mormonin Kirja on totta. Todistan tästä kaikesta, Jeesuksen Kristuksen nimessä. Aamen.
Timothy says it well:

For am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  have fought good fighthave finished my course, have kept the faith: (2 Timothy 4:6-7)

Finnishing with faith! I will always be a missionary. I love you all so very much!

Rakkaudellani,

Sisar Adams ❤

P.S.This Friday the church will release a new Easter video #PrinceofPeace. It’s amazing! Go on mormon.org and watch it and share it with all of your friends! 🙂

One of the many beautiful forests of Finland. :)

One of the many beautiful forests of Finland. 🙂

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Sister Roberts and I 🙂 We are a great companionship!

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Finland!

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Many many friends including a few recent converts at our farewell FHE last week

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Elders and Goodwill and us

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2nd to last Pday!

Hello my family and friends!

I just want you all to know that I love being a missionary! This week like all the other was unique, exciting, and full of spiritual experiences. 

My last trip to Jyväskylä, the place it all started here in Finland.

My last trip to Jyväskylä, the place it all started here in Finland.

This week:

Brother of our former investigator started investigating!

We attended a birthday party dinner appointment.

Met with our bishop to help the recent converts 🙂

Baptism went really well!! The couple and their daughter are so excited to be part of Jesus Christ’s restored church. I gave a talk on baptism!

We were asked to sing in the 175th Relief Society party with the sisters from the Tampere 2nd ward. It went really well, and the members all got a kick out of our fun ending to the upbeat song. (It was Uskollisten Laulu in Finnish). A member had come up to us at church the week before asking if we were coming to the party to which we responded excitedly, “Yes, We’ll be there!” She excitedly told us she was bringing a non-member friend who she wanted us to meet!

The party went really well and we got to talk to her a lot and give her a Book of Mormon and we are ordering one in her native language. The members are incredible!

I know Jesus Christ lives and this is his church. He loves us so much! We can always turn to HIm for peace. 

Please enjoy the below quote by going to the link!

A great quote by Elder Rasband, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles:

https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/meme-rasband-savior-tough-questions-1793327?lang=eng&_r=1&cid=HP_MO_13-3-2017_dPFD_fMLIB_xLIDyI-1_

I love you all!

Love, Sisar Adams

The District

The District

PS Next Pday is on Monday!

It's no longer winter! :)

It’s no longer winter! 🙂

This picture reminds me of Finlandia Ranch where my Mom grew up!

This picture reminds me of Finlandia Ranch where my Mom grew up!

The Church Brings the Spirit

Hei all!

This week a man walked into our church on Sunday to find peace and he lives in our area! We gave him a Book of Mormon and we are excited to teach him this Wednesday!

The elders have a married couple that is progressing towards their baptism this Saturday and they have asked me to give the talk on baptism. I am really excited for them!

Sunday night we had a fun time street contacting people that didn’t speak English or Finnish… we called one of our wonderful former investigators and she translated for us on the spot over the phone! The next contact pulled out his phone and called his own friend to translate. Both contact and the friend on the phone were all interested to learn more! It was amazing! We hope to teach them all soon and get Book of Mormons in their language!

We currently have two investigators and are working with them and our wonderful recent converts. The work continues to go well! Many recent converts were able to go on the ward temple trip this week. 🙂 So many happy things are happening.  

Keep praying for these precious people! Alma 31:34-35

I love you all!

Sisar Adams 🙂

Sister Capps and I on exchanges in Turku :)

Sister Capps and I on exchanges in Turku 🙂

Sister Patterick and I on exchanges in Turku :)

Sister Patterick and I on exchanges in Turku 🙂

Baptism

Hey everyone!
This has been a great week!
The baptismal date we set for March 4th didn’t end up happening, but he is still learning. Hopefully he will be ready still one day!
Speaking of baptism! We had a cool experience this week with coming early to church. Just as we were coming in to take off our coats we saw a man putting his on to leave. We didn’t recognize him so we said hello. It turns out he heard about our church from a friend and wanted to see what it is like! He attended the other ward’s service and we found out he lives in our area.
He has a baptismal date now but has not responded to our calls so please pray for him!
I am still going strong!
Love,

Sisar Adams

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Sisar Roberts and me

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Pretty church in Tampere.

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This is Sister Roberts and I about to drive somewhere. Yes, I am the driver this transfer. I’m doing well and being safe! 🙂

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Fat Tuesday Pulla

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Sister Harris and I on exchanges here in Tampere!

A week of travel and working with the ward council :)

Hei all!

It’s been another great week of 2 District Meetings in Jyväskylä (we had it early this week), Mission Leadership Council, planning for our upcoming zone meeting, and exchanges with the Jyväskylä sisters here in Tampere! Amidst all of that we still manage to accomplish our paramount purpose of teaching repentance and baptizing converts! It’s all possible by working with the ward council. 🙂

We were able to meet a family that has twins! And we are now teaching those twins!

It’s been a great week and I love the Tree of Life Analogy in 1 Nephi 11-13. It really describes our day!

All my love,

Sisar Adams

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This is the Sister Training Leaders with Sister Watson at the temple after Mission Leadership Council. (MLC)

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Sister Watson’s welcome to MLC 🙂

Tender mercies!

Hello everyone!

It snowed again here in Tampere after a few rainy days and I am very excited! Winter is still here 🙂

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Sister Roberts decided to be really sneaky and wonderfully kind and she bought me lunch today!! Kiitos companion. 🙂

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Sister Roberts and I Driving.

Well, Finland and missionary work are still definitely the best things in the world! (Don’t worry family! I love you just as much! Or even more! 😉 )

This week in Lahti on exchanges I met and taught a woman that I “found” on a bus there in my 3 weeks there! This was such a testimony to me that no effort is wasted in the Lord’s work! In just that short time, I was still able to make a difference and I am so grateful for the chance to know that. Lahti is so dear to my heart!

I was also able to translate sacrament meeting for the English speakers via a microphone headset. that was a spiritual experience for me because 1) one of our recent converts was fulfilling his calling by asking me to translate, and 2) almost 5 years ago I was sitting in this same chapel with me Mom on the other side (someone was translating for me.) That man is still in our ward and I remember him!  I am so grateful for the gifts Heavenly Father has given me to serve others. I know my calling is inspired and that I am here for a reason. I am working diligently and treasuring every moment!

On to another great week!

Lots of love!

Sisar Adams 

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Our Valentine’s day cake–it’s like unelma torttu, but white cake and berry filling.

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Our Valentine’s Day berry pulla

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Mom! Look! I ate it! Your yummy pulla that you suggested! (don’t remember how to spell it) 🙂 We had it at our Zone Conference this week. Yuuuummm….

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Beautiful Tampere!

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Beautiful Tampere!

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Our grilled cheese and tomato soup lunch on exchanges!

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Got to go to a cool souvenir shop!

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One of my beautiful Valentine’s Day treats 🙂

Hyvää Ystävänpäivää!

Hello all! Hyvää Ystävänpäivää!

It’s been a great week!

Here are the highlights!

-Zone Training with Sister Roberts: we taught on finding people to teach. (The word loytaa on their white board is find in Finnish.)

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Sister Roberts and I after our first Zone Training Meeting together! It was a success! Behind us is our “Language Moment” presentation of Finnish in the meeting. We were also in charge of demonstrating the role play of missionary teaching skills. 🙂 PS The salmon suit is still going strong 🙂

-The Leadership meeting complete with a trip to the temple, always nice 🙂

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This is all of the Elders that were in my MTC group (who were at this Leadership Meeting) Just missing Elders McMillan, Reeder, and Piggott, and Sister Jones. It’s so good to see everyone! This was after a wonderful temple session in Espoo. 🙂

-The My Plan meeting where I was reunited with Sister Jones for the day. Yes!

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The reunion! Sister Jones and I got to be companions again for the day at the “My Plan” meeting for missionaries in their last transfer.

-Exchanges with the Tampere 2 sisters! We taught 3 of our recent converts, and avoided a big sporting event in the area with thousands of college students, while still doing some great contacting! Sisters Peterson and Pugmire are wonderful! They have such strong testimonies and are great ministers of Christ!

Then came the really cool miracle of the week! On Sunday Sister Roberts and I went out tracting and because of the new schedule, we had some extra time. We knocked on a door a couple of times and there was no answer. Finally we were about to leave and an old woman in her 80’s opened the door. She quickly pointed to her hearing aid, and shouted that she was pretty deaf and couldn’t hear us. We spoke up a little louder, pulled out a picture of Christ and asked if we could come in and teach her. She obliged!

We had just enough time for a quick spiritual message and an opening and closing prayer before getting a return appointment for the next day. Sister Roberts and I discussed various ways to teach her and decided to bring our whiteboard on the next lesson! 

We taught her yesterday, mainly using the whiteboard and the Book of Mormon! It was so cool! Sister Roberts and I were still able to follow the Spirit and teach as companions, it was just via a white board to a cute deaf lady. 🙂 She says she believes in Jesus Christ and we are excited to visit her again sometime soon. 🙂 Miracles and tender mercies are all around us. We just have to open our eyes to see them and then open our hearts to be grateful and receive them. 

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Sister Roberts and I needed a short rest from tracting 😀 We love our tracting days! Seriously!

 

On this beautiful sunny Friendship Day (Ystävänpäivää) I am grateful for my very best friend and older brother, Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and Redeemer. I truly have been able to turn to Him in good times and in bad. He is the light and life of the world. He loves each one of us so much. It mattereth not be we rich, poor, deaf, old, young, stubborn, patient, or anything else. His love is perfect and His grace is sufficient for us. We just have to receive the gift of His sacred Atonement by repenting daily, and praying for help, comfort, and peace. I am so thankful for my knowledge of Him and this opportunity to share it with others! I know He lives! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Below are some wonderful scriptures about Jesus Christ that have been on my mind lately and remind me of His mercy and love for each of us. 

Alma 7:11-13 Atonement

Moroni 7:45.48 Charity

Moroni 10:32 Be perfected in Him

Doctrine and Covenants 18:11-13 and then also separately verses 10, 15-16

These are some of my favorites. I hope you like them!

I love you lots!

Rakkaudellani!

Sisar Adams ❤

A Great Week of Teaching!

Hey all!
Our miracle investigator is doing well and came to church! Please pray for him and our 3 other investigators and 7 recent converts!
This week I saw a woman’s heart soften as a member testified with us at her door. We are teaching her and her husband tomorrow. 🙂 I am so grateful.
I know Jesus Christ lives! He is the source of our peace and happiness. He truly is the light and the life of the world! (Mosiah 16:9 and Mosiah 18:8-10)
I love you all!
Love,
Sisar Adams

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Us with the Runerbergin torttu! Only available for about 2 weeks a year in honor of a famous poet 🙂

Read about the Finland’s poet and his pastry here.

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These are the amazing swing benches by every apartment building 🙂

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This is the beauty of Finland 🙂

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So, it wasn’t actually cold enough to keep the hoods up, but…. we liked it for the picture. 🙂

Often Change Yields the Miracle

Hello again from Tampere!!
What a miracle week! So much has happened it feels like it’s been three weeks since I emailed, but here is a quick miracle story for you!
Saturday night we were planning and had one hour of proselyting before church to plan. I said, “Sister Roberts, I’m at a loss of what to do. I know you’re new to this area, but where do you think we should go?” She said she liked trying new places that missionaries hadn’t visited before and we counciled together as a companionship, picking a new street. We wrote the specific street name and a specific building number in our planners.
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Sister Roberts and I out finding our new tracting area 😉

Sunday morning, we popped it into the GPS and ended up in an area I had been trying to refind after going there once to visit a referral with Sister Jones. There was almost no one outside, but we found some great new tracting buildings! I was so excited! We were led to another part of the area on foot, but the buildings we locked. just as we were turning around a man came out of a foresty area and Sister Roberts stopped him. We testified and he believed everything. He wanted to meet right then!
We had to leave, so we came back with a member that night and invited him to baptism. He said yes, but didn’t accept a date.
The next morning (yesterday) we had zone conference and a random man came off of the street and knocked on the door of our meeting. The assistants to the president went out to see who it was. Sister Watson went out ask well and came back reporting that someone had just walked into the church and the elders were giving him a church tour!
We were all astonished! The moment the meeting was over (the assistants had been gone for about an hour) Elder Johnson who just moved from being a zone leader in Tampere to being the assistant, ran up to us and said “Sisters! This man lives in your area and we just set a baptismal date with him! Come out here now!” We were amazed! Who could it be?!
We ran out there and to our great amazement and delight it was the same man we had met the morning before and taught. We know had a baptismal date with him and a return appointment even sooner that we had scheduled it! We are excited to teach him again tonight!
Miracles happen!
On top of that, he knows the entire Tampere Zone now!
Please pray for him in his journey, we are so excited! Heavenly Father is so good.
I love you all!
Love,
Sisar Adams

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Sister Willoughby (I finished her training in Lappeenranta), Sister Burden, me, and Sister Roberts at MLC. 🙂 The Oulu Sister Training Leaders are Sister Carter and Sister Nelson!

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The bike…. We finally fit it into the car thanks to a prayer and some help from a random stranger that pulled up and asked if he could help us. We’re still not quite sure how he got it in so easily! What a tender mercy ❤

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This describes Finland perfectly 🙂

The beginning of the end…but really, this work will never end :)

Hello everyone!

Drum roll please…..

I got my last transfer call. 9 more weeks of going strong!

So, I will be staying in Tampere and training a new sister training leader Sister Roberts! She’s been here in Finland for 10 months and we’ve met a couple of times already. We trained new sisters at the same time two transfers ago! She’s a red head too (like Sister Jordan and Sister Bartusz!) and she’s from Florida!) I’m really excited to be with her. 🙂
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ister Jones and I walking to the Jyväskylä chapel for district meeting. Our last one together! (But I’ll still be in Jyväskylä!)

Sadly, Sister Jones will be leaving me and Tampere 😦 We are pretty sad to be parting and there have definitely been some tears shed, but that just makes me happy to know a couple of things, one this is not the last time I’ll see here on my mission or in my life, and two we have made such a tremendous impact on each others’ lives that we will always be the best of friends and best of companions!
Sister Jones is going to her dream area of Neitsytpolku! To be with Sister Willoughby’s trainee, Sister Kehr. 🙂
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Sister Andersson is from Tampere and is home now, but she was Sister Jones companion when I was in Kerava and in their District. She came to teach a lesson with us this week!

So on to the week of all weeks! So much has happened! Last P-day we had interviews with President Watson (always good 🙂 ) He’s so awesome. And then we drove to a water tower to buy some ice cream and look at the gorgeous view! Later that night we taught our investigator couple. They are so cool! Please pray that the language barrier gets better with them and they have an increased desire to come to church! 🙂
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This is our ice cream on top of a water tower last week. 🙂

Wednesday we headed to Jyväskylä and had District Meeting, it was great as always and that night we had a wonderful dinner appointment with a family (same one we went to for Christmas! and we’re going there for one final hurrah with Sister Jones tonight!) I love the members!! They are wonderful! We had a wonderful spiritual message there and it was quite emotional and touching. I love sharing messages with members because we are there to strengthen them, but they always end up strengthening us too!
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This is our district!

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Me, Sister Jones, Elder Minson, and Elder Johnson (the Sister training leaders and zone leaders)

That night after nightly planning, Sister Jones and I decided I needed a hair cut and wazam! She gave me one! And it was a really good one! I’m liking my shorter hair, but I’m sure I’lll grow it out again too. Old habits die hard, haha. 🙂 However! It is possible with Heavenly Father’s help! Luckily, I don’t think the length of my hair has any say in my eternal reward. Sister Jones is awesome.
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Sister Jones gave me a hair cut and then curled my hair another day! I like it!

Now on to some more spiritual things:
We were able to visits many members this week and share messages with them. We also had three dinner appointments! One of my favorite things was this week when we were able to share a scripture with a family and then watch as the father facilitated a gospel discussion with his children off of the message of the stripling warriors (this is a great one! Alma 56:45-48 and 56) My heart melted as I saw as the husband and wife taught the children together and then turned the discussion back to us. We challenged them, just as we challenge each companionship of sisters that we visit, to be on the Lord’s side, and not fear because He is with us! Wow! So powerful. I know this is true!
We also had some joyful moments of rejoicing this week when our new investigator made so much progress and was so happy to tell us all about it! We got some news this morning that this is no longer something, they want to look into, and Sister Jones and I had a bit of a sad moment, and I prayed really hard and sincerely, but as of now, they haven’t changed their mind.
Hard things like this happen sometimes, but I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for all of His children and that no effort is wasted. It’s maybe just not their time right now, and that’s okay. 🙂 I pray that it will come again someday!
Well, just like every week in the mission field, it’s been filled with so many experiences, good and sometimes hard, but always growing. and always with thoughts of amazement and gratitude for this chance to serve the Lord.
Here are some things I’ll always remember from my time with Sister Jones:
Although this was the most unexpected transfer call to come here with her, it’s been exactly what I needed.
I’ve watched as Heavenly Father has put us together not only for our benefit, but also for the benefit of many ward members, sisters, and investigators.
Sister Jones has the biggest heart I’ve ever seen! She never judges anyone, and she always looks on the inside. 🙂 I love that about her!
She has helped me and supported me and allowed me to do the same for her.
She knows that Jesus Christ is her Savior and that He will help her as she relies on Him.
She loves this work and the Finnish people.
All in all, Sister Jones is amazing and I am so glad this is not goodbye forever!
I’m excited to start a new transfer strong!
Jesus Christ lives! He loves us and this is His true restored church on the earth today! If you haven’t found that out for yourself yet, I invite you to try it out! It’s worth it 🙂
Love you all lots!
Sisar Adams
Tampere
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Another gorgeous view from our house

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Took some pictures in our far out area. 🙂 It reminds me a lot of Idaho!

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Same thing. Soo pretty!