Well firstly, here’s a little bit of background on my area! Kerava is about an hour from Helsinki and has about 30 active members. We teach lots of foreigners!
Well this week started out with my first trip to Hesburger (since 4 years ago with my mom) to celebrate my 9 months as a missionary! (Mom, can you believe I hit my official half way mark on the 19th this week? Don’t get trunky on me. 😉 ) The time sure does fly! Hesburger is Finland’s own fast food burger place and it’s delicious!
Miracle story of trying to “get past the no” in contacts!
A woman passed us in a park and said she didn’t “jaksa” *(have energy) to talk to us, so I quickly said something like “very briefly, this is the Book of Mormon. It’s another testament of Jesus Christ and I know it can bring you peace and happiness because it has done so for me.” she stopped and listened and the next thing we knew she was telling us that her husband passed away last year and that nature brings her peace. We talked to her about Jesus Christ and the gospel and I marked my favorite scripture on the Atonement for her in the Book of Mormon. she didn’t want to meet with us anymore at this time, but the Spirit was so strong with her and she thanked us and hugged us both tightly at the end of the contact. I am so grateful for that moment! It was a lesson also in inspired planning because during weekly planning we had planned to contact in an unusual area and there she was. She even said that this was guidance for her because she chose this path instead of another!
Does it look like home on Finlandia Ranch? This is a beautiful back roads walk that we took contacting on Friday night! It is ihana! Wonderful! I feel like I’m in Idaho all the time!
Sister Wade and a senior couple came to church in Kerava and help with cleaning inspection! I love her!