6/8

Well, it has been another amazing week in Finland and we have been blessed with a lot of success and I pray that we can continue to bring forth the gospel to more and more people. ┬áStarting off where I left off last p day, we finally checked out the mall. There is this one store that I believe only has one store in the US, but is amazing called Dressmann. It’s this amazing suit store. There is one that is better and that is the Tiger of Sweden, but that is like 600 euros, and I would never buy that nice of a suit unless I was a billionaire. However, it was really cool to see the local mall. That is one of the weird things about Scandanavia. I am in one of the smallest cities missionaries can serve in, but we still have a ton of nice stores and a mall which is really nice. My companion wanted to buy a homecoming suit, but all of the good suits have been bought out because this is graduation week. (More on that later). Later that day we got our first persecution, the nice things about Finns is that even when they want to rip on you they are still very nice. But there was this one lady that followed us to our apartment to tell us to accept Jesus Christ. We simply bore her our testimonies and then we left and she left without much of a problem. She was pretty nice. Some of the people we have met have been very interesting though. We tried contacting a former, and we called him from the outside of our apartment to see if he was interested. He said he was and that he would send someone down to get the door and show us the way to his apartment. A little while later we were answered by this one guy in his mid twenties, and he showed us in. We met the guy and he was from the Congo and I learned an important lesson that day. A lot of people from the congo hate americans. He pretty much baited us into coming in and telling us how evil america was and how he knows it brainwashes its citizens and feeds us corporate lies. He then tried to show us how we got the Bible from African folk tales and that is how we got Christianity, so that was a really fun visit. Also,as missionaries, we have to contact every referral we get even if it is really out of the way, and holy cow one was out of the way. It took us 40 minutes by bike to finally find it and it was out in the middle of nowhere. But we get to the door and to our surprise, he doesnt even really speak Finnish. He had to learn it because he is in Finland, but he was a swedish finn which is actually pretty common on the west coast of Finland. Also, this week and probably was the last main thing is that this was graduation week and graduation in Finland is a lot bigger than it is in America. It is HUGE! All grades finish school at the same time which means all graduations happen at the same time. They cut off the entire park in the middle of the city to throw a massive graduation concert. It was cool to hear music again but it was awkward because everyone around us was really not interested in our message. To end on a spiritual note, I just want to testify of how blessed I am for having had the gospel my entire life and the blessings it has given me. I have met people who have literally nothing and I have met people who have tried to find happiness through worldly methods and it has left them with nothing but sadness and trying to put together their lives in the best way they can with what they have left. I know the gospel has given me these things that these people want and I want to share with them so badly. If you are ever in this position, the best advice I can give you is from one of the members I have met in Finland told me. Start counting your blessings and rely on God.

I would like to leave these things with all of you in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Pitcures from this week

DSC00158.JPGI got my final dear elder this week! You are supposed to stop doing them when you leave the MTC, but one got printed after I left so they had to send it to me. But normally they cancel the account after a week, so there goes a way of still receiving mail.

Sorry I haven’t sent more pictures so far. I am planning to see some big things, so don’t worry the pictures will come.

5/31

Hello everyone! Sorry this is a lot shorter but there have been some complications with the computers we use. It has been a really good week here in Kokkola. We have found many great investigators and we are working as hard as we can because we have found that the harder we work the more we are blessed. So we keep the hustle going. But this week we have had many interesting experiences. We have for the most part tried to contact in the city center, but because our city is so tiny we have started to bump into more and more people we have met before, so we have started to branch out more and more. We now do a lot of work in the further areas of Kokkola in the far our distance. We have met a lot of interesting people. Some are really cool and some are not so cool. However, one interesting thing before I get into a story is that Finland has a high concentration of people who only can speak Swedish and not Finnish, so sometimes we bump into people who don’t know Finnish well or at all. But one day we were tracting and we bumped into someone who didnt know finnish but could speak amazing english. She had a british accent and everything. (Also most people in europe when they try to learn english they try to do a british accent). But she could speak amazing English and we had a conversation about what we were doing here and her adventures through america when her family was there. Also, her grandfather was one of the first mormon converts and helped to build the first ward in Finland. That was pretty cool. Additionally, we met probably one of the most interesting people I have ever met in my life. He wanted to practice his english with us and was telling us how Lutherans weren’t Christian and that he knew the Book of Mormon wasnt true because he could “smell the spirit and that it wasn’t there” normally I would have been offended, but it was just so weird that I didn’t know what to say back ,so naturally we just said goodbye and left. But final interesting story, we were trying to find someone who wanted to meet with us and they were really far out. We decided to take a short cut and it ended up as us mountain biking in our suits and we ended up in a huge open field. It was really cool, but we believed it to be private property, so we just left. If there has been one thing I have learned during this week, it is that God is looking out for all of us. He knows our needs and wants to reach out to us. Keep on believing and do what is right.

love,

Vanhin Warner