Hello everyone again!
It’s been another great day at the MTC and a lot has happened since then. I can now pray and bear testimony in Finnish (very roughly though), but I will take what I can get. I have grown to love my district and zone and it will be very hard to leave everyone. The heartbreak began with the russains. The russians were some of the craziest people I have ever met and we would party every time we got back to class. It was crazy, since they would do their service at the mtc cafeteria they got all of the food they wanted to take home along with food their parents would send them. Also they had noodles swords so we would be mature and hit each other with them. But it was really sad, around 5 days ago they got switched to the Madrid MTC and the new russians just aren’t the same. We have hope that the other new scandinavians will also be cool because in the next 3 weeks, we will be the old birds. But also on Easter we got a talk from Russel M Ballard (nbd). He gave a lesson in honor of a mormon history scholar who claimed that Mormons were the most Christ-centered Christians. He finished by giving a blessing to all of us as missionaries. Also sorry I want to write more but it didn’t work out today, we had a lot to do and we didn’t get our full hour).
Favorite spiritual experience of the week
Actually today when we went to the temple I didn’t think I would make it because I felt like I got food poisoning (surprise, surprise MTC) and I didn’t think I would get out of bed but I told myself I would try. It was the most painful experience in awhile to walk to the mtc but it was worth it. My whole district got to go to the temple together and when we were walking back I had the greatest sensation in awhile of comfort and happiness, and without words I knew the Savior thanked me for doing what is right.
Hello everyone! Boy, the time in the MTC flies. I thought it would go slow but it goes faster than anyone’s business. But since I entered the MTC last Thursday, a lot has happened. First of all I have actually started teaching lessons with my companion in Finnish with our investigators. Some days are good and some days are bad depends on how many words he says that I haven’t seen before. But I have also gotten used to the schedule in the MTC, it actually isn’t too bad even though it starts at 6:30 and ends at 10:30. But it isn’t too bad when the Lord is on your side! But strangely enough I got to escape the MTC to get my visa. Not in Salt Lake but actually in LA! So our flight was at 6:30 in the morning so we had to get up at 1:30 to get ready. Luckily I had the doughnuts to help me and my district get through the morning (much thanks Aunt Debbie!) then we were on our way. Being in LA was nice and it was also not. It was not nice because there was a lot of dead time and also it was when I became very aware of the fact that I had a name tag and I stood out like a sore thumb. But it was nice because we were in LA. I got to enjoy the warm weather and the palm trees. We even got to eat not-MTC food ( as a missionary stuck here for 9 weeks, it’s pretty nice). But we actually flew back that night so it was a very brief experience. But I love you and miss you all and I’m excited to see you all when I come back!
It’s my first time at the MTC and it is wonderful. I have a limited time to type, but my time here so far has been absolutely magical. It is not nearly as painful as I imagined, and because of that I’m pretty happy. I am excited to tell you more when I have time, but they only gave us 5 minutes for my first p-day. I love you all and I am excited to tell you more about it! I am going to LA next Tuesday, so that will be fun to tell you about.
I think it’s fitting that my first post and probably the only one that I will probably be writing on my own is my testimony. I would like to bear my testimony that I know the church is true, that this is the same church that Christ established on earth during his mortal ministry. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that he saw the father and the son in the grove and through their instruction brought back truth lost through time and history and is the proof that shows that God is not silent, that communication between him and his prophets has not been severed. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, it is a testament of God’s love for us and serves as a tool along with the Bible to aid us in learning of the Gospel and show us the path to return to our Father in Heaven. It has stood the test of time and has survived even the most scorching of critics as no one can change the truth of it. I testify of God’s love for us, that he created each and every one of us with more passion and creativity that would make even the most talented sculpture blush. He has a purpose for each and every one of us and will do everything in his power to help us return to be with him. Lastly I want to testify of Christ. I know that he is our savior and redeemer and is the ultimate example of God’s love for us. He suffered for each of our sins that we may have the opportunity to return to our Father. I know these things are true and I am excited to share with the people of Finland what I have learned. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.