We have found a small 2 bedroom unit, colour yellow in Keminmaa just a few kms outside of Kemi at Jokisuu but are waiting for actual confirmation that it is ours so patience is a virtue (one which I lack but am learning).The saints are wonderful and welcoming and we have visited with them in their homes and at meals and Vanhin Soininen served a RS dinner to all of us sisters with the other men of the Branch. We had Lohi (salmon) with pineapple and potatoes and/or curried chicken salad and caramel and banana pie with a heavy 700 year old rye bread recipe - delicious! We have cooked tacos for our YSA group, 7 in total here after institute last week and kebabs tonight. I will cook Lasagne and salad for our district Conference on Friday for14 people and Sis Call the other Missionary couple in our district will do dessert and bread rolls.We picked up a young Hungarian student who is interested in the Gospel and took him to our FHE where Elmo taught about agency and we were able to teach him about the preexistence and the body and spirit using a glove-went down well . He is joining with us on Saturday to go ice fishing where we will each cut a hole into the ice and try to lure a fish. Makkara (sausages ) incase we dont catch enough for lunch :) Jouni is teaching the Missionary prep class Thursday evening on the prophets and apostasy and we have learned what an amazing man William Tyndall was - one of the reformers.
Some of the girls here are great cooks as you can see by the photo which I cant show until I get their permission as there are very strict privacy laws here in Finland
Visited this old Finnish Lutheran church with an amazing fresco of Christs 2nd coming at the alter
Our little Grace has arrived safely and we have enjoyed her on Skype - one of the perks of being an old couple:)!More news to come Love to you all
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Tervetuolua means greetings
Where do we start!! Staying with friends and meeting and making friends old and new while in Utah and in the MTC has been a reminder that we lived with each other before we came to earth and knew and loved one another even then, otherwise how do you explain the love that can be felt for people that you have only just met. We loved staying with the Ottersons in Farmington and getting reacquainted with their lovely family - we will always be family although not by blood.
While there we visited Pres Hess who sends his love.
Our life is full and we are learning to live by the spirit and be directed by it
If anyone is passing this way drop in and stay as we have a spare bedroom and are allowed to have visitors
Visited Santas village near here:)
I bore my testimony in Finnish last Sunday as I was invited by the Branch president and although nerve wracking it was a milestone.
Vanhin Soininens Finnish is great and improving every day.
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