Monday, October 29, 2012

Letter #15

Tervetuloa Suomeen!!!

So it snowed on thursday!! so fun! the lowest it got was -10C so, were off to a good start.:) it actually feels good now. Its way fun to ride a bike in the snow, its pretty tiring but, its still fun. Alot of stuff happened this week it was awesome! 

So we decided to clean our apartment like bosses because it kinda needed some deep down and... cleany cleaning. It looked like it had not had that kind of love for a while. so we gave it some love. 

The main thing that happend this week was on Wednesday and Thursday, this is cool. So we had to go down to Helsinki for my companions 6 month kieli koulu(language school). After the first six weeks in the country we go to kieli koulu and than at 6 months you go for 2nds, if that makes sense. So it was my companions 6 month kieli koulu and we had tickets for the 6:52 train to Helsinki. As we get all our stuff together we were running a bit behind and biked as fast as our little legs could go to the train station, and when we arrived at the train station, so did the train. So we hurry and lock our bicks and start going to the train, but my companion said he forgot some kind of candybar to buy for kieli koulu because they told him to bring one. So we figured, we got time, it barely arrived. so we go inside, look around, and me being the antsi guy I am said, "you can buy one in Helsink...." than he agreed so as we walked out of the trainstation shop thing, we watched our train, slowly but surely as sun rises, leave. It left us with the "I cant believe what just happened" faces. I just laughed and said "well that kinda stinks." (because tickets are expensive and thats just a waste of 20 euros each) but as I said the "well that kinda stinks" in english, this Finnish women sitting on the bench pretty near by said very excidedly "Oh was that your train? Im sorry, go back inside and see the next train, it be on the teloviisio thing." she was so excited to speak english it was a funny. so we went inside, came out and said one hour, she said stuff like "go back inside you´ll freeze out here", (it was pretty cold but she was wearing a light jacket and some shorts, go figure) so we said were fine and began to talk with her, and the whole time we were speaking in Finnish to her and she responded in English. I told her we are trying to learn the language for a purpose (I though that was a sly way to transition things;) and we gave the first discussion because we had an hour to spare, and she was totally interested, near the end of our discussion she said "you know, I felt something special when you started talking with me..." than she opened up about how she was an achoholic and wants to stop, she had a child die and she wants to change her life and she always knew there was some sort of power or God that loved her and could help. The way this women has been prepared for the Gospel is amazing, I know Heavenly Father is watching out for all his children, because meeting this women after we missed the train we were suppose to be on, opened my eyes to see that "every soul is great in the eyes of God." But we left her with a BOM and she was SO excited to take it, it was awesome, she waved to us as we got on the next train and left. Probably the best thing that could happen after missing a train.

The next cool thing was going through the FINLAND TEMPLE!!! WOW! its my favorite, hands down, feet down, eyes down heads down. Its beautiful!! and I listend to everything in FInnish and the best part was, is that I think there is an even special spirit there, when you cant really understand what is said, I think going through a foreing language session is my new favorite. The Spirit is SO strong. I felt many things in that temple but one really special one to me was that, we are all children of our Heavenly Father. And the reason for Missionary work is not to convert or teach, its basically just inviting the Spirit to be with them, and really reminding their souls of who they really are, because they already know everything about the Gospel, they just need to be reminded. but of course we do this by converting and teaching. But I loved that thought that its not us that teach or converts, its the Spirit.

Another way cool thing, probably just as cool as the other stuff is... I went to Pizza Hut, and had American Pizza!!! it was WAY good, okay thats not as cool as the other two experiances but its still way cool. its been a long time but their Pizza and our home made stuff just doesnt cut it. but it was goooood. 

I love you all!!! your awesome!! Its great in Finland, alot of smoking and drinking but there is alot of teaching as well. Its not even too cold, but.... i cant say that for long. Im excited for -30!!! ya son!! 

Vanhin Waite

Grandma: Thank you for your letter, that is a way sweet story. It is so true that Heavenly Father is watching over all his children. You will have to tell me what happens and Im so glad things are going great. wow look at you, missionary Grandma. thats awesome. Love ya.

Meg: Thanks for the letters!! theyr GREAT! Thank you!! I want you to know... you can serve at 19!!! just incase you didnt know. tee hee. your awesome. and be looking for something in the mailers. :) peace.

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