So first I
want to send this poem that our district leader gave us the first week here in
Finland that I get so much strength from!
Fellowship of the Unashamed.
''I am part
of the fellowship of the unashamed. The dye has been cast. I have stepped over
the line. The decision has been made; I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't
look back, let up, slow down, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present
makes sense, and my future is secure.
I am finished
and done with low living, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tinted
visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. I no longer need
pre-eminence, positions, promotions, plaudits or popularity. I don’t have to be
right, first recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.
I now live
by faith, lean on his presence, walk with patience, am lifted up in prayer, and
labor with power. My face is set, my goal is heaven. My road is narrow, my way
is rough, my companions few, my guide is reliable, my mission is clear.
I cannot be
bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, divided or delayed, will not flinch
in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate
at the table with the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in
the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give
up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, and paid up for the
case of Christ. I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all
know, and work till He stops me.
When He returns
for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me, my banner is clear.''
conference was so powerful, inviting all members young and old to share this
wonderful message of the gospel, because the time will come when there will be
no gray area any more. We will either be on the Lord side fighting our hardest
or on the other side. I hope this General Conference was a wake up call to all
to get into action, and start sharing the one thing this world needs
So this week
we were in Helsinki for Interim training by our mission president who is
basically the most amazing inspired person I know. We learned so much, the
biggest thing I have taken away is that as a companionship we must be unified
in all things, if we are, Satan has no room to squeeze in, and also that we need
every single thing on this mission to be focused on something other than
ourselves. When we are at the apartment, focusing on how I can help and build
my companion, when on the street, what the Lord needs me to say to touch the
hearts of these people, in church what is needed to be done to help build
up these members. The second we look back to ourselves is when we realize how
incapable we are of this work with our Savior. When Peter was walking on the
water to the Lord the only time he started sinking is when he looked around and
questioned. There is no time to look around and start questioning, we need to
keep our sights on the Savior and run full force.
So this past
week while tracting and contacting in Espoo with one of the other sisters, we
went about all our work with fully praying in our hearts of where to go and
what to do. It was just SIsar Nielsen and I in a city we didn’t know and it was
a very hectic day, I don’t have time to explain it all, but we were followed by
a drunk man, contacted a less active and had them agree to meeting us again.
Then on the way out we saw a man on the street felt like we need to talk to
him, told him about the Plan of Salvation gave him the pamphlet, then he
realized that we were Mormons and turns out he was a former and that he has a
testimony of the Book of Mormon, and we set up a time to met again with him. We
also stormed the biggest castle of my whole mission, about 20 punk kids, we had
met 3 the day before committed them to pray if God was real, we came to see
them again, and they had 17 more friends with them. So nerve racking walking up
to that group but we did shook everyone’s hands and talked about prayer and
Invited them to all try to pray, and come play ultimate frisbee the next day.
And then while walking back home, we ''stumbled' upon the Helsinki light up
temple and it seriously was the most amazing thing in the whole world to see
the House of the Lord is a very wicked world. It refreshed and refocused my
(The picture is of Sisar Nielsen and I on a freezing raining day by ourselves, Lost and trying to find a less-actives house. It was insanely cold and hard but we pumped each other up and kept going!)
of the week, my trainer and I were out contacting in Espoo and had a really
great conversation about how to plan better and become more effective
missionaries. Then when we wanted to go inside, the door was locked and the
Espoo Sister's phone was busy, so we got this great Idea to go around back to
see if we could get their attention from the back window. So we go around back,
they don’t notice our shouts and waving of hands, so then Egan gets this great
Idea for me to pick up this rake (they live on the second story) and try to
reach up and tap the window to get their attention, because I am the taller
one. So without thinking I agree and am trying to reach up and tap the window
but I’m too short, and then all of a sudden I hear, ''Äla Älä'' which means
like don’t or stop, so then I turn around and two scary looking Finnish
security guard are walking up. This is when I realize how stupid this plan is
and how bad it makes missionaries look. So at this point I’m way embarrassed
that I was caught red-handed and sure that we are going to get in a lot of
trouble. So then Egan has no idea what to do, so she tries to explain to them
what we are doing so they can hear that we aren’t trying to vandalize or really
do anything stupid..... anyways after she is done explaining our tilantemme
(situation), they look at each other, walk over to me and take the rake( and
I'm like freaking out of my mind, thinking.... I don't know what I was thinking
they were going to do but I am so embarrassed) they take the rake, put down the
beer can that I didn’t even realize they were holding. Then one takes the rake,
then they walk to the window, the one worker picks the other one up, who taps
on the window with the rake! I was laughing so hard, it went from being caught
red handed doing something way stupid to them doing the same stupid act for us.
we got the sisters attention, scared them out of their minds then I thanked
them and we went up to the apartment. Because of this hilarious act, ALL FINNS
ARE FOREVER REDEEMED in my mind!
Well I got
to go, but I want to challenge you all to honestly pray for missionary
opportunities, our friends and random people on the street need this, and be
willing to act on the promptings we are given