Alright, so I made my first transfer safely! I took a train straight from Tampere to Turku and I was the only missionary on the train so I was by myself for about 2 hours, and it was pretty strange. I kept expecting to hear my companion talking next to me but nobody was there. The good thing is though it wasn’t for too long and the view outside of the windows on trains here in Finland is GORGEOUS so it was actually really nice.
Since I’ve gotten here it’s been so busy! We go go go all the time and try to talk to everyone that we see and wow we’ve talked to a lot of people and had a few lessons. It’s been so amazing! My new companion, Sisar Johns, is a great example to me of talking to everyone and always striving to share the gospel. And she has tons of energy and is always ready to get up and go and be of as much help as she can to the next person she sees. I’m so grateful for her, and I’ve learned so much from her already!
This transfer is only going to be 7 weeks long, which is really short for our mission. We’re already a week into it and I can already tell that this transfer is just going to fly by! After that we get 11 new sisters coming into country for an 11 week transfer so that one is definitely going to feel longer after a such a short one. But I’m still always so amazed at how fast time goes on the mission. Yesterday we had zone conference and at the very end of it there’s a testimony meeting where generally the missionaries who are attending their last zone conference bear testimony about their mission. And my last companion and current companion are part of that group so I got to hear them speak about what they’ve learned and it’s crazy because everyone says the same thing – it went by way faster than they thought it would. At the beginning it feels like it’s going to take forever, and for a little while when everything is new and every day consists of trying to push and figure out how to adjust and get the hang of things it feels like it will never be over. But once you start getting the hang of it it just starts flying. And I’m definitely starting to see that now. So no matter how long it may seem like something is taking, hold onto the fact that in the end the time goes by faster than we thing and give it your all today. It will be more tiring, but at the end of the day you are so much more satisfied.
This week has been so busy! We had dinner with the bishop one night, dinner with another member of the bishopric another night, and dinner and service with ward members two of the other nights. We taught the restoration in Finnish, and I found that I was able to answer way more questions in Finnish than I thought I could! The gift of tongues is so real – this language is a little crazy sometimes. But the words really are given to you in the moment that you need it.
Sunday was a long day. Almost everything we had planned fell through and we weren’t feeling like it was the most productive day and we both got really tired. Then a member of our bishopric called us in the evening and said he needed some help with some service, so we went outside our apartment and he had brought us pulla he had just made!! (It’s like a desert-bread-cinnamon-roll-but-better thing and it was still warm when he got it to us.) He said that the service he needed was for us to eat them hahaha. He told us that we are doing great work and even on days when we aren’t feeling successful even the little things we do have a bigger impact than we think they do. And there’s no way he could have know how our day went – his kindness and act of service was definitely inspired. I’m so grateful for the wonderful members of our church!
I love being a missionary. I love talking about the gospel with people. I love trying to do things out of my comfort zone and become a better missionary. I love how Jesus Christ has helped me in my life and how I can help others see that that he can help them too. It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
Quick bonus – all the pictures I have here are from last p-day. We went with the Sister Training Leaders and Zone Leaders in Tampere to Pyynikki, a park in our area, and went exploring! We went to the top of an observation tower, found the spring outdoor theater where the seating rotates to three different stages, and went to eat at Friends and Burgers in the Center. It was so fun! And once we were at the top of the tower some Japanese tourists came up and one of our zone leaders just starts speaking Japanese to them! It turned out he had taken a year of Japanese in high school. They got so excited and one older lady even gave him her business card and told him to come visit her in Japan one time. They were so sweet and it was so funny!! It was a great way to spend my last day in Tampere.
I hope you all have a great week!