Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kaikki ovat hiihtäälomalla (Everyone is on ski-break)

Hey Fam! Thank you so much for all your emails this week! Wow what a fun surprise! This week Sisar Richards has still been pretty sick :( so still inside quiet a bit. Nevertheless, the blessings have been pretty miraculous! It is so clear to see how much Heavenly Father has watched over the work in Lappeenranta. We have had referrals giving referrals, members asking to have a family home evening with all our investigators, most of our investigators are reading and praying in preparation for their baptismal dates, we have had more time to study the scriptures and the language, and Sisar Richards and I have taken advantage of the time to get to know each other better and strengthen our relationship. Although I am looking forward to having more street contacting, tracting, and finding time, I feel very blessed. One funny thing from today: we called a referral we got (the classic older Finnish Lutheran mummo (grandma)) and she ended up singing two songs to us over the phone. That has NEVER happened before and I would have never ever guessed any Finn to do that, but we were sure grateful for the experience! Our investigator that was supposed to get baptized soon is having a few setbacks due to his family, but he still has a desire, so we are praying for him and expecting to see his baptism coming soon.

In Mosiah 16:5 it talks about how those who remain in their fallen state and go on in their own ways will not receive the blessings of eternal life. The blessings of repentance are incredible and I'm so grateful that we don't have to just remain, but instead we can change, improve, and move forward always. I hope you have a great week full of steps forward and joy, through applying Christ's atonement :) I love you!

-Sisar Clark

pics-- in case you were wondering, Zions is right here in Lappeenranta, Finland
-- This is a pic of our table at a dinner appointment (pretty rare here) or delicious makkara keitto (sausage soup) and ruisleipä (rye bread) YUM!

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