Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sisar Watsonin ruoka :) (Sister Watson's food)

Hey Family :) It seems like there have been a couple hard weeks right in a row here. With Uncle Marlis and Roxy I'm sure there is a melancholy atmosphere at home. I'm grateful for the gospel that even through sadder times in our life we can find stability and peace. The song "I know that my Redeemer Lives" comes to mind. What great knowledge it is! And it is offered to everyone that seeketh! This week in my studies I read about Alma's wonderful example of prayer and fulfilling his calling in Mosiah 26.It is interesting how King Mosiah didn't just solve the problem for him, but rather gave Alma the opportunity to seek and receive guidance and support from the Lord in his calling. Similar to Alma, in our difficult times we need to sincerely and wholeheartedly seek. It says that "after he had poured out his whole soul to God, the voice of the Lord came to him" saying "Blessed art thou, Alma" continued by divine guidance to answer his concern. 
This week we found a new investigator that had such a quick and solid understanding of the power of the Holy Ghost. It was really exciting to hear his connection to our message and willingness to read and pray. He is a young Finnish student. This week we also had Interim (a five day training at the mission home for all the new missionaries and their trainers). It was awesome! I just wish I had another 18 months to apply everything I learned! Another awesome part about Interim is being at the mission home and having Sisar Watson's food! Yum!! :) Also, she gave a closing prayer one night that was so powerful. It was like having a mother pray for you. The spirit was strong. I'm so grateful for President and Sister Watson. I'm grateful for the time I have and for Finland. It even snowed twice for just a tiny bit this week(none of it stuck, but it snowed!!). I love you and hope things are going well. Have a nice week!
-Sisar Clark
pic- Sisar DuPaix's first lippupäivä (flag day)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Haravan masterit (Masters of the rake)

Hey Family :) Thank you all for your emails and letters! What a wonderful blessing you are. There was a large amount of time spent this week traveling for "sister training leader duties" but also a lot of member work. One of my favorite parts of this week was helping two families rake leaves in their yard. Not only did we get to take in Finland's fall beauty, but we got to enjoy the joyful sounds of Finnish children and improve our raking skills.
Right now we have an investigator that is a member referral. We met her through an english hour that we held. She is a single mom and has great faith in the Jesus Christ. She wants her children to learn about it as well, so we are definitely looking forward to that. 
I have read Luke 77:12-15 many times in correlation with a study of charity, but reading it this time I recognized another aspect of the story. It says, "behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her." I may be wrong in this, but I wondered when it says much people of the city was with her it probably didn't mean that she was front and center with everyone surrounding and focused on her. Instead, I pictured her very possibly blending into the crowd that came to see Christ.There could have been many more with their sick and afflicted. He had to have an eye of discernment to recognize her. Without that she couldn't have been easily over-looked. Like Christ we should all have open eyes and hearts to those that need our attention.
Thank you for the Christ like love you have shown to me all the way over here in Finland. I'm so grateful for you and love you. Have a great week.
-Sisar Clark
pic- an advertisement for a delicious Finnish candy :)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Meidän valmistautumispäivänä Ouluun matka! (Our trip to Oulu on P-day!)

Hey Everyone! So sorry this email is going to stink, but it is for a super great cause. We got a surprise trip up to Oulu to be here for the zone conference. Due to us taking over the Oulu STL's they decided that we should be there...so yep terverisin from Oulu! Love you all! I'll write more next week, but thanks for your emails :) Oh btw Laura I think you birthday is before my next p-day so Hyvää Syntymäpäivää!! I hope it is a great one. 
 In my studies recently I have continued my study on charity as a Christ-like attribute and loved in 2 Nephi 33:7 "I have charity for my people, and great faith in Christ that I shall meet many souls spotless at his judgment-seat." Even though Nephi had seen the wickedness of his people, he could see their potential and had hope and faith in them. What a better example of the love Heavenly Father has for us. 
Love you have a great week!
-Sisar Clark

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Yleiskonferenssi :) (General Conference)

Hey Family! Wasn't conference powerful and energizing? I was very grateful for the emphasis on Plan of Happiness and missionary work. It was such a good motivation for me to continue strong these last few weeks, but then also to not fear going home. I'm not actually "going home" I'm just going to be transferred. It may be a pretty foreign and intimidating new area, but I'm going to be doing the same work and striving to live according to the same true gospel of Jesus Christ. We also had a meeting for all the departing missionaries about setting goals for post mission life and how to apply what we have learned. It was a good reminder and addition to what was shared in conference. So now that we don't have to worry about that any more...
This week we found a new investigator that is very very strong in his Lutheran beliefs. I was honored to again bear pure testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon after we read in 3 Nephi 11 and John 10:14-16. The spirit was strong and again reconfirmed what I have felt many times before. I love missionary work! I also love exact obedience! We found small and simple tender mercies in our work this week as we strove and searched for every opportunity to be obedient. 
In connection to the plan of happiness focus, I was specifically touched in my personal study by the simplicity and light of 2 Nephi 10:23 "Therefore, cheer up your hearts, and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves—to choose the way of everlasting death or the way of eternal life." It is truly a message that should cheer up our hearts!
I hope that you also are able to feel that joy and excitement from knowing God's plan for us. I hope you have a great week. I love you!
-Sisar Clark
ps p day next week I believe will be on monday..just fyi

pics-- I got to be with SIsar Toomey for travels down to Helsinki for our meeting :) fun!