Monday, November 21, 2016

Hän jopa halasi hänta :) (He even hugged her!)

The rain came back to Finland this week and melted the snow, it is 14:00 right now and pretty dark already, it is fairly warm....just for a little update
This blessed powerful week included some of these highlights:
- The Elder's had a baptism for their investigator (this adorable older Finnish mummo). She specifically asked for the "nice sisters that always say hi to her at church" (eli us)  to come :) She is definitely one of my favorite finns. Although on the older side of life, she has such a willing and ready heart. She follows the spirits promptings with such courage. 
- Our finnish young man investigator (one of those that was found and you look back and realize how much the spirit led you to find him) came to the Elder's baptismal service. He liked it a lot, and he even gave the this sweet mummo a hug! It was ADORABLE! Then he came to church and our other recent convert was a perfect friend. Oh, it was so great. The members were so helpful with giving rides.
- Change calls: Sisar Jones is going to holding up the fort here in Tampere (her mtc companion is coming to be a stl with her...they are going to do some great work together) and Sisar DuPaix is headed to Turku another tripe!! Wow she is such solid missionary.
- Our other investigator came to church as well!
- saying good bye to those members on Sunday....uh so hard. They are all SO sweet. And saying bye to especially my recent converts here as been really rough. One told me that I was a "super missionary" and that just about made my whole mission. 
- When I was in Lahti with Sisar Thayne for exchanges we met a man that lives in Tampere and we set a baptismal date with him this week! That was exciting!
- Wow we had a ton of fun this week with a lot of first lessons. I love teaching the restoration!

So....the time has come. Mission time goes faster than anything. Approaching this thanksgiving, I am filled with gratitude for the past year and a half. I am grateful for the testimony I have of our Heavenly Father. I know that he has a plan for us. On my mission I have learned much more of the importance of obedience and humility. I have gained a better understanding of faith and how to go forward courageously. I have experienced the power of fasting. Fasting brings necessary understanding and blessings. I am so grateful for the leadership experiences I have had to learn from. Through these I have recognized at a greater level Christ's perfect example of leadership. I know that Jesus Christ is the good paimen (shephard). This is his work and I am honored that I could have (and will continue to) take part in it. I am filled with gratitude for the divine help and guidance in learning Finnish. Similar to the waters of Mormon, I have come to the knowledge of my Redeemer in Finland and how beautiful it is to my eyes. (Alma 18:30) I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ's church restored upon the earth. And what exciting knowledge that is! Thank you to you all for your support and your examples. I look forward to seeing you.
-Sisar Clark

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

aika rientää (time flies)

Hei! sorry writing this week will be short, we are helping a sister who is really sick etc. so shortly a few thoughts from this great and crazy week--
- a few exchanges with other sisters: we found a really cool potential investigator that actually lives in our area but we met him in Lahti. He almost died three different times and has strong faith in God. He is excited to meet with us this week.
- zone training meeting: so much help from above! Somehow everything just works out.
- weather: cold, snowy, and dark---eli wonderful! :) well at least the cold and snowy is wonderful
- visit to valkeakoski (farther out area to visit members): met with some really cool less active members and felt the spirit strongly. We are excited to see what follows with that. We shared we one of them Alma 36:17-20. Remembering Christ brings power. It brings joy and peace. I'm so grateful for that. I know that Jesus Christ lives. 
I love you and hope you have a great week!
-Sisar Clark

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mahtavat Jäsenet (the Wonderful Members)

Hello Family :) Wow what a wonderful (and busy) week it has been. I don't even know what all to write about...So here are a few thoughts:
- We found a new investigator this week through our recent convert. This recent convert just blew us all out of the water during the lesson as we powerful taught the restoration and shared his testimony. It was especially fun because I was one of the main missionaries that taught him. 
- At church the members are always SO sweet. Two sweet women in our ward brought us food this week. One member came up and gave me a big hug and just kept whispering I love you in my ear. It is indescribable the true joy and love that comes from the members. 
- On exchanges we saw miracles in finding new investigators and potentials. The excitement and energy in our apartment that night was incredible. I love missionary work!
- Although there are difficulties and at times feeling of discouragement when progression can't be seen, I know that everything will work out just as it needs to. I know that Heavenly Father is watching closely and has his hand in many things around me. I know that true and lasting joy come through following the Spirit and from diligent work. I'm so grateful for the abundant work to be done.

I love you and hope you have a great week!
-Sisar Clark