This week was such a great week! I mean what started to make it wonderful was that we got to go to Rovanemi! I was so happy!! This has been one of my dreams since coming to Finland to be able to go to Rovanemi and to go to Santa Clause Village and see the REAL Santa Clause! Then it happened! The hardest part was having to catch a train at in the morning which meant that we needed to wake up at in the morning. Yuck. I was a little exhausted from that. The weirdest part was that it was already light outside at in the morning.... that is not normal. The light made sleeping on the 3 hour train ride a little bit harder. Oh well. So in Rovanemi we first had district meeting and then we went to Santa Clause Village!! It was so much fun! We got to go and see the REAL Santa Clause. I have to say that he knows how to teleport (is this a word? I can't remember) really fast because one minute he was right outside then before we knew it he was inside where we were.... It was really impressive, haha. ;) After Santa Clause Village we had a 3 hour car ride home. Fortunately, the elders took the train home so it was us 4 sisters in the car. It was way fun and we even got to see some reindeer! I never thought that would happen either. The first time we had to drive past really quick so we basically had no time and didn't get to take any pictures. We were all super sad about it... and then I started asking whether or not it was appropriate or not to pray to see reindeer. Not even 30 minutes later we ran into a group of reindeer on the road! Therefore, we got a lot of pictures! :) Prayers are answered!
We also had a miracle happen when we were going to visit our Chinese investigator, Sofia, and ran into her friend, Sarah, just outside the door. We got to talk to her for a little bit and she had heard all about us and said that she would be right back. She ended up coming back and staying for the entire lesson of the Plan of Salvation. They both loved the whole thing and Sarah said that she would come to the next lesson too. Later we were helping Sofia move into her new apartment and while we were getting off the bus we found Sarah struggling with her suitcases. So we told her that we had 2 cars coming and that she we could help her move too. That made her so happy. After helping them both move we were able to have a little lesson with them about faith, repentance, and baptism. We had prayed about it earlier that day and felt that we should invite Sarah to be baptized on the 28th of June. There was such a good spirit in the lesson and when we invited her to be baptized she didn't even hesitate. She was just like, "Yes, Yes!" It was like she was waiting for us to invite her. It was amazing to be apart of. They are both the cutest, most fun girls to teach.
Meeting our Goals and More
We continued to see miracles even when lessons started falling through. We had about 4 lessons with investigators fall through this week and we had set a goal to have 8 member present investigator lessons for the week. We weren't sure how we were going to do it exactly but then it just happened! We were able to meet with some of our other investigators a few times, find new investigators early on in the week and have return appointments for that week and then before we knew it we had 10 member present lessons for the week! It was amazing to see the Lord really help us to reach our goal even if it wasn't in the way that we originally planned. We were also blessed with 3 investigators in church. It was amazing. Really, as Sister Nyman and I have been working on the basics in missionary work, meeting multiple times a week, having members present, giving church tours, etc, we have been able to just see the work really go forward in our area and to see the Lord really blessing us. I love being able to be apart of it :)
No Better Work
Thank you everyone for all of your prayers and support. I know that your prayers are being answered. We have been so blessed to see the work really go forward and to see people changing and growing and I know that a HUGE part of that is because of prayer. I am so grateful for my mission. I love my mission so much and the people that I am meeting here and the friends I have made. It really is a special thing to see someone change and come unto Christ. There is no better work than missionary work! :)