Dear Family and Friends,
We have decided that the best way to start our mission in Finland is write our blog as a letter. We hope you are all well and happy. We are learning many new things and happy to be here.
We arrived in Helsinki on the morning of November 17th. It was raining but not too cold. We were greeted by our mission president, President Watson and his wonderful wife, Sister Watson. They told us that they have been waiting for us and were happy that we were finally in Finland. That made us feel good. Some of the things we did on the day we arrived was to tour the mission office, the mission home, and had dinner with the mission president and office missionaries. Then we watched a live broadcast from the European Mission Regional General Authority. We were so tired but we were glad to call it our first day in Finland and went to bed and slept good.
Wednesday was also the Helsinki Zone meeting which we attended. We were so impressed with the level of maturity and intelligence of the young elders and sisters. There were 30 of them. They conducted and carried the whole affairs of the meeting and training from beginning to end. President Watson and Sister Watson were present. President Watson gave the closing remarks. We were blessed to have had our first zone meeting sample.
On Thursday morning we had another breakfast with President and Sister Watson. Again it was so nutritious and delicious. Sister Watson packed us sack lunches. By noon our suitcases and other necessary mission materials were packed and off we drove to our new home in Joensuu.
We are getting to know our town and finding new routes to get to our destinations. We had to clean the apartment again because it hasn't been lived in for four months. We are very happy that the couple before us left lots of useful things for us. We will tell you about all the strange things we had to learn how to use on our next blog. We go to a very small branch but the members have lots of faith and have strong testimonies. We are happy to work and help out in our branch. Every member that we met have told us that they have been praying for us to come. Some of the work we will be doing are Family Home Evening in our home, teach Institute for college students at the church, Finnish language class at the church, district meeting every Wednesday in Kuopio, and helping with the branch in what ever they need our help in. It has been difficult to finally get here because of our visa problems. But now that we are here we are excited and happy to go to work for our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you very much for your love and prayers. We love you very much and you are in our prayers. We are happy to be serving in Joensuu, Finland.
Love, Elder & Sister Hunt