People still ride their bikes and walk everywhere in the freezing cold and snow. The coldest temperature we've gone out in so far is -29 degrees F. It is fun to watch families walk together on Saturdays. The Finns look forward to winter because they participate in many outdoor winter sports; ice hockey, cross country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing and more. When the snow does not come the people get worried and when it does come they are so happy.
We have a brand new missionary from MTC. His name is Elder Scott. We get the best missionaries in Finland. They are taught well at the MTC. They already know the language and the missionary lessons when they arrive in Finland. We love them. They come ready to work hard and dive right into what they have been sent here to do.
A few weeks ago at the beginning of January she made her delicious fresh apple cake. That was her first time using the oven to bake something homemade. It was delicious as usual but this time it was made in Finland. Baking was Sister Hunt's hobby in America but now she does it to serve something homemade for our gatherings.
The river in front of our apartment building is completely frozen over. It was very interesting to watch as piece by piece turned to ice. When it snowed it was even more beautiful and white. It looks like land now. Many years ago when there were no foot bridges for crossing the river, parents put their school children on sleds and pulled them across the frozen river to school this time of the year.
Our boots freeze to the concrete floor as we step out of the car in our apartment's underground parking area. It is enclosed but not heated. It has large vents for fresh air. The first time our feet froze to the cement floor we were startled. Just for a second we couldn't move in any direction. It is a weird feeling. Then your shoes makes a crunching noise as you lift your feet off the floor. Now it is fun to experience that every time.