2 am. We saw many other fireworks, both near and far, all around us. It was fun to watch.
This year we are teaching institute. The class will start on Wednesday evening. We will be studying the Restoration. We are starting out with a few students. Some of our students have graduated in December so our numbers are few right now.
In our Branch we are studying the Book of Mormon for Sunday School. We have about 58 members in this small branch. Attendance varies because of the freezing cold. We drive across the bridge over the frozen river from our home to get to church. It takes about 10 minutes. We have two young Elder missionaries that we work with. They are very hard working and dedicated to their work. They are very brilliant and know and speak the language well. One of our Elders is a Fin. We truly admire them and are very proud of them. We travel to Kuopio, a city about 100 miles to the west, every Wednesday for district meeting. We drive our mission car. It is very helpful to have a car. We have to hook it up every night so it will start the next day. Soon we will have a zone conference. We will be headed for Mikkeli, a city about 200 miles to the west and south, for that meeting. We are getting to know other missionaries and we look forward to getting to know more. There are new missionaries coming into the mission regularly from the Missionary Training Center in Provo and we are very happy for them. They are very smart and already know Finnish level I from their MTC training.
We want to share some memorable photos of events from Christmas up to the present. The two by the train are our mission president and his wife, President and Sister Watson. They had been to visit Joensuu and we were just taking them back to the train for their return trip to Helsinki.
We hope your Christmas and New Year has been a blessing. We are being blessed daily with good health and positive learning experiences. We wish you a wonderful year of success and happiness. Thank you very much for your love, prayers and support. We love you all. Happy New Year!