Every Monday we have Family Home Evening in our home. We have six people who come regularly, and a few others who show up on occasion. We have a short meaningful lesson and then play a game or games and serve refreshments.
On February 9th we attended a Senior Day Conference in Helsinki. All the senior missionaries in Finland got together at the Mission Home for an uplifting and fun meeting.
Then each person told about their life's defining moment. It was interesting of what each person's defining moment was. Next each couple was given 30 minutes to present a previously-assigned gospel topic to present and lead a discussion. The Assistants to the President also presented.
The next day we attended the Helsinki temple. It is very beautiful.
Other events this month: We helped moved a family and stored their things in their summer country cottage. It was so beautiful with snow everywhere with a country home. There was a rug loom that the family used for generations. It still had an unfinished rug on it.
We have been visiting a member out in the country. She lives in a beautiful place with fields, forsest, and lakes all around her. We loved helping her shovel the snow and clearing pathway between her house and garage.
We also got a new car. The best thing it has is an updated navigator which every car should have. Without it we would be lost all the time. It speaks English :) so we are never lost with its directions. We have to plug the car in every night to keep it from freezing.
We love Finland and the wonderful and kind Finnish people. We see them walking and skiing on the walkways every day. Some play with their children in the snow. Some throw snowballs onto the frozen river. When we visit them we are greeted at the door kindly and they invite us in. It is customary to take off your shoes or winter boots and coats, hats and scarf and hang them up before entering the main part of the home. Then we are served pastry and herbal tea. Many times we have been invited to have dinner with them. We have made many good friends. We are happy to serve as the Lord's missionaries in Finland. We love the Lord. Our testimonies have been strengthen by living here.
Thank you all for your love, prayers and support in every way. We love your emails and letters. We love you very much.