It has been fun to see the ice on the river melt. We see it daily out side our living-room window. Elder Hunt has waited anxiously to see chunks of ice float down the river as it melted. It finally happened. Now we see boats and canoes floating down the river. It is truly spring in Finland. The people take advantage of every slightly warm day to enjoy the out door sports and activities. Spring here is considered warm at 6 degrees Celsius (47 deg F). They still wear jackets with warm scarves. Sister Hunt still wears her winter coat outside sometimes. The sun shines early in the morning around six o'clock and sets at 8:30 and we love it and enjoy it.
On Easter day the seagulls returned to the river area. We heard a familiar bird call in the sky and we looked out and saw a couple of seagulls flying around above us. We got homesick for a second and were so happy to see them. We have seen many more since then. They fly around everywhere. They are beautiful birds. Not only were they a blessing to the pioneers in the Salt Lake area they have been a blessing to us as well. They bring happiness to our hearts by helping us remember our homeland. We think about our families and friends and the good times we had together. So we love the seagulls.
We had a zone meeting on Monday. We traveled on the train to Mikkeli which is two and half hour drive by car. It was a cold day but we didn't mind it at all because we saw and visited with the missionaries who have served with us in Joensuu. Two of them were the first Elders who welcomed us to Joensuu, Elder Kontinen and Elder Bekmezian. It is always good to see them and they are doing so well in the areas where they are now serving.
The gospel has great teachings and here is one of them. We are all children of God. He wants us to be happy. He created the earth and everything on it for us because He and His son Jesus Christ love us very much. They want us to return to them. They bless us daily and abundantly for which we are very thankful.
|Family Home Evening Group|
|Elder Bekmezian & Elder Hyer (ZL)|
|Train Ride to Zone Conference|
|Beautiful scenery from the train.|
|Snacks for Institute class.|
|All the ice on the river has melted |
& beautiful reflection appears.
|Ice floating down the river. |
A sure sign of spring.
|Spring is here and no winter coats. :)|