Thursday, December 31, 2015

Noh, terve!
How is everyone?  I hope that you are all doing fantastic.  This past week was the best week here yet.  On Christmas I was able to call my family for all you non family members out there.  The MTC was also pretty alive during Christmas as we had Elder David A. Bednar come and speak to us for our special devotional.  He keeps coming back to the idea of reading the Book of Mormon for answers to your questions.  The steps you need to take are to first get a regular blue Book of Mormon.  The kind that missionaries use to give out.  Then you need to have that question (Faith, Charity, Prayer, Love, etc.) and read through the whole Book of Mormon to learn about your question.  Then once you do that then label the outside spine ([Topic] #1)  and then repeat the process over and over with the different questions you may have.  Kind of crazy but I know that it'll work!  Anyways we then had a voice actor come in with a friend and tell the story of a Christmas Carol.  Very very good and super cool.  Then as a finale to the day we had a special guest come for the evening devotional.  It was the one and only David Archuleta!  It was such a neat experience to actually hear him live.  He is very very good by the way.  No need to be jealous though haha.  Then finished off Christmas with Ephriam's Rescue.  Quite good.  Oh and by the way it was also a super super amazing guacamole night!  Overall Christmas was great!
Then the day after Christmas it was right back to work!  All the language classes and such just seem to run together.  But that is okay because the language is coming and the rest of our "investigators" are doing well.  It is really hard to try and write you all something worth reading because every day just feels the same.  I've noticed many times me just telling myself, "I'm only # days away from being in Finland."  So as you can see the MTC is a glamorous place that no one ever wants to leave.  Anyways I have a paraphrased quote from this past Tuesday's devotional that I thought everyone would like.  "If you want to be with God, be like God."  I know it is a simple quote but it has a profound meaning.  Oh and also today I had the opportunity to clean the Provo temple!  We just worked in the baptistery and it was really fulfilling.  The Lord's house needs to be clean and who better to clean in than the Lord's missionaries!  Anyways I love you all!  I got my travel plans today and I will be leaving the MTC on January 11th!  I hope everyone has a safe New Years Eve and Day!

Moi moi!
Vanhin Naylor 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hyvää Joulua!!!

Well another week down!  It was pretty good this week and it definitely got better as it progressed.  The week went by super fast it felt like but that is okay when you are learning the gospel.  Language skills and the Gift of Tongues played a big part this week as we read more out of the Finnish Mormonin Kirja and learned about Christ.  Sunday was one of the best days I have had in the MTC.  It snowed during the temple walk and so I just stood out by the fountains and felt the peace of Heavenly Father come upon me.  Something that I would like all of you to think about is who Heavenly Father is to you.  This Christmas season we focus on the Savior which is the most important thing we could do, but I also want you to think about your relationship with your Father in Heaven.  He is the literal Father of your spirit.  So when you pray this week, think as if you were just having a conversation with your dad.  Tell Him how the day went, what went good, bad, how you could improve, ask Him for things.  Prayer is something that is sacred but it also a gift for us to talk to a loving God.  We also have a Heavenly Mother who raised us in the eternities with Heavenly Father.  She and He both know you individually and personally.  They watched you grow up as a spirit and so they know you better than you know yourself.  Trust Him.  He knows.  Then also think of our elder Brother Jesus Christ.  We celebrate His birth, but why?  Because He loves us, He gave us everything we need and sometimes don't deserve.  He Atoned for our sins and He loves you unconditionally.  Anyways Christmas time is a special time to remember and come closer to Christ and our Heavenly Father.  Remember that.

Anyways!  This week was really awesome.  We had so many spiritual experiences as we learned about putting down weapons of rebellion.  What are your weapons that you need to bury in the earth?  Search yourself and change and I promise that you will feel the increase of God's love for you.  Just as the Lamanites did.  That is what Elder Neilson of the Seventy talked about on Thursday.  Fun fact, he went to Finland on his mission as well!  I'm telling you, these Finnish people keep coming up now that I have started to pay attention to it.  Then yesterday we had an amazing opportunity to do this activity called Skype TRC.  We actually got to Skype a Finn and teach them a member lesson!  Spoken Finnish is a lot harder to understand and they speak very very fast but that is okay!  It was so cool to be able to actually talk to someone who lives in Finland.  

Well I won't make this email too unbearable for you all to read so I just want to say thank you for all who have supported me and for all the love you give me.  I feel the Lord strengthen me every day and I am so grateful for your prayers.  Have a very very merry Christmas and always remember that unto us, a Savior was born.

Rakastan te!

Vanhin Naylor

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Well another week down and it has been officially a month!  It's amazing how time flies when you are cut off from the world.  The MTC is a great place to be at the moment as Christmas time approaches.  So this week definitely had it's ups and downs.  Most of the week I felt like I was failing in trying to speak Finnish but that same day we had a Guacamole night again.  Soooooo good.  Then later in the week I feel like I could master this language.  Funny how a few days can change your perspective on things.  I know that the Lord answers prayers and He most definitely knows each one of us individually.  Anyways on with experiences.  This past Sunday for our devotional we got to hear the BYU Mens Chorus.  So so so so so so so good.  Two songs that I want everyone to listen to as Christmas comes closer has got to be "Come Lord Jesus" and I think it was "Who's in the Stall."  Just look it up on YouTube from the BYU Mens Chorus.  If you didn't know "Come Lord Jesus" is my absolute favorite Christmas song.  It brings the Spirit every time I hear it.  After that I saw the movie "Restoration".  It is a movie about the life of Joseph Smith.  I had never seen it before and just watching that solidified my faith in the Prophet Joseph.  I encourage all of you to see it if you haven't and even if you have seen it, watch it again.  Then on Tuesday we got to hear from Elder Lynn G Robbins of the Presidency of the Seventy.  He talked about developing Christlike attributes.  Something that I definitely needed as I go on with my mission.  I encourage all of you to think about how you could come closer to the Savior.  On a less serious note, my zone has become awesome.  I get to hang out and tell stories of my life with them.  So if you have any funny stories that I'm involved in (or even if I'm not haha) then send them to me if you would!  Yesterday I also got to host the new missionaries coming in.  Well at least that was the plan until we became traffic guides.  Honestly it was a bit boring but hey I did some service and saw a bunch of mothers' crying.  So overall a pretty good time hah.  Anyways, this gospel is true and I'm so grateful for this opportunity and for all of you!

Love you all!!!

Vanhin Naylor

Friday, December 11, 2015

Terve kaikki!
This week was better than before.  The teaching of our "investigators" went surprisingly well.  My mouth was most definintely filled as I spoke.  The Gift of Tongues is very real and I can see the Lord's hand in my life.  Also we had our first Fast Sunday!  I hope everyone's went as well as mine because it most definitely was very spiritual.  The Hungarians left this week and so they all bore testimony.  They brought in the Spirit so strong that it would be very hard to deny what was being felt.  After the rest of church and a very good dinner, we had the opportunity to see the First Presidency Christmas Devotional.  A couple things that I got from it: 1.  I love Christmas so so so so so so so so much!  2.  Always remember not just the birth of Jesus Christ but His life as well.  3.  Look at the account of the Nephites and how they had to believe so hard.  3 Nephi is most definitely a cool account of true faith.  
On Monday we were able to host the new senior missionaries coming in.  The actual hosting wasn't the greatest but talking with people and learning their stories was pretty awesome.  Pretty much the story for the rest of the week seeing as how all I do at the MTC is study and try to continue to grow my testimony.  A very good testimony building experience was on Tuesday, when we had a devotional.  We had the opportunity to hear from Bonnie L. Oscarson, the President of the Young Womens.  She taught about how trusting in the Lord is something that is hard but needed.  He will provide a way if you just open up and let Him.  She also referenced an amazing talk/Mormon message.  The video was about a gardener and the current bush.  The Lord cuts us down because He loves us and He knows how we need to grow.  That is a perfect interpretation of the MTC.  The Lord cuts us down and then we can grow into what is best for us and we can tell the Gardener, "Thank you for loving me enough to cut me down."  I hope that we remember that this week and forever.  That when trials and hardships happen in our lives it is for our benefit and only because the Lord loves us enough to cut us down.  
Rakkastan sina kaikki!
Vanhin Naylor

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Terve kaikki!
Well another week in the MTC down!  It's amazing the difference a few weeks can make in a person.  It feels like I was just born here and this is all I've ever known.  It's a bit strange to tell you the truth.  But honestly it's a great place to be if you want to feel the Spirit.  This past week was more of the same.  Lots of language study and gospel essentials.  So I do have a couple of assignments for all of you.  If you would like:
  • Listen to Behold the Wounds in Jesus' Hands
  • Listen to the primary song Miracle
  • And in your prayers this week, ask "Is there more?"
Sound easy enough?  Good because it should be. :)  The gospel is so true.  It's weird to think I'll be here for another month and a half.  So for the next couple of weeks don't expect too much of a different story.  I can however share some amazing stories that happened.  One for this week is when we listened to a recorded talk by Elder Holland that was given at the MTC.  From what I learned, I can testify that the Spirit answers prayers.  He says that "You are never not a witness."  You have to live the way that you preach.  If you want to live like Christ did you have to LIVE like Christ did!  And don't think that'll be easy.  We as disciples get the chance to taste a small portion of what Christ went through in His life.  Which was not easy.  So remember that you all can become so much through the Atonement and power of Christ.  It won't be easy, but it WILL be worth it.  I love each and every one of you and I hope you have an amazingly fantastic week!!

Vanhin Naylor