Thursday, June 23, 2016

Why hello!  I never know how to start these things...

So this past week went well!  We did a lot of finding in the rain, which was fun!  When it rains in Finland, it rains for a long time.  There was a day when it didn't stop all day!  But despite that we had fun, and I love the rain so overall, awesome.  All of our lessons this past week had something happen and all of them fell through and we even had an investigator tell us she wasn't interesting in learning any more.  But that is okay! because we just keep pushing forward and eventually we will find that one who IS ready!  A cool thing that Elder Gailey and I did this past week was we had the opportunity to teach about baptism in Primary!  It was a bit rowdy hah, but that is okay.  Kids will be kids and the lesson still went well.  Overall it was a good week.

I had some good personal studies this past week, most of them centered upon King Benjamin's address to his people.  So lot's of those scriptures this week!
  • Mosiah 4:6
  • Mosiah 4:9-12
  • Mosiah 4:19
  • Mosiah 5:8
  • Mosiah 5:12
  • Mosiah 5:15
  • Mosiah 8:18
My spiritual thought this week comes from a talk that Elder Renlund gave a couple General Conferences ago.  He takes a quote from Shakespeare, which I love Shakespeare so this quote has stuck with me, and he uses it to describe repentance.  He says," The comedy As You Like It, written by the English playwright William Shakespeare, depicts a dramatic change in a character’s life. An older brother attempts to have his younger brother killed. Even knowing this, the younger brother saves his wicked brother from certain death. When the older brother learns of this undeserved compassion, he is totally and forever changed and has what he calls a “conversion.” Later several women approach the older brother and ask, “Was’t you that did so oft contrive to kill [your brother]?”  The older brother answers, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I: I do not shame to tell you what I was, since my conversion so sweetly tastes, being the thing I am.” In His mercy, God promises forgiveness when we repent and turn from wickedness—so much so that our sins will not even be mentioned to us. For us,because of the Atonement of Christ and our repentance, we can look at our past deeds and say, “’Twas I; but ’tis not I.” No matter how wicked, we can say,“That’s who I was. But that past wicked self is no longer who I am.”  

We are all able to become the people that the Lord wants us to be as we repent and turn from our old selves.  Let us remember that as we come closer to Christ in all that we do, we can rightly say that, "Twas I; but 'tis not I"  I hope everyone has an awesome week!

Vanhin Naylor

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Terve Kaikille!

So this past week was good!  We found lots of people that are interesting in learning more, and we even got let in to teach a family about the Book of Mormon!  Super sweet!  We also had some super awkward phone conversations this week...so those were a bit interesting, but, I guess with small successes come some crazy experiences!  We also had some little girls follow us while were were tracting; that was interesting to say the least!  So overall it was really good week.  Lot's of finding and laughing.  We also had Zone Meeting which was super fun.  I got to see some other missionaries and we had some fun conversations, hah.  Plus being spiritually enlightened  by the Zone Leaders is always a plus.

Personal studies were the best this week.  Lot's of fantastic talks to read and some way good scripture chains to follow!  So naturally, lots of scriptures this week! :P
  • Mosiah 2:34
  • Mosiah 2:41
  • Mosiah 3:19
  • Mosiah 3:17
  • Ether 12:4
  • 2 Nephi 2:11-13
  • Romans 5:3-4
  • "The First Great Commandment" by Elder Jefferey R. Holland
My spiritual insight this week actually came from a song called, "Fear Not (How Firm a Foundation)" by Marshall McDonald.  There's a line that says, "My Savior's Atonement helps me feel my worth." Remember that through Christ, we can be made into something infinitley better and stronger.  Through Christ's Atonement we will all be able to become something that is beyond our comprehension.  It has the power to heal, to save, and to lift.  It has the help that we all search for in life.  Through Christ we can be made, impossible.  How does that happen?  We love Him.  And because we love Him, we follow what He has asked us to do.  Remember that "the crowning characteristic of love, is loyalty."  As such, follow what Christ has asked and love Him will all your might, mind, strength, heart, and every fiber of your soul.  Because He is worth it.  And because He is worth it, we are worth it to God.

Vanhin Naylor

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hello everyone!

So this past week was good.  We've been doing a lot of finding again because we weren't able to meet with any of our investigators.  Summer has started and as such, lots of peole are taking vacations and visiting family.  It makes it a bit hard to meet with everyone!  However, Elder Gailey and I have had a lot of fun while we've been out working, so that has been really good.  I hope everyone had an awesome Fast Sunday and first week of June!  Sorry, not much to write about this week...

Personal studies this past week have again been really good.  I hope everyone is still reading their scriptures every day even though it is summer!
  • 3 Nephi 27:28-29
  • Enos 1:15
  • Alma 30:44
  • Omni 1:25-26
  • Mosiah 2:20-22
My spiritual thought this week is for all those who feel that they aren't good enough or for the ones who feels like no one cares.  I hope you all remember that you are a child of God.  Remembering the divine material with which you are created from can help you realize that you are of worth and that through the Atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, all things are possible.  "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13  I love you all and have an amazing week!

Vanhin Naylor