Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Well this week was awesome to say the least.  We had this thing called Mission Tour where Elder Johnson and Elder Sabin came with their wives to teach us and help us become better missionaries.  It was SO good!  I learned a lot about helping our investigators to grow in the Gospel and just how to do better work.  Speaking of investigators we were blessed enough to find 5 new people who want to continue to learn about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ!  How awesome is that?!?  All of them are super cool and I can just say that the work is moving forward here in Kajaani.  Thank you everyone for your prayers and support, the road has been hard, but the work is finally paying off.  Now we just have to keep it up!

So I totally forgot to make a list for email scriptures this week.....sorry about that.  But I can give you a couple sweet chapters in Acts that are totally worth reading!  Acts 4 and Acts 5.  Read them, they are super super good.

My spiritual thought this week comes from something Elder Johnson talked about.  He talked about how he, figuratively, wanted to be in the NBA, but he didn't want to practice or doing anything to get there.  He just wanted to be ready and a superstar as soon as he got into the game of the NBA finals.  Well we all know it doesn't work like that.  He related this to our investigators, but I think it applies to everyone.  Everyone wants to be great.  Everyone wants to make something of themselves.  The only difference in people is if they are willing to work to get there.  Remember that "There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going." - Sheri Dew.  To reach our full potential is indeed a long path, but it is made up of short steps.  So keep moving and work at becoming the best you you can be.  I love you all and have an amazing week!

Vanhin Naylor

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hello everyone!  So this past week was pretty good!  As always Disc Golf was way fun, we even went for a morning workout one day!  Haha, so you could say that we are addicted....or you could say that we are just having way too much fun.  Either way......you're probably right!  Anyways, we also got to teach a bunch this past week.  We have 4 new investigators from this past week!  Heavenly Father truly does bless us as we are patient and work hard.  They are all great and it is going to be awesome to teach them.  Lot's of them have heard of the gospel before or were even taught a bit before, but they weren't ready then.  But it almost seems like they are ready now!  So the work is going along really really well here, even though it rains a lot haha.  But that is good!

Scriptures from the week from my pal Alma.  Super good and I can't wait for you all to read them!
  • Alma 42:23
  • Alma 42:4
  • Alma 41:8
  • Alma 41:5
  • Alma 40:12
  • Alma 39:14
My spiritual/inspirational thought comes from a quote that Elder Aldous was quoting.  Maybe some of you have heard this before but, "When you want success as much as you want to breathe, that is when you'll be successful."  Remember that nothing of worth comes without work.  That includes a strong faith in Jesus Christ.  Faith takes time and action.  Faith is an action word and without actions, faith is nothing.  Without works, faith is dead.  So get out and do something nice for someone else this next week without thinking about what you'll get in return.  You'll be blessed for it and you will make Heavenly Father very happy.  I love you all, have a great week!

Vanhin Naylor

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hello everyone!  So to start off with, thank you to all those who wished me a happy birthday!  It really does mean a lot.  It rained a lot this past week, but hey that is alright with me!  The only problem is is that is seems like fall came early this year to Finland.  It's already down into the 60's!  Oh well, you just keep pressing forward I guess!  But this past week was really good.  We were able to do some great teaching and finding and we even had one of our investigators come to church!!  So that was really awesome.  Plus we were able to go on exchanges with the Zone Leaders in Oulu this past week!  So that was great and we just have some super sweet Elder's here, even though one of the Zone Leaders had to go home early because of school.  But it was a lot of fun and we were able to have some great work be done.

I actually remembered my list this week!  So fear not, I have some great scriptures for you all!
  • Alma 36:3
  • Alma 34:41
  • Alma 33:19-22
  • Alma 32:27-43
  • Alma 32:21
  • John 1:29
My spiritual thought this week is on agency.  I sometimes just ponder about how much freedom Heavenly Father truly does give us.  We are able to choose everything for ourselves.  Whether or not we are happy, choice.  Whether or not we follow what He asks of us, choice.  Really everything in this life comes down to choices and the righteous use of agency.  So always remember to choose the harder right, than the easier wrong.  I love you all and have an awesome week!

Vanhin Naylor

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hello everyone!  So this past week was good!

We did a lot of finding this past week which was fun.  Just lot's and lot's of tracting, but hey that is okay!  We also got to meet with a couple of our investigators which was super nice.  They all are doing so very well which is good and they are coming closer to Christ.  Some interesting things that happened this week...hmmm, well Elder Aldous and I played some Frisbee golf this last preparation day and so that was super good.  We also got to hang out with some Africans yesterday and listen to some Nigerian rap.  Hah, that was interesting.  Overall, it was a good week and we got to do lot's of work.

So to apologize to everyone, I forgot my email scriptures for the week back at the apartment, so just make sure that you are reading your scriptures everyday because that is what is important!  But I will say that personal study of the New Testament and of Alma has been great lately.

My spiritual thought this week comes from a quote that I found a couple of weeks ago.  It is from Elder Scott again, and it says, "Our Heavenly Father did not put us on the earth to fail, but to succeed gloriously."  Sometimes in life it may seem hard to think that we can go forward with faith and actually accomplish anything worthwhile, but remember that we have a loving Heavenly Father that truly does want the best for us.  One of the greatest things that I get to testify each day about is the fact that we are all children of a God and that we are here on this earth to progress and eventually we will get to become like Him.  Remember your worth and potential, and then face the challenge to rise up to it.  I love you all!

Vanhin Naylor

Tuesday, August 2, 2016