Elder Nissinen

Elder Nissinen

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Happy Pday Y´all!

We had a great last week! Let´s see if I can remember everything that happened.

The previous week we were planning a SUPER Leadership Council for all the ZL´s and STL´s for this last Monday. The Church has a property way out in the rural part of the mission, and usually they use it for campouts and youth camps. But our mission rented it out for a super-pday for the council. We all had to get up super early Monday morning for all of it to work out - 4AM! And it gets better, because of the worries of security and traveling super early, President had most all of the 14 Zone Leaders sleep at the back of the mission office in the inflatable mattresses we found - man it was packed! But the best part was being able to change into normal clothes after the morning meeting. We had a huge treasure hunt and some team-building acitivies. And lots and lots of pictures to send - fun time! 

Tonight we have something called a Festa Junina (June Festival). Because it´s fall-time in June, it´s kinda like a Harvest Festival deal. Everyone gets dressed up in hick clothes, eat hot dogs and corn on the cob. In the 5th ward it´s a big deal, so we´re planning on having a bunch of non-members for us to contact and later teach. Pdays on Saturday are a blast!

This last week we also got 6 more Elders waiting for their visas to Portugal! Elder C.

(the one who has facial paralysis) got one of them, so technically we have 6 secretaries in the office, 3 of them who´s job is to pass referrals to other missions and areas. So we get a lot of referrals from the missionaries doing contacts in front of the temple.

The work is going great as always in the 5th ward. Next Saturday we have two more baptisms planned up, Mirta and Nubia. Mirta is an Argentinian lady who moved not too long ago into our area because of family problems. The Gospel touched her heart, went to church, received an answer that everything was true, and is super excited for her baptism. Nubia is Almir´s cousin, who got baptized less than a month ago. She also went to church for the first time last Sunday and loved it. There´s a phrase between us and the members that the ward is bombing!

Next week is Multizone Conferences - my last one. The trunkyness (kinda like senioritis) is knocking, knowing that all the missionaries leaving in the next transfer bear their testimonies - dang it. Scary.

Missions are the best! There´s so much to do here in the office, the mission, and in our area that all I have time to do when we get home is sleep, eat, and crash before thinking about anything else. 

This church is true! Love you all. Congratulations on graduation - go summer!

Love Elder Nissinen

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