Dear family and friends,
The city life is a good life! I'm enjoying it here quite a bit, and I'm learning so much. It's amazing how much one can learn about being an effective missionary. I would assume that after a certain number of months a missionary could have it all "mastered", but I am surprised by how often that is not the case. Elder Burns is teaching me the power of working with the members rather than simply tracting or contacting. I've known it all along, but never really implemented it as a daily task.
Elder Burns is great. We're having a lot of fun while working hard. I'll have to soak in this small time we'll serve together.
One of the highlights of the week was the blessing we had to extend a few baptismal dates. We have two 10 year old girls that really cute and fun, who's parents are either less-active or recent converts. On top of that, we were able to extend a baptismal date to a super cool 18 year old girl named Emelia, who's been coming with a YW friend for a few weeks. She's read everything we've given her, wants to be a member, and is even working on Personal Progress, as a non-member! We're really excited for her baptism, cause she'll make a sweet contribution to the Ward.
A cool story about Emelia:
We had been trying to meet with her all week long, but we didn't know where she stayed, and her phone number wasn't working. We really wanted to meet with her to start the lessons. Anyways, a few lessons had failed on us, and nobody was around, so were kind of aimlessly walking. Elder Burns mentioned how nice it would be to see Emelia, when suddenly we saw her walking from school. We were able to find her house, get a correct number, and finally extend a date. It was a tender mercy for sure.
|This is Emelia|
Sorry about all the rain (and snow?). My arms got burnt last week if that makes you feel better. Have a great week, and get some sunshine in your soul from sharing the Gospel with someone!
Love, Elder Nissinen