Monday, June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010

well, I'm not too sure how to descibe Haaga and Espoo just regular suburbs. they are nice though. It's going to be fun.
I went and played capture the flag on an island called Suomenlinna which was way cool. It's an old fortress island. I thought it was way fun.
Elder Butler is a really cool guy. He was a videogame designer for Disney. he made the game Prince Caspian for the Nintendo DS and also this game called Ultimate Band. He has done a lot of stuff. For dinner, we makes food with habenero peppers so everything is always spicy  which is good.
i don't really have much to say today. Not much has happened. Thank you for the birthday wishes. How was father's day?! What did you all do?
How's Scott's business going? How's everyone doing. My present I bought for Ellie just got shipped back to me DANG IT! I have to re send it.
The weather is great. It's a prefectly warm day. I like it.
It sounds like a lot fo people check out this blog. That's awesome. Good job.
That's all I have.
I'll take to you all soon'
Vanhin Behnke

Monday, June 21, 2010

June 21, 2010

Yes, I got the package. I forgot to say that in the last email. I belive I asked for a cheap mp3 player not some amazing brand-new ipod. GEEZ! It's reeally nice thank you! 

don't fret about the big spendature I made. My msf card didn't have the reimburrsments yet and my e-ticket to get to espoo wouldn't work. I'll get it all back

Packing was a nightmare. I would really like to know what is expendable and what is not. That would help me out a lot. Can you let me know?

I live in a place called Haaga. I met Outi at Sisar Voima's birthday party. It's too bad that I'm not serving in Haaga though. I'm in a weird situation where we live here but we got out to our area in Espoo. In Espoo, we split the area with the Zone Leaders (Grimm and Leppard). It's different but it's what we are doing. It takes about an hour to get to out area everyday.

I'm right around the outskirts of Helsinki. We are heading over there after email. It's pretty cool. I'm emailing with Elder Butler, Elders Struthers and Baccile (who serve in a different area in Espoo), and the sisters (who serve in Haaga). It's cool that I get to see a bunch of other mssionaries all the time.

I'll let you know more about this place next email once I know where I'm going and explore a little more.

My companion is Elder Butler. He might be one of the funniest people I have ever met. It's going to be a good change and I'm excited. 
(On a side note regarding Brian's companion - apparently he had an amazing career with Disney as a video programmer, his father also served in Finland and he is a pretty "chill guy"  - this info comes from Elder Bailey)

So you talk to Elder Slade's mom? How is he doing in my home town without me?

What's going on at home? How's Scott's new place? I like Ellie's video. She is hilarious. Her present was great. Elder Slade wears his all the time. We were teaching this one woman named and he was speaking and I looked over and he had it on. It was cool. 

I love you all. Thank for the wonderful birthday package. I hope all is well over there. Talk to you soon.

Vanhin Behnke

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Article translation

Thanks to Auli Summerhays for translating this article for me:

The Mormons want to meet everyone
The bicycle messengers of the Mormon standpoint tour the city of Savonlinna and spread the message both on the streets and at home doors
Tidily dressed in slacks and white dress shirts, the three-man group has been a familiar sight in Savonlinna during the past weeks.
The bicycling missionaries are members of the Mormon society. The American Elder Behnke, Elder Linn and Elder Slade tell they try to meet as many people as possible in Savonlinna.
“We meet people on the street and at times, we go door to door,” shares Linn.
Having spent already four months in Savonlinna, Behnke says that the Mormons want to spread their message everywhere.
“It is a message of hope and love which we consider true. That is why we want to share it with everyone.”
Linn and Slade came to town to accompany Behnke two and a half weeks ago. The missionary assignment given by the Mormon church lasts two years, and a new assignment to a different city can come every six weeks.
The missionaries are mostly male. Currently in Finland, there are about 50 men and 10 women.
According to Slade, there are two reasons for that.
“Most girls accept the call as 21-year-olds while the guys do it as 19-year-olds. Many girls go to the university or get married first, so they will have other things in their lives.”
What gets a twenty-something guy to depart for two years to tour different towns on his bike?
“All our lives, we’ve been told that this is the right thing to do. This is an opportunity to serve Christ and also learn about people and their attitudes towards spiritual things,” clarifies Slade.
The missionary calls of young men have been a practice since the early years of the Mormon church.
“This is for us guys a good experience that prepares us for becoming good husbands and for all things required in life.”
The Mormon preachers travel in twos or threes mostly because of safety. Linn notes that you meet all kinds of people on the streets.
“There are those who are interested and those who truly are not. Often those whose lives aren’t fully in order are interested more easily. 
According to Behnke, people who have it well, aren’t usually interested in getting more into their lives.
“We don’t actually know what kinds of people become interested; we just try to speak with everyone.”
You recognize a Mormon ambassador in the city by their clothing, their bicycle and their name badge. According to Linn, people have learned to recognize them already.
“We meet many kinds of people while biking around.”
During a warm day they aren’t required to wear their suit jacket – even if the tie is still hanging around their necks. 
“On Sundays, we’ll wear the suit to Church, and during cold weather, we wear the suit coat,” tells Behnke.
After the interview, the missionaries point their bikes towards town to meet people.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010

This came in the mail yesterday from Brian - very exciting........I guess no email but a picture and article - woo hoo!  So good to see him.  Rumor has it he is being transferred to Helsinki - that will be exciting.  I know he will miss Savonlinna and the people there but it is time for him to move on.

I had trouble getting it scanned in so you won't be able to read the words - like you could anyway, it's in Finnish - but wanted you all to see the picture - so cute!  You can click on it and it will become bigger if you get the urge to read a little finnish.  Enjoy!

Monday, June 14, 2010

June 14, 2010

Well today marks the 8th month Brian has been out on his mission.  I always like the day after the 14th because that starts the next month - so tomorrow I can say.......Brian is in his 9th month!!! :)

I didn't hear anything from him today but did get these pictures of zone conference from his companion's mother (Elder Slade) - she only received the pics and no letter - they must be very busy today - which is a very good thing!

Brian is rockin' his Euro suit with the vest!!!
It looks like a flash mark on his pants or he got really ripped off!!  :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

June 7, 2010

Hey Family,
Ellie turned 11! That's huge! That iPad looks way sweet!  How expensive was that?! What else did she get? I want to know eveything
I don't have much to say in these. Things are going well. We have two investigators.  They are both coming. I'm happy. Apparently, Savonlinna grows like 3 times in sizes next month for this opera festival. From what our tour guide told us at the castle is that the best time to go to Savonlinna is the Opera festivak held in 2012. Weird, that's the same time we plan on going :). I might be gone though before the opera festival due to change calls on Saturday. There is a guareenteed change coming since the mission's numbers will be back to normal. We'll see what happens
A little miracle happened to us on Sunday. A couple came to church yesterday. We said terve to them when we were riding our bikes one day and then they decided to come church. They just walked on in! It was sweet!
I didn't take too many pictures. In fatc, I only took 1 at zone conference. I'm sorry I let you and the all the mothers down. the one is me and Elder Gorringe and Nilo, he is a memeber in Rovaniemi who leaves on a mission to Japan this month. The guy is a stud.

Here is the picture Brian was referring to:
Brian, Nilo, he is from Finland and has just been called to serve a mission in Japan and Elder Gorringe, his MTC buddy!

The North Zone is so sweet. I don't want to leave it. Because of this, I will probably leave. I will let you know next week though. I bought a new suit. It was 5 euors and I'm officially done buying cheap kirpis suits. It's brown with a vest. Hopefully, someone will come out with pictures and you can see it cause I forgot.
We are going to eat chinese today. That should be good. I haven't gotten you package yet. It came on time but the Ap's had already made their last stop to the office the night before. It's a good though. It should be here today or tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it.
Take Care and I love you all.
Vanhin Behnke