Monday, October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

Hey Fam,

This is what I write to President Brown every week about who I am teaching.

H is coming along great! He has given up alcohol and feels great. He has also given up coffee. Teaching the Word of Wisdom was a breeze after reading DC:89. He understood it and wanted the blessings. He is now obeying the Word of Wisdom. Sweet! Things are going well. We taught him about faith and repentance and he understood pretty well. We are teaching him more about baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost tonight. 

N and T. Our 2 new baptismal dates! N is a gem. She is a referral from about a half a year ago who we just got in contact with. She has read half of the Book of Mormon already and believes that it is true. She is great! She said that she would be coming to church this upcoming Sunday.  We went over the first agenda with them and they both agreed to be baptized on the 20th of November. T doesn't seemed too thilled about it. He seems to be just going along because N is wanting to learn. But, we will take it! He said he would read the Book of Mormon and would come to church also. Perfect! We teach them again on Wednesday. I'm pretty excited.

E.  She just loves church. It's great. She always wants to come. Her daughter doesn't accept it still but E has told us that she will be baptized. Right now, she said she would be baptized on May 7th. At least, she knows baptismal is a goal right now. I want to get more women to her teaches. It will be a lot harder to plan with her place being a 20 minute drive away and no buses to get there. It's going slowly but well with E.

R asks the perfect questions and gives the perfect answers to questions. He understands authority and that you need it. He understands the apostasy and when we talked about the Great Apostasy, he asked if we were still in it. We said, "No," and he said, "That's good news." haha. It's coming well. He is reading. He doesn't want to come to church yet but he told us to keep asking him. Our goal next teach is to really help him understand prayer and how to get an answer and also about what happens at church. He has been to church twice but is really hesitant to come again. His family still isn't interested but it's still going really well with him.

A.  She was a former investigator who the missionaries stopped teaching because she didn't have any time to meet anymore. Very nice woman with 2 young daughters. Her daughters are pretty interested in God and she teaches them a lot about faith and all kinds of great things. She is a pretty amazing parent. We went in our first teach and wanted to do the agenda but we talked just about families and shared the Family: Proclamation to the World pamphlet and she loved it. She wanted two copies. One she wanted to send to her husband in America (they are at least separted from what we can tell). We want to establish more expectations tonight in our teach with her.

So we have 2 new baptismal dates!!! SWEEEEEEET! I'm pretty stoked!  

I got a pretty sweet package on Friday with candy and letters and Lawrence. Did you already send another package? I love the pictures. Scott is ridiculous at taking pictures. They are sweet! Huge improvemtn from the Loch Lowman pictures. haha. That is so awesome the the Packers won too. What a great trip! I have been addcited to the paddle ball in there. The skeleton you sent didn't have a head haha. I wore the orange tie to N and T's teach and got 2 baptismal dates. LUCKY TIE! I love the cereal you sent! I really don't like Finnish cereal. I was very excited to see Count Chocula.Thanks! Next package in the future items: a couple of pens, maybe a couple mechanical pencils, COUGH DROPS, and that's all I can think of.

I haven't heard from the guys yet. I don't know what to do about writing Mckay since he is almost done. 

The temperature isn't 8 degrees nor 45. It's arouand 25 I would say. It was snowed twice but very little. No snow really stuck to the ground. It was raining quite a bit the past couple of weeks but it has died down. My bike broke and I'm pretty upset. I'm going to at least go try and sell it back and maybe get something for it. I'm kind of angry about it. I'm going to try and hold off on buying a bike until I can get a cheaper one, way cheaper.The picture of me by the water is in a place called Kotka. Elder Cassity (picture of him on the bus) and I went there when I was in Kouvola. Kotka is awesome. there is a lot of old buildings and streets and the whole town smells like fresh bread because of the huge bread factory there.

What do I do every day. Honestly, I preach the gospel. I go from appointment to appointment talking to people on the way. I knock doors when I have time but lately, it has been a rush trying to teach everyone so I don't do that so much anymore. I get an hour lunch break and an hour dinner break. I haven't cooked since Savonlinna. Elder Butler and Elder Schoof love to cook and don't trust me. I don't know why they don't trust me :) We eat Kebab every monday after email from Vatan Kebab where my Turkish homies work. 

My year mark was pretty fun I guess. I made bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns. Elders Powell and Balls were there for splits. Elder Balls and I went on splits. I ran into so many Russians. It was ridiculous. I got to pratcice my Russian though. I can say I :"Do you speak Russian?" and "I don't speak Russian." It is pretty fun. You should get in contact with a Vladimir Falk, recent RM, and ask him to give you some simple phrases in Russian with Finnish pronunciation like *Thank you" "Yes" "No" "Hello" "good bye"

I'm out of time. I only get an hour. Until Next week.

I love you all
Vanhin Behnke

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