Monday, May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

No moi!

Well, I've been doing this for a year now... can you believe it? I am doing wonderfully, and I'm sure a large part of it has to do with the good weather and sunshine :) Hopefully it's to stay this time.

This past week was great, and the work continues to move forward. Kai continues to do really well. Sisar Braegger and I are racking our brains trying to make our teaches with him interesting. I think we did a pretty good job with our last one--we made a card game to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. The cards turned out pretty well, and I thought that we should laminate them... turns out that it was probably a prompting of the spirit that I ignored :) Sure enough, Kai's juice spilt all over the cards during the teach. But we dried them off as best we could and were able to finish the game. He decided to push his baptismal date back a couple of weeks because June 2nd is the last day of school here in Finland, and he wanted to make sure that all his friends could be there. It works out well for us--we don't have to teach everything as quickly anymore.

And the runner from Kenya that we're teaching is doing really well as well! We got an interesting phone call from him on Saturday. He called to say that he had made a decision and asked if he could get baptized. THAT DAY. We were so thrilled to hear it, but he seemed a little disappointed when we told him that he had to wait at least a week. So, who knows? We might have a baptism this weekend!

The one downside to all these amazing things that have been happening lately is that change calls come this Friday. I do NOT want to leave Haaga. I really hope that Sisar Braegger and I can both stay here together for at least one more change... but we'll see.

Sisar Braegger and I got to sing with a group of ladies from our ward in our stake spring concert last night. It was really great--there is a lot of talent in our stake! And Sini came with her husband!!! That's the first time he's been inside our church building. A huge step in the right direction :)

Some other fun things that happened last week: on P-day, we went to the zoo with our district. Lots of fun. And we also had a wonderful zone conference as well. Sure enough, Sisar Braegger and I were recruited for the musical number. The theme for the conference was our attitude--being optimistic and cheerful as we go about the work. The zone leaders shared a really cool thought from the Book of Mormon in the story of Ammon and the other servants of King Lamoni. We read together the account in Alma chapter 17, and they pointed out that the difference between Ammon and the other servants was his attitude (verse 29). It seems a lot easier to be optimistic when it's so bright and sunny all the time now--but it's also good to remember that we have the light of Christ with us always. So let your light shine!

Sisar Shaw

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