Saturday, May 19, 2012

May 7, 2012



Hei family,

Wow, this week was amazing. Sini's baptism on Saturday could not have gone any more perfectly. Word's don't do it justice, but the day really was perfect. I think now I have a glimpse of how a mother must feel the night before Christmas-- putting all the details together at the last minute trying to make sure that everything is just right. But it's all worth it when you see their faces, right? :) We went to Hyvinkää by train in the morning. It was really cool to see another city here in Finland. Their chapel is really cute. Sini was so excited and just beaming. She was so ready. We hugged her before she went into the font, and watched from the "sidelines." The actual ordinance was so beautiful. She really came out of the water a new person.

We sang a musical number with the elders in Hyvinkää-- "Be Still My Soul"--sung at Sini's request. It went really well, and Sini's husband (who isn't a member) even shed a few tears. It was such a special day! I couldn't stop smiling the whole time. And I really felt like it was being recorded in heaven.

As if that didn't make our week good enough, we received a text from Sini earlier in the week that her son, who I will call Kai (my favorite Finnish boy's name :)), wants to be baptized! So miraculous. He's 11 years old, and we could never convince him to sit in on a lesson while we were teaching Sini. We taught him for the first time last week, and he is SO eager to learn. He picked his own baptismal date-- June 2nd. And he even started saving money for his own mission!

Such a good week. Sisar Braegger and I were also invited to attend Zone Leader Council last week. So much fun. We got to attend the temple in the morning, and spend the rest of the day at the mission home with President and Sister Rawlings, the AP's and all of the Zone Leaders.

Life is good :)

Rakkaudella,
Sisar Shaw

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