Tuesday, December 17, 2013

December 16, 2013

I'm staying in Turku!! Sister Kunz will be flying home on Wednesday, pretty crazy that I have been out for 6 months now. Time flies and it is a bit scary my trainer is leaving me. This is when she said her language skills improved is when she couldn't depend on her companion to understand everything. My new companion is Sister Scellenberg, I am really excited to serve with her. We were in the same MTC group and she is great. I met her the first time in Provo at a breakfast we did and when I dropped her off at her house afterward I decided she is one that I would love serving with. In Finland Christmas Eve is the big celebration day so I am spending Christmas Eve with the family I told you about a couple weeks ago. 

. . . . Hockey is huge here and the other day we were talking with a family and they couldn't believe I didn't grow up watching hockey. I explained the NFR to them which was quite entertaining. . . .

Hahaha I love the fish, thank you. I heard from my companion today about one of her friends serving in Zimbabwe who ate rotten goat because that was the best they had. I will be happy to be eating yummy fish from now on :) I did get Aunt Lisa's package and have been using my new pillowcase :)  . . . hahaha good that Riley's companions are getting good use out of his skills, there probably aren't going to be too many like him that they will get to serve with!

. . . . Actually before I come home I am going to have to find fur something for you all. I thought it was hideous when I got here but now I love it. And I saw some fur scarf things for little girls the other day and almost had to get them for Kambrie and Anbri.

It is good to hear from you all. I am excited to talk with you in a few more days! I love my Savior. I love this gospel. I am so grateful for a living prophet. I hope you all have a great week and remember to be an example and light in sharing the gospel. I love you all!

Rakaudella, Sisar Heggie
December 9, 2013

Sisar Chelsie Heggie
Finland Helsinki Mission
Neitsytpolku 3A4
FI-00140 Helsinki

I GOT MY CHRISTMAS PACKAGE!!!! And I have to admit that I opened up the stocking and have already gone through some gold fish and jerky. I am excited to use the moustache ice cubes and believe it or not I will finally be able to set them outside to freeze! Turns our Turku is a lot warmer than Ely or St George or Cardston! Who would have guessed?! We have a little bit of snow on the ground, just enough to stick and light everything up. It is very pretty. I will save my presents for Christmas day ;)

Christmas is a huge deal here. Everybody gets together with their families which make it difficult to plan lessons with investigators but also people are home with their families as well as in the Christmas spirit! People are very approachable (for the most part) and love to talk about their Christmas plans and family. So yes, we are full of the Christmas cheer here!! There are a lot of different kinds of people so it is interesting to talk about Heavenly Father's plan for us and Christ. People are a little shy but eventually will open up.

Wow sounds like things are doing great in McGill!! That is way exciting that we have a young adult branch! I love to hear how missionary work is moving forward!

The FHE we had last week turned out to be awesome!! We talked a little bit about the plan of salvation focusing on families and we now have a new family to teach. The dad was asking good questions and we are headed out there again tonight. It is so exciting to teach. Mom and dad I can't tell you how much I love the people here. My heart is 100% completely right here right now. I love the mission work. Thank you for helping me to be here right now. The language is coming along. Have you ever seen those commercials for the never ending swimming pools? You keep swimming and swimming but feel like you haven't gotten anywhere but really you have, it just means you have gotten stronger? That's what the language feels like and yesterday I loved to hear from one of the members tell me my Finnish has improved a lot. I have learned that I just can't be afraid to make mistakes. People are patient and willing to figure out what I am trying to say. It comes from practicing and studying and the gift of tongues.

I find out if I am staying this Friday, I will let you know next week my change call. My guess is I will be here in Turku but I'll let you know if it changes :)  Thank you for your love and support and the package of Christmas from home! I love you all, hope you have a great week.

Rakaudella, Sisar Heggie

Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 2, 2013

It sounds like you all had a very eventful week! I do love good stories!! Even better when they involve flat tires! For some reason when I heard you were going to Brian and Annie’s for Thanksgiving I forgot the fact that they are actually half way across the country now, not just in Logan! haha and just to remind you American's that thanksgiving isn't exactly a Finnish holiday (I'm not sure how much they know about the Mayflower and the Indians teaching the pilgrims how to farm) but we did cook a dinner as a district and had some members over. We also lucked out with some thanksgiving leftovers at President's house when we had leadership meetings! Dad you are one lucky guy pulling favors from Santa like that! I want to see a picture of your 3 wheel trailer ;) Trasie sounds like she was really concerned sprawled out on the back seat. Glad you all made it home safe. That's a lot of miles! . . .

Trasie I am way proud of your planning skills with your twirp story! Way to be spontaneous and ambitious! Fun that you made shirts for his sisters as well. Way too good! If only you could all have had camouflage bear shirts...;)

I am doing fantastic. The weather is great; the Finns can't wait for it to snow. I still haven't decided. Had a great appointment last night. They are an awesome family, met a lot of their friends. Probably who I will spend Christmas with. . . .  reminds me of Mr. B. He is also a 5th grade teacher and bald.  Funny guy.  We have an appointment tonight with the family we met one of my first weeks here. They have 2 kids and I am very excited. Hopefully it goes well!

Dad what would a visit to Brian's be without some kind of project?!?! Always sure to be quality time.  Mom for thanksgiving Sister Mortensen (the couple missionaries here) made yams with apples. Reminded me of the one you do, it was really good! . . .

This past week I was able to go to the temple with sister kens for the last time before she goes home. This week she is gone for a few days to help with Training in Helsinki with President Rawlings so it is up to me and Sister Bunting to take care of Turku for a few days! It's a miracle to realize how capable we are and yet how young we are. The Lord truly does work miracles. We're looking forward to an exciting week! I hope you all have a great week, I love you.  Rakaudella, Sisar Heggie

                                 Sisars Heggie & Kunz, Helsinki Finland Temple
                                                               November 2013
November 25, 2013
. . .Tras that s awesome that you got to share your testimony. Keep it up. Wow! big snow storm. It snowed a little bit but not much. It's getting slightly cold. Nothing to fear yet thankfully :) I did wear big bertha to take the trash out though. My companions got a kick out of that. We had a mix up with keys and library cards today so I am just going to write a short note before I hand the computer over. I'll try writing a bit more when we are at the church tonight. The scriptures are amazing. Maybe what is more amazing is the gift of the holy ghost which allows us to access the information that Heavenly Father wants us to have. Things are going awesome here. Can't wait to get the package(s)  :) I'll let you know when they get here. I love you all
Sisar Heggie
Sisar Chelsie Heggie, Turku Finland, November 2013
November 18, 2013

. . .  Things are going great still here in Turku!! Sister Kunz and I have Sister Bunting (my mtc companion) with us for the next couple of weeks so this will be exciting. Sister Kunz is such a great trainer and has always said how she loves 3somes . . . ! We had stake conference this weekend and it was really good. Learned about ordination and how we were all ordained before we remembered. Ordination here on earth is the power to organize and receive power. Don't wory I'll find a Turku sign and get it to you as soon as I can. Look at you getting a Christmas letter out!! Feel free to send one to me :) I'm happy to report that we still have no snow on the ground and I am even wearing flats today, and only one pair of tights . . .  Our BML, Veli Merenluoto is awesome we love him. There are so many awesome families in our ward I just LOVE my area!! Anyway. Veli Merenluoto's wife (she's prpbably 75ish) has been running half marathons and they have one in Turku every year. They have all kinds of races so I told her when I come back with my family for Juhannus (when the sun doesn't go down) I want to run one with her. . . . .  Ah the people here are great. Thank you for your love and support. I hope all is going well. Rakastan teitä!

Rakkaudella, Sisar Heggie