This week we had a mission conference, which normally never happens. We got an exception this week though because Elder Bednar was in Finland on Friday to speak with the missionaries. It was amazing. It was amazing to be sitting in a room when an apostle of the Lord walks in. You could feel the spirit so strongly. When he testified he stated that he KNOWS that Jesus is the Christ and that He lives. He gained a testimony of Christ long before he was ever called to be an apostle. Some people talk about how us Mormons talk ourselves into believing the things we believe. No inner source can give you the knowledge you gain from the spirit. There is no way you can "talk yourself into" gaining that kind of knowledge. We were asked before he came to study a few talks he has given in the past, one about learning by faith, one about testimony and conversion, and another about asking by faith. It was amazing to see how the preparation we put into this learning opportunity greatly affected the outcome. It can be compared to preparing to learn in a couple of weeks as we hear from the prophet and his counselors. The questions I had were answered and even more was added upon that. In this life we are imperfect. We make mistakes. God still expects us to be worthy of receiving blessings. He doesn't expect us to reach perfection in this life. He doesn’t expect us to be perfect right now, but he does want us to be clean. What a blessing it is to have Christ's church on the earth today, with Him at the head. He ACTIVELY leads His church. He has a prophet, He has apostles.
Church yesterday was a lot of fun. We had a lot of friends in church. One guy we met on the train for a split second, got his number and ran off then he came to church with us. He said when he first decided to come he just wanted to see what it would be like. Afterwards he said he really enjoyed it and wants to come back again.
Another friend we met and invited her to church. She said she had never been before. She invited a couple of her friends and they all loved church!! The members were super welcoming. And now they want to learn more. It's amazing how the Lord does His work when we get out of the way and let the spirit work. That's one of the best things we can learn. This is the Lord's work and what can I do to make sure I don't get in the way of Heavenly Father blessing His children.
The other day on our way to visit a family we saw a guy trying to carry a giant box the other day. It looked way heavy and he was going pretty slowly. Sisar Nielsen and I talked him into letting us help. Turns out he has lived in Espoo only a couple weeks and loves basketball. He came with us the next day to play ball and met a ton of new friends and loved it.
It's a lot of fun getting to know new friends. People who live the principles of the gospel are happy. The Book of Mormon holds real power. I love reading it. Elder Bednar told of how he challenged his son to read the book of Mormon cover to cover and at the end write a one page summary of what he learned about the atonement. I decided that is something I want to do. My study last night was miraculous what I learned about the atonement, even though the word "atonement" was never mentioned even once. I love the gospel. I know that Christ's church is on the earth.
Love you all, have a great week!!
Rakkaudella, Sisar Heggie