Monday, December 21, 2009

December 21, 2009

Christmas is here already!?!

Dearest Family,
Wow, I can't believe it is almost Christmas Day! it feels just like yesterday I went into the MTC, that was 5 months ago tomorrow. Time flies by!
Sounds like all is going well! That picture of Boston is quite likely my favorite picture I have seen in my life. I want to talk to him on Friday, deal? haha
Wow sounds like everything is going great in America! I loved the package I received It was like a dream come true! It had everything! Ensigns, paper, binder, SD card, my watch in there (thanks Sarah) I loved the Ginger bread house Whitney, the Note from Natalie was probably one of my favourites (Ace I hope you are ok I share this) She said “I’m Proud of you that you are sharing the Gospel with others around Christmas time” That really touched my heart. Thank you Natalie!
Good to hear Kyle is doing well! Have him say hi to Jared from me, I saw Jared at USU last year, That kid is tough! I’ll bet he is teaching kyle a few things about lifting. HOLY COW! Kimberlie and Nate had their 4th anniversary; they are getting kinda old now! haha ;)
ok so I would like to share a little bit about my last week with you guys, because it was incredible. So we had ZONE Conference (that’s when I picked up my stocking/amazing package) and President Brown taught some things that really hit home, and that really have and will strengthen me beyond my mission years. Faith is a huge thing! Developing a relationship with The Savior is one of the most enduring/strengthening things imaginable. I would like to share some things that President Brown shared (I’m going to photo copy some things and send them your way as well) He started off with this movie Clip (off of I think) It was called Lifting Burdens. It teaches about the Savior and how he helps us overcome our weakness as people. It is a bunch of sound clips from conference talks all put together, well put together. I hope you guys can find it and watch it sometime. It is powerful. One thing that Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said in this was “We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever. Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father won’t. For He sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation. It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities.”
I really branched a lot of my thoughts of this quote as we continued to learn from President. I really saw how important change is, without it there is no such thing as progression, Really they are the same. The Savior is the one that made it possible for us to change and progress. That is why He is so important. That is why the atonement is absolutely essential!
Go watch that Clip, Its incredible, it teaches soooo much!!!
Ok also this week I had splits with Zone Leaders and the district leader. I learned so much, I’m running out of time now. Sorry, I’ll maybe share some stories with you during the phone call! I told S to practice her English! I don’t remember how much I told you guys about her. She is an incredible lady but has been less active for a few years. She just started coming back to Church, I love the discussions we have with her because I always learn so much. She never lost a testimony in this Church when she was less active, she just was offended at some of the members. She is P’s Friend!
Ok I got to go, I hope Kim and Ryan get their packages before Christmas. I will hopefully get those boots bought this week, I’m going to Turku, a bigger city tomorrow and I will check prices etc. I love you all and look forward to talking to you on Friday! Have a merry Christmas! Remember what its all about! I love this Gospel and this people with all my heart! Finland will have a little piece of my heart forever, just under to your guys section of my heart ;) (that actually sounds kinda creepy… sorry)
Love you all,
Vanhin Thomas Nielsen
p.s I might have got a speeding ticket this last week…. I promise It was innocent speeding…

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