Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stepping foot in Savonlinna

Hey everyone!

There are many wonderful adventures that happen to you when you serve the Lord. Wonderful as in...exhausting, stress-inducing, nerve-wracking...but wonderful nonetheless!

First things first, last week we had Zone Conference in Mikkeli with President Watson. It was so amazing, I love hearing about our mission and learning how to be a better missionary through such an inspired leader. We are really trying to use the "Because of Him" video in contacting and tracting, it has been translated into Finnish, so it's been a really powerful tool! If y'all want to see it, it's on YouTube and it's titled "Hänen ansiostaan".

Anyway, the fun started after Zone Conference.

In order to get to Mikkeli for the conference, we needed to take a 2 hour bus ride that leaves at 6:50 in the Morning, and in order to return we usually take 2 hour train ride back. But because we were rushing out the door, we forgot our train tickets. So we had to end up staying a tiny bit longer to take the bus. We catch the bus and with only about 20 minutes left on our ride we get a call from our Zone Leaders asking us if we had left our keys at the chapel. Turns out that we had forgotten our keys in Mikkeli and wouldn't be able to get into our apartment for the rest of the night.

After a lot of phone calls with President, we decided the best thing to do would be to spend the night at a member's house (who actually wasn't home the whole night) and take the 5 am bus in the morning to go to Savonlinna, where the Zone Leaders would be for the day.

Little did we know that the route that the bus took went through every back alley known to man and a trip that would have usually taken less than an hour and a half ended up being four hours.

BUT, now I can say that we were the first two sister missionaries ever to step foot in Savonlinna, an area that only has 10 members. We were still able to an older less active woman, so it wasn't a total bust.

So folks, the moral of the story is to just not be a forgetful sister missionary and always check for the keys!

I love you all, take care!
Sisar Kwok

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