|Elder and Sister Brasher at the front door of the Helsinki Temple|
We begin our service next week and will be studying the ordinances in both Finnish and Russian. We will generally work two mornings a week (usually Tuesday and Thursday) from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Mornings are pretty quiet for us with the YSA so this will be a welcome addition to our service.
Russian members come from the Saint Petersbur Stake about one week a month, but there have Russians there almost every time we have been there. Plenty of opportunity to practice my Russian, I even got to perform some baptisms in Russian a few weeks ago. It does get a little confusing as I find myself inserting Finnish words into Russian conversations and Russian words into Finnish conversations. So far I haven't had that problem in English conversations.
Anne's Finnish is coming, although it is too easy to get by here in English. But she continues to work at it. Below are a few more pictures of the temple. On our previous mission in Vladivostok we were able to serve as restricted ordinance workers in the Russian language when we took members to the Seoul Korea Temple. And we were able to do a few ordinances in Russian in the Sacramento Temple, so they should come back to us pretty quickly. The Finnish ordinances may take a bit longer since we haven't done them as ordinance workers yet.
|Some of the autumn colors on the temple grounds.|
|We stopped by the temple on the way home from a meeting with some young |
adults. It was a clear night with an almost full moon. The temple stood as
beacon on a hill to all who drove by.