Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Vanhin Jensen sounds happy and busy in his email from today. They had a zone meeting last week in Tampere, about two hours away by train. Here’s a picture he sent of the church in Tampere. He said they got there at about 9:30 am — look how dark it is! According to the all-knowing internet, sunrise on that day was at 9:24 am, sunset at 3:56 pm.

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He was asked by the senior missionary couple (who are Finnish) to play “Be Still, My Soul” on the piano for a Young Single Adult event coming up, so he’s been working on his own arrangement, since he doesn’t have sheet music with him. The tune for the hymn comes from the symphony Finlandia by famous Finnish composer Jean Sibelius and is called “Finlandia Hymn” (though I think it’s usually just referred to as “Finlandia”). As Zed said in his letter, “apparently, that song is really important to the Finnish people.” Indeed. I feel like I failed as a mother that he doesn’t already know that! I guess he has to figure some things out on his own. And I’m glad he can play around with arranging music a little.

Here’s what he said about the clouds in Finland: “… the clouds are always cool if it’s not entirely overcast and even when it is sometimes. Somehow they manage to almost always be mixed shades of red and grey and blue – it’s soooooo cool looking.” Here are a couple of pictures he sent:

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And here are some pictures of his apartment. I like the sticky notes everywhere, which, I assume, are Finnish vocabulary. And there’s a picture of him and his companion at the very bottom, so scroll down for that one even if the apartment pictures are boring.

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