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Hi I'm Sini-Tuulia

I'm a wife, a violinist, a string teacher, a Finn, an avid cook, an enthusiastic learner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family, church, and my violin are the three things that have always kept me busy. I grew up in Finland as the oldest of five. My family is very tight and we always did everything together. We loved the outdoors, recreational sports, and serving and participating in the church and in the community. Music also kept my family busy. My siblings and I all play instruments, violin is my main instrument. When I was 15, I moved away from home to attend a music conservatory in Helsinki where I received an intense musical training. After four years there, I decided to move to the United States to attend Brigham Young University where I majored in violin performance. It was at BYU that I met my husband, Eric. We were married in the Helsinki, Finland temple for time and all eternity at the end of our junior year. After graduation, my husband and I moved to New Jersey, U.S. There, in Orange, NJ, I taught 5-12th grade strings as part of Teach For America. After just a year in NJ, we decided to move to my home country. My husband and I now live in Finland pursuing our dreams and building up the kingdom of God there. Just like with my family growing up, my husband and I enjoy serving in the church and in the community. We also love to read the scriptures, study the gospel, and read and talk about world affairs, business, and economics. We love healthy, home-cooked meals together, and luckily, I love to cook. The best times are shared with friends and family around the table!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the gospel is true and I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only church that has this true gospel. I know this because of the many witnesses I have received. Here are just a few ways in which I have received a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and the church. 1. The Spirit In Moroni 10:4-5, we are taught that if we ask the Lord sincerely in prayer, he will manifest to us the truth of all things by the power of His Spirit or the Holy Ghost. I have felt the Spirit powerfully and frequently testify to me of the truthfulness of the gospel, the church, Jesus Christ, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and truly, of all things. The testimony usually comes with feelings of sweet assurance, peace, comfort, and love. 2. Peace During His ministry on Earth, Jesus Christ promised to his disciples that He would give them His peace (John 14:27). We can also have this wonderful, inner peace! As I live the gospel and strive to obey the commandments of the Lord, I can have this peace with me. No matter what is going on around my family and me, I can feel peace inside. I know that the Lord is over all things, He knows me individually, and He will take care of me. 3. Blessings and Guidance Our Heavenly Father loves us and is intimately involved in our lives. He wants us to find joy here on Earth and to one day return back to His presence. This is why He will guide and bless us in all our doings if we seek for His help. I receive guidance daily in my small and big decisions through the scriptures, prayer, and the Holy Ghost. As I obey the guidance i receive and the commandments, I am receive more blessings than I can take and count! 4. It makes sense The more you study the gospel, the more you will come to realize that it all simply makes sense. The gospel is extremely rational. In the gospel, you will find answers to all your questions. You will find purpose, meaning, and motivation. Everything will make sense!

How I live my faith

My faith is who I am and how I live. Being a Mormon is not just a Sunday activity but it is something we do and something we strive to be and live every day. Here are just a few examples of how my faith shapes my daily activities. 1. Family Time Families are essential in our Heavenly Father’s plan and as such time with family is sacred time. My husband and I both have busy schedules but we make sure to spend time as a family each day. Dinner time is devoted to family in our house. Around the table, meals are enjoyed, relationships are strengthened, and love is shared. On Mondays, we have a special Family Home Evening. During the rest of the week, we try to plan all work and recreational activities as a family. 2. Daily Prayer and Scripture Study Just as my family relationships are important, so are my relationships with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I strengthen these relationships through daily personal and family scripture study and prayer. Each day I set aside time to communicate with Heavenly Father, to ponder, and to study the words of ancient and modern-day prophets. 3. Sunday Worship Sunday is Sabbath, the Lord ’s Day. It is a day of worship, rest, and refreshment. On Sunday, we attend church meetings where we worship the Lord, teach, learn and serve. Sunday is also a day to spend more time in spiritual activities such as scripture study. While we do not work, shop, or participate in entertainment, we do spend time with our family and loved ones. Observing the Sabbath is such a blessing for us! 4. Service We serve both inside and outside of the church. We teach at church, organize activities, help people move, cook meals, clean, babysit; the list goes on and on. I also love to serve by playing my violin whenever possible! 5. Temple Service Temples are very special places for us as Mormons. My husband and I set aside at least one Saturday a month to go serve the Lord in the temple.