Friday, November 29, 2013
Happy thanksgiving everyone! I hope you had a an amazing day full of good food and good times!
Thanksgiving for me was very different, and very special. It was an amazing day. I have been able to start singing with the choir, and it has been so fun. Yesterday, we had a rehearsal before our morning special devotional, and it was great. We always sing prelude music as a congregation before we start our meetings, and this week we got to sing come thou fount of every blessing, and it was amazing. We have actually sung it a lot lately and It makes me so happy! I love that song so much. Any who, while we were singing because I have been given much, the MTC presidency walked in followed by....... Russell M Nelson! So, as he walked in, we all stood up, we continued to sing and the spirit that was there was unbelievable. We didn't sit down until the song was over which was another I think two verses. I stood there singing and thinking of how grateful I am to be a missionary, to be here in the MTC, for my Savior, and for everything that I have been given in my life especially this gospel, my family, and my friends. I truly am so blessed and I am excited for the opportunity to share some of those blessings with the people in Mexico. As I stood there, the Spirit was so strong and I just started to cry. It was a special moment.
After the devotional we ate our thanksgiving meal for lunch and it actually wasn't half bad. Then we just hung out with our zone, wrote some letters, and walked around the temple. It was such a beautiful day, and it was so nice to be able to spend some time in the sunshine!
We also did a service project which was really awesome. We put together dry meals for hungry children in Utah, and I believe we ended up putting together a total of 365,000 meals! What an opportunity. It was amazing. We also had a really cool and fun thanksgiving day program and watched a movie! Haha a church movie, but it was still really good. It was called Ephraim's rescue, and was definitely a life changer. It's about the Martin handcart company, and it for sure left an impact on me. Every time I start to complain about the cold (like this morning) I feel like an awful person. They went through so much and had nothing, and I have so much and in all reality have a pretty easy life. I honor those pioneers and everything they did.
I am so grateful for all of you! I love you all so much! I am so grateful to be a part of this gospel. It truly is God's church. He leads it. I know that President Monson has been called of God and that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore the gospel to the Earth. I love this Gospel and I can't imagine what my life would be like without it, and I really don't even want to know. I love my Savior, and I am so grateful to be able to serve Him by serving a mission.
Friday, November 22, 2013
This week has gone by so unbelievably fast! I seriously feel like I was writing you all an email yesterday! It's strange, the days go fairly slow, but the weeks have started to speed by!
Not a ton has happened this week, we started teaching new investigators which has been an incredible experience, and the language is coming so much better than it was last week!
I have had a few powerful experiences in class that have boosted my testimony so much. One was where our teacher was acting as the missionary and had me act as the investigator. In that lesson we had "been taught" the restoration and about joseph smith, then at the end he had me pray about it. It was such a testament to me. Even though I was pretending to be someone else, I prayed that I could know these things were true. I already knew, but I had an overwhelming experience with the spirit that just testified to me again that this really is the true church, that the book of mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith truly was a prophet.
I am learning and growing every day, both spiritually, and in reality probably horizontally as well but hey. It's all good. haha. I have learned so much about patience this week and I know I will continue to learn how to be patient throughout my entire mission. I love you all and hope you are all doing well!
Here are a few pictures of my amazing district! We have so much fun! I love these girls so much, we have grown so close and we all get along way too well haha
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
night, we got to go up to another devotional on main campus, and the speaker was L Tom Perry!!! It was so amazing! He talked about the importance of companionships and it was a very cool experience to be so close to an apostle of the Lord. It amazes me every time how strong the spirit is when you are in the same room as a general authority. It is incredible.
This week has been SO good! And thank you so much for the emails and letters! It really does mean so much when I get a letter or email from someone!
Last Saturday andI definitely struggled a lot. I was more homesick than I have ever been, but then night I went to a devotional on main campus and saw Elders JD Hansen, Ryan Larson, Ben Wood, and Logan Mathie, and just seeing them and talking to them for a few minutes gave me more comfort than I ever thought possible. I decided right then and there that I could do this, and with help from the Lord, I KNOW I can. There will be a lot of hard times, but there will be even more good, and so many moments of pure happiness that the hard times won´t even matter in the end, and they will make me stronger.
So, we started teaching our first ¨investigator¨ His name is Pablo, and teaching him was a struggle for us missionaries. It was all in Spanish, and none of us can really understand it. But we learned that if we went into the lessons with a prayer in our hearts and with the spirit, that he would understand what we were trying to teach him, and he did. Even though we know he wasn't a real investigator, it was SOOO exciting when he accepted to read the book of Mormon and to pray about it, and when he actually did those things, I cannot even begin to explain the excitement and joy that I felt for him.
Being thrown into a language is hard. It's hard to know what our teachers are saying sometimes, and so frustrating when we can't say what we want to. I have said more prayers this week to understand what I'm being taught and to be able to feel the spirit than I can count. And it works. Prayer is so real and I am so unbelievably grateful for it in my life.
I have felt the Lord's love and guidance so much this week. Living in a place where EVERYONE is set apart from the world to serve the Lord is a unique experience and I love it so much. The spirit is everywhere.
Well, I love you all and hope you are all doing well!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
These first few days have been pretty crazy! It feels like I've been here a week, but it's only day three haha. It is so great here. My companion is Hermana Pepcorn. She is from Idaho Falls and is a really sweet girl. My district is very unique. Normally there is at least one companionship of elders in each district, but in mine, there are only sisters. So our district leader is Hermana Hawkes who is awesome. It is going to be interesting how the whole sister district leader thing works out. Apparently this is the first time this has happened on this campus (west campus). I love the girls so much, they are all so great. So yeah, I am on the west campus of the MTC which is where all of the spanish speaking missionaries are so that's cool. The apartments are way nice, and the food is pretty delicious. My first meal in the MTC was salmon, and it was actually very good. Not too shabby of a first meal in my opinion. Dinner my second night was tritip steak so... yeah, we're eating pretty well.
It was so awesome. When I first got here, I walked in and got my badge, then I walked through the building and out to head to get my books. On my way there (literally ten yards away) Elder JD Hansen came running up the sidewalk! It was so good to see him! He flies out on tuesday to California, so hopefully I see him again before he leaves!
All of my classes are in spanish, so that's a struggle, but I pick things up here and there, and I pray that I will pick up the language quickly.
I love you all so much!