Monday, July 18, 2011
Hola family and friends!!
I hope everyone is doing great, as usual :) My week has been crazy but pretty much the same as last week...sorry I don't have very many cool things to say. I fly out tomorrow! Isn't that crazy! Then I'll spend 6 weeks in theMTC before I really start my service. So definitely in my next email I'll have lots of cool stuff to tell about. I am really excited to be totally emersed into Spanish so that I'll hopefully be able to communicate alright after 6 more weeks. It is really amazing to see the progress that we all make here. There is no possible way that we could be learning so much without the Lord's help. I've just been working all day on packing and getting everything ready for tomorrow afternoon! I can't believe that tomorrow is the day!
I have one cool thing that I do want to share from this week though. I gave a talk in Sacrament meeting in Spanish! Yikes! So in my branch (like a ward but smaller, the congregation, we all worship together) all of us missionaries are given a topic at the beginning of the week and we're all supposed to prepare a 5 minute talk, but no one knows who is speaking until the Bishop announces the program. So everyone stresses about it all week. I spoke about repentence and specifically the importance of repenting every day in order to have the Spirit. I was super nervous but it ended up going alright. I saw a little miracle for me happen from speaking. In my setting-apart blessing to be a missionary, I was blessed that I would have the ability to speak powerfully to those I teach with no impediment or barrier. Well, even though I can hardly speak Spanish, I was blessed to be able to share a very simple message that all my peers who are at the same speaking level said they could totally understand. What a comfort is was to see already that I am already being blessed to be able to communicate the Lord's message to his children in ways that I didn't really expect. That definitely boosted my confidence that I'll be able to impart messages about the Gospel to the people of Guatemala with the Lord's help.
I really don't know what else to share with everyone. Thanks so much for your letters/emails and support. It means the world! Sé que Jesucristo vive y nos ama y nos quiere que venir a Él. Testifico que tenemos un profeta de Dios hoy. Testifico que Dios tiene un Plan por nosotros, un Plan feliz y bonito. Amo este obro y tengo gracias para mi oportunidad a servir.
Have a great week! I love you all!!
at 1:24 PM
Monday, July 11, 2011
Familia y amigos!
It was great getting everyone's letters and emails this week! I was just jokingly scolding y'all for not writing me tho ha ha, I TOTALLY understand that everyone is super busy :) Since I only have 30 min to email I prob won't get to email everyone back individually, but I'll write you soon I promise! I really appreciate the support from everyone, thank you! (and please excuse my spelling, it's already going downhill with all the Spanish ha ha)
Anyways, this week has been crazy of course. The first few days I was here were like the longest of my life, but this past week has FLOWN by. I can't believe it's Monday already! This week we've been cramming our brains with Spanish. Mine is improving a lot, but when we practice teaching I still have a hard time speaking, I think because I'm nervous or something. But that's OK, it will get better. I really love Spanish and cannot wait til I can speak well. I can already pretty much have conversations, bear my testimony, pray, and function alright, but there is still SO MUCH to learn! I am realizing how much I need the Lord's help in learning more about the Gospel and how to teach and learning Spanish. I am learning so many great things here that are going to help me be a missionary and will help me for the rest of my life. It is very difficult for me already, but I am so glad that I'm here! Sundays are great here and I can really feel how much the Lord wants all of us missionaries to succeed! Its a great feeling. Last night they were playing the movie "The Testaments" (the one about the coming of the Savior to the people of Ancient America) and it was so exciting to think that that is where I'm going! Me and my friends started joking that we're going to the Zarahemla mission (however that's spelled...) because that's right where all the Book of Mormon action went down! I am so excited to help those people come closer to Christ!!
Me and my comp share a dorm with 3 other sisters who are going to another mission in Guatemala and we have lots of fun together. I also LOVE my district. We've gotten super tight in the 11 ish days I've been here. The elders are great and want to work really hard, so I don't have to be too bossy with them - jk ha ha. We'll miss them when we leave!
So me and 11 other missionaries fly out to Guatemala , the 19th! I can't believe that's here already! We'll be in the MTC in for 6 weeks. I am nervous but really excited to get there! My friend here, Sister Atkins's little brother is already at the Guatemala mtc and says that a few days of the week he has a native companion and a few he has an American. He also likes the food better :) The food here in is getting rough ha ha. They have pretty good salads and so I ate one for almost every meal last week...now I hate salad ha ha. I think I'll eat soup all this week. I don't think I'll be gaining any weight here in the mtc ha ha.
Well I wish I had more cool things to write about! But we basically just sit in class and eat all day. I'm sure things will get much more exciting in the weeks to come!
(don't judge my spanish!) Yo sé que nosotros tenemos un Padre Celestial y nos ama mucho. Sé que Jesucristo es mi Salvador y también es sus Salvador. Sé que José Smith es un profeta llamó de Dios y Presidente Tomas es nuestra profeta hoy, llamó de Dios. El Evangelio de Jesucristo es verdadero y podemos bendecir nuestras .
I love you all! Gracias for your support!
at 9:11 AM
Monday, July 4, 2011
Hola familia y amigos!
Life at the mtc is very busy and loco, but its good here. we are totally busy from 600am to 1030pm every day. My companion is Hermana Willie, she grew up on a Navajo reservation and went to BYU like me. She's very sweet and we are getting along great. Hermana Crooks (from Lubbock) is in my district (district=group of ten or so missionaries that you have class and everything with), along with one other Hermana and 7 elders. The elders in my district are great, they all want to work really hard and get lots done, and they act pretty mature, all things considered. The boys will be in the us mtc for 9 weeks because they're going to , so i already know that I will miss them when we leave. Oh and hillary, a really good-looking byu football player is in my district :) I'll be trying to set you up when he's back haha or with an amigo maybe. I'm on the lookout for ya hill! We're set to go to guate but I don't know yet when I'll be calling, but I'll let you know!
Every morning at the mtc they have extra workout classes for the sisters only, probably so we don't gain so much weight...and we've been going almost every day. Then we have lots of personal study time and class. We are desperately trying to learn espanol! In about 2 weeks we won't have anyone to speak english to, so we have to hurry!! My spanish is coming along pretty well. High school spanish is actually helping me. I bore my testimony in espanol , and it was just a baby testimony but its a start. I can understand most of what people say but I don't know grammar much at all...but it will get better. Now with all this spanish practice I have a hard time thinking in either language...so that's not good haha. but it is fun, I'm so happy to be learning spanish!
The food here is...well, not great, but edible. I'm a little bummed that I've gained a little weight even though I haven't yet eaten anything I really like. But oh well, everyone says that we'll be sure to lose weight in guate so I'm not worried. There has also been lots of talk of parasites and yucky things like that, so I'm a little concerned about that...
We got to watch the stadium of fire fireworks and stay up a little late! so that was pretty cool. We have also already had some great fireside/devotionals and I'm excited for many more to come.
The mtc is hard, I know it will challenge me here in lots of ways. But I have already learned a lot and I'm grateful for the experience so far. I really can't wait to know spanish! We do this thing here called "progressive investigator", where our teacher pretends to be an investigator throughout the time we are here and we teach them in spanish, and normally I would love that because I love talking to people abotu the church, but its hard because I have lots I would like to say but I can't! But that motivates me to work even harder!
Yo se que Jesucristo es mi Salvador, y se que el Evangelio es verdadera. Testifico que Dios nos ama y quiere que ser felicidad! Y testifico que El libro de Mormón es verdadera. That is my simple testimony, and I can´t wait to share it with everyone in ! I´m freaking out about leaving so soon but I know that the Lord knows what I need and where I should go. I´m greatful for His guidance in my life.
Have a great week and actually email me back please! I got a letter from Meg G and Hrma Jones and a nice package of cookies from Aunt Lori, but I think a few more of you should be writing me...you know who you are!
I love you all! Thanks for your support!
at 6:05 PM