It's WEEK 5 everybody & you know what that means... we're peacin' outta here and on Monday we head off to SPAIN! I'm so sad to leave my district, we've become super close:( BUT we're all super excited for this next adventure! I leave the MTC on Monday morning at 4:20 AM & fly from SLC to Chicago, then to Frankfurt, and then arrive in EPSANA on Tuesday at like 11:30 AM! Hahaha oh and since I'm the only Hermana traveling with our Elders, they said they're excited to act as my "bodyguards" and wait outside the women's restroom looking all tough hahahahah.
I am so grateful for the experience I've had here at the MTC & for all I've learned. This place truly is sacred ground and you can definitely feel it. It's been a very difficult 5-6 weeks with the language, my companion, and just adjusting to missionary life, but I wouldn't have traded it for anything. I've grown a lot from my experiences here and I have learned a lot about myself. The Lord really knows what he's doing, trust him:)
This week we taught our last time with our TRC investigator, Maribel! We were so so so sad to have to say goodbye to her, but so grateful for the opportunity to have met her here. Most of the time I felt like SHE was the one teaching US! She is a great example of faith and of knowing that God really knows her and has a plan for her. Everything she's had to go through in her life has testified to her that God lives and that this church is true. I will miss her so much! I'll attach a picture of her :)
Bonnie L. Oscarson spoke to us at Tuesday Devotional yesterday !! Something I really liked that she said and what I've heard my parents say to me a lot was: "Your mission is a training center for life". I just love that. She said God has a missionary (or life experience,in general) planned for each and every one of us. Every lesson we learn or experience we experience will help you accomplish the things we'll encounter here later in this life. Also, I forget what the video is called, but she showed the video of the talk of D. Todd Christofferson and the gardener and the bush... go find it on lds.org!! But what I liked from it was, though we feel like we may be able to do more in a different situation, HE knows us MORE than we do. I often feel like I'd be doing a lot more good if I was called English speaking because it is way more difficult for me to express myself in Spanish... but I know God has a specific plan and purpose to everything/place he leads us to. He provides a way, and he has great great things in store for all of us:) The Lord is our GARDENER and "he loves us enough to cut us down" so we can evenutally become who he wants us to be! GOD IS GOOD
Also, Alma 26:12...go read it! Seriously, this work would fail without our Heavenly Father's help. Gift of Tongues is so so so real...it just blows my mind to how much we can learn here. Without God and Jesus Christ, we'd fail!
Oh and guess what! So I went to the health center with my companion the other day and the lady at the front desk asked where we were serving and she freaked out and said her brother lives on an island called Mallorca and I was like "NO WAY, that's in my mission" and then we both freaked out together and she said her brother isn't active and lives there with his girlfriend. So she wrote down his address for me to take with me to Spain! TENDER MERCIES PEEPS!!!
In one of our lessons with our "investigator" (our teacher), we were talking about happiness and I just randomly quoted Natasha Bendingfield of her song "Happy" and it was kinda funny at first but also very applicable... there are so many beautiful reasons we have to be haaaaaappppyyy. hahaha
We had 3 Ayuno de Ingles (English fasts) this past week where we can only speak spanish all. day. long. hahaha let's just say there's a lot of charades and sign language going on!
Okay and last but DEF not least.... I want everyone to go and look up/read the "Ricarddi Letter" ( i think that's how you spell it)... THE BEST EVER. It's a letter from a missionary that talks about his companion who's from Italy and his name is Elder Ricarrdi. So many good lessons and experiences that are so inspirational. One of the highlights of my week was reading that. It's the bessssst, you won't regret it.
Also, I really liked this quote I read this week while preparing for a lesson : "Endurance us more than pacing up and down within the cell of our circumstances; it is not only acceptance of the things allotted to us, it is to 'act for ourselves' by MAGNIFYING what is allotted to us". -Neal A. Maxwell.
I love you alllllllll! You are all so special to me and I'm so excited (and nervous) but mostly excited to finally get to Spain!
Next time I write, I'll be coming at you LIVE in Espana! Hasta lavista!!
Con mucho amor,
p.s. my whole district calls me "hermana doe-THee" haha thanks to the spanish lisp ;)