HOLA familia y amigos!
It's official, I'm a missionary!!! The spirit is so strong here. Everyone is so kind and welcoming and so eager to help you with anything. The first couple days, not gonna lie, were THE LONGEST DAYS EVER. haha. Everyone kept saying, "just make it to Sunday", and they were right! Sunday was amazing. Every week for sacrament meeting, we have to prepare talks. right after we take the sacrament, our branch pres will get up and call on random people to come up and give a talk. None of us new-bee missionaries were called on, so we were all relieved haha. My whole zone is amazing. I love them so much and I've gotten to know so many of them. Our zone made it a "thing" that we all go and sing in the choir. Oh my gosh, singing with some-thousand missionaries is the most amazing feeling and the spirit is so strong. Sunday night devotional was crazy amazing. So, we all watched the video of Elder David A. Bednar's talk given in the MTC some years ago called "The Character of Christ"--I think my most favorite talk ever. But that wasn't all......we all thought the meeting was over but nope. Bednar WALKED IN and surprised us all and did a Q&A with everyone. Wow. The spirit was so strong:) My companion is Hermana Christensen! She's from Georgia and I love her. We are very different in every way and we have different ways of doing things, but I am trying my best to just love her and work hard together. She's amazing at Spanish and I'm pretty rusty haha. So she helps me a lot which is nice. We've given 2 lessons so far which went okay. I want to be able to contribute and express myself so bad, but I freeze up and end up reading from my script and i get so frustrated with myself! But I have to remind myself that I have been here only one week and it's crazy to see how far i've come in such little time. Here in the MTC, we are constantly being spiritually fed and uplifted with so many wonderful speakers and teachers. There is so much that I want to share, but something that has stood out to me the most this week is the word: OBEDIENCE. Obedience is the doorway to endless opportunities. When we are EXACTLY obedient, the Lord will bless us and we can have the spirit to be with us to make the right decisions. Also in the Tuesday night devo, i really liked the quote "Diligence is more important than intelligence". I have realized that people are not going to look back and be like "that missionary was really good at Spanish", but they will look back and remember "that missionary had such a great spirit with her". When I am doing the things that I need to be doing and working hard, I can have the spirit to be with me and with my investigators and that's enough. I just love being a missionary. I am growing everyday and learning a lot. I am so happy. Sorry this email is so disorganized haha. So much to say, so little time. I love my district. We have all become so close and we all work hard together. Hermana Christensen and I are the only sisters in our district and the rest are elders and I love them hahaha.
Exercise time is really fun. I usually like to run around the track, or play volleyball or four-square with my district. It gets intense haha.Gym time is very therapeutic. It's been nice to see so many familiar faces here en the CCM! I've also gotten to meet so many new friends...everyone is SO NICE here! The food is okay here haha, I've been living off of PB&J sandwiches and they are muy bueno. P>S Thank you mama for the care package. The girls in my dorm are very grateful and we love you!!!
I love being a missionary. I am so happy here. I miss you all so much. The only time I get homesick is when I am going to sleep because that's the only time I get to take a break and think. but I wake up the next morning and get back to work! It's hard but the feelings and experiences I have here are so worth it. Sorry again for my bad spelling and grammar and disorganized email. I know this church is true and I'm am so grateful for this privilege to be a representative of Christ and be a tool in His hands. This work isn't mine, It's His. I've learned that it's not about what I want my mission to be like or anything about what I want, but it's about what the Lord wants. Ahhh I'm so happy! Miss you all. Be safe and make good choices!