This week has had a lot of ups and downs. My companion has been sick all week, but she’s so awesome because she pushes through even when it’s really hard. I was feeling a little homesick on Saturday, but Sister Elliott and I had a nice chat. I feel like we’re getting closer everyday. This week really flew by, but I feel like a lot of progress was made. Sister Steagall, (I love her to Death!!!)is having some health difficulties with a preexisting heart condition. Today she’s going to the hospital to get some testing done. Keep her in your prayers.
So one of the counselors in our branch presidency is a very interesting man. He was presiding over our district meeting, and he was trying to make an analogy about pimples but it was lost on me because it was so strange. He was like “my first wife liked to pop my pimples, but anyways when you pop them they get infected so you need to make sure you take care of all of it.” I don’t even know, we were all like “uuuuhhh ok?” Then he pulled a dry erase marker out of his pocket and he was like “huh? that’s interesting.” Needless to say, he adds a little pizzazz to our ward. Other than that there wasn’t really anything that eventful this week.
Thank you for the package by the way! I just opened it. I’ll probably use the envelope you sent to send back my skirts that were a little iffy. Since coming here I understand the rules better and I decided that those skirts won’t work. They sell skirts at the bookstore here so I’ll probably by one before I leave. If i need more clothes in Portugal I can buy some:)
Thank you Sam and Gabby for your Dear Elders this week. They were really nice:)
I can’t believe it’s already been 2 weeks! I wouldn’t say the MTC is fun, but I think I’m doing pretty well here. Focusing can be difficult, there have been many times where I really struggled to stay awake. My teachers are pretty sweet. Sis. Lewis is great. She teaches only in Portuguese, no English at all which I like because it forces me to learn new words. Bro. Lemperle is great too. He talks in english sometimes so that we understand everything that is being taught. The sisters in our district think he’s really attractive. He’s very animated which makes class fun. I told you earlier that he sings with Vocal Point which is pretty cool.
I think I hit a bit of a wall this week. We’re really getting into conjugations and tenses now; and that is the worst part of learning any language; because you have to memorize so much. But I promise to work super hard to learn it to the best of my ability. I’ve been really surprised at how much I’ve been able to learn so far.
Coming here has really made me aware of how unique I am. I kind of broke down with my companion; because even though I love everyone and they all love me, it doesn’t change the fact that I am very different than all of them. The things I care about are not necessarily what everyone else cares about. Also, I’ve just become aware at how deep and pensive I am. I always knew I was, but it’s just so apparent that this is one of my most important spiritual gifts. I think Heavenly Father has special plans for me in this regard.
We’ve had some pretty great devotionals and lessons. In relief society, a sister talked about our power as sister missionaries and sisters in the gospel. She mentioned how in our church, more education = more devotion; where in others there is a negative correlation for each. I really appreciated this comment.
Things are going really well overall:) Eating healthily can be a challenge though. There aren’t very many healthy options and even though I’m exercising everyday eating as many vegetables as I can, drinking water, and not eating too much sugar, I’m still gaining weight. But I think the lord will bless me so I won’t worry. We’ll see how it goes when I get to Portugal:)
The MTC is awesome. I’ve learned and felt more than I have in my entire life. Sometimes I wish I had more time to do certain things like shower, but it’s great. Our district is super fun, we are all doing really well at learning Portuguese. I’m learning it 100 times faster than with Madame. It’s really cool. There are actually a lot of missionaries going to Portugal right now. I imagine it’s because of the mission split. I’m getting more and more anxious to leave every day though.
Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Wednesday: Uncle Joe picked me up and we went to Kneaders for Breakfast. Tell them thank you by the way they were so awesome to do all of that for me. When I got to the MTC I got my badge and other stuff and the first thing we did was start learning the language! The rest of the day was mostly initiation.
Thursday: We did class time and kind of got to know each other. I found out my companion knows the Asays so that was cool.
Friday: our first day with the regular schedule. We did gym for the first time which will be awesome for me because it will force me to excercise regularly. We also had to teach our first lesson IN PORTUGUESE!
Saturday: We did service in the morning we mopped stairs and then it was a regular day and we taught our second lesson which was 10000 times better.
Sunday: We had church stuff. Relief society sisters get to watch music in the spoken word which was nice. We did a temple walk and took lots of pictures!! We did a temple walk and took lots of pictures!! We had a devotional which was fun because they talked about all the MTCs all over the world. Then that night we get to watch a church film. We decided to watch this mind blowing talk by Elder Bednar I forget what it’s called, but it’s a must see everyone should watch it at some point in their life. I wish there was a way for you guys to watch it, because it was literally life changing. I think you can only see it in the MTC 😦 He talked about conversion and how the only way to do it is to forget about yourself. But it was amazing because he spoke with so much power, and he gave really crazy examples. (note from mom: I found a talk by Elder Bednar, from the October 2012 General Conference, titled “Converted Unto the Lord.” This may not be the talk she is referring to, but still a powerful sermon on conversion).
Monday: Regular day but our district was getting way off task and laughing a lot.
Every day is starting to blend together now. The days are long but it simultaneously feels like you’ve been here for your whole life and 5 minutes. Food is alright I’m mostly sticking to salads, but I think I’m struggling with having 3 full meals a day. My skin is super dry so I haven’t been doing my whole routine. Let’s just say I am really looking forward to Portugal weather.
P.S. Amanda is Crazy! Her letter made my district laugh.
We received a brief note from Sister Runyan in the mail today. We happen to know that her MTC P-day will be Tuesdays. We will post another letter tomorrow.
Feb 5, 2015
Minha Mai, (my mother)
They are efficient here! From the time I arrived, an hour later, I was already in a classroom learning Portuguese. It’s going to be SO COOL!!
My companion is Sister Elliott and she actually grew up in Mission Viejo, so she knows the Asays (the Asays are dear family friends and their daughter, Savanah, roomed with Kendall at BYU-I). She is so fun and we get along really well.
We stay really busy but I’m doing well and I think time will fly by really quickly. We are actually expected to teach in Portuguese tomorrow