So this week was just about getting ready to leave. We had a seminar called In-field orientation. It was very long and at times very difficult to stay awake, but it was good and I got a lot of good ideas. Both of our teachers talked a little about their missions and the people they taught this week.
Irmão (Brother) Lemperle talked about Portugal and answered our questions. He taught and baptized a lot of people. From what it sounds like the work is definitely going forward in Portugal. He was an amazing missionary, so dedicated to the work. When he came home, he said that was the worst day of his life. He meant it. He is such an amazing example to me. He speaks with a lot of authority and power. I hope I can be half the missionary he is.
I am so excited to experience the culture of Portugal. From everything that has been said it seems like a beautiful place and I am excited beyond words. So when our flight was canceled this morning I was a little disappointed. But everything is great now and I am so ready to leave the MTC and officially start my mission.
I don’t really think I have any expectations for what the mission field will be like. I’m just ready to do the work of the lord. The MTC is great, but it’s not my mission. I know that things will get really hard and honestly I have no idea how to prepare myself for some of the trials that might come. But I know I will never give up! I’ll always push forward until I have given my very all. There are some missionaries here at the MTC who have already had almost unbearable trials. They are examples to me and their faith and determination to keep going inspires me everyday.
I love you all! I pray for the health and strength of all who are dear to me.