Hello friends and family!
So people always talk about the MTC being like prison. And I must say… if prison is a spiritual powerhouse where 80% of your day is spent in prayer (that may or may not be an exaggeration) and you are learning how to help others learn of the things you believe to be true, and you read and study scriptures that help and uplift you, and you talk to and smile at everyone you pass and everyone calls each other Sister and Elder, then yes, I would say the MTC is exactly like prison.
Needless to say, I love it here! My companion is Sister Callaway, and I. Love. her. She is the sweetest person, and so so compassionate and I wish we could stay companions forever! I seriously could not have asked for a better companion. Last night we had interviews with our branch presidency and it was so weird to not be in the same room as Sister Callaway during our interviews, and I’ve only known her since Wednesday! Anyways…
Last night when meeting with the branch presidency, Sister Callaway and I were asked to be our Sister Training Leaders for our zone. It’s so crazy that we are here for such a short amount of time, I can’t believe we fly out to Philadelphia so soon! There’s still so much to learn!
1 of 2 Pennsylvania Philadelphia Districts currently at the MTC.
We pretty much sit in class for half of the day. But it is so great! I am learning so much and the spirit is so strong here. Our district is the best district ever. I know, I know, I’m sure everyone thinks that…. but mine really is the best. Everyone has such strong testimonies and such a great desire to learn. We even match our outfits. Today we are all wearing red, and on Sunday we even have our branch presidency (and classroom teachers even though they won’t be here with us on Sunday) planning on wearing black and/or purple, so everyone wear black and purple on Sunday! (: So we have eight people total in our district: Sister Callaway and I, Elder Beckstead, and Elder Crowther, Elder Pule, Elder Fernandes, Sister Smith and Sister Maughn. Sister Smith and Sister Maughn are both so sweet. Elder Pule is the sweetest person ever! He is so funny too! Elder Fernandes is so cool, he has such a strong testimony. Elder Beckstead and Elder Crowther are so funny as well. Weird (and very unimportant fact): Elder Crowther’s girlfriend is here, she entered the MTC the same day that all of us did. She’s going to Arizona I think… I guess she sat by Elder Crowther and Elder Beckstead one day at lunch.. I asked them if it was weird, Elder Crowther said it wasn’t, but Elder Beckstead said that it was really weird. Too funny.
Anyways, I saw Preston Shaw and Brittany Prows, so yay for familiar faces! I thought Sister Prows had already left but we literally almost ran into each other in our residence hall!
The days are so so busy here. Every day is planned to a T and you don’t have any extra time for anything! Which is actually pretty great except at night when everyone in your room is up later than 10:30 because we are all trying to write in our journals and do some extra studying. I’m already behind on my journal writing, and I don’t think I’ll ever get caught up! I’m pretty sure I’m still writing about yesterday…
Sister Gomm, Sister Smith, Sister Maughan & Sister Callaway – taken on their first day – “dork dots” are still on their badges.
So last night all of the girls in our room, (the Sisters in our district and two other Sisters) were all talking, and we got on to the subject of the Salt Lake Temple (cause that’s what you talk about when on tangents in the MTC) and I told them all if they ever got to go to the Salt Lake Temple to look at the ceiling. They were all very confused so hopefully they can go at some point and understand what I was talking about. Haha
Also everyone sings in the shower (okay not everyone, but lots of people). But they all sing church songs. It’s actually quite humorous. There were two Sisters who were singing Grease yesterday though… I had it stuck in my head all day after that. Okay also! everyone in my zone likes Les Mis, Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera. What, how did that even happen? I don’t know… but I love it.
Okay this is the most unorganized email I have ever written, and I am so sorry for that! But I have learned so much in the few short days that I have been here. I have had the Holy Ghost with me constantly, which is the most amazing feeling!! I have made friendships that I know will last forever. I have a better understanding of Heavenly Father’s love for each of us. I know that sharing and living the gospel is the best thing that you can do. I now understand what all of my return missionary friends mean when they say that they hate being home and they miss their mission so much. I can already tell that I will be saying the same things in a year and a half. Also my district all made plans to go to New Zealand when we get back from our missions and watch The Lord of the Rings. Why New Zealand? Cause uh… Lord of the Rings….. Duh… Plus Elder Pule lives in New Zealand so… why not, right?
We have talked a lot about the purpose of being missionaries. One of our teachers wrote this on the board:
Enduring to the end
this. is our purpose.
Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. (Preach My Gospel)
I would encourage you all to keep these in mind. Having faith is so important. Ether 12 is a wonderful chapter in the scriptures on faith. I especially love versus 8, 9 and 12.
Don’t forget to pray. You can never pray enough. We pray so much here, and I know that the Spirit is with us more as we pray and keep a sincere heart.
Okay that is all I have time for! I’m sorry this is such a disorganized messy email!
I love you all to the moon and back!
Email and write me! I would love to hear from you all!
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