Well like everyone always says this work is hard but not in any way that you would expect! We have to learn to listen to the spirit for all things to say and do, and not teach from our knowledge or from brain to brain, but from heart to heart. So the first 3 days were really hard. It is a hard concept and just totally thrown into it. I kept saying to my companion that it was like drinking out of a firehose with all the classes and activities they had us working on. ESPECIALLY since we came a day late and they had to pack that in too. But as we all call it here in the MTC it is amazing Sunday, the day when finally you feel like your not trying to keep afloat anymore and you get a grasp on things. I think it works this way because Sunday is the first time that we have anytime to ourselves to actually ponder on what we know, and to let it sink in. But Sunday was great, and since then things have been so much easier to understand and our "investigators" have been progressing. -in TRC and we teach our teachers: we do alot of role playing.
My companion is Sister Laura Luke from Taylorsville. She is the one that I added on FB before because Cassi knew her and knew she was coming to the MTC and to my mission the same day. We get along great, and it is interesting since we have learned we are very opposite. She is very laid back and even came 2 hours late to the MTC just because she isn't worried about time. Which is teaching me A LOT of patience. I like to be early to everything and overly prepared, and knew that patience was going to be a big learning experience for me in the mission, so I guess it is just starting for me now. :)
Then we have Sister Haley Boyd from Maryland going to Riverside CA and Sister Maddison Caldwell going to Tempe AZ. It is a great little group of sisters here in district 6C and we go everywhere together and love to laugh. Sometimes we think we are a bit more rambunctious then the Elders but I think that it is just because we are totally comfortable in our skin. We are loving it here.
There are 5 Elders in our District. Elder Ash from Kansas City, Elder Losee from Sanaqin, Elder Komm from Montanna, Elder Karl from Canada, and Elder Baker from Burley! They are all going to Tempe execpt Elder Losee is coming to Lubbock. They are a great group of Elders and seriously impressive that they are 19 and are so strong in the gospel. I look upto them.
I am happy to say that homesickness has not hit me!!! HOOORAY!! I have been very blessed in this because I was so worried about it. I did sleep on the floor the first 2 nights because I COULD NOT fall asleep on the mattresses here. But I got over that :) I know I'm weird. The only time I feel sad that I'm not with my family is when I'm having a hard time understanding lessons and I wish I could call home. But after talking it out with my companion things feel better.
Sadly the temple is closed so no temple visits for us :(
ALSO PLEASE will you tell everyone and have Carmen put it on FB and such that DEAR ELDER is amazing and people should use it. I can only email once a week but dear elder come right to my mtc mail box and I can get those 2x a day. You need my MTC mailbox #126.
Will you tell my lazy siblings that I would love to hear from them? I know it has only been a week (less than) but it feels like 7 years since I've been on the outside.
My departure date is July 23 and it says I won't be released from the mission till Jan 20th. so no Christmas I guess.
I don't have my list of things I wish I had, it was small anyway, but I'll send it in a letter after this.
I love you all so much, and miss you terribly, but know this is where the Lord wants me. And I'm excited to be here. Love you all to the moon and back! Kiss my babies for me! And don't let them forget their Auntie!!