I finally made it to P-day. What a week it has been. It feels like I've already been here for a month. The days were so long and slow last week that I'm surprised I actually made it to today. But here I am! Made it to the MTC. I don't even know where to start!
First day, I had so many emotions, but it wasn't too hard. Thankfully, I was blessed with a wonderful companion, Sister Mehlhoff, and a great district. They're pretty great! We all became friends pretty quickly and tried to navigate the campus best we could. They definitely keep you busy that first day so you don't think about home too much. I wasn't really homesick that first day but I was nervous and excited. We did some training and there was lots of getting to know you stuff. That happens when you are a newbie and nobody knows you ;) We met our sister training leaders, zone leaders, and technology specialists that night, and they were super cool.
The next day felt even longer than the last and they just kept getting longer. Wednesday night, I went to bed 8 minutes late and I found myself so tired the next day. I kept falling asleep in my classes after lunch 😬. So, I was especially careful every night afterwards to make sure I went to bed on time. We spend a lot of our time in classes, so it's hard to focus sometimes. But, we do learn some really helpful things to be great missionaries. I've learned a lot of things so far and I'm so anxious and excited to get out into the field. My favorite time of the day is when we get to read the Book of Mormon for 30 minutes. The Spirit is so strong that it feels like every verse is golden.
Sunday was probably the weirdest day for me. I would say it will take some adjusting, but none of my Sundays are going to be the same while I'm here at the MTC. This Sunday is fast Sunday and after that is general conference. So.....yeah. Anyway, my companion got to speak in sacrament meeting, which was fun for her since she didn't have a chance to prepare one, but it was still super good. My favorite part was when I got to go to choir. It was fun to go and sing and the choir director is really funny and we learned lots of new things. We got to sing Praise to the Man, which sounded really good. I could have sworn I was with the Tabernacle Choir. Later that night was our devotional, which was also really good. I learned a lot about how important it is to serve as a missionary and love everyone around you. We watched a video afterwards. It was the devotional talk of Elder Bednar "The Character of Christ". It was good and it really motivated me to not focus as much on myself but on the people around me whom I can love and serve.
After that day, the days moved faster. Probably because you don't have as much workshops and classes. We get a lot of study time, which is really helpful. I met my first TRC on Saturday and then we got to teach her on Monday. Her name is Aleska and she is so cute! Sister Mehlhoff and I were nervous to teach her because when we contacted her, we didn't know what to teach her. But, thanks to inspiration from the Spirit, I was able to get an idea of what to focus on, so Sister Mehlhoff and I planned our lesson on that. It turned out that it was exactly what we needed to teach! The gospel is true! We feel like we are really making some progress with her and our lessons are going pretty well (Sister Mehlhoff and I have a hunch that she is actually a non-member and the first time she has come, so we are super excited about teaching her. She is doing so great and her faith has really increased.) Our other TRC is a referral and her name is Ellie and she is so sweet. We've only met with her once, but our lesson went pretty well and we think that she's making progress.
Tuesday was super cool. We had our devotional with one of the twelve, so we got to hear from Elder Rasband and his wife. They are so amazing. They talked about the new temple in Rome and we learned some amazing things from them. Elder Rasband made me cry! But it was so good and the Lord really is hastening his work. (Did you know that within the last 60 something years, we went from 19 temples to around 160?)
This week has been good and I'm so excited to get out into the field. I get to go out in about a week and a half. It will be so good. I can't wait to go out and share the gospel.