My First Full Week

26 Oct

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Wow, I can’t believe it has only been a week since I last wrote! It feels like a lifetime, but then again it went super fast! Crazy, right? They say here all the time that the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days. I think I’m starting to understand that! Oh gosh, where to even start! I’m not even gonna try to write chronologically because that would be way to crazy, Lol.
     

Ok, first thing I wanted to tell you about was one of the new things going on here at the MTC! They’ve started a new program called “Gold-tag Investigators”. Basically, we have regular people walking around campus with gold tags on that we can street contact, have a quick lesson with, or even set up appointments with! Of course we all asked if they were just actors, but they said that most of them are recent converts, but a few actually are investigators!! Each companionship is assigned one TRC Progressing Investigator that we get to teach twice. Our investigators name is Claudia. They have these mini “living rooms” on a couple hallways, so we go there and teach them! We had a great first lesson with Claudia on Monday. She has a great love for her family, so we taught her the principle of eternal families. We had another appointment for Wednesday, but she didn’t show up! 😦 We were so bummed. We left a note on her “door”, and hopefully we’ll be able to schedule another visit before we leave. 🙂 Ok, so yeah, we have what are called “progressing investigators” with whom we practice teaching just as we would in real life. One of our teachers, Bro. Gray, role-plays our main investigator, Kyle. Sis. Singson and I have learned SO much from these experiences. What I love is that they are real. The spirit is real, and what we are testifying is real!! We role-play a lot in class as well, and it is so great. It really helps me to understand the NEEDS of the people we will teach. We teach PEOPLE, not lessons!

Sunday was so wonderful at the MTC. It felt so renewing to take the sacrament! The sisters all got to watch Music and the Spoken Word, which was a really great experience. One of my favorite things about Sunday was that we got to go on a temple walk!

Our Sunday night devotional was great. We had Stephen Allen speak to us, the managing director of the missionary department. He was so funny! To “get to know” all hundreds of us missionaries, he had us stand up as different things applied to us. For example, if we were learning a language, leaving this week, etc. But then, he asked for any to stand up if they had received a Dear John/Jane at the MTC! One poor Elder just stood up in the back- we all applauded for him! So funny. Sunday night we got to watch an old devotional from Elder Bednar, called The Character of Christ. Find and READ THAT TALK! Seriously changed my perspective on Christ and what I can do to be more Christ-like. (Turn outwards, when the natural man would turn inwards).

Tuesday night we had another devotional from Lynn G. Robbins from the Seventy. He taught us how to be an “Open Your Mouth” missionary. What is really important is to open your EYES, and then your mouth. It’s about connecting with people, not just contacting! He shared a quote from Winston Churchill that I love: “Success is going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm”. I have definitely already felt that failure in my teaching at times, but it’s important to distinguish between disappointment and discouragement. Oh, and Tuesday night I sang in the MTC choir for the devotional as well! We practiced on Sunday too. We sang “Consider the Lillies” and it was so great to sing with a choir again. Our devotionals are all “high-tech” and they had big screens like they do at Conference. Apparently, Sis. Singson and I were on the screen for a while! We didn’t see it, but that’s still cool. 🙂

Yesterday, we had In-field Orientation all day. 8 Hours of class….. bleh!! But it actually wasn’t too bad. 🙂 We learned a lot about reporting Key Indicators, working with members, etc. One funny experience from that: apparently piano skills are not as common as I thought! In our large class (about 300 missionaries), the teacher asked for a volunteer to play. I volunteered, but I never expected to be picked, but I was one of the few who volunteered! So I had to walk from the WAY back up to the piano. All the missionaries were cheering! It was so funny. I’m glad I didn’t completely suck at playing the hymn after the welcome I had received for playing. 🙂 Oh yeah, another cool thing! So my companion, Sis. Singson, is seriously so talented at singing. We auditioned for (and got!) a special musical number for one of the meetings on Monday! So cool. I’m accompanying her on “Where can I turn for peace?” So much fun!

This afternoon, we get to attend the TEMPLE! So, so, so excited.
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I can’t believe I’m leaving the MTC so soon! I feel like I have learned so much, but I have so much more to learn. I love teaching and helping people come unto Christ. Missionary work definitely isn’t easy, but it’s so wonderful to see people find that same happiness that I feel in their own lives. The church is true! I am learning to love my Savior in a whole new way. I have faith in Him, and I trust Him! I love you all, and I pray for everyone every single night. 

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One Response to “My First Full Week”

  1. Peter and Linda Gorshe October 26, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    This makes us feel like we’re right there with you. Thanks for posting.

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