Awesome is the word of the week! They keep us all really busy here [at the MTC – Missionary Training Center]. This is an awesome place where you can feel the spirit so much. Every activity is inspired and all of the materials we are given to learn are awesome. I have been having 6 hours of classroom time a day. I am teaching 4 investigators [people who are seeking more information about The Church] and we have a lot of time to read scriptures and Preach my Gospel [a study guide for sharing the gospel]. It has been awesome to be surrounded by people with a common purpose, especially when we are all singing together. I am in the MTC choir. I can´t remember the words right now but we sang the song “I´m Trying to Be like Jesus.” Every word rang true and applied to me right now. We are a mighty army.
I enjoyed conference. [Referring to the world-wide, semi-annual conference broadcast from Salt Lake City. Kevin, Kendra, David, and Adam attended various sessions. Andrew and Laurie watched from home.] I heard the tentative plan for who was going to each session of conference. I watched the broadcast from the MTC. I picked out a couple of talks that I thought were good info for my family attending those sessions. I then had to remind myself to look for things for me. It wasn't very hard to do. (smiley face)
I am doing good. There are times when I am feeling discouraged and times when I totally feel like I got this missionary thing. I am fitting in pretty well with my clothing, personality, and testimony. And yet I am uniquely me. It is great!
A funny thing happened this week. The power went off. I was taking a turn in the shower at this time. Luckily, a lady came in and said those of us in the showers didn’t have to go outside for the fire drill. I was really glad I didn´t have to evacuate in a towel!
I have a great companion, Sister W. from Arizona. She has 6 brothers, loves horses, hunting, and fishing. We love to laugh and nicely tease each other. We are pushing each other to be better.
The most fun things I did this week were:
1. Singing in the missionary choir.
2. Going to the temple. (really nice)
3. Taking a kickboxing class for the sister missionaries. (hard but cool)
There are hard times too. One night I was feeling super depressed and I was able to pray and ask Heavenly Father to help me use the Atonement to feel happier. It worked! I testify that the Atonement can heal hurt, loneliness, and disappointments.
My next week schedule includes a lot of classes, teaching, and personal study time. I only get part of a day to do laundry, write letters, have a little free time, and go to the temple. I plan to leave for Oregon on Oct. 18.