Hola todos!

Hola todos!

Thank you all for the birthday love, cards, and packages! It was great:) Some of the Elders in our district went to a bakery on their pday and bought me cupcakes, and all of the hermanas wrote me super sweet notes and sang to me. It was so fun, I felt like a little kid! hehe. Thank you all so much!
This week was… interesting…. hahaha. Our toilet exploded in our apartment on Saturday (Mom, I had to buy new towels….sorry!) So that was crazy stressful.  I also think all of the newness is fading,  and we realized how much work we have to do until we leave for the field. There is so much I feel like I need to learn about the Gopsel and Spanish, and I feel like there are not enough hours in the day!  Turns out Hmna. Canty is being sent to the Guatemala MTC this Tuesday, so I will be put in a trio with another companionship this coming week. I am SO SAD! I love Hermana Canty! She has the sweetest heart and is so positive all the time. But there is a purpose for everything.
I quote Nacho Libre and Disney 24/7. I’m pretty sure the other Hmna.s hate it, but I don’t even care! hehe.Last  Sunday we got to watch the re-dedication of the Ogden Temple which was amazing. We bussed over to Main Campus from West campus, and all 2000+ missionaries in the MTC were in the same room and sang “The Spirit of God” all together. It was amazing. Then Elder Ballard spoke to us on Tuesday devotional. One thing that he talked about that really stood out to me was the worth of One Soul in the sight of God. Sometimes it’s easy to feel like no one understands or like we don’t matter, but Elder Ballard just reminded me that God cares about the details of EACH of our lives! We are precious to Him, and he never abandons his children. I love Elder Ballard.

Fall is coming, so it is so beautiful here! We got a new teacher, Hermano V., who is crazy smart. He is from Mexico, goes to BYU, speaks 6 languages, and is double majoring. He speaks spanish, but went to a british school, so his english accent it British! It’s crazy. He doesn’t seem to like english…or America…hehehe.

I may not have time to respond to all emails today, but thank you so much for everything!
Spanish is coming slowly but surely. We are working hard! I kind of feel like Mulan when she first gets to training and is failing at all the tests during “Make a Man Out of You.” I’m still waiting for one of my teachers to shoot an arrow at the top of a really tall post, so I can climb to it and then save China from the Huns. hehehe.
But I know God strengthens us when we are weak, and he knows our hearts! (Ether 12:27, Alma 18:32)

I love you all! La iglesia es verdadera! (The church is true!)

Con MUCHO amor!

Hmna. Ward

PS. This computer is lame and won’t let me attach pictures, but I will send some next week!

HOLA!

Life is good! I feel like I have been here so long, and I have to remind myself it has only been a few days!My companions name is Hermana Canty! She is 19 and from a little town in Southern Colorado! I love her so much! She is so positive and sweet, and even though it’s only been 4 days, I feel like we have known each other for so long. She will be serving in Guatemala. The fist day, Wednesday, was INSANE. I was so tired. We dropped off our stuff, and went right to classes. My Espanol teacher’s name is Hermana Bair, and she is the cutest person. She is 25 and served her mission in Chile about 4 years ago. The first few days, she convinced us she couldn’t speak english, so class was completely espanol all day. Later we learned she is fluent in both. That sneaky sneak. It was really rough at first, but I feel like I am learning SO much already. My district (the group of Elders and Sister who are in my classes)  has 4 elders and 6 hermanas. I think we are the only district with more hermanas than elders. I love it. We all get along so well, and all of them are so dedicated to learning the language and learning how to teach about Jesus Christ. The poor elders have to put up with the hermanas wanting to take a million pictures all the time though. Poor guys..

I am staying is what is called “West Campus” –in some student housing away from the main MTC campus.West Campus Best Campus!!! All 6 of the hermanas in our district stay in one apartment. It’s a lot like my BYU housing was– 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and a bathroom. (The missionaries in main campus don’t get their own bathrooms or kitchens…hehehehehe)  Only Spanish-Speaking Missionaries stay in West Campus. I LOVE IT. Everywhere we walk, we hear “Hola Hermanas!” and everyone speaks spanish all the time. It almost like I am already in mexico. Everyone is so strong, and you can just feel the love they have for the gospel and the Savior!  3 of the Elders in our  district and 2 other hermanas are going to my same mission. So we will fly out of Salt Lake together in 6 weeks.  On my second day,Thursday, I was called as Sister Training Leader for my District. aahhhhhhh. I was so stressed when I found out. I have no idea what I am doing! Basically, I am in charge of making sure we are getting to class and meetings on time, being obedient, and that all of the hermanas are doing okay with homesickness and getting along with companions. I also attend a lot of meetings. I feel soooo inadequate, but I know God will help me. We went to the Provo temple today, so that was a wonderful experience and brought a lot of peace.

The schedule here is crazy! We call it the Lord’s boot camp. We study all the time, either the gospel, how to teach, or espanol. We are teaching a mock investigator right now named Felipe. It’s so hard because he doesn’t speak any english, and we only know a little espanol, but esta bien! It makes us work hard! It’s so nice going to bed knowing that you worked as hard as you possibly could that day. The food is alright; there is chocolate milk and cereal here, so I am happy:) I think my favorite part about the MTC right now is hearing people from my district sing hymns and pray in Spanish. Most of the time it is very broken Spanish, and our grammar is horrible, but I love it so much!

La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias es verdadera! hehe. Hooray for espanol!

Con MUCHO AMOR!!!

Hermana Ward

Me and my companion, the hermanas in our district, out district in front of the temple, and a picture an elder drew in our classroom, and decided to write my name on the tag...hahaha. I hope I don't actually look like that...

Me and my companion, the hermanas in our district, out district in front of the temple, and a picture an elder drew in our classroom, and decided to write my name on the tag…hahaha. I hope I don’t actually look like that…

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