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!!!