Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Week 2: MTC

Hola! Second week in the MTC accomplished! I don't remember if I said this last week, but time here in the MTC is so crazy. I feel like I'm living in a time warp. By the time I go to bed every night I can't even remember lunch, let alone breakfast, because the day was so long, but then at the same time I feel like I just got here yesterday and it's been two weeks! So crazy.


Anyway, here are some things that happened this week.


Last Thursday we had in-field orientation. Basically we spent all day in big meetings and workshops learning about the little things that are important as a missionary that you never learn in class. We talked about finding people to teach, goal setting, interacting with members, etc. I really enjoyed this day. It helped me to feel more confident about heading out to the field and what my day to day schedule will be like. I can't believe that I'm actually going to be out there doing these things soon!


On Friday we taught at the TRC (Training Resource Center) for the first time. This is where people from the community come in and act like non-members of less-active members and we talk to them and teach them a lesson. I'm learning that one of the most important parts of being a missionary is that first visit that you have with people where you get to know them, understand expectations, and try to discern their needs so that you can tailor your message to them as an individual rather than just teaching a memorized discussion. This first TRC visit went really well. In fact our entire district got back at the end and we were all on fire with missionary work! Even though they were only pretending, it felt good to teach someone other than our teacher.


Sunday was Father's Day, which was a little hard but also really good. We didn't do too much talking about fathers, so I did all right. I tried to focus on the positive, like ten years in the future when I'm married and have kids and what we'll do for Father's Day then. Thinking about those things made it a lot easier.


Other than that, we've just been doing basically the same things every day as always. Only four of the nine of our district are left now - the rest have left for their missions - so our class is very small! It's crazy how close we all grew to each other in such a short time. I will miss them so much.


I love being a missionary! I know that there will be plenty of hard times, but I have a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and this work.


Well, I feel like this letter is really short, but I don't have much else to say. I will be leaving for Virginia in just a few days, which I'm so excited for! I'm a teensy bit nervous to travel all that way by myself, but I'll just play the lost missionary card and I'm sure people will help me ;)


Sorry I can't send any pictures. For some reason the MTC computers are rejecting picture uploads today, so it's a no-go on that one. It will be much easier once I get out into the field I think. Don't worry, I am still taking lots of pictures!



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