(Another great week at the MTC!) I will be on my way to Indonesia in 12 days!!! Ah I am so excited. Yesterday my district got to be hosts for the over 800 new missionaries that came in yesterday. We would go up to the cars pulling in with the new missionaries, wait for them to say bye to their families, and then we helped them get all the stuff they needed and got them all situated at the MTC, it was fun! We got to be their very first impression of the MTC! If the Sisters I helped out weren't excited about the MTC after I talked to them, then I don't know what would get them excited haha! Also, on Tuesday the MTC asked if I could take care of 5 international Sisters that came in early, so I got to show them all around and get them all settled in. They were from Samoa and Brazil and they were all awesome! I also met my new companion!! Her name is Sister Fredrickson, she is from Denmark and is so sweet! I can already tell she will be a great missionary.
I had some awesome experiences teaching this week. Yesterday we planned for two lessons we were going to teach, and when we got into both of the lessons, we ended up teaching two completely different lessons than we had planned. We taught to their needs and the spirit guided us to what we needed to say. They ended up being some of our best lessons so far. I like this quote that one of my teachers shared with us a while back: " The spirit will be doing most of the work, but he cannot do what you can do for yourself." When we are putting in 100% of our effort, truly trying to be the best we can be, and when we really have love for the people we are teaching, the spirit will guide us to the things we need to teach. We get to be an instrument in the Lords hands! One of the things we talked about a lot this week was enduring to the end. My purpose as a missionary is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them recieve the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and ENDURING TO THE END. It's not over after baptism...everyday we should be striving to be better and become more like Christ everyday. I love this scripture..2 Nephi 31:20.. "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life." Nobody is perfect, I know I'm not, I have to repent everyday and pray for help everyday, but he atonement truly does have redeeming and enabling power. We can have hope everyday through the Savior.
In one of out devotionals this week the speaker talked about being of good cheer and smiling because we really do have so much to be happy about! She also talked about doing everything with love. That is really what it is all about! True happiness comes when we learn to love others and serve them, like Christ did. I say this every week, but this really is the greatest work that I get to be a part of, I'm loving it. If anyone reading this who is thinking about serving a mission..go. You won't find greater happiness then when you forget about yourself and focus on serving others. The MTC is awesome, I've made so many friends here and It will be hard to say goodbye to the ones that I will be leaving, but I cannot wait to get to Indonesia!! I love you all so much!! I love hearing from everyone, it's the best! Savanna Reilly, all I have to say is...Nice pipes tamika! I just listened to your song from Beaus homecoming talk and you killed it!
|My new comp Sister Fredrickson|
|Beings Hosts for the over 800 new missionaries that came on Wednesday!|
|Our tiny zone at the temple!|
|The only Sister in the MTC from Indonesia...we love her!!|
|My district was pretty stoked on all the stuff my Gma Gail sent...it was gone fast :) Thank you Gma!|