I’m like, sad to be writing you. I know it’s silly, but it’s my last few days in the States! I’m worried that I need something I’m forgetting about. But hopefully not.
Yep, I leave Monday at 3:45 AM. But I can call in Georgia at like 2:30 their time, so whatever time that makes in in UTAH. Can you text everybody and let them know that? So that they can like, give you numbers or whatever?
I’m so nervous! Like, AHHHHHHH!!!! Stomach aches galor! And super duper excited as well. The closer I get though the more I’m just nervous.
The purple suitcase is fine. The one that matches my purple set.
I don’t know, but I’m going to Nicaragua anyways!
I think it’ll be the 5 of us. Elder Maluia is officially not going to Nicaragua because of his stomach ulcers, so he’s getting reassigned today stateside. And Hermana Day has a slight possibility of not coming too. But it’s me, McLachlan, Ortiz, and Redd.
Yes I get to call at the airport.
I fly out at 8:30 here, arrive in Georgia at 2:07, then fly out of there at 5:50 and arrive at Nicaragua at7:40!
This is my last P-day in the states! I don’t know what day P-day is there. So it might be awhile before I’ll write again.
I’m going to miss the people I have met here, I really like them a lot. But I will not miss the food.
This week has been crazy! Just preparing to leave on Monday!
I got your package Mom, thank you so much! I also got a package from my long lost brother Kaleb. I thought he had died or something! Naw it was good though. Chips and queso is the best! My zone loved it a lot.
On Friday we had a really cool experience of doing Exchanges with the Hermana’s in the other District. They’re in the intermediate Spanish class, so that was a little hard, but I was Hermana Filigrana’s companion, and I absolutely loved it! It was a really neat experience. During the 24 hours of our exchange, we did a “English fast” as well, that was pretty hard, but I felt like I’ve learned quite a bit from it.
Friday night also, a mouse got into our building, and ran right into our room. I was pretty crazy. So me McLaughlin and two other random girls chased it around the room, trying to catch it. One of the girls ended up catching it in one of my skirts! Now I have learned never to leave my clothes just hanging about my room. Nevertheless, I think I’ll be sending that skirt home for some heavy duty cleaning! So gross, but a ton of Fun!
We also got our travel plans of Friday! We have to be out of our rooms at 3:45 am! Sadly no visitors at the airport, but I can call family and friends during my lay-over in Georgia. I can’t believe It’s coming so quickly! I leave on Monday! AHHH!
Saturday Hermana Macdonald wasn’t feeling very well, so she got a lot of rest, and me and McLachlin just kinda hung around the dorms, trying to study.
Something I forgot to mention last week, I’m the sister training leader! Hurrah! So Sunday was my first meetings as a Sister Training Leader. This Sunday I have to teach Relief Society. It’s about Enduring to the End. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Just a pretty eventful week!
Brother Merritt gave a talk on Sunday, about Nephi. And about how When Nephi was asked to kill Laban it said “He shrank”. But over time, and then now he’s asked to build a boat, and Bro. Merritt mentioned that the chances of Nephi actually ever seeing a boat was slim, let alone building one. But when he is asked to, his response is “Where do I get the ore to make the tools to build the boat” He had learned how to completely depend on the Lord.
Right before he goes to see Laban in 1 Nephi 4:6-7 he says “And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do. Nevertheless I went forth”
And that’s how I felt going on a mission, and now on my way to Nicaragua. In our lives we won’t always know for sure, but hopefully we will still go forth.
Friday was pretty cool, our TRC Investigator has come a long way, and she even said she’s interested in being babtised! It’s cool to hear the spiritual experiences she’s having, and how she’s growing closer to Christ.
We had a real breakthrough with “Juan” as well. The last lesson just went super well, and we really felt the spirit. We finally kinda understand what he needs.
We’re still having a tough time with Isidora, but we teach her a couple times this week, so hopefully we can understand her more.
I got a package of Cinnamon rolls from Brandon, Thank you so much! They were so good. My district loved them.
St. Patrick’s day was really normal, but that night we had a devotional by Elder Clarke. It was really cool. He got down into the crowd with us, and he really connected with us. He had like 10 truths every missionary should know. One of them was faith, and I just loved the reminder. “Faith without works is dead… this is Missionary WORK. Learn to love to work.” something I really strive to remember, and I feel the Lord helping drive me, to be the best I can be and to go the extra mile. It’s really good.
Another thing he brought up was “If you stop listening, God stops talking.” I really liked that as well. It’s not just that you miss our on blessings, or helping other people, but as you fail to act on promptings, you’re not reliable. God will stop depending on as much, and you will miss out on a the greatest relationship you can ever have.
Anyways, just food for thought.
Some days I can’t believe I’ve been here only a month, and other days I feel like it’s still in my first week. But nevertheless, here I am! One more P-day here, and them I’m off to Nicaragua! AHHH! it’s super crazy.
This week has been good! I always get like writers block when I actually sit down to write, but hopefully I can remember a little bit.
Yesterday we had Quentin L Cook as our Devotional speaker, it was really cool to have an apostle! He talked about how if we need more success, we need to have more faith. More faith that the Lord will carry us through if we try our hardest. Pretty neat stuff.
On Monday one of the districts in our Zone left for the field! So jealous. It’s super strange though, we only had 19 people and they took 9 of them. So now our zone is only 10 people, and we’re not getting new people this week.
Elder Loumeau left our district and moved over to the intermediate Spanish class. When I came we had 8 people in our district, but now there is only 5. I know it doesn’t sound like that big of a change, but it’s made a huge difference. But it’s good, because we’ve gotten to know the other two elders in my district better.
So Friday was kind of a crazy day! Hermana Macdonald got diagnosed with OCD, so now she has to take medicine. That night Hermana Day had another asthma attack, so the peramedics came. Also, Elder Maluia has ulcers, and they’ve been getting worse, so he was supposed to go to the hospital, but he didn’t actually go until Monday, his mom got to take him, and he got that thing done where they put a camera down your throat. I also had like a mini panic attack on Friday. It was very eventful.
STEVE: No, we don’t clap when people drop glass anymore. It’s not allowed. But a zone did empty our a cereal container, and they were pretty excited about that.
MOM: Elder Maluia, Elder Redd, Hermana Day, Hermana Ortiz, and Hermana McLachlan are all going to Nicaragua South with me.
DAD: I go at like 2:25, and we have changed up each time what we do. But yeah, don’t come and find me. No bueno. And I haven’t got to host the new missionaries yet! since our P-day is on Wednesday they probably won’t let us. But we’ll see!
We get to watch Music and the Spoken word every Sunday, and I like that it talked about setbacks. “They key is the way we react to our setbacks… We will continue to fail, but we can make sure that when we do, we “fail forward””
This week has gone a lot better than the last couple weeks. So yay! I need to get better at keeping a record of what happened, so I actually have something to talk about here, but that’ll come once I actually start doing stuff in the field. Can’t wait for Nicaragua!
Our P-day schedule is get up, print off emails, do Laundry, eat lunch, temple, dinner, class. I get one hour to write emails. But we usually print off emails early in the morning.
Gonna finally send pictures today! Yay!
First picture: All the Elder who just left us!
Second: My companions! I am in a three some companionship at the MTC. My companions are from Bountiful and West Valley. Hermana McLachlan is going to Nicaragua also. Hermana Macdonald is going to Kansas. She leaves the day after us. I do love my companions.