Monday, January 28, 2008

Emily Week 2 - MTC

Ok well I don't even really know where to start because I have no idea what day it is or how long I have been here. I can't even remember what I told you guys in the last letter. It honestly feels like I am on an island in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of boys. The days seem really long here but the weeks go by really fast.
The Elders are already starting to get really comfortable with my comp. and I. We are just one of the guys now and we hear more than I want to. They all learned the word chiste which is joke in English. I probably heard that word about 30 times in a day. Everything is a chiste!One of the Elders got me sick. I wash my hands like 30 times a day and it doesn't matter the MTC is really dirty because there are so many people here. I forced him to give me all the medicine that he got at the bookstore and I've been using a bunch of nose spray. The other day I was just way to worn out and I felt horrible so I decided to take a nap and I think I slept for like four hours and then I slept throught the night too. I've got some nice cold sores but just getting some extra sleep really helped and I'm already feeling better. Thank you so much for that medicine bag mom and dad.
I heard this morning that our beloved Prophet died last night. I am sad because he is such an amazing man and so loving but I am happy for him because he gets to be with his beautiful wife. There relationship is amazing. I taught lesson 1 for the first time in the TRC a couple days ago with my comp. Someone acts like a real investigator and then your teacher listens in and tells you how you did. First we visit wiht them in Spanish and then give the lesson in English. It was amazing! The Spirit was just overflowing in the room as we talked about Joseph's Smith's vision and the restoration of the gospel. I felt prompted in what to say and how to say it. At the beginning he kind of said I believe that God loves me but its kind of weird because bad things happen all the time. I felt very strongly that I needed to forget that he was already a member of the church. I answered his question and I just knew exactly what I needed to tell him. Things that I hadn't practiced came to my mind and analogies that I had never thought of before. It was wonderful!
The Spanish is going pretty well. My comp. and I are at about the same level which is really nice. We try to talk to each other as much as we can in Spanish when we remember and in the mornings when we get ready we have made a rule to only talk in Spanish. We learn A LOT in one day its wild but I love it.We still have no word on our visas we are going to ask again in a couple days. I realized the other day that if we get our visas on time we will be leaving in like ten days. My comp. and I and one other Elder in my district that is going to Spain are fasting today for our visas.
On the way back from a temple walk yesterday I realized that I'm still in Utah it was really weird. But as we were walking back we ran into this older guy that I think works at the MTC. When he saw us he was like ohhh smiling hermanas. We talked to him for a long time about Spain and how much he loves it there and he said he lost five pounds while he was there because the food is so good and you don't eat a lot because its well seasoned and prepared. Anyways he made us even more excited to get out of Provo and head to Spain!I looked for you sister as we were walking back from the temple but I never saw your car. I waved towards your street though. Some random people in cars that saw me wave looked at me really funny but I didn't care.
Yesterday my comp. and I just walked around and around the MTC it was so nice. It was a pretty day and it just feels so good to be outside after being in class all day. We ran into some Elders that just got here and one of them was trying to mail a letter but he realized that he needed a stamp so he headed into the bookstore. I was just watching them and it was so funny to see them try to figure things out. Finally they realized that it was Sunday and the store wasn't open. I gave the poor kid one of my stamps and we talked to them a little bit.
I walked into a pole that was in between two big doors yesterday on our way to a fireside. I feel like such a clutz. I trip all the time and spill things. The Elders really enjoy it.I love being here even though it is HARD work. I know that I was called specifically by name for this mission. I'm learning so much all the time. My comp. and I realized that we have new thoughts and ideas like 20 times a day, its unreal. WE are so blessed to have the truth and I can't wait to share what I know to be true with all my heart.
i love you all so much and i miss you bye

Monday, January 21, 2008

Emily Week 1 MTC

January 21, 2008

Well I wasn't sure if I wanted to write you guys today because I haven't gotten any mail from home. Jess and Sarah dropped off letters and that was awesome. But everyday my district leader hands out letters to everyone and I'm the only one that hasn't gotten a letter yet. One Elder that has like ten brothers and sisters gets like 15 letters at every meal. I decided to just make up stories about you guys and so I didn't look like an idiot for not getting any mail. So just so you guys know you aren't members of the church and you are mad at me for going on a misison.

I don't even know where to start to tell you what has been going on in my life for the last couple of days. It feels like I have been here for a couple months. Every time I get mad at myself for not speaking Spanish fluently I have to remind myself that I've only been here for a couple of days. So far we have learned how to pray and testify in Spanish. My comp. is awesome. She is from CA and she was an art major at BYU. We are suppose to have four girls in our room but we only have two which I love! It is always really quiet and we have plenty of room. The first day we got here we just talked and talked and we are still talking all the time. We have a great time togethet and she reminds me of me in a lot of ways.

I don't know if this is true but I think we are the only sisters going to Spain. There are 400 sisters here right now and I've asked a lot of them where they are going and none of them have said Spain. I have also been told not to plan on leaving in three weeks. There are two elders in my branch right now that have been here for 7 and 1/2 weeks waiting for their visas. My comp and I are going to fast together on Sunday for our visas to get here on time. I think I'm going to be ready to leave on the day I am suppose to. Not that the MTC isn't an amazing place, I just like change.

My first night here I prayed for a really long time I was feeling pretty overwhelmed. I realized that because I don't have mom and dad to talk to every night that I will learn how to better rely on Heavenly Father. My way of praying has changed a lot very quickly. The power of prayer is amazing. He really does listen to all of His children and He listens to prays in a lot of different languages. I've heard so many different languages its insane. When walking past other missionaries I always say Hola como esta and then I hear something random and just assume that they said something similar back to me.

Last night we had a fireside that was really good and it was amazing to sing with so many Elders. I couldn't even hear my own voice. Chills went through my entire body as we sang Lead, Kindly Light. There is a part in that song that says something like, I am far from home but its okay because I have Heavenly Father with me. I almost started balling but I couldn't because there were to many boys around me.

The Elders in my district are awesome. We have so much fun together and they make my laugh all the time. I actually have had to pray multiple times for help in controlling my laughter because I was getting some pretty mean looks from my teacher. It is so funny to hear what 19 year old missionaries have to say. They really do lift me up and make me feel better. They look out for us in every way. They stand when we enter the room and they take our trays after we are done eating. We have already become so close. Sometimes I feel like we are having too much fun. But I just remind myself that its okay to laugh and have fun. I don't even know what word to use to describe the MTC. This is really hard work but its awesome. Yesterday on Sunday I had like seven meetings!

Well my time is almost up I only have six minutes left. I want to bear my testimony to you that I know Jesus Christ came to the earth and that He will return. I know that after the Great Apostasy, Joseph Smith really did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The atonement is real and we all can be forgiven of our sins and return to live with God. We are so blessed to have the truth.

I love you guys so much and I think about you a lot. On Sunday when we came back to our room I tried to check my cell phone to see if you had called. Guess what I couldn't find it. Sarah has probably already made a 100 phone calls on it. I hope that you guys are doing well. Jess rub your tummy for me and tell the baby that I said Hi and I love him, maybe we still don't know right? Ok its flasing at me that I only have two minutes left. Sarah I hope your doing well in St. George. Tell Grandma and Grandpa hi and I love them.Brother Im excited for you to have this experience. I love you guys so much! Love,Hermana Gogarty