Wow, so much to tell you and no time to type it all!!! So ignore all the mistakes I'm about to make. I love it here. Not gonna lie... it's hard and the first week was extremely overwhelming. Everyone says we'll have our highest highs and our lowest lows here. They are totally right... I didn't realize I could have them all in one day though!!! Sometimes its really hard, but then I'll hear a talk, give a lesson, or just see God's hand and recieve tender mercies that let me know that it is all going to be okay!
I love my companion! Her name is Hermana West. She is from Nampa Idaho (right by Boise). We get along really well and I am learning so much from her. We are also always with the other hermanas in our distrcit.... Hermana Hill y Hermana Cash. They are serving in the San Fran/Oakland mission also in a vistors center! We are all roomates right now and we pretty much do everything together. With the millions of girls now serving missions they refurbished an old building and we are the first ones ever to stay in our room! Which means nice stuff everywhere!!!! yay!! There are 6 people to a room, but there are only 4 of us which = extra space! We're hoping they don't put new people in it today.... but if they do that's fine... i'm trying really hard to stay optimistic about everything and not complain. I have heard so many amazing talks this week and they really have made me want to become a much better person. I have seriously grown so much in this past week... like this kindof progress could have taken a serious year at home. I'm already feeling so blessed and loved. Speaking of not complaing... its hard sometimes with some of these rules.... rule 1: We have to have color on our lips. Like color that stands out. And as my lovely roomates expalined to me once... I look terrible with color because I don't wear face makeup... and its totally true. So i just look like a freak.... oh well. But the MTC pres wife seriously comes and checks to see that we have on lipstick. awkward. also no gum. i'm actually doing really well with that one... tic tacs it is! thanks for the life savers mama.... they've been much needed.
I LOVE MY DISTRICT!!! There are 12 of us... 4 hermanas y 8 elders. All of the elders are going to different places in Mexico and then Rochester for me and my compy and then CA for the other sistas. We all get along so well and I seriously love them like family already. We have one of the bigger districts (at least thats what ppl tell us) and one of the smallest classrooms... it's very tight. so we constantly have space wars.... trying to maneuver in an out of desks is actually hard but I think I've mastered it. We spend all of our time pretty much in this classroom and I am learning to love sitting. yay.
So sorry if you don't get pictures this week... I seriously have no clue how to attach them and there is a timer that will kick me off the computer.... but I'm trying to be computer savy and figure it out...
So tuesday night we have a deviotional every week with a general authority. Well us newbies waited in line in the freezing cold so we could get a seat, we finally get in, and find a decent seat. Pretty soon we are getting a lot of weird looks.... I first checked to see if I forgot my nametag... cause I do that fairly often.... and nope, I was wearing it... still getting lots of weird looks. Finally an old man comes up to us and says we are sitting in the senior ccouple reserved area. oops. You would think we would have noticed that we were surrounded by old people, but nope. Super awkward. they all felt bad for us cause we are stupid, so they just let us stay there.... so awkward. at least we learned though, right. yeah....
Thank you all so much for all of the mail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It seriously makes my day to remember I still have people who love me!! Dear elder is my best friend!!! Mom, you should learn how to use it! and HARRISON: I'm expecting a letter from you this week. but seriously. Dad... I appreciate that you try to end your Dear elder letters in Spanish..... however your google translate really isnt working... you called me your prideful daughter. And I mean maybe that's what you were going for, but maybe have Lucia proof those for ya next time..... or just learn Spanish. Which I highly recommend. (PS, there was no racism in that previous comment to ask Lucia for help).
So I LOVE GYM!!!! It's our one free time during the day to get out of the classroom and exercise! Also, they have workout classes for the sisters every morning at 6... they alternate between yoga, pilates, kick boxing, toning, aerobics, and I forget the others. They are super fun and are helping me on my parth to not gain weight!! Even though the food here is super fattening and I feel sick every time I eat. Speaking of sick... Ihave been super sick. It sarted as a cold on saturday, then went to a fever and terrible migraines and soar throat and basically everything bad. I can't really do anything without being in pain. I don't want to stay in bed because that will put me behind and then my comp. just has to sit there by me.... so just pray that I get up to par porfavor!!!
Spanish is going pretty good!! We taught our first lesson to our investigator our second day,.... 30 minute lesson in pure spanish. ummmm yeah. I really should have payed more attention in high school. But they actually went pretty good!! And it's so cool seeing the spirit step in and help us out. The lessons only work if the Holy Ghost is there and helping. (My comp took absolutely no spanish ever... she took french... so I pretty much have to do all the talking.... but I really am improving everyday)!!!! It's so neat how I am already seeing how I can change lives. Even though these investigators are just volunteers, I truly love them and I want so badly for thewm to come to Christ. I am so excited to get to New York and teach people the Gospel!!!
So we were the largest group of missionaries to ever enter the MTC... 815 of us got here Wednesday. They aren't going to get another big wave like that for a few months... at least thats what I hear. I'll be here till March 26 I think.... 7 weeks of normal training and then a week of visitor center training.... and that week we'll mostly be at temple square practicing our skillz. hopefully I'm fluent in spansih by then!!!!!
okay, well my time is about out... I seriously love you all and miss you so much!! It's hard being away from you, but I know it's where I'm supposed to be and I'm trying so hard not to get distracted and think of stuff from home. Everything is well and I love you!
pics will come next wseek when i learn to not be dumb!
thanks for the packages and KATE hurry and open your call!!!!