Thursday, July 18, 2013
Can you believe I have been here for two weeks already? It feels like I was just sitting down to type up my last email!!! The time really does fly when you are focused on the work. It is great!!!! This week was amazing!! Everyday there are so many things to learn and improve on. I feel sooo blessed to be here in the MTC. What a great experience! I already feel like I have grown SO MUCH. My testimony and knowledge of the gospel has increased a lot and I can feel myself little by little becoming more of the person Jesus Christ wants me to be. I still have SOOOOO FAR to go but it feels good to be working on it!
Okay, what a week!!! First of all, this past Sunday my Branch President pulled me aside and asked if I would accept the assignment to be our zone's new Sister Training Leader. WOAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am the Sister Training Leader for 3 weeks! I feel soo humbled and grateful for this opportunity! Basically I go with the zone leaders to help explain things to new districts in our zone each week. I also help give them a tour around campus! Hmmmm...knowing directions is a personal struggle I have always had to face so I really need to work on knowing my way around now!! Haha, since I have been here for 2 weeks now I do feel more confident with my way around but instances still happen where my companion wonders where in the world I am trying to go. Good thing she knows her way around. :) Anyways, I help talk to the new districts as well as just watch out for the sisters in our zone. When I first received this assignment I was pretty nervous but I feel really good about it! I know that "The Lord doesn't call the qualified. He qualifies the called." DEFINITELY grateful for that! Tonight is my first time talking to our new district that came in this week and helping to give them a tour- wish me luck! Haha, I am excited!
On Sunday I had to go to some training meetings and became companions with the zone leaders for a while. It was so weird to be separated from my companion, Hermana Rasband, for a few hours! We spend 24/7 together so even a little bit apart feels like half of me is missing! It was happy reunion when we finally were able to meet back up. It kind of felt like a scene from a movie- I saw her from the top of a huge room full of people. She was waving her arms like crazy at me. I ran down the stairs (and, of course, tripped at one point) and we hugged! Haha, someone should have taped it and played it in slow motion. :) Anyways, Hermana Rasband and I are still getting along GREAT! I love how we have similar senses of humor so we can laugh a lot! Last night we had a great time coming up with different ways of studying Spanish vocabulary...it became quite interesting.
Something else we went through this past week that was hard but definitely made us stronger- we had a hard time last Saturday night. We were feeling overwhelmed with everything we had to do. It had been taking us so long to write out our lessons and then translate it all into Spanish. We felt like that was not what we were supposed to be doing and knew that we needed to get away from the scripted lessons so that the Spirit had room to work. It was scary for us to think about going into a lesson not knowing exactly what we were to say and the possibility of not understanding our investigators... but we knew we needed to get rid of our "crutch" (writing out everything) and trust more in the Spirit and the Lord. It was a whole new level of faith and trust for me. IT WAS WONDERFUL. Hermana Rasband and I felt so much better after talking and deciding to trust in the Lord more. We were going to prepare what we could and then just go in with faith. Our next lesson was absolutely amazing! I am so grateful!!! I felt the spirit so strongly and even had to hold back tears at one point!!! Our investigator (who is really one of our teachers) at one point even looked a little teary- eyed! Not sure if that was because of what she felt or because she had been yawning but either way it was a blessing to see! So anyways, I hope all of this has made sense- basically, my companion and I have been relying more on the Spirit and it has been amazing.
OH MY GOODNESS- everyone should go read the talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland called "Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence". Seriously, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE go read it! Study it! Ponder over it! Use it for family home evening! This talk is absolutely amazing and I loved reading it!
Something funny that happened- Hermana Rasband and I were teaching one of our investigators, Uriel. We had been talking about prayer and how to pray. I handed him a pamphlet that explained what to do with prayer. He looked over it and started to read from it but I thought he was actually praying!! So I folded my arms and closed my eyes and when he said "amen" I let out a big "AMEN". Both Uriel and Hermana Rasband looked at me in surprise and confusion. Hermana Rasband quickly informed me that he hadn't actually prayed yet. We laughed a lot about it later...it was pretty funny. :)
OH- cool thing I want to mention- we had a substitute teacher for a few days and guess who it was?!?!?! President Eyring's granddaughter!!! SO COOL!!!! :)
Okay, time to answer some questions you have asked. Ryan- the food here is pretty good!! And I actually haven't had the chocolate milk yet but I'm 99% positive that it is the same chocolate milk that is at BYU. If that is the case then yes, it is wonderful. :)
The language is going well! Sometimes it is easy to let myself get discouraged and frustrated but I just have to remind myself that I have only been here for 2 weeks and more things will come. I am seriously sooooo grateful and amazed at the gift of tongues!! I have already learned so much and can speak so much!!!! IT AMAZES ME! The Spanish language is beautiful and I am so blessed to have this opportunity to preach the gospel in it! My district is amazing! We have all gotten SUPER close! We have had a lot of fun times!!!!!
What else?? Unfortunately, we are not able to go to the Provo temple because it is not open. From what I know, we won't be able to go to any other temples either. So that is sad but it is all good! I am really grateful for the times I was able to go before coming here. Also, the whole visa thing and actually going-to-Argentina-at-the-end-of-my-MTC-stay-thing is not looking good. A LOT of missionaries (actually I think everyone that I know of) who are going to Argentina are being reassigned to go to a state until their visas come. I am totally good with whatever happens though. I think it would be AWESOME to go to state mission for awhile! I am really looking forward to whatever comes!!!
Well, I love you all!!! Thanks so VERY much for all of the letters and dearelders and packages!! I AM SO BLESSED! I cherish and love every single thing I get! It is so great to hear from and about everyone! Thanks so much for the updates! I would love to continue receiving them! THANKS SO MUCH! All of the love and support really mean a lot to me. :)
Have a great week! My family and friends are all in my prayers! LOVE YOU!
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield