hey people!! I feel like Ive been in the MTC for yeeearrsrs. It has been great though!! Ummm i cant really remember a whole lot haha lets see. The first day was sad but good. I am so grateful the Lord is blessing me with strength and comfort being away from home. We had this investigator work shop where as a group we taught three different investigators. You know the spirit is strong when you have your girl Hermana Shepard participating in a big group like that!! So that was really fun. The lunch was pretty horrible but hey it could be worse. uummm SO i looveve my companera Hermana Starling. She is soo cool and normal and we get a long great!! I couldnt be happier.
The first class yesterday was pretty brutal for me. I could barely understand anything and everybody else in my class is seriously almost fluent. they all kept saying "the gift of tongues is so real oh my gosh" and i was getting so annoyed and frustrated haha. I had to offer a prayer in spanish and i seriously wanted to walk out it was so hard haha even with reading it off of the spanish manual!!! I cant remember much of what we did after that, BUT we met our branch presidency that night and I was a little down and not looking forward to it. That meeting was everything I had been praying for that day!! WE went around and shared our testimonies and it was seruiously the best. It was great to see these other hermanas and elders speaking english for once, and kind of their background and story of why they are serving. I was kind of struggling with some of my district members ( i need to stop being so irratable haha) but seeing them in this setting truly made me finally look past that and just love them.
The mission seriously takes your comfort zone and throws it right out the window. You are called on at random times to pray in a language you dont know, bare your testimony to a group, have to talk tonss of people, prepare talks in spanish that you can be called on any sunday to give, and just a bunch of crazy stuff like that that i am so not used too haha. Tomorrow Hermana Sterling and I are teaching our first investigator about families and the plan of salvation IN SPANISH!! I am a little scared to say the least. Everyone says how bad you do on your first one so thats exciting haha. When we were at the temple today I was praying about Javier (our investigator) and what he needs to hear and its awesome how the spirit works. I was able to work out different phrases in spanish about the importance and blessings that come from eternal families it was great. ALSO I forgot to give you that happy ending to my horrible praying experience haha. Last night when we were saying our companion prayers, I offered it and was able to get through a prayer without the translation page and everything! I obviously couldn't say everything i wanted but it was enough and gave me confidence!!
I like my teacher a lot, she is super cute and just got back from brazil 8 months ago. She corrected my argentinian accent though haha but whatever i like how i talk!! Me and ammon eat pretty much every meal together so thats fun!! It's been great having Ammon here! And i see Lauren a ton because we are in the same zone!! Its the best. Love you all!!
PS For those who are new to an LDS Missionaries life, they get one day a week of "rest" or time off from their routine, & they call this their "P" day which stands for preparation day. The missionaries don't choose their "P" day while in the MTC, it is given to them, but once out on the mission field, it is almost always on Monday's, the only exception is when they are transferring areas, or maybe @ a conference, then it might be on another day during that particular week.
Missionaries get roughly one hour per week to read all their emails, upload photos, & send out their emails to their family & friends. Missionaries also use this "P" day to do their laundry, get to participate in an organized sport w/other missionaries, & once out in the field you also can do sight seeing w/your companion as long as it's in the boundaries of the area they are serving in, oh and they also do their grocery shopping on their "P" day:)
Anyway...I thought i'd share what "P" day meant....in case anyone was wondering:)