Wow I feel like it's been 10 years since I've written any letters...
And SO MUCH has happened. I feel a little overwhelmed trying to remember everything I want to tell from this last 2 weeks...
anyways lets start with TRANSFER NEWS!!!! Because, yes, I have this
awesome new companion and YES I'm going to attempt at learning yet
another language. My companion is Sister Bernhardt from France! We are
over the West 1 zone this transfer (which is why my p-day changed to
Tuesday). She's pretty funny and older than me, again....pretty sure all
my companion's have been older than me...I'm such a small little
child.... But she is SO funny and so French. (: We enjoy being together.
may or may not have mentioned that last week that President Harman
asked me to put together a musical number for a ward in Bountiful, Utah?
... So I gathered together myself, Sister Garcia from Spain, Sister
Mathias from England, Sister Aquino from California, and Sister
Sindylkova from Czech Republic to sing, with Sister Ma from Taiwan to
accompany us. We threw it all together in less than a week and we sang
in our sister missionary ward Sunday
morning. That afternoon I drove the crew up to Bountiful to sing in a
ward and it went so well. THEY HAVE BABIES IN THEIR WARD! Adorable.
Babies. I kept having to remind myself not to stare and make faces at
the little children during the meeting but to be an example since I am a
missionary after all. (Though I will admit after sacrament meeting I
asked the mother sitting behind me what her secret was to get her little
2 year old girl to fold her arms and sit quietly during the prayer. It
was astounding and so adorable!!!!) Anyways. After the sacrament meeting
we were asked to stay for a "linger longer" to talk with the members
and their non-member friends they had brought. We met one guy from
main-land china who just loved church and asked to get a picture with
all of us (of course). But in a nutshell it was just a really really
President Poulsen pulled me aside
later that day and asked me if I would be willing to get the sisters
together again to sing that same song for the LDS Business College
Devotional this next Tuesday,
since he was asked to be the speaker. Fist pump!!! So we'll be singing
in that next week and we are so excited!!!! Singing is the greatest!!!!
Missionary Leadership council was yesterday and it was excellent! We
met again on the 9th floor of the JSMB. All the zone leaders gave
instruction so Sister Bernhardt and I were asked to focus on the
fundamental Teach People, Not Lessons. It went really well and we had
some sisters do an exercise I had been forced to do at girls camp back
in the day and it was successful! They all cried! (In a spiritual kind
of way.) So yes, that was great. For our lunch break we took the tunnels
to the Church Office Building to eat in the cafeteria there and we
happened to see Tad R. Callister again! We all walked past him and
strained to see if there was meat on his plate... which there wasn't
any. (: Hahaha But that's just a random side note.
Right after MLC we had to run (literally) back to the square to get to our assignments. At 4pm
we had a V.I.P. tour. And dad you are going to die....(or I could just
accuse you of being jealous since I am known to do that...) The people
we took on the tour were some of the chief executives of Amazon. (You
know, that massive online company?) So yes we were absolutely terrified!
But they were actually really nice! And there were a lot of people who
work for the church who accompanied the tour so no just in case you are
wondering we were not nervous at all... But in all seriousness the tour
went very well and they asked a LOT of questions. We showed them the
inside of the temple (the model of the temple, that is, haha) and
explained to them how Mormons worship in temples. The spirit was just
very unusually strong throughout the tour, especially when we ended at
the statue of Christ. Sadly, because they are VIP guests, we're not
allowed to invite them to learn more or anything like that, but the man
from church hosting did tell us that they already gave them a Book of
Mormon a few days earlier. We were happy to hear that. (:
has also been going very well this week! A few days ago a young lady
came on chat with a very strong interest in learning more. In fact, she
asked us, "What steps would one have to take to become a Mormon?" Which
is a good question! She has a lot of religious background and she
actually is majoring in Biblical studies in university! She said
something interesting to us though. She said, "I feel like I know a lot.
Yet, I feel like I don't have the whole truth and I just want to know
what the whole truth is!" Quite the statement! So we talked about The
Book of Mormon and we will be speaking with her again later this week on
All in all the transfer has been going
extremely well and we have been SO busy. At first I though I was going
to die with all the things we had to do, plus the fact that I had to go
an extra week without a p-day to rest. Yet when I woke up this morning I
was almost disappointed to have a p-day because I felt like we've just
been on such a role so why stop!? Then I pictured mom and dad's worried
face not receiving a letter from me this week so I decided that p-day is a
wise thing. (: So yes mom and dad, I do love you immensely. (:
upcoming events for this week will be Zone Training meeting, announcing
for Music and The Spoken Word, singing in the LDSBC devotional, and
beginning exchanges with the District Leaders! There's just so much work
to do I LOVE IT!