Date

March 30, 2015

Area

MTC

Companion

Sister Higgins

Don't drink the orange juice!!!!!

Okay, so maybe you've heard the rumor about the crazy orange juice at the MTC, and how it makes people sick for days. Just in case you haven't heard it, it's a real concern for us missionaries. There are always just a few missionaries in the OJ line, and you can bet they get some of the funniest looks, like people passing by whispering to their companions "Oh man, nobody told them..." or "That's gonna be fun in the morning...". Well, I'm here to tell everyone the truth. The orange juice is totally normal!!!! The rumor started when one Elder decided to drink 27 full glasses of orange juice one day and see what happened. Obviously 27 glasses of orange juice is going to make someone sick. What's even crazier than that Elder is the fact that since then all missionaries have heard that the orange juice is deadly and won't drink it! We talked about this as a district with one of our teachers (Bro. Balzer) and he gave us the best advice about giving advice about the MTC... Still following? haha He told us that many times as missionaries or RMs we give advice to upcoming missionaries that isn't helpful at all! Things like "If you can make it until Sunday you'll be fine", or "Being in the classroom for 10 hours a day is gonna kill so be prepared" hopefully you get the idea. I'm not saying this advice isn't true, or that it isn't helpful sometimes, BUT it's totally not the best thing ever. So, to any soon-to-be missionaries headed to the MTC!! IT'S GOING TO BE THE GREATEST THING OF YOUR LIFE!!

You will meet sooooo many cool people, every day you will be spiritually edified, when you step through the gates there is an automatic feeling of peace as you leave the world behind, your district and zone are your automatic best friends, and so much more! So there's that. Good luck. Give them heaven out there.

I don't even know where to begin with the rest of this letter, because I feel like I have learned so much in just these past few days. I guess I'll just have to share my favorites!

On Sunday we had Mission Conference which was awesome! My favorite part was a story that one Elder told. When he was flying to the MTC from California he had remembered that his mission prep teacher gave him a Book of Mormon and challenged him to give it out before he went on his mission. Knowing that he had just a few hours to do this, he packed his Book of Mormon in his bag and took it on the plane with him, hoping to find someone to give it to. He sat next to a man who asked where he was headed. The Elder said he was going to the missionary training center in Provo, to prepare him to serve a mission in Tokyo, Japan. The man suddenly lit up and said that he had served a mission years ago, but that he hadn't been to church in years. This Elder shared that during the entire plane ride he was prompted by the Spirit in what to say to this man. He asked him about his life, his mission, and his family. The Elder had no idea why he felt like he needed to ask some of these questions but he followed the Spirit and did it anyways. At the end of the airplane ride he challenged the man to read the Book of Mormon, and to take the promise in Moroni chapter 10. The man said that he would, and that's where the Elder's story ended.

Right after the Elder shared this experience President Burgess called the music director to come to the pulpit and finish the story. Who knew there was another ending?! She told us with tears in her eyes that the man who was on that plane who received the Book of Mormon was her son. He had made some decisions that had put some challenges in his life, and her and her husband had been praying for years that his heart might be softened, and that he would be able to find good things in his life again. She said that as she picked her son up from the airport that day, he was a new person. He wouldn't stop talking about his mission and the experiences he had, or about the young man on the airplane who was "the greatest missionary he had ever met". He told his mom that the Elder had asked all the right questions, and knew exactly what he needed to hear.

Watching the Elder as she finished the story was a sweet experience.

The greatest thing I have learned here is that the Spirit is in charge!! Every lesson with every investigator or member lesson has gone completely different than how my companion and I plan. But it has never ended poorly. I have felt the Spirit each time. Tears have even been shed because of the Spirit that is felt. It's crazy. i don't even know how to explain it. When you are set apart as a missionary you know that anything amazing you do isn't really you. It's evidence of the prayers of many, the Lord's hand in all things and His plan for each of us. I can testify of that!

About my comp and district: Sister Higgins and I make a great team!! She is organized and super good at planning, laughs at my stupid jokes and keeps me in line. They call me Sister Nuggets here because of my rap about chicken nuggets. BOOYAH. My district is great, they are all such good missionaries! I admire all of them so much.

I can't believe I am out of time already!! Holy crackers that went by way too fast!! Forgive my spelling and grammar errors, evidence I was flying through this email.

I LOVE YOU!! I pray for you every day!!! Thanks for everything. I am in love with this work!

LAST FEW NOTES!!! Watch General Conference this weekend! Go to the temple! Watch the Character of Christ by Elder Bednar! Read 2 Nephi 31 & 32! Study Preach My Gospel! Happy Easter!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SORRY MOM IM NOT DONE HAHAHA


Okay, so maybe you've heard the rumor about the crazy orange juice at the MTC, and how it makes people sick for days. Just in case you haven't heard it, it's a real concern for us missionaries. There are always just a few missionaries in the OJ line, and you can bet they get some of the funniest looks, like people passing by whispering to their companions "Oh man, nobody told them..." or "That's gonna be fun in the morning...". Well, I'm here to tell everyone the truth. The orange juice is totally normal!!!! The rumor started when one Elder decided to drink 27 full glasses of orange juice one day and see what happened. Obviously 27 glasses of orange juice is going to make someone sick. What's even crazier than that Elder is the fact that since then all missionaries have heard that the orange juice is deadly and won't drink it! We talked about this as a district with one of our teachers (Bro. Balzer) and he gave us the best advice about giving advice about the MTC... Still following? haha He told us that many times as missionaries or RMs we give advice to upcoming missionaries that isn't helpful at all! Things like "If you can make it until Sunday you'll be fine", or "Being in the classroom for 10 hours a day is gonna kill so be prepared" hopefully you get the idea. I'm not saying this advice isn't true, or that it isn't helpful sometimes, BUT it's totally not the best thing ever. So, to any soon-to-be missionaries headed to the MTC!! IT'S GOING TO BE THE GREATEST THING OF YOUR LIFE!!





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