Date

July 18, 2017

Area

Provo MTC

Companion

Caroline McCann

week 1 - 7 days, 7 minutes, or 7 years????

Hi guys!!!! the MTC (missionary training center) is so great. from the minute I got here it's been go go go. My companion is named Sister Mccann and she is the best ever. We get along so well and we are already great friends. She is a great missionary and has helped me as I strive to be one too.
I cannot tell you how peaceful it feels to be completely in the Lord's hands. I am so comforted at the idea that as I devote all of my time, effort, energy, (and tears,) to His work, He protects me and all of you back at home who I love and care about so dearly. Being a missionary is the hardest. most exhausting, frustrating, rewarding, and greatest thing I have ever done. Every day I go to my residence completely drained, but completely filled with the love of God. I feel so blessed to be a Disiciple of Jesus Christ and wear His name on my tag every day. This is all for Him and I am grateful to be putting my little drop in the bucket of missionary work.
The food here is actually horrible, but we are working so hard today that I make myself eat because without energy it would be game over. I eat captain crunch and pineapple for like every meal (sorry mom haha.)
My district consists of 12 elders and 4 sisters, which is very rare. Normally districts are 8-10 missionaries, but when I came here on Wednesday, so did 700 other missionaries. Think that's crazy? 700 more are coming tomorrow. How great the thought that we are all doing 1 thing- serving our Heavenly Father. This week I think I have felt the Spirit more and prayed more than I ever have in my entire life ever. I am just so happy guys!
On Wednesday night, my first night here, our Branch president assigned my companion and I to be STL's (sister training leaders.) Basically we help the sisters who are freaking out and need help... guess who's still doing that?? ME!!!!!! that's okay, I'm looking forward to getting to know them and helping them in the best way I can.
The other day Sister Mccann and I were at dinner, laughing really hard, and I leaned back just as an elder walked behind me. I hit my head on his tray SOOOO hard!!! His food was so close to going all over me and him, but luckily it didn't. I started laughing even more to the point where I was crying and he was so concerned about my head. Hahahah classic Alexis.
There are a lot of people here at the MTC touring the new buildings that were built. The running joke here is that the MTC is the Zoo and we are the attraction. "and over here you will see 2 elders in their natural habitat- personal study time." haha. but all jokes aside there really is a special spirit here and I know that's why people come. I am so blessed to be here and so blessed to be serving others. I can't tell you how good it feels to put myself last- I am the happiest I've ever been. Teaching investigators and seeing the light in their eyes when we tell them there is hope is worth every grey hair I think I'm already getting. I have grown so much this week and am grateful for this journey I'm on to becoming more like my Savior, Jesus Christ.
I actually don't know what order the pictures loaded in on this computer, so sorry. But enjoy! I've seen so many people here that I know from BYU-Idaho! what a tender mercy to see a familiar face.
If any of you have an extra minute, listen to the talk by Elder Bednar called "Attributes of Jesus Christ" or something like that. He talks about how selfless Christ is and how we should strive to become like that. When we are uncomfortable, scared, nervous, we tend to turn inward, but we should turn outward. Lose yourself in the service of others and you will find a new level of joy.
The reason for my subject line is because the MTC is literally the twilight zone. Every day is so long yet so fast, I feel like I just got here yesterday.
I just want to end this short email (so sorry mom) that I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that He atoned for my sins and for your sins. I know that this gospel, the gospel of Jesus Christ, is true. Helaman 5:12 basically sums up this week. I am so humbled by the opportunity I've been given to help others build their foundation on the rock of our Redeemer. I am grateful that's where my foundation is too, because without it, I would be nothing. I know that God is on my team, rooting for Sister Hoffman. And I know He wants to be on your team too, if you let Him. Don't let Him be a bench warmer. As I make a daily effort to make God my first string, I am able to do more than I would because of His power and His grace. Through Him, I go from being weak to being strong and steadfast and immovable. I just want to stress again how happy missionary work has made me, and I can't believe I get to do it for another 18 months. You are all in my prayers. Thank you for the emails, I feel very loved.
love, Sister Hoffman




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