Date

August 18, 2016

Area

Provo MTC

Companion

Sister Stokes

First Week at the MTC!

I have survived my first week! It's so crazy that a week has gone by, the days are long but looking back, time seems to have flown by. I wish I could share everything but I'll do my best.

I'll start with my companion. Her name is Sister Stokes and she is from West Jordan Utah! She is so fun and we have similar style and humor so that works out perfect. Our personalities totally mesh which helps with lessons too. Another sister in our district is also from Gilbert Arizona so that was fun to learn!

So on a normal day you get up at 6:30, eat breakfast, exercise, study for a few hours, eat lunch, go to class to learn/teach, go to dinner, then back to class for more learning and more teaching, then go to your room at 9:30, and go to bed at 10:30. The days are long but looking back, time seriously flies! So spending all this time is class, you seriously find so many things to laugh at. So many times Sister Stokes and I will be laughing until we cry at pretty much nothing. The district is great too, there are 6 companionships and so many different personalities. We are like a little family, eat together, study together, exercise together, and laugh together. Sometimes in class we will get off topic because we are laughing so much!

Lessons...our first one was day 2 and it was basically a hot mess. I didn't realize how hard it would be! We have been teaching a lot since then and really try to study hard so when we go in to lessons we are prepared to follow the Spirit and not a lesson plan. Our teachers keep telling us how important it is to teach people not lessons, which is harder than it sounds. We take turns leading the lessons which helps.

On Sunday we watched a video that is only available in the MTC. It's The Character of Christ by David A. Bednar. He basically said that it is not enough to just have a testimony of the church, you must be converted or you risk falling away. Conversion is consistently being true to what you know and turning outward to serve and love others like Christ. He shared a story of a woman who lost her only child in a car accident. Other girls in the car were injured. She heard the news over the phone and the very first thing she asked was for the nurse to make sure the other parents knew their children were okay. Days later, on the way to her only daughters funeral, another woman from her ward called her complaining that she had not received a meal from anyone in the ward because of her cold. So on the way to her daughters funeral, she brought this woman a meal she just prepared. This is the Character of Christ. Turning away from the natural man to serve others, just as Christ would. I love what he said at the end "lose yourself in the service of others and you will find yourself because you weren't looking."

On Tuesday our district went to choir practice! I don't sing but it was so fun! We sang a couple songs that felt like christian rock, it was so different than what we are used to listening in the church. I loved it so much and the choir director is hilarious. We also sang Joseph Smith's First Prayer. It was so amazing to hear 1600+ missionaries singing that song, the spirit was so strong.

We went to the Provo temple today and it was so nice to sit back and soak everything in and not have to worry about teaching!

I love you and miss you all and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Sister Hilton




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