First week down and I feel like I've been here for eternity! It has been a whirlwind of emotions as I've been trying to adjust to this new lifestyle. If you thought I was a crier before I left, you were wrong lol. It has been difficult. I don't know who you are or who said it, but whoever told me the first week would be my favorite, I'm going to find you and give you a big hug because I wouldn't be here if someone was actually honest with me.
For those of you who don't know I am currently in the Missionary Training Center (MTC). This is where I will be until August 22nd, training and strengthening my knowledge of the gospel before actually heading to Temple Square.My favorite analogy that I have heard this week about the MTC is it's like trying to drink from a fire hydrant, you get some water, but it mostly just hurts your face. I have never heard a more accurate statement.
I have an amazing companion, Sister Christman, I kid you not we are complete opposites so, it has been a little bit of a struggle to teach at times. We all know I love to talk and I don't hold back in the slightest, Sister Christman is the complete opposite. We have regular companion inventory where we discuss with each other how we can improve in our Individual teaching and the companionship. Yesterday, we were discussing how we can strengthen each other. I looked at her chuckled saying,"I can talk and I'm going to teach you how to talk". She smirked back and said, "yeah, well I'm going to teach you humility." Oh man haha first time someone has actually said it to my face and I can't tell if I appreciated her honesty or if I was just a little butt hurt. After that discussion I was studying and Ether and read, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then make weak things become strong unto them." (Ether 12:27).
These past 6 days every single one of my weaknesses have been shown unto me. If it be through prayer, scripture study or even the adversary they have been shown. They have knocked me down a little, but guess what... I got back up! I have already noticed my weaknesses turning into strengths and it is truly amazing. I have seen the blessings of this gospel this week more than I have my whole 19 years of life. This work is undeniable.
I testify to all of you that if you turn to our Heavenly Father in your toughest times he will give you strength. God is our Father in Heaven, he loves us and understands our feelings and sorrows. He has provided us a way so that we can return to be with him someday. I know this church is true. I know Heavenly Father loves us and I love him.
I love you all and I miss you!
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