Date

February 1, 2017

Area

Missionary Training Center

Companion

Sister Foote

Hello from the MTC! - Week 2

Konnichiwa Mina-san!
I hope everyone's week went well! The MTC has been great but freezing! It's been below freezing and it's times like these where I'm super grateful for the indoors and the fact that my classroom building is right in the center of MTC campus so I don't need to walk far. Japanese has been going really well. It's incredible how much we're learning and how fast we're able to pick it all up. Last week, we just had one investigator named Yamamoto-san but now we have three! Teaching these investiagators is an incredible opportunity and a great learning experience. Even though I'm not the best at Japanese and still only know basic sentences, we're still able to communicate and teach all of our investigators about the gospel.
Me and my district have a lot of fun together whether it is belting songs from Moana or getting to take down the bleachers after devotionals where we just mess around. It's really fun and especially great that all the missionaries in my district are going to Fukuoka Japan.
Next week, our senpai (means people in a higher rank than you, so the missionaries who came in December) are leaving for Japan. It's really sad to see them go but I'll know that they'll do great. A few days after they leave we get new kouhai (means people below you) and we're all super excited. We're supposed to get 4 new sisters and 4 new elders. It's interesting because of the missionaries going to Japan, two-thirds are sisters. It's kinda fun to have a bunch of girls in our zone.
Anyways, we get to visit the Provo temple every week on our p-days and it has been such a great experience every time. I absolutely love going to the temple!
This week, we had two great devotionals. One was from someone in the missionary presidency of the church and another was a general authority from the seventy. They both gave great talks about missionary work. One thing that specifically stuck out to me was when they were talking about being more Christlike. He said that we must focus on looking outward instead of inward. This means being less concerned about yourself and more concerned about others. This is important as a missionary because we need to focus less about our problems and our needs and more on the people we are serving. Missionary work is all about serving the Lord and the people around us. But this lessons just doesn't apply to missionary work only, it's important throughout our lives. When we focus less on ourselves and more on others we tend to be happier and we will be blessed for our actions. Looking outwards instead of inwards is a really huge theme here at the MTC.
A scripture that has popped up a lot this week is 2 Nephi 32:3. It's from the Book of Mormon and it reads "Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do." I know that this scripture is true because I know that there have been times here where I needed guidance or I didn't know what to do or I was stressed about something, and I just opened my scriptures and there were verses which were exactly what I needed to hear. They told me things that helped me and comforted me. I'm so thankful for the scriptures and all that they do for me and I know that the scriptures can help all of you if you search them with real intent.
Anyways, I've been chilling at the MTC! I look sometimes at the weather app on my tablet and see how it's 75 degrees back at home and then I'll go outside and my eyelashes will freeze (I'm kidding, it's not that cold, but still) and I'll wish this MTC was in Southern California. I think the church should really invest in that. Then we wouldn't have to worry about slipping on ice!
I hope you all have a fantastic week!
Atwood-shimai




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