February 25, 2021


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Rachel Hatfield

Last week in the MTC

Hola mi familia y a mis amigos!

The time has come at last to pack my bags, this is the last week of
MTC! The past six weeks seem to have been a blur because it feels
like just last week I started this mission adventure! In so many ways
I could not be more excited to get out there and teach, and in other
ways, I feel like I am not yet ready to finish my training. I now
understand the saying "ready or not here I come" to mean "[I am]
ready...or not...[but] here I come". Haha!

I had the opportunity to meet my new mission president over zoom this
past Sunday. President Gimenez and his wife were called to the San
Diego mission 8 months ago after their son left on his mission. He
and his wife both seem excited and motivated to do this work even with
the challenges COVID-19 presents! I could not be more excited to work
in the Lord's vineyard with such amazing people!

I know what you are thinking, we are in the third paragraph and I have
yet to mention Spanish. Well in order to not disappoint you, here is
a paragraph just for you! My spanish is coming along quite well, and
I have noticed that I am able to express my thoughts most of the
time...if I ignore all the rules of conjugation for a grammatically
correct sentence haha. Other than that...and not knowing all the
vocabulary...I am practically perfect!

In the world wide MTC devotional last night, Elder Gay shared this
quote from Elder Maxwell that I loved. "how can you and I really
expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, “Lord, give me
experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not
betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all
those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then let me come and
dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!” This was the second time
that day I heard this quote and it really made me think! The whole
purpose for us to come to this Earth is to gain experience so that we
can become like our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! As I thought
about this, I realized that our experiences both good and bad, easy
and difficult can help us become who the Lord needs us to be. As we
rely on Him, He can consecrate our trials for our good.

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week! Sorry, I again do
not have any pictures, but I promise to get some good ones for next
-Hermana Bailey


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