December 4, 2018


MTC- Provo, Utah


Olivia Smith

The Start of Something New

The Start of Something New

Hello everyone! The first week has come and gone and lemme tell ya, it was awesome. No joke. I absolutely love it here at the MTC, everyone is so nice, the food is pretty okay, and my classes and teachers are all amazing!
My companion is Sister Olivia Smith and she is for reals the sweetest thing ever. We balance each other out so so perfectly, and I can't get over how much of a blessing she's been for me!!! Sister Smith likes dark chocolate, cold weather and being cold (not joking she said she loves the sensation of shivering and never wears a coat), running and Crocs! My district is actually the best! A friend I met on Instagram a couple weeks before I left ended being in my district and I can't tell you how happy I was when I walked into the room and Elder Earl was sitting there!!! It was so great to see a familiar face. My whole district is also going to the San Antonio Mission, so I don't have to say goodbye to any of them:') That was a huge relief for me. My teachers are Brother Hoyt and Sister Shaw and they are really great at watching out for us. Brother Hoyt tells me to draw in my sketchbook for stress relief and bring it to class so he can make sure I'm doing it haha. He said it's extra "homework" for me, lol.
The MTC is interesting. I love it so so much, but there a lot of missionaries here that absolute hate it. One Sister that I knew before the mission and sat with the first day with our comps, kept saying how mad she was that she's got to be here for three weeks... I couldn't disagree more honestly. I feel sad for missionaries who don't enjoy it.
Something a lot of people don't know about the MTC is that it's a seriously full and intense schedule. our days here consist of 15 hours of going going going. There's a reason they want you asleep at 10:30! I'm going to attach a picture of my schedule, so you can have an idea of what it's like.
T4 is my favorite building by far, if only because of the ponder rooms. They're these rooms with comfy chairs and couches for personal or companion study, and a little box that plays piano music. the best part though is the giant pictures that cover the wall. It's always of a scene in nature, and there's a few that really feel like home to me. My favorite one is on the first floor, and it reminds me of McCall Idaho. I saw it and had to stare for like 5 minutes because it took me right back to a peaceful place on a river, kayaking through the trees. I unfortunately don't have a picture this week, but I'll make sure to send one next Tuesday!
Highlight of the week is... TODAY I WAS CALLED TO THE POSITION OF SISTER TRAINING LEADER!!! My comp and I acted super professional, but then after the meeting we speed-walked into the bathroom and started screaming and hugging and jumping up and down we were so excited! it's definitely a lot more work, but I think I'm really going to love it. Today with it being pday, we didn't have a lot to do and it gave me too much time with my thoughts about home and such, so I'm looking forward to having more stuff to add to my schedule!
Scripture of the week: Alma 37:37 Prayer is super important for your protection, direction, and well being. I challenge all of you to pray more often... even if it's just letting Heavenly Father know how you're doing:)
The church is true, Jesus loves you, and I'll talk to y'all next week!
All my love,
Sister Arnett


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