Saturday, April 28, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I hope you are all doing well! I love hearing from you!
On Sunday M. Russell Ballard came for the devotional. Usually members of the 12 don't come on Sunday’s so it was pretty cool. He so far we have had an apostle every week we have been here. Alright maybe general conference doesn't count but I think it does. David Archuleta sang at the fireside, and it was awesome!! He sang the Spirit of God. Sundays here are always great, this week was the last week of the older districts being here, so we didn't have to speak, but now they are gone there are only 14 in our zone. Next Sunday I will be singing and the likelyhood of having to pray or speak is pretty high. We will only be small for this week though because next week we will be getting 24 new missionaries into our zone. I remember thinking that the older districts knew so much, and now we are going to be the older district...I don't know that much. Oh well, it should be interesting.
Mondays are usually long, but this Monday was great! One of our teachers, Cectpa Jones, has been taking each of us to plan, study, and teach together to prepare for a lesson. It was great! 1. She knows Russian, 2. She has been a missionary. Basically she was the senior companion and we prepared a lesson. Here all of our study is separated so it is hard to have them all focused in the same direction. Monday was awesome until we were going to bed. The sisters that live in our residence had to finish packing and getting ready so they could leave the next day at 5. They didn't finish until like midnight so our light was on, aka, I didn't sleep. And then at 1:30 in the morning the fire alarm went off. It was the angriest noise I have ever heard. We went out to the parking lot and then they said we could go into the gym. We got back into our residence at 2:00 and then slept until 4:00 when the other sisters got up to get ready to leave. Somehow none of us had an alarm set for 6:30 so we all woke up at 6:45. It was a crazy night. We found out the next day that some wiring in the heat register just spazzed out, but they got it all fixed. Tuesday was a rough day. We were all really tired.
On Tuesdays we have workshops. Really they are just like a teacher led discussion, and then you get to practice teaching other missionaries about a topic. Last week it was the sacrament and this week was the atonement. Anywho, workshops are awesome! And then we have another devotional on Tuesday evenings. This week Larry Gibbons of the 70 came. He spoke about the role members should play in missionary work and how to work with them. It was really interesting. I loved it.
Today in the temple we did some sealings. One of the couples in there was really great. I don't have enough time to tell you all their stories but they have just had some awesome experiences in the temple. Basically they bore testimony that being a missionary is going to allow these people to do their own work rather than wait to have someone do it for them. That doesn't sound as cool as they said it but...oh well.
Thursday through Saturday through Saturday are pretty boring...we just go to class and attempt to shove a lot of Russian in our heads. Last week I told you about one of our investigators kicking us out? Well, now he is getting baptized next month. We had some awesome lessons with him this week. While it is simulated teaching our investigators is probably the most worthwhile part of our day. Some of the time I dread it because I want to really share something with them but I don't know how. It is frustrating.
Hmm...what else...the MTC is really pretty in the spring. They have loads of tulips and poppy's. And it is nice that it hasn't been that hot. The AC at the MTC is subpar, so on warm days it gets pretty toasty in our classrooms.
Well, I don't think I have anything else to tell you. I love all of you!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Alright Dad, I don't think I understood your cryptic message. Unless of course you meant to use capital letters, then I will try my best but I have a clock to keep up with so forgive me if I don't. Thanks for all of your letters! I love reading about home, it breaks up the days a little. Well, this week started off awesome! For Easter Elder Boyd K. Packer came and spoke. We had sacrament meeting all together in the gym and he spoke to us. It was a pretty incredible experience to partake of the sacrament with so many missionaries who are willing to serve. And then on top of that partake of it in the presence of the President of the 12 Apostles was awesome in the true sense of the word. For the devotional on Sunday the BYU mens choir came and sang. It was nice just to sit back and enjoy the spirit of the meeting. After devotional we have the opportunity to watch a church movie or a devotional. My companion and I chose to go to a devotional given by Elder Bednar about the "Character of Christ." His message was so simple and understandable but really insightful. I loved it. It helped to rethink the way I do things and the reason behind them. Sunday was just an incredibly spiritual day and I loved every second of it.
Monday on the other hand was rather rough. We had another lesson with our investigator and we invited him to be baptized. We had talked about it before and he said he was interested if he knew it was true, but this time he just started speaking like he was frustrated and told us that if he did get baptized his family would disown him. I didn't know what to do so I just said I’m sorry, and then bore my testimony. We prayed and then left. Usually he would stand up and shake our hands but he just stayed sitting and told us to leave. I am sure this is great preparation for the field but I just had no idea how to deal with it. I actually still don't know what to do...The rest of the day I was just in a funk. My Russian was like the first day all over again. Gross.
This week our teachers have challenged us to memorize the first vision in Russian. I just don't really know how to memorize in Russian, but I guess I will try! I just feel like I am memorizing sounds rather than a really powerful passage of scripture. I have until next Friday so I guess we will see how I do.
Dad, thanks for keeping me updated on RSL. I kind of forget that there are normal things going on outside of the world of the MTC. I am excited for you to go to Capitol Reef! Take some pictures and then mail them to me. I haven't ever been there so I don't know what it looks like. Also, does Kurt retiring mean that you will be working with someone else or that you will just work more closely with your boss in Denver?
Mom, Thanks for the socks, you're a life saver. Also the chapstick thing is genius! I gave the other one to another sister. If you have any free time 2 other sisters in my district would like one. Also, for packing purposes those bags I got from Denny would be great, so sometime before I leave if you could send those that would be great. I think they are in my dresser. Also, if you haven't gone to get that other journal I asked for don't worry about it, with the red one you sent I should be great.
Well, I can't really remember what else happened. We go to class every day. Study a lot...I suppose we are learning quickly it just feels like we are struggling a lot. We don't really have any language class, our teachers teach us how to teach using preach my gospel and will teach us a grammar principle and some phrases to help us. Most of our Russian is left up to us though. We build our vocabulary and attempt to apply the grammar we know. But most of it is not teacher facilitated. I mean, we can ask questions. I think we were all surprised how little time is spent learning Russian, but I guess it works...I don't know. It's just frustrating teaching because even IF I understand I usually have no way to explain the answer to them. I guess I will get better.
Have a great week! Have fun in Capitol Reef! Remember take some pictures! I love you all so much!
Love, Sister Pearce