"Sis-trict of problems/1st week of MTC" (March 19, 2014)
"I can't recall the taste of bread."
Hi! i could never forget about you guys! i am so pressed for time it's unreal. but anyways this first week has been so great. when people have felt any kind of homesickness im just fine. like im strong, i miss you guys and all but im just loving it here. there is no place i would rather be and i know this is exactly where im supposed to be. it is so comforting to know that.
so onto the mommy questions. My bug bit was infected and on thursday night it popped, i drained it then we went to main campus to get hydrogen peroxide and antibiotics. all is well now but it was really gross!! haha so our toilet wasnt really working, like it would flush and all but barely. on friday one of the sisters took a massive poop and clogged the toilet.. it happened at 1100 am so we went and asked to have it taken care of. we get back to the apartment at 930 AND ITS STILL THERE AND IT SMELLS AWFUL. so you can imagine how i was. exhausted, after a whole day of learning spanish, i march to the front office with my comp and i basically say "im not leaving here till i have someone to fix the toilet." i was "missionary mad" but i ended up swallowing my annoyance and went back to the apt. defeated. at 1045 the security guy shows up with a snake and ends up fixing the toilet but honestly, i was still annoyed but sooooo thankful they fixed it. it was awful.
im taking my singulair and my eczema is fine. so im on the west campus because im a spanish speaker. we're at the wyview apts. and so instead of dorms we get nice apts. with showers and all, so no community showers!! also the campus is a lot more open and not too closed like main. the classrooms are other aparments and we have a chocolate cabinet that we can hide our chocolate in haha! the food though.....sooooo i cannot stand the food. it is pretty gross. i feel like frodo right before he goes into mount doom when he said "i cant recall the taste of bread" instead in my case its actual normal healthy natural yummy delicious food. ugh i miss that but they have really good chocolate milk. a cool thing! so on sundays we get to go on sunday walks because it is such an open campus. and on p-days we can walk to the place called brighams landing and they have jamba juice and a bread place, cupcake, burger and such. its also nice just to get off campus.!
So let me get to the real stuff. my companion and i are literally perfect. she is so cute and she reminds me alot of anna/shelby. really sweet, kind, and doesnt talk in the morning so we dont get annoyed with each other. i can honestly say i wouldnt have had such a great time here if it werent for her. we are tiiight. in my district it is 6 sisters. and thats also my zone. ...all girls...only estrogen...and alot of emotions. hermana shotwell and i were called as the STL(Sister Trainer Leader) zone leaders which means we are pretty much the big cahunas of the zone....haha jk but we are the only girls not having serious problems plus this other sister whos sweet. but we have to deal with all of them. im grateful though because it has taught me patience and ive learned to love others i normally wouldnt have gotten along with. granted ive had alot of help from heavenly father but its all good. weve dealt with a girl wanting to go home due to depression and anxiety, and two other girls suffering from that as well but the one wanting to go home is the stl for the district so its been bringing all the other girls down. hermana shotwell and i have been trying to get them couseling but they are all really resistent to the idea but its under the direction of the branch president sooo its just a weird situation. tonight we get to welcome 5 new hermanas to our zone. and hopefully this incoming district with have things together. i have hope!
so my spanish. its coming along. ive been able to pray and teach lessons to "investigators" and get my message across. the teachers pretty much only speak to us in spanish and that has been helping alot. i love this language and i actually love to learn it because its just so beautiful. the devotionals are just so amazing. so we get bussed over there to main on sunday and tuesday for the devotionals. its amazing that so far each talk has been something our district has really needed. the one on tuesday was about how God has created many wonderful things and we are so tiny in relation to the universe. but yet god still knows us by name and loves each and every one of us. ive been trying to have the perfect love for the hermanas in my district and zone and honestly, with the lords help it has really been coming along. i care about them and i just want them to be happy and know that they have a purpose to be here on the mission. we have a great calling and there is no way we are expected to do this alone but we have God on both the right side and on the left. its a very comforting thought.
so all in all i am loving the MTC. my comp and i are on fire and even though there have been alot of issues in the district, we have been able to stay afloat and stay strong. we havent even cried yet! haha everyday theres another breakdown but honestly all i gotta say is hormones hormones hormones. this is what happens when you stick a bunch of girls together with no elders to balance out the estrogen. hahaha sooo that is that. im learning so much from the spirit, about the sirit, and about the gospel, and honestly even though learning the spanish is hard, it isnt the single most important thing. i can feel my conversion to the gospel growing stronger and i pray for the people i will teach everyday, i love being a missionary and i love wearing the nametag. seriously ive been here what, a week? and i already can wait to get out to the field.
so mom, thank you for the "dear elders", keep them coming! also can you send me a costco pack of my gum STAT and more perfume before i leave. be enchanted by bath and bodyworks.dad-i love ya.
ally and aaron-i hope everything is going well.
emily-dont read the letter im sending until youre not a missionary just because of the beginning part.
tell rachel bischoff thank you for the dear elder!!
and tell more people to dear elder me cuz i love getting letters and i wont get them in argentina. haha i love you all so dearly and i hope everything is going well. i cant wait to hear from you!
oh and sorry for all the typos! haha have fun fixing this before you send it out.