Oh my goodness I've never been on a bigger emotional roller coaster than this one. To start off, I am finally 100% better! I still eat like a bird, and I have lost 6 lbs since entering the MTC so heck ya for no gaining weight! But shoot being at the MTC is so hard, but it was absolutely miserable being sick. I was seriously so ready to come home both Thursday and Friday. I kept thinking, "I'm 22 years old. I'm hanging out with high school kids. and I'm sick. What the heck am I doing here?? I've got better things to do than play mom all day." Ya I was really that extreme. But I finally caught the MTC fire and I am so happy to be here! The Lord's work is moving forward in a big way,and I love that I get to be a part of it! On Thursday during dinner, I was feeling extra ambitious and decided to try the famous chocolate milk.............. It was so good I saw it again an hour later right outside of our branch meeting....... I was that girl that had to call maintenance to come clean up my puke..... My poor companion! She had to deal with the sick girl! And I threw up again Friday morning so I finally went to the doctor for meds. And now I'm healthy!!!! I know it sounds like I hate it, and I did until Saturday! haha but now of course I am loving every second of it.
My companion, Sister Wiederhold is the kindest girl! She has been kind of a struggle for me because we are so different, but she's has been so patient with me! Spiritually, she is so dang happy to be a missionary! She loves this gospel so much! So i'm grateful for that. We're getting there!
Ok gym time is of course my favorite! But my companion is not the type to go to the weight room.... ;) so we go to the gym and play basketball, 4 square, and she jump ropes while I shoot around. THE LORD BLESSES HIS MISSIONARIES! I've never made so many shots in my life! Where has that been all my life?? Sad part is in order to scrimmage, there has to be another sister..... none of them like to ball.... so I shoot at my own basket like a bullied kid! haha I had one sweet sister going to Brazil offer to come play with me because I looked lonely.... Thank goodness I don't have a self-esteem problem!
So I found my new best friend!!!! Her name is Sister Olson and she is from Mesa! She lives on Val Vista and University, and we hit it off right off the bat! Fun fact! She's a senior missionary....... #storyofmylife! hahaha She is the sweetest lady! She is headed to the Family History Center in SLC so I told her to look out for Dan and Debbie. She has such a great story! This is her 2 mission, but her first without her husband. He passed away last year, and so it's been so hard for her. She's such a strong lady! It's been fun to get to know her.
Spiritually, I'm in heaven. GUYS, THIS MISSION IS NOT ABOUT ME! Not even one bit. And the moment I make it about me, I'm gonna fail! We've been focusing on our purpose as missionaries for the last few days, and the biggest point they drive home is that it isn't about us. We're gonna screw it up, but that's why the Holy Ghost is the biggest teacher in our lessons. There is a talk that Elder Bednar gave here in the MTC that only missionaries get to see called the Character of Christ. #MTCMINDBLOWN He talked about the biggest moments of Christ's life, and how when Christ had every reason to be selfish, he was selfless. So dang true! I have been so dang selfish because I was sick... big deal! This isn't about me! Who cares what I want?! It's about the Lord's work. I get to focus on my self for the rest of my life, but the next 18 months have nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him.
I know this is the only true gospel! Life is seriously so good! And I am so blessed to be surrounded by so many dedicated souls. The Lord loves his children!
I love you all so much! I am overwhelmed by the support I have received, and I am so grateful for it! Thank you for all your prayers and love!
"Peace will always surpass understanding." -Elder Holland