So, there is literally so much to write and not enough time to write it. Thursday's are my P-Day so that's why it has taken so long to get to you!
So how is it going?? How are you feeling mom? I heard Dad and Avery and Josh went to the hockey game in Pittsburgh! That's so cool! Who won??? I have been getting Dad's letters. Although it takes about four days for them to get here, so I get some of them on the same day. But I love those daily letters. I look forward to them everyday all day!
So my district is really amazing. Mi companera is Haley Brown! The girl that mom found on the internet! She is the sweetest girl ever! Also in my district is Hermana Winters (One of Ali's good friends!) and Hermana Bills! The four of us have so much fun together. They are awesome. The first couple of days here for me were really difficult. I was pretty homesick and I had a pretty hard time. But as I got to know my district and the Hermanas in my district I know that I have been so blessed! I really think I would have come home the first couple of days if I didn't have them!!!! It was hard let me tell you. But I got letters from Bishop Gentile, Jordan Berrey, the Birrells, my friends from BYU, and my favorite ones, Dad's letters! You don't know how important getting mail is until you are completely disconnected from the world! I also got Grandma Agle's cookies and my district LOVED them. They want me to thank her for them :)
So life here in the MTC (in 20 minutes). I am getting used to getting up at 6:30. It is not as hard anymore. Then we basically just study all day and have class. My teacher is Hermana Voguler, and she is the boss of all the teachers and therefore she is the best. That's what everyone has told us. Also, we have an investigator! Her name is Luz and we have taught her four lessons so far. Want to hear something insane?? I taught a 30 minute lessons COMPLETELY in Spanish on my SECOND day at the MTC. It was the scariest thing! But it went well, and yesterday during our lesson, Hermana Brown and I sang her "Soy un Hijo de Dios" (I am a Child of God) and she started crying and the spirit in the room was SO strong!! At the end of the lesson, we invited her to be baptized and she said YES! It was the greatest feeling of all time! It is amazing how much love you develop for investigators in such a short amount of time. In her prayer after, she prayed for God to help her be prepared for her baptismal date. It was such a cool experience. We get two new investigators this Monday so I am so excited to start teaching them!
My spanish is really good. It's cool because I have totally seen the gift of tongues in my time here. I can understand pretty much 100% of Spanish that is spoken, but talking is a little bit more difficult. They wanted to move me into the intermediate class, but I love my companion and my district so much that I decided to stay in my class. I would have been here for the same amount of time anyway. And Hermana Brown has told me that she has been so blessed to be my companion because we work really well together and we both have our own strengths. She is really good at teaching the gospel and I am really good at spanish. So together, we make a really good team :) I love her!
Like I said, the first couple of days here were really hard for me. I felt like bursting into tears all day, it was awful! I don't think I have prayed harder in my entire life. But one night I went into the bathroom (we have 6 girls in our tiny little room), and prayed for a very long time that I would have the strength to be able to do this marvelous work and peace with my decision to serve a mission. The next night, at the Tuesday night devotional, Richard G. Scott came (COOL HUH?) and talked to us about communicaton with the Lord and how our prayers will be answered no matter what. It was much better than that but I only have 9 more minutes :) But if there is any way for you guys to look it up and watch it, you should! It was the most meaningful talk I have ever heard. At the end of it, he gave all of the missionaries an Apostolic Blessing. My Branch President said that that has only happened 6 times in MTC history. That was pretty amazing. The spirit was so strong, and ever since then, I have felt so so happy with my decision to serve a mission and I know that I will be blessed in the future for doing so. That, and it is the greatest opportunity of all time!!!
Well I love you all very much. I am so grateful for this opportunity I have to serve a mission. I can't wait to get to Peru and help the people come unto Christ. I know that he is our Savior and that if we live our lives like He did, then we will be able to return to our Father in Heaven again. Thanks for being the best family ever. Josh, Emily, Avery, and Tyler, I love you guys all so much and I already can't wait to see you guys on October 10, 2014 (my release date)!! I know this church is true con todo mi corazon! And I love teaching and spreading this gospel to people that are ready to hear it. I love you all so much!!
Here's a Chapter that I read this week that was so amazing for me to read! 2 Nephi 31! SO GOOD.
P.S. the MTC is literally a jail. What's the difference between the MTC and jail? People in jail get visitors.