Ok bear with me, because I have two weeks’ worth of stuff to share with you today!
My last week at the MTC was amazing. It was hard, but so rewarding! The teachers were all so nice and taught with the Spirit and I love them all dearly. I wanted more class time, 6 hours a day just wasn't cutting it for me! I learned so much from them and from the Spirit. My relationship with Christ and Heavenly Father also grew so much stronger each day! I rely on them so much to get through everything. My favorite scripture right now is Moroni 7:33 - "And Christ hath said: If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me." This scripture is so true! I know that I am supposed to be on a mission, and because of that knowledge, I know that I will be able to serve a good mission and be successful if I have faith in Christ. He will make it possible for me to serve better than I ever could on my own. That's a pretty huge promise/blessing.
Probably the coolest thing about the MTC was Easter. That morning we met as a zone with our Branch Presidency, and had a little sacrament meeting together. That's only like 15 people, and my whole district of 6 people gave talks on faith. We didn't take the sacrament though because we did that later AS A WHOLE MTC. That's like a couple thousand people! We all met in the huge gym and all the bleachers were out and the chairs were set up. My District was in the Choir so we sat in a specific area for that. And President Uchtdorf was the speaker!!!! It was amazing. He is so awesome! He walked in the room and you could feel the Spirit so strongly. And he gave a wonderful talk about the Savior and the Atonement and Resurrection (which you can read about here: Pres-Uchtdorf-visits-Provo-MTC-delivers-an-Easter-message). It was perfect. Then afterward he went around shaking people's hand (unfortunately he did not shake my hand. I'm kinda bummed about it) and as he was doing it everyone was crying and soooo happy and for a second it was as if the Savior was there shaking people's hands. It was so cool. I don't know if I said this in the last email but Elder Neil L. Anderson also spoke to us a few days earlier. So two general authorities in one week! It was great.
Sunday night we packed and got ready because we flew out of Salt Lake Monday morning. We had to be at the bus at 4:30 am! That was unpleasant. Our flight took off at 8:30 and we got to Denver at 10. My Mission President and his wife, President and Sister Murdock, were there waiting for us. They are soooo nice! I love them. We got all of our bags and headed to the mission office which is just a Stake Center that has a basement where all the mission people work (like the housing coordinators and the Mission President and whoever else manages things in the mission). We had an orientation and did some activities and kinda chilled there for the day. At night we went back to the Murdock's home which was lovely, and we ate dinner and had a Devotional. I had to play the piano...I have to play the piano sooo much! I can't even play! I played for church at the MTC, and for the Devotional, and during our District Meeting this week...it's ridiculous haha. I definitely didn't expect to be doing that. After the Devotional we got ready for bed and for the next day. We had been up since 3:45 so we were pretty tired, but we still stayed up until like 10:30 haha. We're dumb. It was my last night with my companions, though! And I miss them soooo much.
The next morning we got up early again, like 5 am, to go to the Transfer Meeting. My MTC companions and I all got split up and put with trainers! Sister Smith and Sister Mullins went way out to the Western Slope, and I stayed in the Metro Area. I am in Lakewood, and my trainer is Sister O! She has only been out for 3 months but she's great! She is from Australia so she has an accent, which has started rubbing off on me a little bit haha. I always want her to speak when we go tracting because I think people are more receptive to her since she has an accent :P It's pretty funny.
Me with my trainer Sister O!
Each morning Sister O drags me out of bed at 6 so that we can work out. We got to go to a gym for the first couple days until the Elders who are also serving in the Lakewood ward with us stole our key card. Now we run around a gorgeous lake that is across the street from where we live. The sun rises as we run, and it's beautiful, but I am kinda cranky in the mornings haha. Also I can't breathe because we are a mile up here and my body isn't used to that yet!
We also met a man named W. He's awesome. And he reeeeally likes to talk. He told us all about his beliefs and we told him about ours and we had a great discussion. He also told us about serving in Vietnam and almost being killed by a giant cobra. His stories were awesome, but we were there for way too long haha. We'll go back sometime this week and teach him more.
On Friday I got to see my cousin Lisa!!! She lives about 10 minutes outside of my area and I got permission from my Mission President to see her. She and her family are so awesome and it was so nice to spend a little time with them :) Hopefully I get to see her again soon!
Lots of love,