Hey everyone!I miss you all!! It's my first preparation day at the MTC and by tomorrow afternoon I will have been here for a week. It feels like an eternity...in a good way :)
The first day was a whirlwind. No one knew where to go or what to do but there were super helpful cute ladies every step of the way! I got my name tag and books and everything I needed, quickly put my suitcases in my room, and went to my class. You get one classroom during your time at the MTC and you basically spend all day there. We did some orientation stuff and I met my companions! I have three companions - Sister Smith, Sister Mullins, and the Holy Ghost. Seriously though, the Spirit is so strong here and I wouldn't be able to teach or do anything without the Holy Ghost. Like nothing. I am so inadequate without it haha. My companions are great. Sister Smith is from Texas and is 20 years old. Sister Mullins is from Florida. She is 22. We get along super well and haven't had a single problem so that's really nice! I don't know what I would do without them because half the time I'm lost or confused or overwhelmed. I cry a lot. But not in a bad way! The MTC is basically the Lord's Disneyland and I'm on one giant emotional rollercoaster and it is CRAZY.
Bedtime is at 10:30 each night and it is such a relief to hit my pillow. I'm always so exhausted!! Our days are sooo packed and it's hard to focus for 16 hours on Spiritual stuff. But amazing and I love it. Thursday was my birthday which was not super exciting. I didn't get any of the letters or packages that people sent until the next day, so I only got two cards from my district and my teachers wished me a happy birthday haha. It was totally fine though. I was grateful for the opportunity to just lose myself in the work. So far 20 is pretty great! Not as traumatic as I thought it would be haha.
After lunch we had doctrinal study from 12:15-12:45 and then class for 3 hours from 12:45-3:45. You heard that right. 3 hours of class. And Thursday we only did that once...usually we have two blocks of 3 hour class! And the teachers are so great. My main teachers are Sister McManama and Brother Monson, but there are tons of teachers and lots of them spend a ton of time in our classroom. They are all so smart and knowledgeable and I learn so much each MINUTE of the day.
In front of the Provo Temple