Tuesday, January 28, 2014

It's P-day!

Wow! What a crazy, but wonderful week. It feels like it has been months that I have been here though. I have experienced so much and grown as a missionary so much in just a week!

Ok, so my district is made up of all Sisters, which never happens so that is different, but it's been really good. We all do pretty well at staying focused and I am learning so much from each of them. Everyone is always commenting on how well we get along and how much love we have for each other. We all are so different but we just love each other and help each other. I couldn't ask for a better district. My companion is Sister Luna. She is wonderful! We teach really well together and we read each others minds. It is great to experience companion unity so strongly right at first. It kinda makes me worried for future companions though, because I've just been so lucky with her. We both work really hard and spend our time wisely, but we also have a lot of fun and laugh a lot. It is so great. I feel like I have known these Sisters for a long time. The spirit really does help strengthen relationships. If any relationship is suffering, just bring God into it and it will be strengthened. We also have a district of Elders in our Zone. They are also wonderful! We get along so well with them and have a lot of fun and learn from each other at our zone teaching times. Sister Luna and I received the calling this week to be the Sister Training Leaders. That is basically zone leader, but only for the sisters. We have 2 new districts coming in tomorrow and Sister Luna and I, along with our Zone Leaders, Elder Jolley, and Elder Romero, will be doing an opening orientation for them on their first night. I am excited to get to know the new Sisters and help their adjustment be smooth.
I am finally getting used to the sleep schedule and I sleep like a baby:) And...you'll be so proud, I roll straight out of bed when the alarm rings and I just start praying. Haha, if I didn't do that, I might just fall right back to sleep. Waking up is hard, but I am being strengthened sooo much here. I know the Lord is helping me every step of the way. At first, I was hungry all the time when I got here. Meal times are fast and I have never been a fast eater. But I am getting better at eating fast and I am not as hungry all the time now:)
So, I have really great teachers here. I feel the spirit so strongly, all the time here. It really is hold ground. We pray so much, and even though I felt like I understood prayer before I came here, I am using it so much more while I am here. My prayers have become more sincere and they have gotten me through everything. Prayers truly invite the spirit to be with you, which is key, as a missionary. I am learning how to trust my Heavenly Father to guide my words to be able to say what He would if He was here. I am representing Jesus Christ for the next 18 months and I need to have the spirit with me so I know how He would best help meet the needs of the individuals I meet. My love is growing even more since I have been here. My companion and I have been teaching two "investigators" here. One is named Luke, he is really our teacher but he does SO well at making me believe that he is real, which is quite a big deal considering I am an actor...haha. But we have been teaching him and we are truly learning how to listen to the spirit. I can feel the Lord guiding our words as we speak to say what He would have us say. But there have been some hard times too. Yesterday, we taught a new investigator, not sure if she is really investigating or a member pretending...but we couldn't figure out what her needs were. We taught what we thought was guided by the spirit, but we didn't feel like we had met her needs after. I was discouraged after and the first realization of the fact that I couldn't just go to my room and cry for a bit, sunk in. But I learned a very important lesson this week from the Devotional, Character of Christ video. I need to forget myself. I need to stop focusing on ME. Even if I am worrying about being a successful missionary, or how well I do. I need to GET OVER MYSELF! haha. So that is my motto. It really is the LORD's work and I need to totally forget myself and worry about the people that I meet and see them how the Savior would see them. I really love this place and I am so excited to go to the field next Tuesday. 
This Sunday was both the most wonderful but the most tiring day that I have had yet. Sister Luna and I had meetings alllllll day with our calling. We didn't get any study time at all, we didn't even get to go sing in the choir. But such is life. haha. For relief society, we had Janice Kapp Perry come and talk to us. No big deal...haha. It was AMAZING! I have learning that my main coping method out here is music. Songs truly bring me comfort. So when Sister Perry, spoke, in the middle of her talk, she had us sing a melody of her songs. Child's Pray, I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ, I See My Mother Kneeling, etc. The spirit was so strong. Music has  such a power! I have so much more to say, but my time is running out. Thank you all for the wonderful letters and prayers! I love you all so much! Don't forget how personal Heavenly Father's love is for each of you. He knows you sooo well. Have a wonderful week! Get on your knees and pray to your Heavenly Father, He wants to hear from you, because you are His child. 

Sister Young
My whole Zone

My companion and I

My whole district of Sisters

Me in my classroom where we spend all day!

Cleaning the bathroom (that smelt horrible) for service hours 

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