Friday, March 20, 2015

Fri, Mar 20, 2015 1 whole month...what?

Hola everyone!

I can't believe I've been out here for 1 whole month. It's gone by so fast and I'm so sad that I only have 17 months lefts of this amazing adventure. But! Exciting I got my travel plans for April 1st. I leave the MTC like at 3:30 am and then our flight from SLC leaves at 8:30. We arrive in Seattle at 9:34 and then our flight out of there is at 11:10. We will arrive in Vancouver, Canada at 12:08 pm on April 1st. Crazy, I can't believe it!! I get to travel with my companion which is a prayer answered because I would be scared to travel alone. I also get to travel with 5 other missionaries!! Wow, it's so crazy that I have less than 2 weeks in the MTC.

MTC District . . . what?

Elder, Elder, Elder Tyler Stevenson (one of Em's good friends he's going to Taiwan), Hermana Hoth, & Hermana Wilson

Elders & Hermana Wilson & Hermana Hoth 

So this week has been pretty great...of course! How could it not be great when I'm constantly thinking about the Lord and this amazing work!! We got a new district this week. It has 3 elders and 4 sisters. They are all so great! On Wednesday, when they arrived I was able to direct the traffic as the new missionaries were being dropped off. It was so fun to see all of the brand new missionaries, but it was hard to see them say goodbye to their families. So crazy. It was sad for me to watch their families all crying when their missionary was out of sight. Way cool story...I got to see my friend J.D. Thorne get dropped off. I was able to talk to his family after for a while so that was sweet. Haha, St. Patrick's Day was way fun. All of us got packages from our families and now our room is filled to the brim with green candy. Haha, it was so great to hear from the fam too. totally look like Nick Jonas. Harrison..I guess you're pretty cool...don't get too cool though!;) And so my package, my mom sent pics of the time I dressed up as a bald eagle to summon my eagle powers for student council posters. Haha...she also photo-shopped a sweet pic of my comp as a Timone from lion king...we died laughing. So funny. Oh my heavens, speaking of our "spirit animals". my teacher was writing some vocab on the board and she wrote eagle. My district was laughing so hard. So now whenever they see me they call me aguila and say "caaaa". Wow. 

Hermana Wilson has perfected her duck noise...she scares everyone when she does it. So so funny. And Elder Barry has perfected his sloth noise and crawl. I think I have the weirdest district ever...:)

Oh I forgot to tell you...Elder Cook came last week. Yeah...he is so cool. He talked about the process of assigning missions. He told us that there are 3 main things that they focus on when assigning calls. They receive inspiration for which mission presidents the missionary would work best with, or what people need them the most, or which language they need to learn. Both him and his wife spoke. They are was great to hear from an apostle of God. 

Hermana Hoth, Hermana Wilson, & Elders at Provo Temple

So we have a new investigator, Marianela. We got to teach her over Skype so that was a neat experience. Then we had 2 lessons with Mercedes this week. The 1st one was not so great and it was hard to feel the Spirit throughout the whole thing. I was so discouraged after that. But Hermana Wilson took a chance and decided not to write a lesson plan out and just let the Spirit guide for the 2nd lesson, and the Spirit was there the whole time. She kept saying how beautiful the lesson was. It was about baptism and becoming clean again. She thought that baptism cost moneybecause it does in the Catholic church, but we explained to her that it is a free gift from God. She loved that. We also shared Moroni 8:3 and told her that it reminded us of her. We as missionaries are constantly praying for our investigators and  family and companions. I think one of the reasons why we feel so close to God while we are on our missions is because we are constantly talking to Him. If any of you feel like you don't have a good relationship or any relationship with God, I hope that all of you will take the time to talk to Him through prayer. I know He wants to hear from you; He loves you. Don't forget that prayer is a 2 way communication and He will speak to you through your feelings and thoughts. 

There have been a few moments this week that both Hermana Wilson and I have just broke down. It's so stressful here and I'm constantly reminded of my weaknesses. The hardest thing is taking care of Hermana Garcia. She was in the older district and she is supposed to be in Cali right now, but the night before she left she had to have an emergency back surgery. So not only are we constantly busy with our own schedule, but now we have to take care of another person. But through many prayers, the Lord has softened my heart. Now, I'm grateful for the opportunity to serve already. 

Emily & Kiana
So...I got to see my best friend ever last week! While we were walking to the temple, Kiana was on her way back to her apartment! So cool. 

Elder Barry came up with our new district saying..."Necesita Jesus"....or "you need Jesus". Haha...he goes around saying that to everyone. 

Haha so funny story. The other day we were practicing rolling our "r's" and one elder in our district, Elder Hirschi was trying his hardest but all he made was a hissing noise while looking like a helpless otter. He said, "wow, that's a struggle." Then his comp, Elder Armstrong said, "What? Your face?" It was so funny....Elder Armstrong was like "That's not what I meant". Haha. 

There have been protesters outside the MTC yesterday and today. I don't understand why people would waste their time tearing others down. My teacher came into class last night saying that they called her "a deceiver and that she was leading us down to Hell". She told us that she knows this church is absolutely true. She wouldn't have served for 18 months and continue to serve by teaching new missionaries if it wasn't. I want to add my testimony to hers. I absolutely know that this church is true. I have felt the Spirit so many times throughout my life. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he truly did see God and Jesus Christ. He restored this church. We have all the truth of the gospel on the earth today because of him. I would not give up 18 months of my life if I did not know for a surety that this church is true. 

I hope all of you are having great lives. And keeping it real. Thanks for everything! Love you all!  Love, Hermana Hoth

Brother & Sister Price, Hermanas Wilson & Hoth

Oh my goodness! It's a perfect match :)

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