Friday, March 6, 2015

Fri, Mar 6, 2015 So umm....would you like to be baptized?

Hey ya'll! 

It has been another fantastic week in the MTC. I can't believe that it will be 3 whole weeks this Wednesday. It makes me sad at night when I realize how fast these mission days go. I'm loving this experience. It is so hard, and many times where I just need a moment, but the Lord is always right there to lift me back up. All He is asking is that I do my best and then He will make up the rest.
Our zone (3 districts) before the eldest district left! So sad!! 

So let's just say, some of the missionaries in my district are somewhat disobedient. So for like two whole class periods, which equals 6 hours, we had lectures on not flirting and staying with your companion. That was way fun!;) So my schedule consists of waking up at 6:30, eating breakfast at 7:10, Class starts around 8:00, lunch and gym time starts around 12:00, then class again for 3 hours, then dinner, then class again for 3 hours, then planning, and BED TIME! Hallelujah. basically all we do at the MTC is eat and learn...I think I'm getting fat. There's no time to work off all those delicious cookies I eat!

I really enjoy our "ciclo" time which is where we study personally for an hour, then companion study for an hour, then language study. Hermana Wilson and I are pretty good at staying on track, but now that the old district is gone it's a lot easier. Haha, we aren't being ambushed by nerf guns anymore when we're supposed to be that's good!;) But I do miss the older district a lot. It's crazy how your zone really does become your family!!

Hermanas Otte, Atendido, Hoth, Wilson

The devotionals on Sunday nights and Tuesday nights are amazing. We haven't had one of the 12 apostles yet, only some from the quorum  of the 70. But they all do amazing jobs, it's like having conference 2 times a week! Pretty great! Anyway, this week we had Elder Evans of the 70 come. The thing that really stood out to me was when he said parents make a huge difference in whether their child chooses to serve a mission. I'm so grateful for my parents and their testimonies. They are a huge reason why I came on my mission! :)

So of the Hermanas that is in my room is hilarious.  And not even like the good kind of hilarious. Hermana Atendido is well...unique. She just says the weirdest things at like the most inopportune moments. Haha, but we love her anyway. She takes up one whole bunk bed all to herself. The top one she sleeps on and the bottom one she hangs her clothes on. I don't even know why she has a closet? Who needs a closet when you have a bunkbed?;) Haha and when we write in our journals at night she always sits right in front of my closet because there's no room by her stuff. So funny. Okay...just a few more funny stories about her. She loves to say random facts at night She is obsessed with wolves. Like obsessed. She has a wolves tail that is attached to her mission bag so when she walks it looks like it's hers. She has a little wolf stuffed animal that she puts over her eyes when she sleeps. Oh...and she scratches at night. And it is soooo loud. Gross, but there's nothing we can do about it! Haha. Wow. Now Hermana Atendido's comp, Hermana Otte has shown her true colors. She usually is composed, but she is going crazy! Hopefully Hermana Wilson and I can keep it together for the 4 of us!!
Hermana Wilson and I doing some service! Cleaning the bathrooms is always a good time!;)
Sometimes by the end of the day, we are all so drained spiritually and physically that we just can't stop laughing. Everything is so hilarious. The other night while the Elders in our district were teaching our "teacher/investigator", we decided to do synchronized chair rolling. our desk/chairs have wheels on the bottom so we decided to do some funky dance moves while belting out Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel"...that's a spiritual song right?

Now on the more spiritual side of things, wow, my testimony has grown so much. It is a hard process to become the person the Lord wants you to be, but I can already see how much happier it makes me. Right now, Hermana Wilson and I are teaching 3 "investigators"...Areli, Marcos, and Mercedes. It's so important to have the Spirit in the lesson. The Spirit truly is one of the most amazing gifts from God. It touches hearts and clears minds. It comforts us when nothing else can. One day this week, I was having such a hard time. I was so down on myself and nothing was going right. I kept saying to myself, "No one understands me. No one even likes me." But then I remember a lesson that we learned in MTC choir last Sunday. Christ chose to come to earth so He would know exactly how you feel. He didn't have to come, but He did for you. And every time you say, "No one likes me or understand me." He knows exactly how you feel. He was hated and despised of men and He knows what it's like to have no one like you. You are never alone. Because He chose to come here, He knows exactly how to help you. All you have to do is turn to Him, He will carry the burden for you. That day that was so hard for me totally turned around when we had to teach Areli. I told myself that
I couldn't be sad while teaching an investigator because this is the happiest message they will ever hear. They need to see how it has made me so happy. The Spirit helped so much throughout that lesson! And after feeling the Spirit like that, there were no more negative thoughts in my head. Miracle.

We learned that you're supposed to ask investigators "when you find out that our message is true, will you be baptized?" in the very first lesson. Crazy, but it is such a powerful invitation. Asking someone to follow the Savior!

Well everyone, I'm so lucky to be preparing for my mission now!:) It has been an incredible experience! Know that I pray for all of you and I hope you are all doing well! Thanks for all of the support!

Hermana Hoth
#synchronizedchairrolling #wolves #thechurchistrue

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