Hello all! This week has been so busy and so crazy! The days drag on (we're in class for 16 hours), but they all blend together, so the week goes by fast. I'll make sure to attach the pictures in this email. I get to go to the temple again later today, so that's excited! This week, my companion and I started TRC (which is where we teach "investigators" who are really just converts). That was a love/hate experience; haha. We've had many lessons that were completely inspired by the Spirit. If the spirit isn't there, nothing is being taught. We had a couple lessons that were just horrible because we ignored the spirit. Those were hard wake-up calls, but we've gotten better. We love our "investigators" so much and I have no idea how I'm supposed to leave them on Tuesday. I'll be heading to Maryland at 4:30 in the morning on Tuesday! Bright and early! But, anyway, these people that Sister Hart and I were able to teach are just amazing people. We had an experience with Barbara, one of the "investigators", where the Spirit was so strong! She taught us so much! She was going through things that she just couldn't do alone and she finally tried "the pray thing" we taught her about and at first she didn't think it would amount to anything, but she started reading "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" pamphlet that we had felt inspired to give her, and it completely answered her prayer. She was able to feel the comfort that she needed and she was so excited to tell us all about it! We were able to invite her to baptism and she accepted! She even said the closing prayer and it was probably the most spiritual prayer I have ever had the opportunity to hear.
So, the first presidency is coming to the MTC!!! .... The week after I leave. Great timing right? We'll be missing the Tuesday devotional that they'll be likely speaking at, so that sucks, but Maryland will be good.
So, I encourage all of you to say one prayer every day that just focuses on other people. Give thanks and pray for others ONLY. See how your life will change. Because I can promise you it will, and the lives of those you pray for will change as well. I don't think I've said a prayer for just myself this whole time, except for when praying for food. it's an amazing experience. I love it. When we focus our attention on others rather than inside ourselves, great things happen. The spirit is continually with me unless I put myself in a situation where it can't reside (which doesn't really happen at the mtc). Such an amazing blessing.
Here's some quotes from this week:
"One of the greatest secrets of missionary work is work."
"The labor starts when you get up at 6:30 am and doesn't stop until 10:30pm when you go to bed. And the blessings of your labor are the harvests."
"The difference between a mission and a great mission is work. Hard work."
"Just get up and do the work, then you will become a champion!"
"To get the miracle, we must step forward in confidence."
READ ETHER 12!!! All of it! It's amazing :) Just read it. Please.
Well, my time is up. I love these people so much. I'm going to miss the MTC and all who are in it. I'm going to miss my investigators because they really are amazing people. I love them so much! Thank you all for your love and support. You're amazing! I have lots of pictures for ya! Hope you enjoy them!