Friday, May 10, 2013

It's my first Pday here at the MTC, which means email time! I've only been here for two days, but I love it! It is definitely overwhelming, but it's not nearly as bad as everyone made it sound...(not yet anyway...) 
I got here the first day at about 2:15, and I guess I was supposed to be here by 2. Oh well.  They just gave me my stuff really quick and told me to leave my luggage in a hallway and escorted me to my first class.  It was just some language review.  It was okay because the stuff we learned in that class was just review from what I learned in high school so I didn't get behind or anything.  After that, we did a new misisonary orientation thing and then ate dinner and did a teaching workshop.  It was pretty cool, and I learned a lot even on my first day.
My companion's name is Hermana Hyer.  She is from Logan, UT.  She is also going to Peru Lima West, and is waiting for her visa.  The other two sisters in my district are also from Utah and are goign to the same mission as hermana Hyer and I and are waiting on their visas.  Hermana Hyer and Hermana Olsen have been waiting for their visas since January, so it might be a while before Hermana Lind and I get ours.  They are expecting theirs in the next week or so, and they were told that if they come, then they get 5 minutes to call their parents and then ship out the next morning to Peru.  We'll see what happens, but i'm enjoying my time here.  Hermana Hyer is a singer and does theatre stuff.  She is really nice, and is out here for the right reasons so we get along.  All of the elders in our district are going to the Argentina Mendoza(sp?) mission.  They seem pretty solid.  There are a lot of really impressive people here, it's awesome! Watch out, world.
Yesterday, we did a lot of language study and I don't even remember what else.  Hermana Hyer already knows a lot of Spanish so she's pretty much pro.  They said she could go to the intermediate class, but she declined.  I'm pretty overwhelmed but a million and one people have told me that i'll get it soon enough so I have faith and believe them and know it will come.  I just need to learn patience a little better because i'm so excited to start speaking in spanish! By the end of today we are to be able to pray in spanish.  Tomorrow night we are teaching our first investigator in Spanish.  Apparently, our branch president calls on two people to give 5 minute talks in spanish during sacrament on the spot, so us newbies were advised to have a talk prepared.  I still need to prepare one. 
Our branch president's name is Presidente Tyler.  He is General Authority status.  Everytime he speaks we all take out notes and start writing.  I've already learned a lot from him and have only met with him twice.  I'm excited to get to know him better. 
I'm not really very tired yet, but I know it'll come.  I think it's because I'm still so excited that it hasn't hit me yet.. maybe... but I'm just goign to keep pretending i'm not tired and then maybe I won't ever get tired.  I love the structured days here.  I'm actually not sure what all i'll be doing today because Pday isn't very structured.  We went to the temple this morning so that was great. 
I've seen a lot of people here that I know, it's fun!
I don't know what else to say, even though there is probably a lot I could say.  Just wanted to let you know briefly how things are going!  I'm so grateful to be on a mission.  I love it so far and I know it's going to keep getting better as I learn more and have more great experiences.
Love you very much!
-Hermana Jones

P.s. Happy Mother's day, Mommy!
p.p.s. I think one of the conselors in the MTC presidency was the previous mission president of the Missouri Indepence Mission
p.p.s. Dad, I think they made those shuttle things at DFW faster, I was having a hard time standing up!

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