The MTC feels like a year already. Each day feels like forever!! After lunch it feels like another day already haha but each week flies. I cant believe that this week coming up is my last week here in Utah. It has been so amazing and our district 23B is just the best I love it. I am going to miss it here but I am also so excited to go to Bolivia and start working there meeting new people and helping them come closer to Christ. I have been so blessed this week. So first off our district gets to host new missionaries this upcoming Wed!! I am excited because its so fun even though we have to carry all their luggage but its so cool either way my host was the sweetest strongest sister ever. I hope to be as strong as her haha. Also, I got my visa and itinerary and I am going to fly out to Bolivia Monday Aug 1st!!! I am so excited because I thought I was not going to get my visa on time!
Yesterday we got to sing with the Nashville Tribute Band! (Not national haha oops) It was so amazing Im glad I started liking country music before the mission. My favorite songs they sang were "The hardest thing Ive ever loved to do" which is about when the main singer went on his mission and then one I forgot the name but its about MaryJesus' mom when he was crucified. It was such a beautiful song and it reminded me so much of my mom the other hermanas from my district and I were just crying so much but we felt such a greater love for Jesus, his love, his bravery and obedience to the Father. We learned that even when he was in so much pain he worried for his mom and it just touched my heart so much because most of the time we worry about our own pains and problems but do we ever take a minute from our worries and comfort others? I know I forget so Im going to try to do better at that.
My compi Hermana Lopez and I got to teach Relief Society and we were so amazed because during the lesson the spirit took the class a way we had not planned. It was beyond our reach everyone felt the spirit and we felt so grateful. We talked about what have been the blessing of our baptism and then we reflected on how we all have a friend that we wish had those blessings in their lives too. We emphasized the importance of our calling to be representatives of Jesus Christ and invite people to come follow him by being baptized. It is our responsability and not our right to deny people of that opportunity because we are too shy or we dont "feel its the right time" I learned that lesson the hard way this week. We had our investigator Andres and we had amazing lessons with him he felt god's Love for him and he prayed repented and came to church but we for some reason didnt invite him to be baptized and then after the lesson our teacher says that we need to invite him. I instantly began crying because I finally realized that its true, this is my purpose as a missionary and I cant doubt any second. MY faith in Jesus christ has grown so much these past days. I love Alma 26:35 because it teaches of God's great mercy to all his children. And it asks what greater joy than this? To know that we have his perfect love and compassion.
I love you all
Thank you for the messages and letters and packages I appreciate it.
Hasta luego, nos vemos desde Bolivia next week.
I arrived at the mtc on Wednesday like at 10 something am!! It was so nice to finally see sisters because all the traveling way I was with elders. The host that helped me to get my things inside was so nice and sweet! Right away we read scriptures and did so many things. My companion is Hermana Lopez!! I was so happy because we knew each other before the mission and we were crossing our fingers that we would be compis here at the mtc! so its great! We love each other since day one. Well ah there are so many things to tell you all. We met our district and its 23B the best one yet haha jk but we are super funny the elders are hilarious and they are so nice and spiritual! They are Elder Rodriguez he is from Bronz New York and its so funny in class when we ask him to tell him his Bronx Stories he's going to El Salvador &BElize and then Elder Gonzales who is also now our DL District Leader is from Utah but has a cool Nicaraguan Accent in espanol he's going to Tempe Arizona and then last is elder Aguirre he is from suprise Arizona haha we didnt beleive him but I guess it is a city someone look it up and let me know haha. WE also have 6 sisters here in our Distrito. They are Hermana Hernandez and Hermana VAzques going to El Salvador tambien and they are from utah!! Then Hermana Chavez and Hermana Irizarri and they are going to Tempe Arizona tambien also from utah (Peruvian family!). Everyone is from utah haha jk but not really. My teachers are Hermana Zekimi and Hermano Larson. They are so cool abnd funny and help us learn so much each day. I always learn something I had not thought of before so its really nice! Its hard waking up early and staying up in class for like 3 hours and then lunch and 3 more hours haha. But its so worth it I love it here! SO our teachers pretend they are our investigators and we have to meet them and teach them and It is the best thing ever at fitst we taught "Edwina" (hermana Zekimi) and it was kind of awkward we were nervous and we did okay. She had so many questions so we learned to not have a set plan but to be open to listen to the spirit and locate her needs to be able to help her better. WE did that with Andres you'll see a picture of him here he is Brother larson but yea our lesson with him went great! WE were lead by the spirit and ended up having him pray and come to church with us!!! I felt like a real missionary when he asked in his prayer i" GOd are you there?" It was amazing and I felt like crying. I have learned that we are here to bring people unto repentance and baptism so that they can better Follow Jesus Christ. Ahh how did I forget! WE met ELDER BEDNARD in a devotional on Sunday and we sang in a choir with 1500 missionaries. WE are practicing to sing next sunday when the National Tribute Band comes here to perform. The songs are called "I was Born" and "Johns song" you all need to look them up!! They're great especially I was born well mostly for missionaries but yea. haha Im having a good time. Pray for me to stay calm and not expect perfection because that's something I struggle with but my compi and I are working on it.
Love you all,