Tuesday, July 2, 2013



I HAVE BEEN WAITING SO LONG TO WRITE THIS LETTER AND TO READ MY E-MAIL YOU HAVE NO IDEA!  Everyone decided to e-mail me so I was the only sister who didn't get regular mail.  Every time someone would get mail and I didn't I would go give them a choke hold (literally) and told them how mad I was:)  haha it happened everyday so finally a sister decided to write me a little note and act like I got mail.  It was adorable, but I am grateful for all of my e-mails so thank you so much!!!!  Everyday here is literally a week in real time.  So I've been here approximately 7 weeks:)  This is probably going to be really long because I just want to tell you everything! 

I would just like to start off my saying that I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  This is the hardest thing I have ever done and I am only in the MTC.  The first day was so fun because we were all soooo excited to be there and everything was new!  When we arrived there were like 100 missionaries waiting outside yelling and cheering, just like EFY.  When they gave us our name tags to put on, I was so giddy it was embarrassing haha.  It was like the power of a missionary that i was waiting for!  I felt legit when I put that on and it is now my favorite accessory.  OH!!!!! GILBERT PEOPLE!!!!  I am in a zone of about 20 missionaries that are headed to Gilbert Arizona!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And the girls in my district are all going to gilbert Arizona except me and my companion.  I am commanding you to look for these missionaries and to take care of them like the people of Idaho are taking care of me.  I'll send pictures of them so you can find them.  The ones you need to find are Sister Carroll, Sister Marz, Sister Bennett, and Sister Stanley.  They are like my best friends here.  PLEASE FIND THEM!!!! 
I don't mind if you find the boys because they are all pychos. :)  hahaha but SERIOUSLY!  18 year old boys are nuts.  The Elders going to Idaho are sweet though, so sorry about that.  It is really nice to see the little boys (Elders) use their priesthood.  One of our sisters got sick last night and was dry heaving and the Elders pulled themselves together and were very respectful while giving her a blessing.  It was adorable and powerful. 

So my companion....Sister Wright....She is really cool.
She makes me laugh all the time because she is so loud.  She was in the Navy and wrestled in high school and curls 30 pounds.  SHES A BEAST!!

Lets just say I have never worked out as hard as I do at the MTC.  She is not aloud to go anywhere without me...obviously...so I have to run with her and do everything she does.  She is like my personally trainer.  Yesterday we ran like 5 WHOLE LAPS around the campus...then we did abs...then she made me do 10 sprints!!  We usually leave lunch early or wake up earlier so we can work out for longer.  I did not expect to be in boot camp and the MTC.  It is good for me though considering all the brownies and cookies I eat at lunch.  Imagine the biggest buffet in the whole world and then double it.  Then picture satan being there tempting you to eat everything.  Thats how it feels and i love it!! haha I'm grateful she makes me work out.  We have had a few problems because she is so loud and according to my teacher I am shy. HA.  Our teacher had to pull us out and pretty much tell sister Wright to not talk so much.  He then pulled me into a room and told me to have confidence because he thinks I am a great teacher and I need to lead more of the lesson.  I think I am going to struggle with my companions because it is hard to be with someone 24/7 AND have the spirit.  I feel sorry for everyone that is married:) HAHA kidding...but kind of serious. 

I would just like to say this without any one feeling sorry for me, just to let you feel what the MTC is like.  I have cried from frustration and inadequacy every single day I have been here except for the first day.  Everyday I feel like the dirt of the earth and then that same day I will feel like I am the best missionary in the whole world.  IT IS CRAZY!!  We have already taught a few MTC investigators and I get hives every time I am about to knock on the door.  It is scary!!!  I usually cry after the lesson because I just want to do really well and if even one thing goes wrong I feel terrible.  Anyways sorry that was depressing but I just want to say how hard this work is so any of you trying to do missionary work just know that Heavenly Father does not set anybody up to fail!

On a lighter note, I ran into my lovely friend Mallory Marsh!!!

It took a few days to find her but I finally did!!!  I was sitting outside studying with my companion and this girls says..."OH...MY...GOSH....".  Then I look up and see this face that was literally like an angel!  We hugged for about 10 mins and then i gave her more hugs from like Rissa and Kip and Sethers..so it was like 20 minutes:)  Our companions hated us at that point because we did not want to leave each other.  The funniest thing ever happened though.  She was walking away still talking to me, and right when she turned around she face planted it RIGHT into a pole!! HAHAHA  It was so great to see her and for her to be the same Marsh as always.  She walked back like 5 mins later and showed be a HUGE gash in her forehead that was still bleeding.  it was literally the funniest thing ever.   I've also seen 4 Elders from Thatcher High school so that has been fun. 

Something cool is that me and Sister Wright were called to be the Sister Training Leaders for our Zone the day after we arrived.  Its like the zone leaders but for the girls.  Heavenly Father knew I needed this responsibility because before I had been feeling so horrible and like I couldn't do this.  I literally had thoughts that I should go home because I couldn't do it.  And then I was called to be a Sister Training Leader.  It made me feel that Heavenly Father did trust in my abilities and that I could do this.  So that has been a little stressful.  I have been to tons of meetings and have to give a orientation to the new missionaries coming tomorrow. 

I have been so tired here!  Most of us almost fall asleep during class everyday.  This one kid actually does fall asleep haha.  I was getting so fed up with it that 2 nights ago I prayed with all of my strength that I at least would not do the head bob in class.  Then yesterday was the first time I did not head bob and feel like I wanted to die!!  That is just a little experience with the power of prayer.  I know that my prayers are answered.

I am going to finish my laundry and then send ya'll some pics of my adventures!!!  I LOVE YOU ALL AND ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT!!!!! 


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