Wow! I have learned so much since last Wednesday. I still feel like I just got here, but at the same time I'm already ready to go!
My companion is Sister Ricardo. She's half Cuban, but she grew up in Logandale, which is by Las Vegas. We're both serving in the Florida, Fort Lauderdale mission. We had an awkward few days, but we're tight now. We both bring the Spirit and the sass, so it works for us:) We both really like doing stuff by ourselves and being alone, so the Lord definitely gave me a companion that understands me! It turns out we both played trombone and clogged. As Sister Ricardo put it, "Why did we do all the nerdy things??" Good question pal. It's crazy how close you can get to someone in a week. Did you know that your companion in the MTC is chosen by a member of the 12? It's not random and I can tell you that for sure!
I love my district already! They're my cute little mission family. I have two other sisters (also going to my mission) and four elders (going to the Louisiana, Baton Rouge mission). I've grown to love them all for the people they are. I obviously told them about my twins at USU and I was a little surprised by how interested Elder Andersen is in them! He asks me about them and tries to give me advice to talk to them haha. My district always wants me to "tell about your Tarzan twins!" and I'm usually happy to oblige.
I miss you all so much! I was so worried I would be incapacitated with homesickness, but I've been okay. I think about you and miss being with you, but I'm not incapacitated by it. College really prepared me for a lot of things about mission life. That being said...the schedule. I've never been so busy! And tired! I'm having trouble falling asleep (crazy considering how early I go to bed at home right??) but I've been doing pretty well getting up. Even though I hate being awake at that hour.
Pretty much I work out, go to class, study, teach, go to class, study, and teach. Oh, and we study. And teach. You'd think with all that I'd be a master teacher but everyday I'm struck by how much I need the Savior to accomplish His work. I hate that I have to have faith before I know how things are going to work out. What is that?? Just kidding, but that's definitely something I'm working on.
I'm a sister training leader in my district along with Sister Davis. We helped welcome the new missionaries last night, we plan relief society, and we go to zone meetings. Thaaaat's pretty much it.
I'll tell a quick story and then I'll sign off. On Wednesday our zone leaders came and met our district. Elder Cox is this guy from Korea and he barely spoke any English. He was mostly using gestures and very basic English to communicate with us. We went on a little tour, then our zone leader had Elder Cox lead us in a song. He gets in front of us and goes "First of all, I speak English! I'm sorry you guys that was so racist." He's so funny but he thinks he doesn't have an accent. He always says "I don't have accent!" Um...you missed a word there Elder.
I love you all so much! Thank you for your prayers and love-I feel it!
Here are some pictures from my week. I don't know what order they're in, but there's of couple of me with Sis. Ricardo, one with Sis. Davis, one with my district and zone president, and a couple of lil old me. Love you to pieces!
|w/ Sister Davis|
|w/ Sister Ricardo (my companion)|
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