Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I survived my first week in the MTC!

Hi everyone!  so unfortunely i am really tech tarder and cant get my pictures to upload.  I hope to be able to figure it out by next week because i have so many pictures and im sad i cant share them with you.  So being a missionary is pretty much the best.  And being a forein language speaking missionary is pretty much frustrating haha.  We have to speak in spanish as much as possible in class and outside of class.  We only get taught in spanish, and we can only teach our investigators in spanish haha.  The gift of tongues comes in handy though.  I can testify that it is so true.  Without it me and my companions would have never been able to teach our first two investigators soly in espanol.  I feel like i have learned so much in the past week.  I have had multiple spiritual expereinces this week and i want to try and share them all with you.

Our first investigator Ulises is 24 and he is from Mexico (obviously they are volunteers but we treat them as if they are real investigators and actually some of them really are and thats why they wont tell us who is an who isnt)  i have grown to love Ulises.  We have taught him three times.  The first time was pretty ruff because i didnt know any spanish.  The second time i could at least pronounce the stuff i was saying but didnt really know what i was saying haha.  This last time was incredible.  Me and my companions prayed really hard to figure out what to teach him and we went in there focussing on loving him and not what we were going to say.  In the lesson we taught about the restoration and i talked about Joseph Smith.  While in the lesson i had a really strong feeling that i needed to sing joseph smiths first prayer to him.  I was really scared because its awkard and scary to all of the sudden just ask if i could sing.  i took out my spanish hymn book and started to sing it.  my companion hermana weaver joined in but not hermana Sa'ili because she has broncides.  The spirit was so strong it almost brought tears to my eyes.  After we sang i bore a simple but powerful testimony of joseph smith in "almost" perfect espanol.  it was pretty powerfull.  

So another cool thing that i wanted to share was that i have dreamt in spanish a couple of nights.  I have conversations and i just speak in spanish.  My companions say that i talk in my sleep and its not in english.  In the morning i wake up and look up some of the things i remember in my dream and it is actually real spanish words.  THat was kind of a cool thing and another testimony builder on how the gift of tongues really does work.
Yesterday me and my companions got a new investigator.  Her name is Mercedes and she is so sweet.  SHe talks soo fast though! (Remember our investigators only know spanish).  We went into the room having a lesson all planned out and it did not go quite according to plan.  She had a lot of questions.  It was so cool though because i was able to understand what she was aksing and saying... but it was kind of frustrating because i didnt know how to respond.  I was praying so hard that i would have the spirit and know how to express myself.  Once again i just opened my mouth and was able anwer her questions.  It was pretty amazing.  I really learned that i need to stop relying on myself and my own spanish and just have faith in the Lord and rely on the spirit.  There is no way to teach the gospel without the holy ghost.

Devotionals here are like gold to me.  We have had two so far.  The first sunday was probably one of my most favorite days here.  I was on such a spiritual high.  I didnt even want to go to sleep that night i only wanted to keep thinking about all the things i learned and the spiritual revelation i was able to recieve.  We went to the first choir practice but then we didnt actually be in the choir during the tuesday devo because my hermana Sa'ili can hardly even speak because of her throat.  She is one tuff tongan cookie though!  Music here has brought me such an awesome feeling of the spirit.  Its really cool to sing with all the missionaries.  Sorry that my spelling is so bad im trying to type so fast!  We are only supposed to have one hour and thats really hard to tell about 154 hours in 1 hour haha.
We got to watch the testemant on sunday and that was right after devotional.  During devo our choir director and his daughter that is a missionary here at the Mtc and actually flew out yesterday sang "There is a green hill far away".  That was probably one of the most powerful spiritual experiences of the savior i have ever had.  It was pretty amazing.
Im staying way busy like there is no time to do anything but what our schedule says.  Pretty much i wake up at 630 get ready be at the class room at 7.  We do personal study until 8.  Then breakfast, then gym, then get ready, and then back in the clase by 950 until 1250 and our teacher teaches us.  Lunch at 1250 until 130.  Then a half hour planning session.  Then we have 205-545 to get our lessons for our investigatiors ready.  tHen dinner and then back in the clase from 630-930.  tEHn go back to our room and bed at 1030.  ITs a pretty strict schedule but its really good if we follow it.  THe food is great i eat a dessert with pretty much every meal.  im definitely just going to enjoy myself while it lasts haha.
The spanish is coming along.... i mostly only know words and i can kind of say sentences, but im really struggling on congugating it in tenses, but im going to really focuss on that this week in my language study.  Our teacher is really awesome.  Hes pretty cute, but i guess i cant think that because im a missionary haha.  our branch presidency is really amazing.  We get to see them on sundays, tuesdays, and thursdays and im figuring out that i really look forward to these days because i get to hug their wives and its kind of like a mommy hug.  ANd i definitely need my mommy hugs.  
Oh life is just so great though.  I really love my companions.  We sometimes have our differences but we figured out that if we just are open and talk about problems we have with each other that we really come to find unity!  THey are so sweet and we are gonna be really great friends.  Being in a trio is pretty much the best because then you dont have to say so much in your lessons.
Well i love you guys so much!!!
I look forward to writing you next week. P.s if you write me via dear elder i get it every night and that is awesome.
P.s. if you are feeling generous and want lots of blessings from helping a missionary send me snacks because i sometimes get hungry after we get back to our rooms at night hahah!
Talk to you next week! Adios Y'all
Love, Hermana Stewart xoxoxoxoxox

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