The MTC has been pretty crazy this past week! We had all of the new mission presidents here for a conference. So security was extra high becuase all of the Quorum of the Twelve and the first Presidency were here. They have taken over the main building here where the cafeteria is so we have all had to eat in the gym. I was a little worried that we would be having cereal and sandwiches everyday, but they did a pretty good job - one night we even had steak and potatoes! Talk about fine dining! :) The best part was last Sunday when we had the Worldwide Missionary Broadcast! It was broadcast from the Marriott Center on the BYU campus which holds about 22,000 people and it was pretty full! 11 of the 12 Apostles were there and it was so sweet becuase I was sitting in the chior which is behind where they were all sitting. So before the meeting started Elder Nelson looked behind to look at all of us and he just gave us a small wave and then all of us waved back! It was so awesome! I don't know if you could tell on the TV, but the chior was huge!! There was about 1200 missionaries and about 900 members! Could you imagine trying to direct a chior that big?? Anyway, me and my companion, Sister Butler, picked our seats in the choir very carefully. We sat right in the middle and right next to the guys and we were so hoping that we sould get on TV. After the broadcast we went back to our classroom and one of the elders in our district said that he saw us so of course we had to go look it up and sure enough we were on TV for a good 10 second and it was pretty close up. We just watched it over and over again!! :)
Another cool thing about this week. So every Tuesday we have a devotional where someone comes and speaks to us about a spiritual topic. And this last Tuesday Sister Janice Kapp Perry came to talk to us. She is a song writter for the church. She's written a lot of children's songs and she wrote the words to "As Sisters in Zion". And since there are so many missionaries we jave to go over the Marriott Center to hear the speaker. In the beginning she was telling us about how her and her husband met and the first line he ever said to her was in a music class and she was playing the clarinet. He leaned over and said "those lips look like they were made for more than just playing the clarinet" We were all laughing and then he ran up to the microphone and kissed her right there!! It was so cute and absolutely hilarious!! Anyway during the meeting she had all the missionaries sing the EFY medley which is a combination of the songs "As Sisters in Zion" and "Helaman's army". The spirit was so strong and as we started to sing everyone stood up. I was crying so much as I was listening to the words. We truly are the Lord's army of missionaries sent out to bring the world his truth! Best devotional so far!
As for the language, it's coming slowly, but surely! Whenever we go to a teaching appointment I still usually write out a couple of sentences in Japanese of things that I want to say, but for the most part I'm not usually reading. The past week I have really tried to focus on the spirit and just let the Holy Ghost guide me in what I should say. I'm praying all the time in Japanese and sometimes it can be hard becuase I only know so many words in Japnaese, and I feel like my prayers are oftentimes repetative, but that just means that I have a lot more to learn!! It's crazy to think I've only been here 3 1/2 weeks and I can pretty much carry out a conversation in Japanese - it's a very short and slow conversation, but hey it's something! :)
Hope you are all doing well!
P.S. I don't know if I've shared with you all my favorite scripture, but I love the promise at the end. It's Proverbs 3:5-6
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowlede him and he shall direct thy paths."
I know that if we have faith in Jesus Christ then he will guide our lives! I'm grateful for the guidence that I have already recived and I love being a missionary and the opportunity that I have to be able to share the message of Jesus Christ with the people in Japan!