Saturday, July 20, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Saturday, July 13
I have such a hard time remembering what has happened during the week! I swear my memory is so bad! I have found that if I don't write things down, I will definitely forget them.
I feel like this week hasn't been super eventful, except for maybe today. In the residence building there's 3 rooms with girls who are all leaving for Japan on Monday, so they've taken over the entire hallway trying to pack all their stuff. They live right down the hall from me so it's been a little difficult trying to get around them. :) It's so weird to think that in 3 weeks I'll be doing the exact same thing. I'll be laying out my stuff in the hallway packing up all of the supplies I need to live in Japan for the next 16 months. Crazy right? Time here has just flown by so fast.
Every week we have time to do some service here at the MTC. I've heard of some people who wash windows, some people do grounds-keeping type stuff, but mostly we do cleaning. So every Thursday morning all the girls in my district clean the bathrooms in our building. At first I was a little unsure about this task and I wasn't really looking forward to it, but now it's become one of my favorite things to do during the week. Plus it's actually really fun! When we clean out the showers we get to use this giant hose and it makes me feel like I'm putting out a fire, it's pretty intense.
There's two MTC employees that usually help us out and they are so nice! It's Lisa and Jenna. Lisa is Michaela's friend from back home and she was in my chemistry class at BYU. Michaela was one of my roommates last year at BYU. Anyway usually before we start our service project of clean the bathrooms, they give us some sort of spiritual/uplifting thought. So it might have been last week (again my memory is not very good), but Jenna told us this story from her mission (she served in Nebraska) about how her and her companion were praying that they would be about to find someone who was ready to hear the message of the gospel. She had a prompting that they needed to go to a certain neighborhood in the town where she was, but because of some things they couldn't get there till a few days later. Once they were in the area they went around the each house, but no one wanted to talk to them. As they were heading back to their car, they hear a lady yelling and running after them. She didn't live in the neighborhood, but was picking her sons up from a friend's house and she was interested in hearing about our church and what we believe. Jenna testified that the Lord truly does know all of his children. He knew that the woman would be in that neighborhood that day.
I know that's true. I know that God is our loving Heavenly Father and that he knows each of us by name. He knows what makes us happy, he knows what our trials are, and he knows our unique talents and abilities. If we pray and truly desire to feel of his love for us then he will show us.
Hope everything is going well!
I love you all so very much!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
Saturday, July 6, 2013
The 4th of July started out like any other day here at the MTC, except for the fact that everyone was decked out in red, white, and blue. During the evening, we had a special devotional where the speaker talked to us about how lucky we are to be a part of a free nation. He also talked about how sacrifice has always been an important part of the freedom that we enjoy here. The first settlers gave up everything in hope of finding a new land where they could practice whatever religion they want. Today, men and women across the country sacrifice so much to join the armed services and help to protect the freedoms of other countries. As missionaries we may not give our life to help others, but we do "sacrifice" some things. We decided to stop school, work, relationships, for 18 months to 2 years in order to serve the Lord. We leave all personal things behind in order to go out to all the world and teach others about Jesus Christ and his gospel. To me I don't feel like my sacrifice is anything as significant as the sacrifices that our ancestors fought for and continue to fight for. However, I know that my service to others will have as great an impact on their lives and I know that their lives will improve as I can help people come unto Christ.
After the devotional, we got the opportunity to watch "17 Miracles" - which is a movie about the early pioneers and their treck across the U.S. It was such a great movie and if you haven't watched it I would encourage you to do so! Throughout the entire movie it tells about the many miracle that occured during their hard journey. In this movie it shows some pretty profound miracles, and although we don't see these kinds of miracles today, we still have miracles that happen all around us. If I can, I would invite you to pray to Heavenly Father (God) and ask him to help you to see all the many miracles and blessings that he has given you! The movie is definitely a tear jerker <-- and yes I cried at least 4 different times during the movie. I was just so impressed by the faith that these people had even through all their challenges including running out of food, crossing the plains in the middle of winter, always on the run from wild animals, as well as all the sickness and death that was present
during their journey. Anyway my point I guess is that it's a really really really really good (and humbling) movie and you should really watch it!!! :)
After the movie we got to go outside and watch the fireworks that were going off from the Stadium of Fire. The best part was is that we got to stay up until after 11 pm!! (We're suppose to go to bed at 10:30 pm). But it was definitely a challenge getting up the next moring at 6 am! I don't know how I ever survived in college on only 5-6 hours of sleep becuase now if I don't get at least 8 hours I just feel exhausted! But it's ok becuase why would I want to sleep when I could be reading my scriptures right? :)
Hope you are all doing well!
A little more about 17 Miracles: www.17miracles.com