laddee dadee la...another week has come and gone. this weeks are flying by at an incredible speed. is it just me or does anyone else feel this same way??
before i get any farther in this letter i must apologize for my english...or more the lack of it that i still have... its getting bad, i hope that is a good sign that i am learning another langauge and just not loosing any langauge that i thought i had. I will often talk to missionaries and they remark oh wow... you know all these other langauges and now you are learning chinese...what does that make you like tri lingual....in response.. acutally no. At this point i can't even speak one of those langauges properly. But good news i think my brain is growing because sometimes it hurts. haha
Here is something that i hope will give you a little chuckle..my elders told me the other day how some other districts have been calling me sister Jasmine... as in like Jasmine off of Aladan... oh the things that they come up with here are quite comical to say the least.. i will spare you the rest of the other stories.
TRC- yes it is fabulous.. and something that i realized is that i cannot communicate with a person unless it is about the gospel haha i kind of love that though. We get in there and the natives just start rambling off on us and we just look at eachother and look and them and are just like...yup pretty sure i didn't understand a thing you just said to me... but moving on we acutally have an amazing lesson prepared for you today...and then BOOOM the magic happens haha its so great. the other stuff will come in Hong Kong but i am beging to realize how important it is that we know how to preach this beautiful message of happiness and hope.
I gave a talk on sunday on the Atonement :] it was really great. Another great opportunity that they give us in the MTC. Ever sunday we have a topic and we should always be prepared with a talk and then you don't know if you are talking until they call you up to the stand haha... well this is just what happened and my heart started to pound like crazy i was so nervous i did not know why... i am usually fine talking and rather enjoy it... sometimes as we all know its hard to shut me up. Well yes the pounding was a little out of control and said a quick prayer asking Heavenly Father to calm my nerves, when i said amen my heart immediatly started to slow down. The power of prayer is inredible and such a strong testimony to me that the Lord cares so much, even about the insignifanct little things... like this situation its incredible, when we realize how powerful prayer truly is in our lives. I realized how much i took prayer for granted, and the relationship that i had with my Heavenly Father. Ahhh its inredible, what a beautiful gift have we been given huh???
Richard G Scott came to talk to us for our Tuesday devotional it was amazing oh my goodness when the apostles of God speak you know they are men set apart and called of God the love and power that they speak with is undenaiable. ahhh he is so great and so loving. He talked so highly of the sisters it was so great, and left us with the most inredible blessing and reassurance that we are being sent to the places where God chose for us and where God has prepared specific people for us to teach. This testimony is firm in my heart, i love the people of Hong Kong so much its a little ridiculous. I pray for them all the time and i cannot wait to meet them, i cannot wait to bring them this joyous message...and the the tool to bring them back to the Father in Heaven who misses them so very very much.
The other night i asked the Elders to give me a blessing it was inredible. I am so astound and i often forget the power that these 19 year old boys have. How incredible it was to have the spirit was so strong, and Elder Nield delivered a beautiful blessing, in which i recieved so much comfort from :] I am so blessed to have the Elders that we do in our district they are incredible, i do not believe in considences i know the 6 of us were called at this time in our lives to be together at this time in our lives. We have learned so much from eachother and we have built lasting friendships that will last a life time i know this. ahhh so great. Just another tender mercy of the Lord.
Speaking of distrits our new district comes in TOMORROW ahhh i am so excited for them and scared for them at the same time...because i know what they have to go through the 2+ week humbling process... ahhh it was the hardest time of the MTC but the greatest.. it was the time that i grew the most and the time where a firm testimony of this church of in my Savior Jesus Christ was necessary!!! ahh i am so excited for them :]
The mission is amazing and i am not even out in the field yet. Whoever said the MTC sucks... was totally wack... because its amazing. AMAZING. yes it is hard, its super hard and sometimes you want to sleep or just give up... but you don't because you gain strength in the Lord, and you remember why you are hear and what you are going to be doing. Our calling is much more then a "teacher".. when we realize what we are doing our purpose to invite others unto Christ... you put aside yourself and go to work. And you work your little pardon me butt off. It is so worth it! Every minute of it, giving it your all and know that they Lord is pleased with you is the best feeling in the world. I love going to bed every night exhausted from all the infromation and emotional stress i have taken in that day. And i know tomorrow is a new day, tomorrow is a hou ging (AMAZING) day and a day where i keep growing close and close to my Heavenly Father. We are authorized to preach the word of God, when we realize that calling, we then develope the knowledge that anything and everything is possible.
i love you all so much your prayers are so very much felt here. your amazing and i know the Lord loves you and is blessing you.
Michelle has now been on her mission for 6 weeks CRAZY.
I'm going to keep you updated on how she is doing by posting her letters on here!
Enjoy and show her the love and send her a letter, she would love that!
Love N. :)
HELLO HELLO HELLO,
how is everyone??? hopefully well.... well like a say every week... another week has come and gone. ITSS so crazy my goodness i love it, Hong Kong is now 6 weeks away can you believe it ahhh i am slightly freaking out.
alright stories stories
you will be all proud to know that i speak chinese.... in my sleep, yes when i am sleeping. Haha this can you help you realize how intense the MTC is haha i kind of/ really love it a lot. so funny. I don't know if this is going to make sense to you but i will try anyways... you are so focused throughout the day that when you go to sleep its the only time that your mind actually has to time to "think", normal people would probably think of home or activities they used to do before the mission etc etc. yes i am cannot turn off my brain from thinking in cantonese how i could say different sentences... or bear my testimony to our investigator who needs to here about "this" on and on and on. It at least takes me an hour to fall asleep every night haha oh dear.
the TRC is always interesting especially when you have natives. Well that was just the case this last TRC, a native from Hong Kong named Elly. She was darling and had no problem correcting our Cantonese... every sentence if necessary.. hahaha after the lesson she came right up to my face in her thick Cantonese accent "what are you, mexican", i said no.. then i was going on to tell her what i was... "INDIAN" i was like alright.. no not that one either... haha and then i told her. Lets just say that i am sure i will have a lot more of these kind of stories when i am in Hong Kong... love it.
We challenged our investigator to Baptism....and she said YESS wahoo we are so excited and our companionship has been working so hard to meet our baptismal date of October 28th so that is excited :]
Language Stories of the Week-
in meeting with our investigator i wanted to tell her how pretty she looked today. I ended up telling her this "oh i am so pretty", which she answered yes, yes your are... and then i said yes i am pretty then you" hahah yeah oops.. didn't mean to say that huh. Oh dear. The joys of learning a new language.
Oh goodness time is flying here it is unreal, we dropped our other district off yesterday and sent the off to Hong Kong we are next and its killing me, its finally setting in that i will actually be in the country of China in 6 weeks. its unreal. blahhh oh dear. yes i have a lot to learn hehe.
food is not doing well with my stomach here... without fail i am sick after every meal. i went and talked to the dietian about it yesterday and they are started to make me "special" meals which is nice haha.. they are pretty simple but at least they don't kill my stomach... you know i pretty sure this food is not having a good effect on a lot of people... i know this because i can hear the effects... haha yes there is a reason they have you pack gas meds hahah... because they are very much needed here at the MTC haha seriously though its unreal, you sit in a devotional and i am not being dramatic here...every minute or less someone farts hahahaha.
I want to end with something i learned in relief society, It was a talk given by sister Mattsen... she was talking about how important the mission was and how it was something that effected the rest of your life and she put it this way that just made so much sense to me and was incredible when thought about like this. She gave a time line assuming we would live to be 100 and gave the percentage of your life was on a mission. 1.5%. This 1.5% of your life...that blessed you for the rest of your LIFEEE and continues to brings blessings for the rest of your life. Sometimes i think it is hard for people to realize how this is not a sacrifice at all 18- 2 years... but a privilege... a privilege and honor that will bring blessings to you for the rest of your life.... 1.5% I loved it.
well my darlings my times is up once again. i love you all i pray for you oh so very often, and i feel your many prayers :] and they are very much needed. I hope you all have a fantastic week.