CUM RIAB SUA EVERYONE!!!
Well,…this is my first email from the MTC and WOW is it an amazing experience. I already feel that I have grown and changed SO much, and built my testimony so much stronger…and I haven’t even been here a week yet. It is incredible how quickly and deeply the Lord can change your life. So, after my grandparents dropped me off last week, everything was a blur. I was led through a thousand hallways bustling with Elders and the occasional Sister, up two escalators, and to my room. I literally had to drop my bags on the floor and go to get my ID stuff taken care of. As soon as I had my name tags and my ID, I was taken to class….where my teacher was eagerly awaiting our arrival. I was the first person there, and he just started going CRAZY talking to me in Cambodian, bowing, gesturing, smiling…and I seriously thought I was going to throw up I was so overwhelmed. A few minutes later, the rest of my district started trickling in…..all in all, we have five elders and FIVE SISTERS!!! It’s unheard of to have an equal amount of elders and sisters in a district. nine of the ten of us are going to Cambodia, and one Elder is going to California Long Beach, Cambodia Speaking. My district is AMAZING. they are so fun and energetic. The boys are all huge goofballs and totally still kids in a lot of ways, but when we start talking scriptures, they all become so reverent and spiritual, it is amazing. The five of us girls all share a dorm room! It’s so fun. Two of the sisters are a companionship, and then I’m in a trio with the other two girls. One of my companions, sister Tsuchida, is from Japan. She is awesome, because shes only been speaking English for 18 months and now she has to learn Cambodian through English translation…but she is such a good sport. The first week was rough. our teacher (aka our “lookruu”) WONT speak English to us, which is good, but frustrating when we can’t interpret what he wants us to understand. Everyone says that if you can make it to your first Sunday, you’ll be fine and….THEY WERE RIGHT!!! Sunday was AMAZING. I feel like I’m using that word a lot…amazing amazing amazing…but thats what the MTC is!! I love it here so much. I love being a missionary. Funny story before I go: We have our first fake investigator, Hol Moon, who only speaks Khmer, and in our first lesson, i wanted to teach him how to pray. So we gesture for him to get down on the ground and fold his arms, and I use my notes to say the prayer. it goes so great and we can all feel the spirit…and then I realize I don’t know how to tell him to get up. So I played it off and we ended up teaching the entire lesson on our knees. The rest of our district was cracking up when I told them that story.
So far, I know how to pray, bear my testimony, ask basic questions in Cambodian. I seriously learn a months worth of information every single day. It is incredible what we are capable of with the help of our Heavenly Father. So, I’m reading the New Testament right now, and I found a great missionary scripture in Matthew 9:36-38. READ IT! I love you all so very very much. OH!!!! DEAR ELDER ME PLEEAAASE! just go to the website and type in my name and my mission, and the letter will find me. And it’s free bec I’m in the provo MTC.
Oh! I forgot to mention that i’ve also been called as coordinating sister of my branch. It’s like relief society pres. I am so honored to be able to serve and lead these amazing sisters!!!
Have an AMAZING WEEK!!!
Cum riab lia!