Hola Familia y Amigos!
Since this is my first P-day (Mondays are my P-day btw), I'm going to try and write as much as I can in this letter that will go on the blog and then try to answer individual emails after if I have time. But know that I love you and I am so appreciative of all the mail, Dear Elders, and emails y'all have sent my way! Special shout out to Sadie who rocks at writing me and sent me a fun Easter package :)
I can't say enough how excited I am to hear that she will be serving in the Brazil Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission!!! South America!! (BTW, I met an Elder Leavitt here in the MTC who is headed to that mission, he is from Temecula and knows our Bledsoe cousins there!)
So the MTC is a great place. Sure, it's not great in every way, but there is such an amazing spirit here! Most people you meet are super friendly and have the Spirit with them. When we first got here, we had a big meeting with the MTC President and sang like 5 songs in a row : Go Forth With Faith, Called to Serve, As Zion's Youth In Latter Days, etc. Eventually we got to the Primary song We'll Bring the World His Truth. The words were up on screens for us and in the chorus, we sang instead of "and we will be the Lord's missionaries," we sang, "and we are now the Lord's missionaries." That was crazy powerful for us to realize as we had only been there with name tags for about an hour. I still can't believe I'm actually here and my mission has begun!
So mi companera is AMAZING. Her name is Hermana Weller and she is headed to the Peru Ariquipa Mission! She was inactive for most of her teen years and about a year ago she realized she needed the gospel in her life and is now on a mission! She has a super strong testimony and I learn from her every day. I just LOVE that Sister. My district is also so awesome! The Hermanas have grown pretty close already and it's so fun! And I LOVE the Elders in our district. Not like that... they are all 18 and 19 year olds and are just adorable. I feel like I am at their maturity level most of the time so I laugh and joke with them a lot and they are super fun. Everyone in this district will be so great on their missions. We are all headed to Peru (except Elder Bowler who is headed to Colombia) and waiting on our visas so we could be leaving at any time! Many are headed to Ariquipa, Chiclayo, and Lima Norte. Elders Frehner and Boxberger are headed to Lima Este like me! So it's fun to get to know a lot of people in my same situation.
Learning Spanish is hard and I'm so humbled by the experience, but I have to give myself credit for learning SO much on a few days. I can pray, bear my testimony, and even teach in Spanish now! Hermana Weller y yo have been teaching "Fabian" lately (our teacher Hermano Wells) and we'll see if he commits to baptism tonight! The schedule has also taken some getting used to, I get pretty tired in class but I'm adjusting to sitting in a chair for hours on end.
I spent Easter in my dorm porque Hermana Weller was sick and throwing up, but it was still fun!!
The church is true!!
Love you guys!