Hello everyone! My last week in the MTC has arrived! I leave on Monday to fly to Amsterdam and I am so so excited! The title of this stream of consciousness email is “ja ik zal u daar ontmoeten”- that is the name (probably spelled wrong) of one of our favorite Dutch hymns. It is so so beautiful – I guess you could translate it to “yes I will meet you there”. It is a funeral song but the lyrics are beautiful and happy about how we will one day all meet again on “the other side of the ocean.” So, I guess I just thought it appropriate as I am going to be crossing a ocean soon and the next time I see you all will be when I cross back! Thanks again everyone for the support and prayers. I miss you lots! This week has flown by and been amazing. The MTC is such an amazing place of learning and spiritual growth. And it has been so fun, too with our new Danes and Swedes who have joined us! I keep hearing about Meet the Mormons, the new movie, and it’s incredible sucess! We haven’t been able to see it but hope to see it this Sunday if they show it!
Well, it’s time to sign off! I’m so grateful for the MTC, my companion, my experiences, and for the gospel! Can’t wait to share it!
Hello family and friends! I’m afraid my time is limited today but my report is that I have had an absolutely wonderful week! I wish I could put in these simple emails the countless things that I learn and come to understand by the spirit here in the MTC. The insights, miracles, and blessings from God are so abundant! I am learning how to be a better teacher. Learning principles of the gospel. There are definitely humbling moments when you get a what I would consider “spiritual slap in the face” about how to be better! I am learning more of the language slowly! Although I am by no means good, I feel like things are starting to click a little bit more now. Dutch isn’t really a super descriptive language and all of the words seem to look and sound alike so it’s easy to confuse! But the differentiation of words and pronunciation of words is coming along and our teachers think we are doing really well. I can’t wait until we get to the Netherlands and realize we know nothing! 🙂 Speaking of which, we should get our flight plans this Friday! We should also find out then if we got our visas! Exciting times for sure! Last week, we did indeed, make a pinata (basically just a trash bag filled with candy, to celebrate our half way mark. Being blindfolded and whacking at it with a hairbrush was quite the rush, I’ll tell you what 😀
Hello dearest family and amigos! This week marks my halfway point in this crazy experience that we call the MTC. Also happy P-day, something always worth celebrating. I think tonight as Sisters in the district we are going to make a pinata (a trashbag filled with candy to celebrate). Sounds so swell:)
As always, thank you so much for your emails, dear elders, prayers, and telepathic sendings of love-all are so appreciated! It is so nice to hear from you. It is so fun to hear about how well KC sports are going! Jared made me cackle because in his letter he wrote that Obama made a comment about their amazing successes and it was the only thing he’s agreed with him about 🙂 I can’t believe that Camille and Bryant get home this week! Give them big hugs for me!
General conference this week was definitely a highlight- it was so amazing and spiritually uplifting! And for sure a nice break from our rigorous class schedule. I loved Elder Bednar’s talk- it was so applicable! I also loved Elder Goodoy and Robbins. One of my favorite though was Elder Uchdorf’s in the women’s session- it was so cool about our eternal potential. I really learned through conference how to be a better disciple. It’s also crazy because the whole time during conference I thought about our investigators, it was like every talk was about Claire! ALSO big shout out to our two elders who sang in general conference during the Priesthood session! We felt like their mothers, so proud of them singing the wonderful missionary songs. And crazy-ness, Elder Hunter (more about him later), who we saw in the Nauvoo pageant, is so talented and was the elder who sang the solo at the beginning of “ye elders of Israel.” He’s somewhat of an MTC celebrity now, so talented!
Hello to all!!
Dearest family and friends, greetings from the missionary training center! #thataintthelanguagetheytaughtmeintheMTC. First of all, thank you for you outpouring of love and support! I so appreciate it 🙂 Also, please do not feel obligated to read this email! It’s going to be a lot of jibberish. I am having the most incredible experiences here! I really do love the MTC and all that I am learning. Even though sometimes it feels like all we do is wake up, study, eat, study, eat, study, bed. Haha. They (whoever “they are”) say that in the MTC, the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days and the days feel like weeks and I think that is totally true. It seems like just yesterday that I was being dropped off but it feels like forever ago as well! And days are pretty long but amazing. So I’ll try to answer some general questions here and then answer some specifics in different emails/letters.