Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hi Family!
You know that scene in "The Incredibles" where their plane got torpedoed and Dash is yelling "We're dead, we're dead, we survived but we're dead!" ? Well that pretty much sums up week one at the MTC.

It's finally P-day! We didn't get one last week because it was the first weekend there so sorry you had to wait extra long to hear from me! I'm going to try and respond to the other emails but I don't have a whole lot of time so if I don't get to it i'm sorry!

So where do I start? Well I'm in a trio companionship and my Kasamas are both AWESOME! Sister Whaley is from Idaho and is so so fun to be around. Sister Burennatu is from Kiribati (she pronounces it "kiti-pas") and is honestly the sweetest. This morning Sister Whaley and I actually got to escort her through taking out her endowments! It was probably one of the best experiences I've ever had. As we sat in the celestial room we were basically all crying. It was such a spiritual experience and I am so grateful for the chance to help her through everything.

Tagalog is hard. Being a missionary is hard. We are going going going all day long and don't get a lot of breaks, which is something I've gotten used to but those first few days were hard. And I never expected to easily learn a new language, of course, but wow Tagalog is one crazy language. Like Pananampalataya just means faith! But really, I feel like I have already come a long way since I got here, I mean a week ago I knew nothing and now we are able to pray and have given 4 lessons entirely in Tagalog! (And by entirely in Tagalog I mean 10% Tagalog and 90% waving our arms around.) The spirit is such a big help in lessons though, It makes it so much better that we don't know what we are saying half the time haha. The Branch president (who is awesome by the way) president Howard says that we shouldn't worry too much about the language, that it will come with time. I can't wait for that time to come! Right now our district consists of three elders and three sisters, just because two Elders have gone home since we got here and things keep getting switched around. Our Branch right now is pretty small, but we are expecting I think 16 new Tagalog missionaries next week so we will see how much that changes things! Our district is great, the Elders are a lot of fun but sometimes they are just too distracted. They honestly can't study for more than 10 minutes at a time before they get distracted.

Elder Anderson spoke at our devotional on Tuesday, and he talked about how important our purpose as missionaries is. He said we all need to always have Christ on our lips, meaning we should always be ready to testify of Him. I loved that, because our purpose as missionaries is truly to bring others to know of our Savior and his Atonement.

BTW I'm scheduled to leave the MTC on February 18th, and then I'll be in the Philippines MTC for about a week before heading to my actual mission.

Sorry this email is kind of a bunch of scattered thoughts, hopefully next week it'll be more organized! I hope the pictures attached, let me know if you get them!

Love you all lots!
-Sister Behunin