How's the week been?
I got to host this week and it was the greatest thing ever! I loved helping out the new sisters though I kinda felt bad being the one to take them away from their crying families.More than half the new missionaries this week were sisters, I guess this is a busy time of year for sister missionaries. They said they get the huge Elder rush in the summer time. I get to host again next week so I hope I get lucky enough to welcome the new Sister Baugh :)
I love seeing people I know here! I've seen quite a few people from BYU and Sister Katherine Margets (from BHS) and I run together every so often at gym time. She's learning Finnish which I guess is one of the harder languages here, but she seems like she's doing great!
Sundays are the best days. I mean they were already the best days before my mission but now they are even more the best days. It's the one day of the week we don't have class, not that classes are bad but the break is nice. We all have to prepare a talk for Sacrament meeting every week and then after the sacrament is over, the Branch President calls a random Elder and Sister up to give the talk they prepared. I spoke a couple weeks ago so I don't think I'll be speaking again too soon. We also have a devotional Sunday nights which I love, the speakers have all been great, they all really know how to listen to the spirit. It amazes me that some the speakers can just get up and speak without notes for an hour and say exactly what needs to be said. It's awesome!
Prayer has been one of the biggest blessings to me. As missionaries we pray A LOT. We pray every morning and night, before each meal, before and after each class, each lesson, each study session, devotional, choir practice, gym time, and service time. And honestly I have never felt closer to my Heavenly Father in my life. I can feel each prayer I say get more and more sincere, and I feel more and more every day like my prayers are getting answered.
Right now we are teaching two investigators (Leonardo and Joy) and are about to get a third. I love teaching! We get to meet the most awesome people at the TRC, we get to teach volunteers, and those lessons are the highlight of the week. After our last TRC we were evaluating our lesson, and I overheard an Elder saying "How are we supposed to extend commitments to people who are already members?" Oh silly Elder. I feel like everyone needs a little boost, a little something to help them get closer to the Savior, and yes, even people who are active in the church. SO-
I want anyone who reads this letter to pray-sincerely- AT LEAST three times a day, and after a week send me a personal email telling me about your feelings. Haha yes i'm going to be that missionary who sends commitments to people back home. Sorry not sorry.