What a wonderful time to be in the MTC! We had the privilege to attend the Provo City Square Temple dedication and hear from an apostle of the Lord; we had the marvelous opportunity to hear from Elder Ballard in person on EasterSunday and to spend our Easter surrounded by people with strong testimonies of the Savior, Jesus Christ; and next weekend is General Conference! Plus since the summer rush hasn’t come yet, the cafeteria lines aren’t as long and hectic as they usually are;)
I love every email I receive! Thank you so much:) I get to hear about your mission calls, your lives, your exciting news and I get to rejoice with you! And when I hear of your struggles and worries, I remember I’m not the only one that has any and we can work on coming closer to Christ together through our trials! Thank you for being missionaries to me:) You may not have a missionary badge on, but treat the Book of Mormon like your name badge. Carry it as often as you can, refer to it often, and find purpose in it.
It has been a very trying but hope filled week. One of our companions (Sister Davis) left for Indonesia yesterday. She will be missed but we are so excited for her. Sister Dhakal, Sister Capin and I are now officially 24/7 companions:) We love it. We also get 3 new sisters for our zone on Wednesday! And they are all learning a different language! Crazy! They will technically be companions but they really are solo sisters since they have class separate and alone. I couldn’t imagine not having my amazing district beside me. Even if one person was gone, it would be so different. God truly did have a purpose in putting us all together and i’ve learned so much from each person.
This week we talked to Phii Banjurd (I guess that’s how you’d say it? haha) and were trying to help him give up tea. We told him to throw it away and he was a little reluctant saying he didn’t have that much faith. We told him he did. We also volunteered to give up chocolate for the rest of the week so we could understand him a little better as he sacrificed tea. That week the Elders had fun teasing us with candy and seemed to always have chocolate on them…One of my teachers (Brother Tirrell) asked me if I knew the definition of an addiction when I said I felt like I was going through chocolate withdrawal.
A sister from Thailand came to our room the other day and just sat down and asked us to speak Thai to her. It was really cool. She said it sounded like we were learning from white teachers (haha maybe because we are;)) but after we bore our testimonies to her in Thai she said we actually did a really good job. We had her bear her testimony to us and the spirit was strong and we understood most of what she said.
I’d just like to end this email by bearing my testimony:
This week I finished the Book of Mormon and the spirit of joy that filled my heart when I read Moroni’s promise and the last few pages of the Book of Mormon cannot be described. My love and gratitude for the Savior grows each and everyday. I know Jesus is the Christ. This week we all wrote the names of Christ that we found peace in/saw while reading during personal study and while studying the names of Christ, I realized He is my All. He is my peace, my hope, my joy, my best friend, my Redeemer, my anchor, my rock, my advocate, my Savior. His grace gives me power, His love gives me strength to do all things. “Christ hath said: if ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me” and I know this promise is true. When we have faith, we can have power, we can have hope, charity, happiness, guidance, knowledge. I know by reading the Book of Mormon, our faith will increase and that by relying on the Savior in ALL things, we will be given all that we need. My testimony is simple but it is real and true: I know my Savior lives.
Sister Dhakal, Sister Davis, Sister Capin, Me!
this week, invite someone to listen to conference! The Lord will let them hear the message they need to hear! Do not be afraid to invite! Also, for those watching, have a question in mind and it will be answered!
A bright picture of our district! Elder Van Gils, Elder Lovelock, Elder Earl, Elder Grant, Elder Blocker, Elder Hunt, Elder Santeco, Elder Dugquem, Sister Casper, Sister Capin, Sister Davis, Sister Dhakal
HAVE THE FAITH TO LOOK FOR MIRACLES:)