Friday, May 31, 2013

Week 5: 21st Birthday at MTC

Last moments being 20!
I am having such a wonderful birthday! It's weird to be 21! Thank you everyone for the cards, letters, packages, and emails. Love you all! I feel so special even so many miles away. Special shout out to the one and only Chelsea May for a FANTASTIC package, I love you! You are so hilarious and thoughtful. Alright I could go on and on...but suffice to say it was the best. LOVED IT. Thank you Mama for an awesome package as well!! I absolutely love it all! I can't even begin to express my gratitude for such a wonderful support system at home - it's unreal.  My entire district continues to rally and share in my joy each week.
Well there's not too much to report this week...but I'm definitely going to miss this place as we round the last corner. I can't believe I'm done training in less than a week and I could leave as soon as Saturday to my next (unknown at this point) destination! I am fully in the Lord's hands right now. Though I will miss it here, I will NOT miss the food. I'm eating less and less each day, so I'm glad this part of it is winding down. After 6 weeks, the food isn't the biggest attraction. Guess it's a way to get us outta here or we may never want to leave.

No not sneaking away - 4am walk to the temple!

My personal favorite...last district temple trip. We have all become
like a family, it's sad to think we only have a few days left together.
This is Tuesday, May 28th - I'm 21 - Do I look any different?
This week I learned a lot about listening and why that is so important not only in life but especially
on a mission. We can't continue to teach people if we don't know what they need and that's where listening comes in. Also, we shouldn't be thinking of what we're going to say next while the other person is talking. I've had a problem with that my whole life and probably most of you reading this could attest to that I'd rather talk than listen; parents? But that's changing as I realize the importance of it. Mom always said I have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason, so I could listen twice as much as I talk...or did dad say that? HaHa. Kidding Mom!

Anyway, umm let's see I got my last shot this past week. Hepatitis A #2 in case anyone was concerned. I may have cried and then almost passed out. That was embarrassing. I just wanted my mommy :(

Speaking of mothers, the whole MTC watched Sister Monson's Funeral Sunday night. It was sad but so beautiful as well. She was such a great example of service and dedication. The support she had for her husband is unbelievable and I hope one day I can be half the kind of wife she was. She seemed like the best mother, always looking for ways to be charitable and did it without expecting anything in return. How amazing.

Sister Hargrove and I matched - both too stubborn to change!

Too funny - it happened again!
Sister Empey and I are getting along so well and it's sad that we have less than a week left together. How did 6 weeks fly by so fast? I have a feeling this is how it will be my whole mission. Moral of the story: enjoy every moment, good or bad, because it will always come to an end.  Change is change is constant and inevitable.

 Love this sister-friends for ever!

Me and Elder Ferguson playing extreme Rock, Paper, Scissors!!! Haha!
Well that's about all for now. I will update you all as soon as I know where I'm going! Mom and Dad I'll talk to you on Friday! Love you all and thank you again for all the birthday love :) 

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