First off, Happy Birthday, Mom! I hope you had a good one!
So…I apologize for breaking the ninth commandment and telling y’all that there would be an Apostle speaking to us at devotional. They’re always hinting that there will be one Tuesday, but no. Just members of the Seventy and once a member of the Presiding Bishopric. They all give really good talks though. I still want an Apostle. They say that there will be one on Thanksgiving, which I’m pretty sure there will be, because we have two extra hours or choir practice that week for the Thanksgiving devotional. I just won’t say anything because I don’t wanna bear anymore false witness. You’ll hear about it when it happens! And we still haven’t had the opportunity to watch Meet the Mormons…we’re all still kind of upset about that.
We are going to find out if we are going to get reassigned to Stateside missions this Friday. Some of the Taipei missionaries who reported August 20th that I’ve been keeping in touch with got their travel plans to leave from their stateside missions to Taipei! Yay! So I don’t know what this means for us…if they’re still going to make us stay in the states or if we’re just going to arrive in Taipei at the same time as them. Friday is the big day! And all of the Taipei missionaries got a letter from President Day (Taiwan Taipei Mission President). Just basically telling us that we have to be somewhat comfortable teaching the Restoration of the gospel without using books. Sister Hendricks and I are going to be working on that all week, making sure we’re comfortable with it. Oh and Dad, thank you for sending the pictures of the incoming missionaries at the Mission Office in Taipei. All of the Taipei missionaries gathered around the computer and it was super fun looking at all of our pictures, and of the missionaries the transfer before us. We miss them so much!
We got a new district this week! We have 4 elders and 2 sister going to Taipei, and 1 sister from Sydney Australia going to the Australia Brisbane mission. Elder Tan, Davidson, Sister Hendricks and I (Zone Leaders/Sister Training Leaders) got to give them an orientation and a tour of the Missionary Training Center. Super cool!
IT SNOWED ON THURSDAY!
No one was that excited for it, because they’re all from Utah and hate the snow. But Elder Tan and I (we dragged out comps with us, of course, you know, setting a good example as leaders) went outside and we just had a blast playing in the snow. We were both crying because we rarely ever see snow, y’know being from Texas and all. Elder Tan started making snowballs and just throwing them at missionaries…he was aiming for the Spanish speakers. ‘Twas a blast.
This week, the Cantonese speakers declared war on the Mandarin speakers. We have a nice bench right outside the bathroom, and they have a gross one. They done did switched the benches! So we had Elder Tan carry the huge bench up two flights of stairs to the Cantonese/Vietnamese/Hmong/Thai/Cambodian floor (Mandos on the 1st floor, Japs on the 2nd, everyone else on the 3rd), and we switched the benches back. But then yesterday our bench was gone again! MANDOS V. CANTOS WAR HATH COMMENCED.
The overall mood for the MTC is really relaxed now. We’re comfortable with teaching lessons now, and we became really close to all of the missionaries in the other zone. It’s basically a party. Yesterday night, some of the Mandos…let’s see if I can name all of them…Elders Dorius, Brinton, Matua, Liston, Tan, Mertz, Davidson (Taipei, Oct. 1st) Padilla, Andersen (Australia Melbourne, Oct. 1st), Sister Hendricks and I (Taipei, Oct. 1st) all sat in the very back of the Auditorium and had a little Mando party while watching the Joseph Smith movie. ‘Twas the dream. And the other night, Sister Hendricks and I along with Sister Lindsay (her dad served in Taipei the same time as Aunt Deanna!) and Sister Haacke (from Idaho Falls, graduated with Devin from Skyline) who are both going to Taipei, had a little Sister Training Leader pow-wow (they’re the STLs for the other Mando zone). We tried to take a selfie with everyone in it, but let me tell you none of them turned out good, so y’all ain’t gon’ be seein’ any of those pictures:)
Funny Story of the Week:
I was in my bed, just writing in my journal after quiet time on Wednesday, when I heard a squeaking noise. At first, I thought it was the bed, because the beds are super squeaky to begin with. But even when I wasn’t moving, the squeaky noise continued. Sister Hendricks got so scared and yelled “IS IT A MOUSE?” and I look to see where the sound was coming from and I see in between my sheets a black rat with red eyes staring at me. I literally jumped six feet into the air and off the bunk bed and landed spread eagle on the floor crying. Then I see that Sister Kirkham and Sister Oviatt laughing their heads off. IT WAS A PRANK AND THEY DONE DID PUT A FAKE RAT IN MY BED. IT HAS A MOTION DETECTOR SO IT GOES OFF WHEN IT SENSES MOTIONS. I was mad, but man, it was funny. But then, Sister Kirkham was just laughing so hard at the way I jumped from the top bunk to the floor, she tried to re-enact it. She did it wrong and ended up getting a really bad rug burn on her hand. It blistered pretty bad. KARMA.
Spiritual Thought of the Week:
We are like lighthouses. We are able to shine light on others, and we are able to see their progress. But we are unable to shine light on ourselves, even if we are progressing as much or even more than others. Don’t compare yourselves to others. You can only compare present self to your past self:)
Time at the MTC is coming to an end. I’m so excited to leave, but yet kind of sad because I’m going to have to say goodbye my all my homies that are going to different missions. Taichung, Australia, Singapore, just to name a few. It’s all good though, we’re all going where the Lord needs us most! 🙂