This is going to be a really short letter because there is really nothing to say other than we’re still at the MTC and we have no idea when we’re leaving. But it has to be soon because the Taiwan Taichung group that got here Oct. 15th go their travel plans on Friday. They still don’t have their visas, but they’re confident they will get here by their departure date (Dec 15th.) We haven’t received our plans yet because once they receive word on our visas, they’re going to send us out the next day. So we just really have to be on our toes.
So Sister Kirkham, Oviatt, Hendricks and I have come up with a list of “Signs you’ve been at the MTC too long”
1. When you know the MTC cafeteria workers by name.
2. When the MTC cafeteria workers know you by name.
3. When you start speaking Mandarin to everyone assuming they can speak your language.
4. When you know how to say “hello” in 9 different languages. (I’ve made too many friends here…I can say hello in Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Hmong, and Cambodian. I can also say ‘how are you’ and ‘I’m doing good’ in Cambodian. Yeah, I’m tight with the Cambodian elders.)
5. When the missionaries at the MTC refer to you as that group of missionaries that are “still here”
6. When you host new missionaries on your supposedly “last week” and they leave before you because they’re speaking English.
7. When you are “older” than the Tahitians (They’re here for 11 weeks because they have to learn French AND Tahitian)
8. When you know the temple workers by name.
9. When you know where the temple worker’s parents are buried (I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP, GET ME OUT THE MTC PLEASE)
We’re just stuck here until we get our visas. We can’t really even learn much more, because there is only so much you can learn at the MTC. We just wanna leave!