The first few days in the MTC were hectic and crazy. We got lost and didn't know how the cafeteria worked and a bunch of other funny things, but we have a set schedule now and we know our way around, so we have adjusted! My companion's name is Sister Hyatt. She is from West Jordan. She went to a semester at BYU Salt Lake. There are 4 sisters and 4 elders in my district. The 4 of us sisters share a room and it's me, Sister Hyatt, Sister Parker, and Sister Roundy. I get along very well with Sister Parker, so it's nice to have someone to relate to. She is from California and she also went to BYU Provo. Sister Roundy is from Provo. She is super sweet and caring. She's kind of like our little mom here in the MTC. I love my district and my zone. The elders in my district are super funny but we also study well and learn well together.
Our teachers are really great. I can actually understand about 90% of what they say and that has been a great blessing. They only speak in German to us and so sometimes it seems like our class is a giant game of charades because we can't understand what they're saying all the time. We have been teaching an investigator every day since we have been here. His name is Ingo and he is probably every missionary's dream investigator. He does everything we ask him to and tomorrow Sister Hyatt and I are going to ask him to be baptized! Our lessons are of course all in German, which was pretty hard at first. But yesterday we gave our lesson without any notes, which is pretty amazing since we have only been here for 7 days! We only sing and pray in German. We learned how to pray and bear our testimonies in German the second day. Sometimes I find myself translating my thoughts into German which is pretty weird, but it's really cool that we are learning so quickly. It's frustrating sometimes because we don't know how to express ourselves in our lessons with our investigators and we can't always answer our teachers' questions. We are learning a lot of phrases about the gospel and I hope that as we continue to learn more, our lessons will make more sense and our prayers won't be so mundane. One of our teachers is incredibly animated. He has these phrases that he uses over and over again and our district thinks it is pretty funny. One time we were laughing so hard and having a hard time focusing, so our teacher made us stand up and then he said, "keep up!" and then he ran out the door and we had to run around the building. It's really hard to study all day. We have gym in the morning so after gym we have 6 hours of class, some additional study time, and then an hour of personal study, and hour of companionship study, and an hour of language study. Basically just lots of studying. Gym is a really nice break but I wish it was in the middle of the day so we had a break from all of our studying! We run around the track sometimes and our district has started playing sand volley ball together, so that has been super fun.
On sunday we watched a talk by Elder Bednar. He gave it a few years ago on Christmas day to the missionaries in the MTC. He basically said that we need to forget ourselves because this is not about us and I really liked his message. The spirit is here so strongly in every meeting. We met as a zone and bore our testimonies and all got to say why we chose to serve a mission. The elders and sisters that are in my zone have very strong testimonies and i'm grateful to be here and to be able to learn from them. Our teachers have been telling us over and over again that Germany is no longer one of the "hard European missions." They say that the seeds have already been planted and now it's our turn to go and reap the harvest.
Even though it's not easy to be here, I'm so happy to be here. I'm very grateful for all the examples I have had in my life and even though I've only been here a week, I have felt so much support! I LOVE the dear elders and all of the mail! please keep sending them! I hope you all have a great week and I love and miss you!