Thanks for all your love and support..
Hello hello hello!
How is everyone doing? I have absolutely loving hearing all of your words of love and encouragement! Although the MTC is absolutely amazing, all of your letters really are a little ray of sunshine in my day (Cheesy? Yes, but so true!).
So, life at the MTC is nuts, but so awesome. Literally every single second of our lives are planned and accounted for so I feel like I never get a break till I fall into my bed at the end of the day. My district is amazing. I feel like we've bonded and become so close in such a short period of time. It's sad (but also SUPER exciting) to believe that my time at the MTC is already almost over. This past week has been like the longest/ shortest week of my life. I know that sounds crazy, but it's so true.
One thing that I've really come to know more deeply is the power of prayer. It is the real deal. Heavenly Father is so aware of us and knows perfectly how to help us. We just have to make the first step to turn to him. This week, for example, I've really wanted to better recognize the Spirit. I know that I can't be a good missionary on my own. The Spirit is essential and is the true teacher when teaching any investigator. Anyways, I've really been struggling being able to know how I can better recognize the Spirit to use in my lessons. I have had many nights where I have fallen asleep on my knees as I've prayed, pleading my Heavenly Father for his help and assistance. My prayer was answered on Sunday during a video devotional by David A Bednar titled, "The Character of Christ." I think that part of me was thinking that my answer was going to be super complex list of things I would have to do to be able to be a better missionary. The answer was actually quite simple. The essence of the talk was that if we want to develop the Character of Christ then we must turn outward, like Jesus Christ did, rather than being the "natural man" and turning inward. To be able to have the spirit and be like Jesus Christ, I need to forget myself and my selfish desires and turn out in compassion, love and service for others. Afterall, we all are Heavenly Father's children aren't we? My mission isn't about me. It's about my Savior and the people I serve. If I turn outwards, I will be able to not only have the spirit with me, but also I will be able to transform my testimony into true conversion. I know that as I forget myself on my mission that I will be able to be better be an instrument in God's hand to be able to help more of his children to Come Unto Christ.
I love you all. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is SO true and I love being able to share it every day with my brothers and sisters.
PS: Sorry if you don't hear from me this week. The MTC is crazy and I don't have a ton of time to write. You're all the best! I'll try and write you back next week! :)