Saturday, January 26, 2013

Week 2 Sis. Snowfall

Family and Friends!!!!
I love you all so much!! Thank you so much for the letters and dear elders and everything! I feel so loved. Okay so I have so much to tell you and so little time. Seriously this week just flew by! I can't believe it's already been a week. But it also feels like I have been here for FOREVER. But I love it :) So, this week I have grown so much in my testimony. This church is true. I am so grateful for all of the amazing experiences I have had here so far. Alma 26: 27
I thought I would share with you some awk stories about how even though I am a missionary I am still me... Um every elder here calls me sister snowfall. I literally have fallen or tripped over something every single day since I have been here. On thursday the ground was super slippery because the moisture from the ground froze over. That's usually what makes ice I'm told. Anyways, so I'm walking back from a TRC appointment with my companions (TRC is when actors come and play investigators and we teach them, its my favorite. If you treat it real, you will learn so much) So I'm walking to my classroom and before I know it I am sliding into the splits in a skirt. Not the most pleasant thing to be doing at the MTC. So I'm laughing hysterically and of course that makes me fall even more, and my poor companions are trying to help  me up but they are falling now! Apparently while this is happenening my other companion is watching the classroom of elders above me all rushing over to the window, pointing and laughing at me. It was great.
I have had some amazing spiritual experiences as well! Dont worry! On Monday one of our teachers told us that we were going to teach another member of our district anything about lesson one and we would have to pray to recieve revelation about the person. This scared me so bad. The whole day I felt that I wasn't in tune, and that my teaching ability was nothing compared to my two companions who are elementary education majors!! I mustered up the courage and prayed to Heavenly Father to be able to feel guided. Well I got some thoughts into my head and just went for it. As we meet up with our partners, I started teaching my lesson I prepared to Elder B. As I started sharing scriptures with him  he started tearing up and told me the things I was teaching him were things he had been struggling with and had been praying about for days. Wow. The power of the Holy Ghost is real. We just need to act in faith and have confiendence in our Lord and we will be okay! I have such a strong testimony of this. I may not have all the confidence in the world, but through the Atonement and through my faith in my savior i know that I am able to be the missionary i need to be, becuase of him.
Last night we did this same activity, and I was partnered up with my teacher. I taught him about faith and the power of a testimony, and when he taught me he hit my issues SPOT on. it was crazy. He showed me d&C 62: 3. It was an amazing experience to be able to see and feel how much being in tune and having the gift of discernment can affect lessons.
On Sunday my companion sister C got called out of church to meet with a president in the MTC. there was a family emergency and she found out some heartbreaking news. I learned so much from her. She is such a strength and truly focuses on service and attributes of christ when times are not only great, but when they are hard as well. ever since this day, we all have become best friends. I love them soooo much. We have so much fun together and all the sisters in my zone have all clicked. We have so much fun together.Family, I am so happy! oh, Mackynzie, I looove Sister E! I am sitting by her right now actually! We are so excited for you to be here in a couple days! the mtc is work. every second of the day is planned out, from the time you wake up, to your food, to when you plan. But i love it. You will too. The spirit you feel here is amazing.
 Everyone has been asking how the food is... hahaha its fine i guess. I just eat ceral or salads. The other stuff scares me.
So mom, I'm going to tell you something but don't freak out okay? They thought the flu plague was gone... but it came back with a vengeance this week. My zone was dropping like flies. Thursday I started feel super sick, but i didnt want to go to my room and sleep because i didnt want to miss out on anything. My other companion Sister J had been feeling sick as well, but we both thought it would be a good idea to stick with it. So.... in class I was so sick. Sister C said she thought i was going to faint every other minute. Apparently I looked like death. You know how when im sick or tired i get dilerious and i dont really think about things before i say them? Um that happened. In class.  My teacher was sharing an experience about how he loves spanish and I blurt out "Me gusta los Chanchos" Who ever knows if that was proper grammar or if that made any sense. My teachers face dropped and evryone in the room was silent. Most awkward moment of my life. Then everyone started laughing and i was so out of it i just smiled and said sorry. Maybe Elder Farrow knows what i said. Oh well :) So after that experience we had to teach one of our progressing investigators. His name is V and he doesnt believe in God and has no religious back ground. I was trying to talk about the Atonement but I was so sick I made no sense. Both my companions weren't feeling their best either, and we made no sense throughout the entire lesson. It was probably the most awkard lesson in all of missionary history.
So I got even more sick after this lesson and got a blessing from the elders in my district. It was his first blessing ever and it was so cool to be apart of that. Our district is super close and we all call each other family. So, after the blessing I felt super confident that I would be okay the next moring. Nope. I woke up at 630 like usual and started our service activity. We had to clean the bathrooms and I was so dizzy I couldn't stand up without leaning on to something. I definitely had the flu. Throwing up in the MTC is not fun. But I went to the doctor and they gave me a magic pill that makes you not feel nauseous. I had to stay in and rest, but I made it to class and taught another investigator.
I feel better now! I am really being taken care of here. My testimony has grown so much. Heavenly Father really answers prayers. If you ask with real intent, HE WILL ANSWER!
Oh I  got my flight info. I leave Feb 6 at 4 am. yummy. My flight leaves at 715 am and I have a layover in Georgia for 2 hours. So momma, expect a call! I'll have to figure out the time difference but I'll keep you posted.
I got slip, watch, and dads package! Thank you!! I miss you so much family. It really hit me as I was sick yesterday. But I am happier than I have ever been and I have strength in the love I feel from the Lord and from you at home! Favorite treats are almonds, cashews, anything chocolate? idk.
 Nice job with the likes on fb mom. proud of you. yolo. Dad and Chan, hope you had fun in Utah. Love you all! Oh Sister Farrow, thank you for that poem! I shared it with my district :) they lovedddd it! And Sister Bertha, those quotes were amazing!! I am so grateful for your example and faith!
alright, times up! I love you all! Have an amazing sabbath day tomorrow! It really is the best day of the week.
Sister Snow

Sunday, January 20, 2013

First Email home:)

Hello Fam!!!!
So I got special permission to email home because its my favorite brothers birthday! just kidding... Its my Pday! Got you there didn't I? Soooooo the MTC. This is going to come to a huge shock to you all, but I LOVE it!! Who woulda known? I am so happy all the time. I can't stop smiling. I know that I am in the right place. The first thought that came into my head during orientation was that I am home. I belong here as a missionary, preparing to enter the field. I only have 26 more minutes on my email. I dont even know where to start! I got to sent a quick letter Thursday morning to you guys, so hopefully you get that soon! I am in a threesome companionship! Probably shouldn't say that.. we call it the trio. So far all is well. Its much harder to teach in a group of three, but we are all hard working, obedient, and willing to make adjustments. I have this incredible love for them. For all of my district. I realize that as a missionary my strength is love. I can't express enough the happiness I feel being here. Don't even worry about me!!!  We taught our first investigator, C yesterday. He has had a rough life so we taught him the importance of Gods love. wow it was embarrassing how into it I got. I started baring my testimony of prayer and how I know with all my heart that God is there and he loves you. I started crying and I have never felt the spirit bare truth through me before like that! wow. All i can say to sum up my first week at the MTC is wow.
I probably am not making all that sense right now! I have so many thoughts and noooo time at all! yes, this is hard. Its hard to be away from my family, especially today when its Chan's bday. But my teacher told me and my companions this last night " you are doing far better things here than you could be doing at home." And that was just a wake up call. I am getting so focused on my purpose, and so happy working non stop everyday. Dad, I have been trying to look for the Erastus Snow building, but i only know about 4 buildings right now and only the numbers of them!
My roommates are going to Hungary and yesterday was speak your language day... Cusenem means thanks :)

I've seen sister W and sister C around. Also some guys from school who are elders now. Its cool seeing Gods work change people. Especially me. my cheeks hurt from smiling. I know that every moment in my life as led me to this point! Chan, you will LOVE this place. Being a missionary is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Having the companionship of the Spirit ALWAYS is such a big responsibility, but it is so amazing. I really feel the spirit always. I feel promptings to read a certain chapter of the scriptures, or to say something in class that leads to this huge discussion.. its just amazing. There have been so many scriptures that I have been led to that have changed my whole perspective!!  I am nothing without the Spirit. Simply a guide :)

Family and friends, thank you so much for your letters. I have never felt so loved before. I miss you all so much, but I'm so busy here I don't have time to think about it! I guess that's good. I am so grateful to have such an amazing support group.

I have time so I"ll share a quick story! So yesterday was the first lesson. You know how easily freaked out I get... My comps do already. hahaha its great. They told me to pray in our companionship study for things that I felt that I needed to ask for. So i prayed for confidence. I prayed that I would be able to recognize the spirit and go with it. and family, PRAYER WORKS. heavenly father is there! I know it will all that I am! He wants the best for us. After i [prayed I felt such a peace. I knew i would be okay. An elder in my district told me suddenly that i have such a beautiful testimony, and i need to trust myself and my God. He will take care of my short comings.  so, i did. And the lesson went great!

I feel for the first time in my life confidence. I am so proud to be able to tell you this. I feel confidence because I have the Lord on my side! So family and friends, TRUST in the Lord your God. All things are possible!

Chandler, Happy birthday!!!!! 17 wow, you are cool. big deal.... okkkkaayy. I'm serious. tehe. I hope today is a great day. Pretend I'm there with ya, throwing food at summer in the restaurant or doing something else immature to annoy momma. I love you so much. I can see you here as an elder. You are already more mature than everyone in my district. keep working hard. Thank you for your letter. Made me cry in front of everyone;. I'm writng you today after I do some laundry!
Charlie, I got your emails! Hopefully Ill have time to read them after this!! I love you pooper. Be nice to Chan
Mom and Dad, I am so grateful for you. Thanks for your advice and dear elders. I love your support! I love you!!!!
I love you all, until next week,
Sister Snow

Friday, January 18, 2013

The night before

We had a great family dinner with the Utah cousins. Unfortunately the night had to end so as we parted the Mechams home they all came to their window for one last goodby.

Manti Temple

The Mecham family wave their goodbyes.