Friday, July 19, 2013

Week 2 - MTC - 7/19/13

Can you believe that I've already been here for 9 days? This is crazy! I feel like it's gone by so fast and I'm glad it has... I'm just a little freaked out that I'm going to be in South Carolina on MONDAY! That's going to be quite the adventure! We have to be up and at the travel office at 3:30 in the blessed AM. This will be fun... Our flight leaves at 7:05 and we'll be getting to SC around 2ish. I'm so excited :) Anyway, let me tell you a little bit about my week.

First of all, I've been teaching "investigators" here and the first guy that Sister Dent and I have been teaching is so chill. His name is Tim Murphy (except it's really one of our teachers acting as one of his investigators from his mission) and he was very interested to hear about what's different about our church. He's been progressing really well! Almost too well... So when we were asked to teach another "investigator" (who is usually a convert being paid by the MTC to come act like they did before they joined the church), I was hoping that she'd be harder... And she was. She's a die hard Catholic with a Mormon husband but she didn't think that anything that she believed was wrong. It was hard... We only taught her twice so we didn't make any progress with her but at least we had a good relationship with her! Teaching here has prepared me a lot more for what I'll be dealing with in SC which definitely made me excited!

Guess who came to speak at our Relief Society Meeting on Sunday? Just guess. Carole Mikita from Channel 5. I was freaking out a little bit. She's so awesome! She talked to us about her conversion story and how she gets to travel around the world for her job and everything. I definitely decided that I want her job. I mean she's an anchorwoman, a radio talk show host, AND she gets to travel! That's just plain awesome!

Later on Sunday, we got to do a Temple Walk around the Provo Temple. It was pretty great and the closest I'll get to getting inside that temple for the next 18 months because the temple is closed until August. This is the worst. But I'll live I guess.

Sister Smith, Warden, Dent and I were all in the missionary choir this last week. It was pretty awesome! We sang "Nearer My God To Thee" for the Tuesday Devotional for Gordon B. Hinckley's son, Richard G. Hinckley. It was a pretty neat devotional. He talked a lot about how to become better missionaries which is something I always like to hear about!

I've been getting along with my district so well especially this week! They are basically the best! We've been getting along pretty well. I'll give you an example. My companion was looking pretty down the other day and I know that quoting Nacho Libre will cheer her up (It's true). So I asked her what was up and she said oh nothing! So I said back to her "Don't make me quote Nacho Libre to you!" At that moment, one of the elders started singing Encarnacion to her and we sang alternate lines to her. It seriously sounded like we rehearsed it. It was probably the best thing ever. I'm kind of famous for that now. No big deal. It's kind of sad to think that we probably won't see any of the elders again because all of the elders are all going to Uganda and we're all heading to South Carolina. We're going to keep in touch for sure though!

I have seen so many friends here at the MTC! It's so fun! The two people I've enjoyed seeing the most were definitely Elder Bryce Chamberlain and Elder Jordan Welch!

Anyway, that's all I can think of for now! Thanks for all of the support I've been getting! You guys are seriously the best! Until next week when I email you from the glorious South Carolina! Love you!

Sister Christensen

That's me hugging the cream soda tree. Seriously though... It smells like cream soda! It's so good!
Me and Sister Dent outside of the Provo Temple (it's closed this month).

My whole district (Left to Right: Elders Whitehead, Sherwood, Lassig, Workman, Thornton, and Ferrara and Sisters McNeely, Schauerhamer, Warden, Smith, Christensen and Dent) outside of the Provo Temple.

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