Monday, July 29, 2013

MTC Week 6

Well I officially have less than 24 hours left here in the good old MTC. Que Triste! My companion just left me to head to Chile. I love Hermana Lone!!! This is getting real. This letter will probably be very short so sorry about that! This week has been amazing though and I have grown so much. Probably the best week here.
Well first off we got to host this week. This just means that when the new missionaries are dropped off we meet them at the curb and help them get all the things and get to their classes. It was cute seeing all the families saying goodbye but at the same time it was so sad seeing people crying. I kept remembering when I was dropped off and how in shock and scared I must have looked.
Every week as the districts leave, on Sunday night our entire zone gets together and they sing "God be with you til be meet again" (In Spanish of course) to each other. But we sing it really happy and try to make it not a sad moment. Luckily I didn't start crying but cute Hermana Lone did. Having it be us that was getting sang to was so strange. I'm actually leaving, 24 hours from now I will be in Seattle. WOW!
So the last exciting thing that happened was in Sacrament Meeting yesterday. So every Sunday one Elder and one Sister give talks in sacrament meeting just a little short 5 minute one. In Spanish. But they don't tell you who is going to be speaking until they announce it during church. It's how they get everyone to always prepare talks. Well just guess who was called on the week? Yep, me! But the scary thing was that day President Lon B Nally, President of the entire MTC, was in our little zones sacrament meeting. Well I gave my talk about the Holy Ghost in Spanish and it went well. Yay! Heavenly Father definitely helped me out during it.
Well that's all about all for this week. I can't believe I'm going to be in the field doing real missionary work. This week I am focusing my life on being more focused on what I can do to help those around me. I want to put others first always and I invite you all to do the same. Look for chances to help people around you. Even little things.
-Hermana Pier


Monday, July 22, 2013

MTC Week 5

I have one week left in the MTC! What?! Not possible! We got our travel plans on Friday and it was the best day ever! I leave next Tuesday morning at 4:30 am to head to the airport but my actual flight's at 8:30. It's so crazy that it's finally here, I'm actually going to be in Seattle serving. WOW! As excited as I am to leave, we're all really struggling when we think about it.  Hermanas Lone, Broberg, and I get along so well, like we've been friends for year. That's okay though, 17 months and we'll all be in Provo!
This week we had to say goodbye to our amazing teacher Hermano Monroe. He is leaving to be a teacher at the MTC in Mexico. :( We're all really sad because he was the best teacher. His fake "investigator" Gregorio helped us go so much when we were here. After our last lesson with him the other night he talked to each of us individually and we got to talk about our experience here. We had so many spiritual experiences with him so it was cool to talk to him. As we talked about how certain things we'd helped the spirit convey had helped him a ton in real life. And some of the things he'd felt prompted to say were exactly the things that we needed and that had changed us the most. We really realized just how much God's hand is in our lives.
Another thing that really helped me grow this week was a little journal I started. When I was in high school I started this thing where I had pages in the back of my journal where I would write about when I saw God's hand in my life. I don't know why I didn't think of it until now but I got a package from my Mommy (thanks Mom) with these cute little mini journals I decided to start a tender mercies of the Lord journal. Since doing this and recording all the miracles in my life I see the Lord in my life so often. I challenge you all to start looking for the tender mercies in your own life and I promise you'll notice how often the Lord truly is with us.
Last week I told you that our district was dropping like flies and my time finally came this week. DUN DUN DUN! Okay not really but I had some very embarrassing moments. Firstly, one day when we were playing four square (I'm kind of a pro) I completely biffed it and killed my knee. I know, playing four square of all things. I have a really cool battle wound but the only problem is that we kneel and pray a lot so it's a bit of a struggle at times. Embarrassing moment #2. So since our teacher is leaving, our new teacher, Brother Hopoate (He knows Devan). came to observe our class a few times. Well his first time there the teacher told us to grab our Preach My Gospel books and I couldn't find mine. So, I got out of my desk and searched for it while everyone just waited for me. I finally found it and stood up to go sit in my desk and guess what?! I slipped on one of my church pamphlets. So basically my life is just an embarrassing struggle.
I love you all and thank you for the letters, packages, and emails. I appreciate them so much. Sorry if I don't get to all the emails very fast. I don't have very much computer time.
-Hermana Pier
Ps Happy Birthday this week to my Mommy and my Grandma Pier. I love you both so much!



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Monday, July 15, 2013

MTC week 4

This week was definitely one of ups and downs. Let's just say that our district is basically dropping like flies. To start the week off Hermana Broberg got super sick and had an awful sinus infection so for three days she was stuck in bed. So sad! We took turns spending time with her in the room and mission class. Because of that I taught with Herman Cole a few times and we even taught in a few tripanionships. I'm really grateful things are back to normal! We missed having Hermana Broberg in class and I missed teaching with Hermana Lone.
Speaking of Hermana Lone, she got some weird warts on her feet from not wearing her shower shoes so we got to spend a few hours in the doctors office while she got that dealt with. And in a week or so we have to take a van to a podiatrists office to get her all better. Funny story though, so that day her foot was completely numb and she was struggling with the whole walking thing. We were in the hallway saying a prayer together before we went into one of our appointments and halfway through the prayer she lost her footing in the foot she can't feel and she just fell to the ground. It's a good thing God has a sense of humor cause we have never laughed so hard in our lives.
Next, Hermana Cole got sick and lost her voice. And then Elder Wayman messed up his foot playing volleyball. That means Elder Woodfield, Elder Davison, or I is next. Scary!!!!
But to counteract all the rough times this week, Hermana Lone and I have been called to be the Sister Training Leaders. Basically what we do is interview all the Sisters in the zone and check up on them. And then give tours and help the new sisters get used to the MTC. Until the Sister Training Leaders right now leave in a few days, we are technically the Sister Training Leaders in Training. Has a nice ring to it huh??
One thing that I've gained a ton this week is a huge testimony of the Book of Mormon. I mean, Ive always had one but as I've continued to read and learn more, I've realized it truly is the most powerful book in the world. In two weeks and one day from today I will be in the field teaching real people the gospel. I'm so grateful for this opportunity. Write me!
-Hermana Pier

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Week numero tres!!

I'm officially halfway done with my stay in the MTC!!!! What?! Already?! It's a bit of a bittersweet thing to look forward to. While we can't wait to get out in the field, it's going to be so hard to say goodbye to my amazing sisters. We laugh and joke and are getting along so well, and then they're just going to separate us. Not okay!!!!!

Well this week has probably been the most amazing, exciting and best week so far here. First off was the Fourth of July! Basically every Elder and Sister in the MTC was wearing red, white, and blue and it was so festive! And then we got to watch 17 miracles and after that we watched to stadium of fire fireworks from the MTC. Woot! Unluckily, you could only see the really high ones. Also, you know that you're a missionary when you finally get to do something exciting (like watch fireworks) and it hits 10:30 and all you want to do is sleep. So instead of watching the finale we went to our rooms and did just that! Oh, and I got the cutest little Fourth of July package from my Daddy and the fam. Unluckily, since the MTC mail is a mess, I didn't get it until the day after the Fourth. It's okay though, my section of the room is VERY festive and cute now. So thanks for that fam!! And thank you Mom for the snacks!
This week was also amazing on a spiritual level. We taught Gregorio threee times this week and it was the coolest experience ever!!!!!!! During the lesson the spirit was so strong and it was just powerful. We focused a lot this week on the power of having the spirit and the power of the scriptures. I have grown so much as I focused on reading the Book of Mormon and truly studying it out. It's the best book ever, so everyone read it!!!! But because we studied and truly turned to the Lord for help we were blessed. I never want to teach a lesson again that isn't led by the spirit. It made me so excited to get to Seattle and do that for real.
So one of the fun things about this week was the contract that said we would speak Spanish more when we were not in the classroom. We decided that whenever someone says something in english that we have learned in Spanish they have to sing a song using the word in Spanish, no matter where we are. Funniest decisions we've ever made. Let's just say, we all struggle a bit in the singing department, so this is the perfect thing to get us speaking the language.
"Obedience brings blessings, exact obedience brings miracles."
-Hermana Pier



Monday, July 1, 2013

Week 2

Week number 2 in the MTC was GREAT! To be honest it was kind of all a blur. 12 hours a day every day are spend in class so every day is basically the same. That~~s why we love the weekends! Saturdays you get to do service, and Sundays are just by far the best day in the MTC and then Monday is P-day.
So, basically my companion and I are lost twins from birth. No we do not look anything a like but we agree on EVERYTHING. We both hate seafood and eggs, dance, took naps every day, lived in Provo, and just every time that anyone has opinions on anything we agree. Also, we found out we get 2 new sisters in our room on Wednesday!!!! So exciting!!! Sister missionaries are just great.
Probably the most exciting thing this week was commiting our investigator to baptism!!!!!! Athough it isn~~t real, the Spirit as you talk about and testify of the gospel is incredibly strong. So the funny thing is, in the MTC a lot of the time your first investigator becomes your second teacher. Well he comes into class this week to become our teacherand we get to know him and GUESS WHAT!! He just returned from serving in the Malaga Spain mission where my cute brother Shaney is serving!!! I had a cute little proud sister moment as he told our district about how Elder Webb is one of the strongest missionaries in their mission and how he became a trainer after just 6 weeks. So Shane, Elder Peterson said to tell you hi.
One really disappointing thing about these next few weeks is that the Provo temple is closed for this whole month. That means no going to the temple on P-days. So depressing. Esta bien though! Ps sorry there~~s random punctuation, this keyboard is set on a different language and I have no idea how to fix it. Whoops.
For our devotional on Tuesday is was all about music and Janice Kapp Perry and her husband spoke. It was amazing. My district all joined the choir so we got to sing during it. It~~s amazing how much singing brings the spirit. And then yesterday for relief society Sheri Dew was the speaker and can I just say she was phenomenal. We~~re so blessed as missionaries to have such amazing people to come teach us how to become stronger missionaries.
Sorry not much happened this week, I~~ll try to make this week super exciting to entertain you all! Write me por favor!
-Hermana Pier
(Note: I would add captions to these pictures but McKay forgot to explain them. Bob)