Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nov. 8, 2014 --- Pananampalataya

Hello!  Hello!

This week has been good!  My two favorite things I've heard people say that describes the MTC are "the days are long, the weeks are short" so true!!  I feel like my email time last week was yesterday, but each day really is very, very long.  We have lots of class time, study, and learning, I'm just so grateful that right now I'm learning about the gospel vs going to school.  This is fun studying.  I could do it all the time!!  Study the scriptures here is especially different I'm not sure why...probably because I try to have the Holy Ghost with me constantly, and now I've been studying the scriptures to truly apply them to my life and to know what to teach our investigators rather than finishing my one quick scripture before going to bed. I've learned sooooooooo much and it has been so good. :)  My other favorite way to describe the MTC is "the MTC is like a fire hydrant, you get some water but mostly is just hurts your face!" lol I love that one!!!  We've taught four lessons in Tagalog this week (fire hydrant!!) it was crazy but so much fun!  Her name was Marie Grace.  It's been so cool.  On Monday we have a new investigator, his name is Andrew, and then we'll have another one but we don't know them yet...it's a door approach woot woot!  Somedays I think to myself "oh I totally got this, this is easy stuff" and then the next seconds my teacher starts talking in Tagalog (very simple, easy Tagalog) and I realize "WOW, I have A LOT to learn!!  It's awesome being here and so humbling, I know I have so much to learn before I go to the Philippines!!!  

My favorite Tagalog word is faith...pananampalataya (pah-nah-nahm-pah-lah-tie-ah)!  It is so fun to say!!  Something cool I learned this week...the Tagalog word for repentance is pagsisisi....it's easy to remember because the si si si part just repeats itself over and over again, just like repentance it has to over and over again.

I've always wondered what it was like to really receive revelation, I'm sure I have before like when I lost my shoe or something but I've never really known for sure it was the Spirit I was hearing rather than myself.  But this week, my companions and I were studying Christlike attributes and we wanted to study just one specifically so we decided to pray about it.  I was thinking a lot that we needed to study about Charity and Love as a companionship and definitely Humility for myself.  While I was praying though, right as I asked Heavenly Father what he wanted us to study, it was like I saw the word Diligence written on my heart, sounds weird I know but that's what happened.  It was cool because I didn't even have time to stop and think about it, Heavenly Father just answered right then.  When we were talking beforehand everyone kind of had different ideas but after praying when I said that I felt like we should study diligence my companions said that they had felt that too!  It was an awesome experience!!  And just gets me more and more excited for more experiences like that.  I know that Heavenly Father is truly in charge on my mission.

Although everything has been pretty good, I do have one major complaint....we had some BYU Creamery ice cream a couple times this week and it was gross!!!  A few of the flavors tasted like it was coffee flavor?  Is that even appropriate for BYU ice cream?!?  Even Dryer's and Beyer's and Blue Bunny definitely are better.  Everything here is for sure super inspired.  Our teachers, devotionals, companionships, but obviously not the ice cream.  So I miss Aggie Ice Cream!

My mission president here at the MTC is President Howard, and he is so funny!!!  His wife is hilarious too!  They are so spiritual and know how to keep us having lots of fun!  He was telling us about one of his companions who was verrrrrrryyyyyy innocent.  During a lesson this companion was teaching and he said, "Jesus Christ was born of a virgin and so was I..." at that President Howard cut him off and took over the lesson.  Afterwards Pres. Howard asked his companion if he knew what a virgin was.  The companion said, "A very beautiful and kind woman."  Haha President Howard just felt sorry for this guy as he said, "Well yes but..." and then explained to him what a virgin is.  Haha and that's not the only funny story!!  Another time a couple was telling them that they'd been trying and trying to have a baby and they were finally pregnant.  After that lesson his companion said "I thought people have a baby every time they make relations..."  so President Howard asked, "Elder, what do you know about the menstrual cycle?"  His comps reply was "Oh my bicycle's a Shwinn!" So they went home and he taught his companion about a 28 day cycle. Hahaha I almost died when he told us that second story!!!

I love you all and can't wait to email more next week!!


Sister Marshall

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