Elder that´s not the Language they Taught me in the MTC…

… For real though, what are these people saying!? Anyways…

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

It´s been a pretty crazy week here in Oberá and I honestly didn´t understand most of it. But that´s okay! Lots of people have been assuring me it´s normal! 🙂

To start off, we finally  had our first lesson with an investigator. In fact we´ve had 4 now! Our first lesson was with Angela (17) and Fernando (13). They actually stopped us in the street while we were contacting and asked us to come to their house for a lesson later (that doesn´t generally happen ;)) Angela actually has investigated the church before, but for some reason stopped. Anyways, they saw us in the street and Angela decided she wanted to take lessons again, and Fernando wanted to take them too. So that was super cool! We´ve had 2 lessons with them so far. Unfortunately, I haven´t been able to contribute much other than a simple testimony at the end. They seem pretty interested right now, and what´s better is the mom is totally fine with them investigating the church. Eventually we´re going to ask if she´d like to take lessons as well. 🙂

On Saturday we had a lesson with an investigator named Monica (17). She´s been investigating the church for while and has been coming to church every week for a long time. She´s super interested in joining! Our first lesson with her went really well, and I was able to help out in the lesson by giving a few simple definitions and reciting the first vision.

I could really feel the spirit in that lesson! I got a little teary when I recited the first vision, the Spirit was so strong. At the end of the lesson agreed to prepare to be bapptised on December 17th! I love this gospel and the peace it brings to my life! I can´t wait for Monica to begin to feel that same peace more fully in her own life.

The members here are so sweet! I can´t understand a word any of them are saying but I can tell they´re good people, and very kind!

On Tuesday we had lunch with a sweet couple from the Church. Of course I didn´t understand anything that was said, but at the end of lunch with them the husband said something very sweet to me. At the time I had no idea what he was saying, but later that day my companion, Hermana Barraza, told the story to Elder Madder and he translated for me.

Basically he told me that they were praying for me that I might have the gift of tongues and that even though I can´t talk very much I communicate through my smile. He also spoke about an Elder who also started out in Oberá not knowing any Spanish and by the end of his time in Oberá he was speaking super well and ended up working in the mission office.

It was so sweet! I can´t wait for the day when I can finally start to understand and really get to know these people! 🙂 I know that if I keep working and praying it´ll for sure happen. God needs me to learn this language, so I know He will help me learn it! (1 Nephi 3:7)

I can actually tell I´m improving in the language. I can´t understand most of what people are saying, but I´m beginning to be able to differentiate words in a conversation, so it doesn´t all completely sound like a bunch of babbling.

We do choir about twice a week with the members and I really enjoy it! We´re singing Oh come all Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Joy to the World, and The First Noel. All in Spanish of course! On for each Sunday in December. I love singing these songs, even if I don´t understand all the words I love the message and the spirit they bring 🙂

I don´t really have any funny stories for this week but I learned a few fun words!

Macanero(a) – Punk

Che – Dude

Hash-dash – Hashtag!

Speaking of hashtags, if you haven´t already seen it the Church just released their annual Christmas video for the  year. The theme this year is service and I would like to challenge all of you to watch the video and try to Light the World through service! 🙂

I love you all and I hope you´re all doing well! Please keep me in your prayers, you are all in mine!

Hasta Luego!

Hermana Wilsted

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¿Que es mi Vida?

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

I´m finally in Argentina! Well actually, I´ve been here for six days now. I didn´t end up needing to Visa Wait in Idaho Falls because my background check went through on time.  🙂

Anyways, I´ve been good. Nothing horrible has happened: No ringworm, no Dengue, and no robberies. So that´s good 😉

My trainer is Hermana Barraza, and I still cannot pronounce her name correctly! The two R´s make a rolling r sound and I just can´t seem to get it down. Someday I´ll get it! Anyways, she´s from Mendoza Argentina and she doesn´t speak a lick of English, so that´s super fun. Still, she´s super patient and she seems to be a really responsible missionary. One of the Elders in the office told me she´s one of the best 🙂

My first area is Oberá! I will be spending the next 5 weeks at least here. I don´t know where exactly I am on the map but wherever I am, it´s super far from Posadas! The car ride up here took forever! It was fun though, some of the Elders from the mission office drove us up (or down?) and they were super cool. They spoke mostly in Spanish so I didn´t understand a word of what was being said, but it was fun.

The driving here is INSANE! I seriously thought we were going to die on the way to Oberá! Seriously, cars cutting off buses, motorcycles weaving through lanes, etc… It´s so crazy, I hope I never have to drive a car here. I´m pretty sure it´s just an office missionary thing anyways, so I think I´m safe 😉

Anyways, Oberá. I live in a small city, but most of our members live in the surrounding rural areas, so we take the bus or the “collectivo” to the places we need to visit. The buses here bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “hold to the rod”! They start and stop driving super fast so when we come towards a stop, we have to hold on to the bars so we don´t fall over. I tried to make a pun about this to my companion, but I didn´t know how to say it in Spanish, so I just opened up to 1 Nephi 8:24 and said “Estamos haciendo esto literalmente” (We are literally doing this – that´s what I was trying to say anyways). She gave me a little pity laugh, but that´s okay, it made me smile and that´s all that matters 😀

Okay, again, back to Oberá! The members here are super friendly, even though I can´t understand a word they´re saying. Literally I can sit in a members house for an hour and a half listening to my companion and them talk, and have no idea what´s going on. So that´s frustrating, but they´re super kind to me and I´m starting to be able to pick out words in the conversations, so hopefully some day I´ll actually be able to contribute! 😀

We have a lot of menos activos here (This sunday there were probably about 15 adults in church, and maybe around 20 youth/children), so a lot of our work is going to be focused on reactivating members, which is good! When we work with less active members, a lot of the times they have family that aren´t members, so we´re really hitting two birds with one stone when we teach in the homes of less active members 🙂

We haven´t met with any less active members or investigators yet. This whole week has been spent getting to know the members because we´ve been Whitewashed! That means that my companion and I were both put into a new area where neither of us know what´s going on yet. So we really need to work on gaining the trust and friendship of the members. I think my companion said we´ll start reaching out to some less active members tomorrow.

Funny story: My second day in Oberá we went with the Elders in our Area: Elder Madder and Elder I (I have no idea what his last name is but it starts with an I), to eat lunch at one of the members houses. While we were talking with the family this little girl, about 9 years old starts talking to Elder Madder. “Do you want to see a monkey?” and he just kind of laughs and says “You have a monkey? A real monkey?” The little girl said yes and motioned for him to stand up and follow her, when he does she just points to the mirror that was right across from him and starts laughing. What a stinker 😉 No but seriously I love that little girl, her name is Gilary (prounounced, Hillary) and she´s so fun 🙂

Now for my spiritual though! I was kind of feeling bad for myself the first day out here when I found out my companion spoke no English (the rest of the gringos all got a companion that spoke a little bit of English, a few were even fluent English Speakers), and that we were being whitewashed for our first area. I was kind of thinking during the car ride, “What the heck? Why me?” and the thought just kind of popped into my mind “It´s because I´ve been praying for God to mold me into the missionary He needs me to be, and this is how He´s going to do it.” How true! It´s not called the refiners fire for nothing 🙂
“There´s no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in the growth zone.”
That´s kind of a lie though, I feel like I´ve definitely been receiving comfort here. I am so greatful for the peace the Gospel provides 🙂
Anways I´m about out of time, I love you all! I hope life is treating you well! Please pray that I´ll be able to start to understand the language here!
Hasta Luego!
Hermana Wilsted

 

 

 

 

Laryngitis, Pneumonia, and Pink Eye, Oh My!

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

This week was CRAZY but good! For starters, I’m sure you’re all probably wondering about the title. Don’t worry, I don’t have any of these awful illnesses, but Hermana Read had all three this week! Poor thing! We found out she had all three illnesses on Wednesday, so for the next two days after that we stayed in the residence halls to let Hermana Read sleep while Hermana Nieves and I studied on the couches for about 12 hours each day. That was kind of rough because it was so hard to focus with no teacher around, but we got through it! After about two days of resting all day, Hermana Read felt good enough to stay for two classes (8 hours), and that was great because we got to be with our teachers again. Hermana Read is doing a lot better today! Her voice is completely normal and it seems that her Laryngitis and Pink Eye have completely cleared up. Hermana Nieves and I managed to avoid contracting any of Hermana read’s diseases, thank goodness!

The other big thing that happened this week is I’ve found out where I’ll be visa waiting if my visa doesn’t come in time! I will be serving in… *drumroll*

The Idaho Idaho Falls Mission! I found this out on Sunday when I logged into my missionary portal page and noticed that my mission flag was no longer the Argentina. So what does this mean for me? Well I’ll most likely be going to the Idaho Falls mission next week, and stay there for about six weeks while my visa goes through, maybe longer depending how long it takes.

I’m sure some of you are thinking it, but I’m not disappointed to be visa waiting! I’ve been kind of expecting something to go wrong with my visa ever since I got here. When I got set apart as a missionary on October 5th, my setting apart blessing mentioned that I was “initially” called to Argentina. What that means exactly, I have no idea. I think I will get to Argentina eventually though, because I asked for a blessing a few weeks ago from one of the Elders in our district and in that blessing it mentioned that I would be able to go and touch the lives of many people in Argentina. I guess we’ll see 🙂

Also, I met a Sister last night whose mom is from Idaho Falls and she told me to check out an Ice Cream place called Read’s (Or Reed’s?) Dairy. She told me it was the best ice cream ever. So there’s that to look forward to. Nothings better in the winter than a cold bowl of ice cream 😉 No but really, I’ve heard lots of good things, it’ll be great! 🙂 Also, we got to add one more state to the class flag, so that was fun 😉

I have a funny story that just happened last night! The Elders were all lamenting over the fact that they had to get their hair cut tomorrow, especially since that meant we could no longer bounce stuff off of Elder Forsburg’s thick hair (I’ve attached a picture of him for your own personal enjoyment. You’re welcome ;))

So, we all took turns bouncing things off his head one last time (don’t worry, he thinks it’s hilarious and he can’t feel any of it. It’s a much beloved pastime of the Elders in District 24F :)) We started off with small things, like erasers, pens, and empty mint containers. We were all just laughing and having a good time when Hermana Read threw a soft-covered dictionary at him! It wasn’t super big, but way bigger than anything we’ve ever thrown at him before. And you know what? It just bounced off! We all died laughing! What a way to end such a funny and weird tradition! Don’t worry, Elder Forsburg wasn’t hurt 🙂

I’m going to end this email with a spiritual thought. This week, we watched a video called “The Savior Wants to Forgive” and it’s honestly one of the most touching videos I’ve seen, I love it so much! It’s a great reminded of how much the Savior loves each and every one of us, no matter what. If you haven’t seen the video, I strongly suggest you watch it!

I know that Jesus Christ loves everyone! He and Heavenly Father are waiting with arms outstretched for us to return to be in Their presence! No matter how many mistakes you make, how far down the wrong path you go, you can always turn around and repent.

That’s about all I have for this week! Thank you to everyone who sent me Dear Elders this week! I really appreciate them!

Hasta Luego!

Hermana Wilsted

 

Oooooohhhhh We’re Halfway There!

I’m now on my 3rd week at the MTC! Halfway through! Yay!

This week has been full of twists and turns, but still pretty good.

 

Patricia, our TRC investigator has been doing well. She agreed to pray and read the scriptures daily in our last lesson! She was pretty good about keeping her commitment to pray last time so hopefully she’ll keep this one! At the end of our lesson with her yesterday, she hugged us! We’re getting closer to her! Hermana Read, Hermana Nieves, and I could not keep the smiles off our faces when we walked out from that lesson, we just felt so good about it!

Ann M. Dibbs, Thomas S. Monson’s daughter, came and talked to all the women in the MTC on Sunday. It was pretty neat! For her talk she spoke about her dad and listed out his attributes that she’s noticed throughout her life. At the end of her talk, she had us cross out the “he is” in every trait that she listed and had us write “I will be…” instead, like this:

“I will observe and remember”

“I will be a loyal friend”

“I will encourage others”

…etc…

Tomorrow I’ve been assigned to be a host for a new missionary and help her get all the things she needs and get to her class. Hopefully I don’t mess up and get lost! I still don’t feel like I know my way around this place!

In the email I sent last week, I said there was a rumor going around that Elder Holland was going to talk to us that night in Devotional. Unfortunately, that ended up just being a rumor. But we still had a great devotional! Lynn G. Robbins came to speak to us about Christlike attributes. He challenged each of us to read Chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel and pick a Christlike attribute to work on. I chose to work on the attribute of hope.

On Friday night, Hermano Clement had our class sit in a circle as a district and read all of Ether 12 together. If you ever need a spiritual pick me up, I highly recommend reading this chapter!

If you ever need a laugh, the Elders in our district just showed us one of the best LDS ads ever made! Watch it here. It’s so awkward, we all just died laughing. But maybe we’re just losing our senses of humor in el CCM 😉

I can’t let my non member friends see that video without also linking to a more beautiful and heartfelt video about family too. Here’s a very sweet video about fatherhood.

Another funny thing that happened this week! Hermana Nieves has had a sore throat all week, so she’s been carrying around a cup of salt to gargle every once in a while. The Elders were asking why she waws carrying the salt around and we told them that we were using it to keep evil spirits away at night! The funny thing is that some of them didn’t catch our sarcasm at first and were so concerned! Poor guys!

Hermana Nieves was just full of good quotes this week , so I’ll just end with a couple of my favorites:

“Whenever you feel far away from God, just ask yourself, who moved?”

“See the light in others and treat them as if that’s all you see.”

That’s about all I have for this week! I love all of you and I hope life is going well for all of you! Thank you to everyone who sent me DearElders this week! I love getting letters from you all!

Hasta Luego!

Hermana Wilsted

 

 

New Companionship

Hey Everyone!

There have been some big changes this week! The first one: I’ve been put into a tri-panionship with Hermana Read and Hermana Nieves. Hermana Hurd has decided to switch to an English speaking mission so unfortunately that means she’s changed districts. We still see her around a lot, and she’s been doing a lot better since the switch. Being in a tri-panionship is kind of tough, but I’m getting used to it.

Another change is that our “investigator” that I talked about last week is now one of our teachers! “Marcos” is actually Hermano Clement and I love him! He’s a really good teacher and so patient and kind, just like Hermano Peery! We (Hermana Nieves, Hermana Read, and I) have two new investigators this week. One is just Hermano Peery acting like someone else (Luis), the other is a lady named Patricia, and we’re really not sure if she’s a real investigator or  not! Patricia is from Uruguay and she told us a ton about Argentine food! It was really fun talking to her. She was trying to learn English so we all just kind of spoke Spanglish throughout the entire meeting.

Every Sunday and Tuesday night, the MTC has big devotionals. This past Sunday Vai Sikahima came to talk to us about the power of our influence in other people’s lives, it was so great! He’s lead a really neat life, and it made me feel super excited to get out to Argentina and start helping people!

We also had a devotional last Tuesday, and guess who gave it? Elder and Sister Bednar! It was so cool being in the same room as an apostle*! They spoke about how to get more out of General Conference** talks.

We’ll have another devotional tonight and some people have been speculating that Elder Holland is giving it! In choir on Sunday the director is having us sing “Be Still My Soul” for tonight and he mentioned that it was a lot of the apostles’ favorite hymns and was very particular about how we needed to make sure we sang this well for devotional tonight.Then, at devotional sunday night, Vai mentioned that either Elder Bednar or Elder Holland spoke to us last week. We’re assuming he knows the speaking schedule. If Elder Holland comes to speak to us tonight I will die. He’s one of my favorite apostles!!! If I had favorites I mean… *ahem*

Also on Sunday night, we watched The Joseph Smith movie, and it was so good! I’ve seen it before but I felt the spirit so strong throughout the movie! It really makes me grateful for the early Saints of the church, and especially Joseph Smith, who went through so much to keep the gospel alive. This gospel has brought so much joy to my life!

Before I end this email, I’d like to thank everyone that have sent me Dear Elders this week! They really help uplift me throughout the week. If any of you would like to send me a DearElder, they are totally free! You just go to the DearElder website and write me a letter. Here’s my info:

Hermana Wilsted

NOV 15 ARG-POS

2005 N 900 E Unit 15

Provo, UT 84602

Thank you to anyone who send me DearElders! I love them!

For anyone that isn’t a member of the LDS church, you can always check out Mormon.org or LDS.org if you have any questions. You can also ask me and I’ll try to answer you by next Tuesday! Here’s a few definitions of some things I spoke about in my email today:

*Apostle – Like in Christ’s ministry, we believe apostles and prophets have been called today. We have a prophet at the head of the church today and 12 apostles. They are the leaders of our church.

**General Conference – General conference happens twice a year. It’s a weekend long event where the members of our church listen to inspired talks given by the prophets apostles, and other leaders in the church. We believe the words from these talks, especially from the 12 apostles and the prophet of our church, to be inspired from our Heavenly Father. I feel the spirit so strongly listening to these wonderful men, and I am grateful for the guidance they give us.

Well I think that’s all for this week! I love you all and miss you so much! Keep praying for me!

Hasta Luego!

Hermana Wilsted

P.S. – We watched a video from Elder Holland called “Testimony of the Book of Mormon” and it is so good! It’s about 4 minutes like and I really recommend it! If you’d like to watch it, here’s a link!

 

It’s Christmas in October

… Well not exactly, but it feels like it! My first P-Day has been AWESOME so far! We started the day at 6:15 and got ready to walk over to the Provo temple*. I know I always joke about how ugly that temple is, but it is BEAUTIFUL on the inside! Also, it has a cafeteria, which was super awesome. The food was so great, way better than anything I’ve had at the MTC cafeteria so far! Not that I’ve been starving or anything 🙂 The temple trip was super fun, I’m so glad we get the chance to go each week before we leave. I wish there was a temple in our mission!

My companion is Hermana Hurd, and she is so sweet! She’s from Mantua, Utah. We are two completely different people but we’re getting along pretty well! We really even each other out in a lot of ways. She’s been having a hard time with homesickness since we’ve gotten here, so if you guys wanted to include Hermana Hurd in your prayers I think that would be great!

The other girls I am rooming with are Hermana Nieves, Hermana Read, Hermana Goates, and Hermana Gardenier. Hermana Goates and Hermana Gardenier are in the intermediate Spanish class and they have been so helpful and supportive of the rest of us! They’re seriously like the room moms. Yesterday, they left uplifting notes on everyone’s pillows and it was just the sweetest thing ever. I don’t know how anyone can be so good but they really are! Hermana Nieves and Hermana Read are in the beginning class with Hermana Hurd and I, and they’re also going to Argentina Posadas so I might end up being with companions with one of them someday! Hermana Nieves is super fun and chill, she also completed a year of school before going on a mission like I did. Hermana Read is actually a college junior, and she is really good at Spanish! Not fluent, but she knows a lot more than us. She probably should be in the intermediate class but she never called for them to put her in so she’s stuck with us 😉

Our room decided that every Friday we would have a little devotional for just the six of us! This last week Hermana Gardenier and Hermana Goates were in charge and one of their moms sent us cake! It was so awesome! Hermana Hurd and I are in charge of this next one 🙂

The Elders in our district are so funny! There’s 7 of them, three of them are in a tri-panionship**. I keep forgetting all of them are just out of High School, it feels weird being older than them! I used to look up to the Elders in our ward like they were way older than me, it’s weird having them as my peers! It’s weird, but still so fun! Anyways, I haven’t gotten to know all of them super well yet, but I can say that they’re all great. When it’s time to study, they work hard, when it’s time to talk and have fun, they play hard! The district*** wouldn’t be nearly as fun without them.

So… Spanish… In my setting apart blessing it promised that I’d become so fluent in Spanish that I’d sound like a native, and I’ve gotta say, I can really feel the spirit helping me learn! I can see improvements in my Spanish every day, and slowly but surely I am able to say and understand more each day! I’m not saying I’m gonna be fluent in six weeks, but I think I’ll be able to hold a normal conversation by then without saying “Como se dice…” (How do you say…) every minute! The Gift of Tongues is real!

We’re teaching a fake investigator every day en espanol. His name is Marcos, or at least that’s the name we know him by. Our first day of teaching him was super scary and really kind of bad, but after that we got a lot better! Hermana Hurd and I are really starting to get the hang of planning lessons! This Sunday we’ve been asked to teach Relief Society, and we already finished the basics of our lesson. Now we just have to worry about making it fun!

Our Spanish teacher is Hermano Peery, and he doesn’t speak one word of English to us. I like him a lot! He’s super patient and never acts annoyed when some of us don’t understand what the heck he’s trying to tell us (which is basically half the time). He’s also super funny! Sometimes when we make grammar mistakes he goes “Apostasia” (apostasy), or when the computer isn’t working he goes “El Diablo” (the devil). He also quotes Nacho Libre a lot. We /think/ he tells us more jokes in Spanish because he laughs a lot and we just kind of laugh with him even though we have no idea what he just said to us. 😉

At the end of our language class yesterday I was pretty close to tears. I was asking Hermano Peery how I can get more out of reading the scriptures in Spanish because it feels like even though I get what’s going on, it’s not really helping me learn the scriptures in Spanish. He tried to give me tips, but like I said, he only speaks in Spanish to us and I literally had no idea what he was telling me. After asking him to repeat himself like 5 times I finally just nodded and acted like I understood. Then Hermana Read gave me a note in English telling me what he was trying to tell me, so thankfully I got an answer. Anyway, at the end of language class Hermano Peery had us read Alma 26:37 in the Book of Mormon and it made me cry! I felt so much comfort from that verse, I am so glad Hermano Peery had us read it. Here’s what it says:

 37 Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of everypeople, whatsoever land they may

be in; yea, henumbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth.

Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving;yea, and I will give thanks unto my

God forever. Amen.

I am so grateful to have Hermano Peery for our teacher. I can really feel the spirit in our classroom thanks to him and this awesome district. I can’t wait to see what the next 5 weeks here at the MTC bring!

Before I end this super duper long email, I wanted to remind you all that even though I can only send and read emails one day a week, I can read DearElder messages every day while at the MTC! If any of you would like to send me a message through DearElder, I’d LOVE to hear from you! Here’s the address you’ll need:

NOV 15 ARG-POS

2005 N 900 E Unit 15

Provo, UT 84602

Called to Serve!

Hey Everyone!

I know it’s been a while, but I’ve got some exciting news! I’m going on a mission!!

I have been called to serve in the Argentina Posadas Mission, and I report to the MTC on October 5th! That’s one week from now ohmigoodness!!! I’m half excited, half scared out of my mind. That’s always a fun mix!

Anyways, since my next post will be a copy of my first weekly mission email, I thought it’d be good to write down some of my thoughts and feelings before someone else (that someone else being my older sister, Shiloh) takes care of the blog while I’m gone.

So… where do I begin? I guess I’ll just go ahead and puke up all of my fears. Start with the bad, end with the good. That sounds like a good way to go!

Fears (Dun-dun-duuuuun)

  1. I’m going to miss my mom SO MUCH. Seriously, so so SO much! She has been my best friend throughout my entire life. I made it through a year of college just fine, but that was with my siblings nearby and being able to call and text her everyday. I am so scared that I’m going to break down when the reality of not being able to hear her voice more than twice a year hits me.
  2. This sister who recently returned from the Argentina Posadas mission said there weren’t a lot of areas where bikes are used, which is good because riding bikes actually scares me. I took one really nasty fall down a rock hill while riding a bike once, and that was enough for me to never want to do it again. What if I end up in a similar accident on my mission?
  3. Argentina eats a lot of meat, and a lot of carbs. Meat and carbs, that’s about it. I can work fruit into my diet in the mornings and dinner time, but I’ve already gained enough weight this summer as it is, am I going to come back 50 pounds heavier?
  4. What if I get mugged!? Seriously, I’m scared to death that I’m gonna get stabbed or something, and even if I don’t get hurt, I would be heart-broken if my mission bag got stolen because my mission scriptures, patriarchal blessing, family pictures, and special quote book might be inside it! I know they’re all just things, but the scriptures are sentimental because they’re specifically to be used during my mission. The patriarchal blessing is just a copy and can be replaced, but it’s just so special to me. The family pictures can be replaced because I have them on USB but I don’t know if there will be a place to print my pictures or a place to buy a little mini photo book, so that would suck to lose it. And the quote book. Oh my goodness, the quote book. My mom and I spent hours working on that cute little book. I searched the internet for an entire week looking for the most uplifting quotes and poems I could find to take with me. It’s more than just the book, it’s already got so many memories attached to it. I would be so sad if I lost that book.
  5. What if none of my companions like me? It sounds crazy, but it’s my biggest fear. I have always had a hard time making friends, party because I moved states every two years of my life, and partly because I have a terrible self confidence. I tend to be kind of a doormat. I avoid confrontation like the plague, and somehow I guess that translates to me not being able to connect with people outside of my family very well. Don’t get me wrong, I made a couple friends at BYU, but they’re going to be a year from graduating and maybe even MARRIED when I get back. I’ll be left in the dust and I’ll basically have to start all over again friend-wise. I desperately want to come out of my mission with at least one good friend. Seriously, some girls go on their missions dreaming of finding their future husbands (I am not judging anyone who does want this), not me. I just want a friend.

Hopes & Wishes

  1. I want to come back from my mission with a few friends that I can come back to BYU with as a sophomore. I would be so happy if I could finally have a strong group of friends that I can go out and do random fun stuff just on the spry with.
  2. I’d love to come back fluent enough in Spanish to be able to get a few credit-hours for it. I’ve been tossing around the idea of maybe one day becoming a Spanish teacher, but I guess we’ll just have to see what the future brings.
  3. If I could lose weight on my mission, that would be great. I’m just going to be honest, I gained thirty pounds since I’ve come home from college. I haven’t been moving much, and my family has been eating out a lot. I am not feeling very confident about my looks right now. I’m hoping that if I eat well during the meals I have control over, the pounds will begin to drop. My mission is mostly a walking mission, some areas have bikes, most don’t. There aren’t any cars, and buses are used sparingly, so I should be getting plenty of exercise! Here’s hoping for a new me, spiritually and physically!
  4. I never really got a confirmation one way or the other if a mission was right for me. I finally just decided to go because it was what I wanted to do and I’ve never gotten any feelings that it wasn’t right for me. If I could come back from my mission feeling like it really was something that I was meant to do, whether it be because there was someone I helped touch, something special that I learned, or a friend made, I’d like to come back knowing that this was the path God wanted me to take, and not just something that I could have taken or left without any consequence.
  5. I want to come back from my mission a completely new person, for the better of course! Now don’t get me wrong! I am totally worthy to go and I’m not struggling with my faith at all, but my biggest reason for wanting to go is because I want the spiritual growth that comes with serving a mission.

When I sent in my papers, I was feeling like I had hit a spiritual plateau. Since I began preparing for my mission however, I definitely have felt more in tune with the spirit. I also feel that the Facebook group, Many are called…. but few are sisters has helped a lot in preparing for my mission by being able to hear other girls’ mission stories. I am SO grateful that I found it before I left! If you’re a girl preparing to go on a mission, thinking about serving, or a returned missionary, I HIGHLY suggest you request to join the page. It has seriously been one of the best tools in helping me prepare!

Anyway, that’s my list of hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares. If you’re reading this, I would really appreciate any prayers sent my way! 🙂

That’s all I have to say for now,

See you all in 18 months!!!

Featured image: “Seeking the Spirit” by Greg Olsen