This is Hannah’s one and only email from the MTC!
My dear family, friends, and random people that might be reading this letter:
It has happened. I cry. And it’s not very fun. And whoever told me that would happen? Fine. You win. Love you all!
Wow! Okay, I only have 25 minutes, so I will try to cram as much information as I can. This will be my first and last letter that you receive from me at the MTC. My p-days are on Monday (obviously) and next Monday…we will be on a plane to Canada. We leave at 3 in the morning on Monday, then we fly from SLC to Denver and on to Toronto. I have more time today to write some letters, so I will send more information in those.
I have learned and applied 5 principles thus far in the MTC.
Who would have thought that studying for 5+ hours a day would be enjoyable? It is my favorite time of the day. You can fully delve in to the scriptures and find things that apply to your role and purpose as a missionary, and how that same principle applies to your investigators. I am so blessed to have that time to study and learn on my own. I also love companionship study ( More about my awesome companion later)!
Life as a missionary is hard…but wonderful to say the least. You wake up early, study, study, study, CRY, CRY, CRY, learn, learn, learn, pray, pray, pray, eat, learn, learn, learn, eat, cry, love, and live the life as a true disciple of Jesus Christ. My soul is touched as I learn how to live the life of a missionary. It gives me much more respect to all of those that have served missions. And, I so wish that every member of the church could experience this for themselves. It has already grown my testimony tenfold, and I’ve only been here for 4 days! I can’t wait to see what I become during this next week; because I know that I am going to change.
My companion’s name is Sister Prescott. She is from Morgan, Utah and an absolute perfect companion for me! We always seem to have the same concerns and questions, and that helps us to grow as a companionship. I wish that I could send pictures, but we just came from going to the temple and we didn’t have time to go and get our memory cards. Nevertheless, Sister Prescott and I get along really well together, and we always strive toward exact obedience. Always remember, Obedience brings blessings, but EXACT obedience brings miracles. I have seen that principle applied so much in the MTC. Sure, there are Elders and Sisters that are not exactly obedient, and I don’t think that they have the same experience. When my district is applying that principle, we have experiences that touch our hearts in ways that we could never imagine.
My opportunities this week have been incredible. On one of the days (haha, all of the days blur together and so I can’t remember what day) we met with the Branch Presidency. President Richards is a great example of righteousness. He listens and is receptive to the Spirit SO much. Well, anyways all of our Zone met with him. After they all did interviews, they prayed and asked Heavenly Father about who the leadership roles should be given to in our Zone. After about an hour, they called me to be the Coordinating Sister for our Zone. It is essentially a female Zone leader. I am now responsible for all of the sisters in our zone–whether they are homesick, not being obedient, or have any problems…it’s up to me, through the Holy Ghost, to be able to help them. I’ve already learned a lot from this calling. How to correct with love and compassion, but with the authority that has been given me. It has been an experience to say the least. My teachers, Brother Ferguson and Sister Clarke, are one in a million. I know that they have been assigned to me to help me grow and progress in ways that I cannot even begin to comprehend. I have had several experiences that have shaken the very foundation of my soul. My teachers have helped me to learn how to be receptive to the Spirit–and I will be eternally grateful to them for that.
Sister Prescott and I have had the opportunity to teach 2 lessons thus far. They have both been absolutely essential to my progress and growth as a missionary. The first time we taught, the Holy Ghost was so strong, that we all started crying. Including our investigator, Minphrey (Brother Ferguson–role playing). We invited him to follow the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized by the proper priesthood authority…and he accepted our invitation! We were so happy that we were able to work through the promptings of the Spirit. I am the messenger, but I am not the message. Bro. Ferguson told Sister Prescott and I that the 1st lesson we taught was the best 1st lesson that he has EVER seen at the MTC. We are so grateful for that experience, and that the Holy Ghost was able to work through us to help our investigator be able to feel the truth. The 2nd lesson we taught to Minphrey also went really well, Minphrey is coming to Church with us! And…he’s bringing his Family! Yea for Eternal Families! 🙂 Tomorrow we will get our TRC investigator and that should be an interesting experience. Bro. Ferguson and Sister Clarke have recommended us to teach a REAL investigator ( not a role play) because they feel that we will be able to communicate our feelings and emotions through the words of Jesus Christ, and by the promptings of the Holy Ghost.
Also…HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Camille Hunsaker and Laura Magleby! I love you guys, and I hope your days went great!
Thank you for the letters; they constantly brighten my day with hope! Please keep sending them! And, thank you for the popcorn, Maglebys (and Caleb)! it is absolutely delicious!
Well, my time is up, just know that I am constantly thinking about you and how you are doing.
God bless you all as you strive to follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ.