Below are two letters, a quick check-in letter from
Friday, July 10, and a longer one from Tuesday, July 14.
Friday July 10, 2015
Why hello there!!
I don't have much time today, I just get to give you a super quick update to let you know I'm alive. I'll go into detail on Tuesday when I have time but it is awesome here!
My companion is Sister Hatch and she is from Layton Utah, has her CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and is 6 feet tall. I'm a year younger than the other three sisters but not the elders!
My district is absolutely amazing and we're all getting along super well. My teachers are also the bomb, for real. One of them is Brother Clark and he knows Andrew Boyce! They both went to Nashville on their missions, he says he's one of the funniest people he knows. He also was a sub in a class a few weeks ago with a tall super blonde kid who had the same reaction I did when he found out Brother Clark went to Nashville. I can only assume this was none other than Danny Schaerr. Apparently Andrew's in his ward too.
Sister Perrin and Sister Holmstead are the other sisters in my district, both from Idaho (all but three of them are from Utah or Idaho). Sister Perrin's brother is currently the AP of the DC NORTH MISSION!
The food is a little worse than the Cannon center but the cafeteria is twice as big with three times as many people, so it's pretty much impossible to quickly find food, I end up giving up and grabbing carrots and pineapple, just like the good old days haha.
The spirit is so incredibly strong here and my appreciation for the savior and the opportunities he has given me and all his brothers and sisters has already gone through the roof. Anything said here sparks inspiration, it's madness.
I love you sososo much and I hope you guys travel safely! I hope everyone is doing well, study Preach My Gospel it's changing my outlook on everything!
Setting Apart with President Arnold
Family Portrait at Heritage Park, Cedar Hills, Utah,
the day before entering the MTC
Brandon King, Grandma King, Allie King, and Jordan King
in Provo, Utah
Last meal before entering the MTC,
Pho Plus, Orem, Utah
In front of the MTC
Amie and Allie, in front of the MTC
Happy to be starting her mission,
in front of the MTC
in front of the MTC
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Hello all! I see what they mean when they say that the days are like weeks and the weeks are like days. I thought it was Friday so I started following the Friday schedule on Thursday, but that feels like yesterday? and now it's TUESDAY?!
We spent Wednesday afternoon getting to know our district, the MTC and closed by mock teaching investigators. it was kinda hard since it was 50 on one but i learned a lot! The elders in the district are going to San Jose and the sisters are going to Bakersfield. I hear there are elders that are going to Bakersfield and more going to San Jose but I can't seem to find them. My district is truly amazing, they are all so funny but in seconds switch to incredibly spiritual, and we get along so much better than some of the other districts I see. There are about 3 of us in the whole bunch who aren't from Utah or Idaho though... and my DL went to east high from HSM! Everyone in my zone is great too! They're going to Tucson, Winnipeg and Fort Lauderdale. Actually everyone here is great, being polite is a rite of passage I swear.
My teachers, Brother Clark and Sister Steglemeier are amazing, I feel like I'm being hit by a water hose 24/7 though, information never stops coming. But if I've come to know anything this week is how amazing the doctrine of Christ is and how the Book of Mormon can answer any concerns in our lives. I want to tell you every time it's blown my mind but id be on for hours. It suffices me to say that if you go into scripture study with a sincere question, the spirit WILL help you receive your answer and peace.
Everyone here has a friend in Bakersfield. I've collected about 7 names of people to look up. and I've seen tons of people from my pre-mission life! Elders Fairholm, Larsen, Delange and Jensen from BYU and Elder Gettys from home! Not to mention a ton of people I just recognize from my ward and classes. It's like a family here
I wore Brandon's name tag to personal study just for fun but i got whisked away for one of the generic interviews here and got so many questions on it, so I learned my lesson! MY name tag from now on!! Plus Elder Joyner from my district taught me how to pronounce the church's name in German, so I can almost say it now!
On Thursday we locked ourselves out of the room at 6 in the morning so we had to go down to the front desk in our jammies and no shoes to get the key. Then that night we get a call at 12:30 am that we would be getting a new sister in our room who just arrived. Her name is Sister Ali-Savory and she's from Guyana,the only country in south america with English as the main language! she's been called to Mississippi. That call scared us half to death, I thought it was morning so i said my prayers haha.
Another thing! Prayers WORK! I've been getting like 5 hours of sleep and I'm extremely alert, and every time I ask to find something in my study or to know what to teach an investigator it works! Not that that's surprising or anything, but it's just really strengthened my testimony to see how the more I rely on the lord, the more he blesses me and the people around me.
We've been teaching Sagen and Ny (who is from Madagascar) and they rock! they're both so willing to listen to what we have to say and I feel the spirit speaking to them in its words instead of my own. And it's funny, one of our lessons with Ny was on the priesthood, that's it. She just had so many questions about it! And it helped me realize how important it is and how that gift allows us to receive comfort and knowledge, Ny really seemed excited about the idea. And Segan is in love with the plan of salvation. He's having trouble feeling like he can pray directly to our father, so we're still helping him with that. I keep talking though, I get so excited about this gospel!
Sunday was INCREDIBLE!! Sacrament meeting was on the book or Mormon and RS was on repentance and I just was sitting there in such appreciation for those gifts. I cant wait to go share my testimony on them with others and show them how it can change their lives! Plus that night we watched Character of Christ and I feel like its one of those devotionals that everyone MUST SEE!! It's by Elder Bednar given, and it's all about Christ's actions and attitudes and how we need to turn out to help others. Minds were blown, tears were shed, and many manly elders and dainty sisters left with their legs wobbly. (Read it HERE)
My companion, sister hatch, is a rockstar. We've grown so close these few days, I feel like I've known her my whole life. Kindred spirits I tell you.
I hope everyone is doing well! I know i sure am. I love you all so much and can't wait to see you again! I'm not sure if I'll be able to email next week, but if I don't just remember this gospel ROCKs and is SO TRUE I cant take it. Have an amazing week! (I actually leave Monday morning for a 5:45 flight to Denver then to Bakersfield. So I'll miss both p-day here and in the field, I'm not sure if I'l have one at all.....)
My fantastic district, Elders Wright, Folau, Lund, Joyner, Swann and Downs;
and me, Sisters Holmstead, Perrin, and of course Hatch
Me, Sisters Perrin, Holmstead and Hatch