Wow. I just love the MTC! I know I probably say that every time, but it is seriously an incredible experience, one that I try to cherish in the moment! In the words of my companion, "oh my life..." things are so busy here! It's hard to sit down and express everything in the one hour I have a week to email home. Just know I am filling every moment with the best things!
This week we received our new native missionaries from Korea! Five sisters and two elders. They will be staying here for two weeks, then departing with the oldest two districts in our branch, headed for the Seoul and Seoul South missions! They are the sweetest set of missionaries. I just love Hanguk Saram [Korean People] so much . . . As a sister training leader it is my responsibility to help orient new missionaries when they first arrive, along with the other Sister Training Leader and two Zone Leaders. Let me tell you... we all laughed pretty hard at our attempts to cross the language barrier! Koreans are such a pleasure to be around! Every day it becomes more real... soon enough I will be serving in the homeland!
One thing I learned this week is the importance of trusting in Heavenly Father. I talked with my teacher this week about my goals while here at the MTC. He encouraged me to push myself and to exercise my faith in Christ. I'm learning to completely shift my trust to Him. My teacher shared the story of Peter walking on the water toward Christ. He succeeded in walking up until the point where he doubted himself and his ability to do it. Then he began to sink and fall. The same could be said of our trust in Christ. Through yoking ourselves with Him, we are limitless. (How cool is that! We can rely on an all-powerful being to back us up!) We will never fall so long as we continue to trust in Him. As part of my exercising trust in the Lord this week, I decided to dramatically increase my language goals for each day, even though I have less time than ever before to study, I am trusting in Him. I am also using absolutely no notes during lessons (I would always bring an outline with various vocabulary written, just in case). A quote my teacher shared with me goes something like "Do not come prepared. Be prepared." The last few lessons have been incredible . . . the Lord really does support His children when they rely on Him. He may let you struggle but will never let you fall.
Take care! Love you all!