Thank you thank you thank you for all of the amazing letters and emails! You all look so great! I especially like the yardwork that Mom is doing! And Sam and Dan, you are some intense corn shuckers! haha Thank you for the cute picture of you two, I love your sign. I love you, too! :)
Daniel, way to go on your spelling test! That is so good!! The food here is just fine. They have lots of cereal and cookies, which you would like. They also have a milk dispenser and a chocolate milk dispenser. Last night they had macaroni and cheese. You will do just fine here when you're a missionary. I like the salad bar and I usually eat cottage cheese and tomatoes. As much as I love it, it is getting kind of old... now I need to start being a little more creative! I'm so excited that school is almost over! Wahoo! What are you going to do on your first day of summer? My roommates are really, really nice! I love them all and we have a really fun time together!
Samuel, the Empty C is going very, very well! And the Thigh is getting very good! hahaha I'm so glad that you gave Profe the blog link! Tell her hello from me! It's funny because when I first got here I was sitting outside of a Spanish classroom and I could understand everything the teacher was saying. I thought to myself how much easier it would be to go Spanish speaking! Now, however, I feel way more comfortable speaking in Thai (I think I know more in Spanish still, but Thai comes easier), and it feels weird to teach in English! Crazy!! How'd the track season wrap up? Also, I heard you gave a really good talk! Way to go! When do you get your driver's license!?
Mom, thanks for the Dorothy quote, I love it! And Sam and Mom, you look so good at the Luau! How did it go? That sounds like so much fun! When I opened this email a sister missionary sitting next to me said, "Wow, is that your brother? He's cute!!!" I agree!
So, this week has been so great! We've all been sick with coughs and colds, but I think we're all on the mend now. Nothing bad enough to put us out, though.
On Sunday all the sisters in our district sang for church. We sang "Lead Kindly Light." Such a pretty song, however, it probably didn't sound very pretty because half of us had colds, my ears were plugged, and my voice was croaky. We probably sounded like a bunch of frogs. But, no one cares.
I didn't get chosen to talk. This week's talk topic was the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Over the last few weeks all the devotional speakers talk about "sanctifying yourselves." So, I decided to study this a little more and it makes for an interesting study! I would suggest it!
After church we meet as a district with a member from the branch presidency and two companionships practice teaching a 10 minute lesson to everyone on the topic of the week. So, Sis N and I went first and we taught about the Holy Ghost. It was weird to teach a lesson in English- first time that I have since I've been here. I realize it is much easier to be simple and clear when you don't know very much vocab! But, we got some good tips and pointers from our counselor in the branch presidency.
This week for one hour of our class time I was chosen to pretend to be an investigator while the other district's teacher pretended to be a missionary and teach me a lesson. This is called "demonstrate teaching." I was kind of nervous because that's an hour of being taught and expected to answer/ask questions in Thai. But, it went fine and was actually really fun. I love when the teachers demonstrate teaching because it's really helpful to see the techniques they use and the ideas that they have.
This week Sis. Tilley and Sis. Greenwood asked Sis N and me to pretend to be newly converted members and come and share our "stories" with their investigator. We pretty much just bore testimony of how the gospel of Jesus Christ had changed our lives and so on. This investigator (Bro. Burgess) has a pretend smoking/ drinking problem. When I was sharing my testimony/story, I told him that I, too, had had smoking problems, but through the help of the missionaries and the atonement I was able to overcome my addiction. Apparently I am a really good actor because after the lesson Bro. Burgess thought that I actually had been a smoker! I told him of course I had not, but he legitimately thought I had been a smoker! So funny. And offensive!
TRC this week was great. That is one of my favorite things. We get really helpful feedback from the RM's and it is so fun. Sis N and I are doing a much better job of teaching together and we never go in with notes or even a lesson outline anymore! Starting to feel more real.
This week's devotional speakers were Elder Nash and Elder Zwick. They were great. I especially loved Elder Zwick's because he talked about developing Christ-like attributes. Elder Nash talked about the Plan of Salvation (I think) as sort of a prep for us to watch Sis Monson's funeral. We watched it on Sunday and it was such a beautiful funeral. Sister Dibb, President Uchtdorf, and President Eyring gave such uplifting talks. I got a lot out of it. She sounds like an amazing lady. Did you get to watch it? Also, how was the video on President Monson?
A few days ago we practiced street contacting within our district. We contacted Sis G and Sis T and they are now weekly investigators. It's kind of fun because we will teach each other until we leave. The elders contacted us and they will teach us. Our first lessons are on Friday.
Raintree is now open for missionaries, but I think we are safe from being sent there! I think there are Indonesian missionaries over there.
So excited for NY trip! Wahooooooooo! Take some good pictures!
I love the JFSmith quote you sent me. What a great thought!
I love you all so much!