Hey everyone! Well I made it to my first P-day (preparation day where we a chance to email, do laundry, wear jeans). I've only been here for 2 and a half days and its felt like forever. Each day seriously feels like a week!
Yesterday was a really rough day. It was just such a hard day and so so overwhelming. Our schedules are so packed. We wake up at 6, eat breakfast at 7, are in class until 12, go to lunch, go back to class until 5, go to dinner, have some workshops/classes until 9-9:30, and then we head back to our residence hall and we go to bed at 10:30, and do it all over again the next day. It is crazy. But I love it because it is so fulfilling! I'm spending my days learning about our Savior and this incredible gospel that I am apart of!
My companions name is Sister Mickelsen and she is amazing. We became friends instantly and that was awesome! She is from Alpine, Utah. We get along so well. She is teaching me how to be a better missionary and so much more about the gospel than I ever thought I would learn. Sister Mickelsen and I were assigned to be Sister Training Leaders. This means that when new missionaries come in next week, we will help them get adjusted, show them around, and help train them for what we do in the MTC. Basically we are like their guides for a week, until she and I get transferred out and go to Colorado! It is so neat because it is a great training and learning opportunity for us.
The first night here at the MTC, about 650 missionaries were separated into three rooms and we had to teach (as these big groups) people who were interested in the church. It was so rough. Everyone was just all over the place and there was no direction to what we were trying to teach. It just shows how much we need to have the spirit with us when we teach and how to prepare. Sister Mickelsen and I taught our very first lesson today to one of our teachers (who was pretending to be an investigator of the church. We do a lot of role playing to practice teaching and know how to be good effective missionaries) and it was pretty rough. One thing I'm learning is that missionary work is not as easy as I thought it would be. It's hard work! It requires planning, faith, and prayers that all will go well and that we can say what the Lord wants us to say. We teach our next lesson tomorrow and we will be spending a lot of time tonight just getting ready for that because we want to do a good job!
I have had a lot of ups and downs these past couple of days but I know it is the right thing for me to be doing right now! It is so easy to get discouraged but we just have to remember that the Lord is on our side. He loves us and is looking out for us. If we continue to have faith and do whats right, He will provide a way for us. I love this church. I know it is true and I cannot wait to keep learning and help others find Christ. Our missionary purpose to to invite others to come unto Christ and I love that. Christ is waiting for each and everyone of us to come back to HIm.
I miss and love you all! I hope everyone is doing awesome! This email is going to be sent out from my personal email but I can't/don't have access to that email right now so to contact me, email firstname.lastname@example.org. I would LOVE to hear from y'all! I want to know how everyone has been!!!
Have a great week and I'll talk to y'all next Friday!
Megan with her companion Sister Mickelsen
With the other two sisters in their district, Sister Miller and Sister Barlocker
With all the Elders in their district