Thursday, July 18, 2013

1st week, Check!

Hello! Can you believe it has been an entire week since I left the world you live in? I sure can´t believe it!  I hope you are all happy and healthy!  Good to hear that Thomas is enjoying sport camp and Sarah enjoying girls camp!  Sarah! Write me a letter about your mini mission that sounds cool!  So life at the MTC is crazy, time is so different than I ever expected. Time goes by weirdly... not fast but not slow. It´s hard to describe.  Everyday is a rollercoaster you have amazing moments and than you have really hard moments.  Being a missionary doesn´t really come natural and it is something I will need to work really hard to improve.  The teachers here are incredible.  I love listening to every lesson that they give.  I love those moments when you are sitting with an investigator and trying so hard to listen to what the spirit wants you to say, and then out of the blue you remember the most basic thing that you learned in class, like ´teach about faith in Jesus Christ´  and bam that´s what the investgator needs to hear.  

My companion´s name is Sister Peterson.  She is an angel.  I love her because she has so much energy!  She turned 19 like two weeks before she got here so she makes me feel like a grandma sometimes but not usually.  Haha.  She is so sweet and is always complimentary and loving.  Her testimony is so strong! It builds me up so much.  I know that we were assigned to be together for a reason because I am learning so much from her example.  We started off struggling with teaching our investigators because we both want to dominate the conversation... So we are learning to share, which is sooooo good.  Weve taught 3 different investigators and it is such an interesting experience. You really just have to be thrown into the situation and pray that the lord will guide your words.  Sometimes investigators like try to manipulate the conversation and prevent you from sharing the message, that can be frustrating!  But as long as you carry the spirit with you and can share testimony before you leave you don´t feel like you completely failed. Thats how I feel anyway! I have so much to learn, I dont feel like I am ready for real investigators but our in field training is tomorrow! Man time is flying!
So exactly a week ago we met the Branch President of our Zone and he interviewed us all and gave us callings.  While we were waiting to be called we toured some of the MTC so we could be better oriented with where everything is and all that jazz.... So while we were walking around I was thinking... What if i get a calling, that would be stressful... you know just contemplating the idea.  But my final thought before we went back to the Branch president was, ya know... I really hope I´m a junior companion.. .that would be a good place for me. That is what I think I should be.  Funny because the Lord seems to listen to my thoughts and present his own plan for what I should be doing.  So I was called to be the Sister Training Leader.  Never heard of it?  Me either actually!  But I work with the Zone Leaders and am sort of in charge of making sure all of the sisters are happy and healthy and nothing is going wrong.  But don´t you worry, I did get my wish. Because of this call, Sister Peterson will be my Senior companion the whole time... so as I hoped I´m junior companion! Woot woot! Not that any of this really matters though.  I feel like the lord knows what I need.  I work so much better when I have the opportunity to care and think about other people.  It helps me be more productive because I know that someone else needs me to be strong.  This is what I´m learning in the MTC, I need to be more humbe. I need to truly see the lord´s hand in my life.  I hope you can all see the Lord´s hand in your lives! He´s there and loves you all so much!  I know he does, because I know how much I love you all, and can only imagine his love for each of you.

So everyday is like a spiritual present!  I learn basically that I have so much to learn!  Personal Revelation is so cool!  It is inspiration but you discover how you need to act because of it.  Our teacher is amazing, he is from South Africa and has the coolest accent in the world, he stares into your soul daily... which is fun.  But he wants us to be the most prepared missionaries possible.  I am working my hardest to be as good as he seems to think we can be.  He had us read 1 Ne. 1 and look for the revelation in that single verse.  Try it!  The fisrt verse of the Book of Mormon, read it, see what stands out to you, and ask yourself: why does this stand out to me?  and what is it telling me to do?  I promise you it is a very spritual experience to analyze your own life that way.   The Book of Mormon is a truly remarkable book.  Keep reading it family it is soooo good!

So remember, Heavenly father loves you. He has blessed us with families and friends to enrich our lives.  I love all of you so much!  Enjoy your week! Keep praying for me, Im praying for all of you!
Sister McMaster

1 comment:

  1. my MTC companion was a Sister Peterson too! It's so wonderful to "see" you as a missionary! : )