I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am serving in the Arizona Mesa Mission – Spanish speaking.
Month: January 2015
The MTC has very HIGH highs and very LOW lows.
But I am so glad to get so many emails from you all! It sounds like you guys are doing great! It is so hard to remember everything I want to say in these letters because SO MUCH happens in just one day!
I have met so many people here it’s crazy! I haven’t met anyone going to Arizona… but I’ve met A LOT of people from there! I also ran into Elder Nelson (Hunter) a few times. He has changed quite a bit. It’s weird seeing people I know here. I’ve seen a few actually.
People are wondering about my life at the MTC so I will tell you a little bit about our schedule. IT’S BUSY! We have a different day each day though. We started out with just one teacher (Hermana White) and we would have class with her 5 times a week for three hours straight – all in Spanish. Now we have 2 teachers (Hermana White and Hermano Norton) So we get class 6 hours a day in Spanish. A typical day goes like this…
Wake up at 6:30
Head to breakfast at 7:30
Class at 8:15
Gym around 11:10 (I run a mile everyday! Be proud!)
Lunch at 12:30
Class/Study after that
Dinner at 5:30
Class after that
Then we head back to our room at 9:30
“IT IS NOW 10:30, LIGHTS OUT” That comes over the intercom every night…
So it varies everyday like sometimes we have service in the morning and somedays we meet with our investigators. And of course on P-days we get to do laundry, email, go to the temple, and then it’s back in class by 6:00 pm!
Our investigator “Javier” is actually our 2nd teacher now! His name isn’t actually Javier he was just acting which we all knew. But his real name is Hermano Norton and he is AN ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS! I was struggling really bad and he had individual meetings with all of the pairs of companions in my district. This is what he told me and my companion:
“The Devil does not want you here so OF COURSE it is going to be hard. It was not easy for Jesus Christ either. Going on a mission is not easy because if it was, it wouldn’t be worth it.”
He also told us that the MTC is a spiritual boot camp: It tears us down and we rebuild depending on Christ.
Like I said, ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS! I am so so soooooooooo grateful for him!
So every Tuesday someone comes to give a devotional (Like last week it was M. Russell Ballard) and two missionaries are picked to say the opening and closing prayers. GUESS WHO GOT PICKED FOR CLOSING PRAYER?!?! ME! And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous! Also, it’s broadcast to all of the other MTC’s of the world so I’M GONNA BE ON TV! (Kinda). I don’t know if you can find it on BYU TV (probably not) but if you can you’ll see me saying the closing prayer! We never know who is going to speak until they walk into the room. IT’S CRAZY! So I’ll let you know next week who’s hand I got to shake 🙂
Anyway, I love it here and I love my companion, but I am also excited to get out there in Arizona! The language is coming along but it is a lot different learning it here than it is learning it in school. They told us that we will not be fluent by the time we leave the MTC which scares me. I know that everything is going to be alright though. I have faith that the language will come to me eventually. I have been working so hard at it!
This mission has been such a blessing already! I feel so close to Jesus Christ and I have only been here for 10 days! I am so excited for Michael to get to experience this! I just hope he gets to come to the Provo MTC because it’s definitely the most diverse out of them all and it is so cool to meet people from places you’ve never even heard of!
So I have decided that I am going to keep a little notebook and write everything I want to tell you guys because when I sit down to write I can never remember it all!
Things I would like por favor:
-Digestzen & 4 shot glasses for me and me roommates. They told me I should ask for that haha!
-Please tell Alex and Ryan I said congrats! They have the cutest little boy!!
I love you all SO MUCH and I MISS YOU!
P.S. Have I metioned DearElder.com? 😉 It’s free when I’m in the MTC! Our unit number is 31!
So my P-days are on Saturdays here in the MTC. How lucky is that?? First of all, I miss you guys a lot! I am having so much fun here at the MTC! It is really hard work and the days feel like weeks but I love my district so so much and I am grateful to have all of them! We have 4 Hermanas and 5 Elders. We all get along great! I love my companion, her name is Hermana Fowers and she is from Ogden, Utah! She’s going on a mission to Knoxville, Tenessee (Spanish speaking). She has such a sweet spirit and we got along instantly!
One of the Hermanas in my district is from Australia! Her name is Hermana Taukafa. She is hilarious and makes me laugh every single day! She calls her flip-flops “thongs”. It’s so weird. She says the U.S. is very different from Australia. She told me that when someone in Australia gets called to serve somewhere like Boise, Idaho everyone freaks out and is so excited. It’s funny because in America if someone got that same called we’d be like, “Oh… that’s… cool I guess!” hahaha.
The MTC is so diverse with people from ALL OVER THE WORLD! It is my favorite thing! I met a Sister that’s from Fiji! She’s going to serve in Temple Square. There are just so many people from all over the world I can’t even remember all of the ones I’ve met!
I thought Spanish was going to be easy but it’s far from that. My brain feels fried at the end of the day! Hermana White (my instructor) won’t talk to us in English, so that makes it even harder! However, I’ve only had two and a half days of classes and I already feel like my knowledge has increased tremendously.
The food here is probably a 5 out of 10. It makes my stomach hurt sometimes and I haven’t met ONE person that came from over-seas that likes the food here. They all say it is “too sweet”. So maybe I should’t complain because it’s American food and at least I am used to it haha.
Hermana Fowers and I taught our first “investigator” yesterday… in Spanish!!! It was crazy but I think we did well. His name is Javier. He’s actually white and I think he teaches here and his name probably isn’t Javier in real life haha. We have another lesson tonight at 6:30 that we still haven’t finished! Ahhhh I just remembered that.
The spirit is so strong here and it is absolutely amazing! I know this is definitely where I am supposed to be right now. I love all of the people here and I love the work we do. I LOVE the Elders and Hermanas in my district and I will try to send a picture of all of us together next Saturday! (Sorry for the lack of pictures I will try to do better next week).
Now some things I need/would like por favor.
-Pictures of everyone! I forgot to bring some!
-That’s actually all I can think of right now.
Also, the alarm clock I took DIDN’T WORK! So I had to go to the MTC Bookstore and buy a new one. But it’s okay. I also need to make a copy of my patriarchal blessing and send the original home! Everyone has been telling me about DearElder.com so maybe you guys should check that out? 🙂
And please give people my email and my address so that the could write me!
My address is:
Sister BreAnna Christine Hershey
2007 N 900 E Unit 31
Provo UT 84602
Anyway, I have to go do my laundry now but I love you all so much and I miss you!
¡Hola! Thank you for coming to my blog and I hope you enjoy it. My mom will be posting emails I send each week on here while I am away serving! If you would like to find out more information on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints you can visit mormon.org 🙂
This is me one week before I left to the Provo MTC!