Goodbye MTC

So this is my last email at the Provo MTC! Next time you hear from me I’ll be in the great land of Arizona! I am so very excited to get out there and see what it’s like! The one thing I keep hearing from everyone is how hot it is – YIKES. Other than that I’m sure it’ll be great!

One thing I have come to love so much while here in the MTC is Mormon Messages. Here is a quote that I heard from one of them just yesterday:
“Life is perfect for none of us. Rather than being judgmental and critical of each other, may we have the pure love of Christ for our fellow travelers in this journey through life.” – Thomas S. Monson
I encourage all of you to check out some Mormon Messages. They’re really inspiring!
ELDER JOHNSON SAYS WHAT UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP
(That’s from Elder Johnson)
I am really sad to be saying goodbye to my district and zone. We are all going to different missions! 😦 We have all grown so close while we’ve been here at the MTC. But, I know that we are all going to where we need to go! It is also so hard to say goodbye to our teachers! Saying goodbye to family was really hard but I knew that I would see them again. When we all leave the MTC we know that we have a chance of not seeing each other again so it’s really REALLY sad. But esta bien. I’m sure I’ll see them again someday.
Well that’s all I have for this week, I’m not sure what day my P-day will be on but I’m guessing it’s Monday.
Love you all!
A donde me mandes iré, Señor
– Hermana Hershey
Goodbye MTC
Goodbye MTC

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The Hershey face ;)
The Hershey face 😉
We decided to match yesterday.
We decided to match yesterday.
Hermana Fowers and Hermana Hershey Provo MTC
Hermana Fowers and Hermana Hershey
Provo MTC
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Close Your Ears

Well I’ve made it another week here at the MTC! I got my travel plans yesterday and I am leaving at 3:30 in the morning to head for the airport on February 24th. Luckily my flight is only 2 hours long! So far I’ve met two sisters going to Mesa as well but they are both fluent Spanish speakers. I hope I’m not the only one who doesn’t fluently speak Spanish in my travel group. But if I am… esta bien.

Something funny that happened this week is when we were giving a lesson to an “investigator” and we were trying to teach him how to pray. My companion was trying to tell him that when we pray we fold our arms, bow our heads, and close our eyes. But she accidentally told him that we close our ears! (Eyes and ears sound similar in Spanish) It was funny and he started to laugh. My companion is always cracking me up! I’m very grateful for that.
A few days ago I was a little bit worried about leaving because I didn’t know if I would be ready to go after just 6 weeks of being here in the MTC. I started reading the Book of Mormon again and when I read 1 Nephi 4:1 – it brought peace to me.
 
And it came to pass that I spake unto my brethren, saying: Let us go up again unto Jerusalem, and let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth, then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty, yea, or even than his tens of thousands?
In this part of the BoM, Nephi is talking to his brothers who are complaining. They are basically saying, “How can we do this? How can we get the plates from Laban when he is so powerful? It is not possible” It made me realize that I should not fear because God is mightier than anything in this world. I realized I had to put my trust in the Lord and not fear. I decided to do the opposite of fear which is faith. I know that by doing what the Lord would want me to do and trying my best He would not let me fail.
Anyway, that’s all I have for this week. I encourage everyone to read the Book of Mormon. And if you have not read it before try reading the introduction at first. It really does help!
I love you all!
-Hermana Hershey
p.s. Happy birthday to the world’s greatest parents!
Hermana Fowers likes the chocolate milk almost as much as I do!
Hermana Fowers likes the chocolate milk almost as much as I do!
I can't really explain this picture... but we had fun :)
I can’t really explain this picture… but we had fun 🙂

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Thanks for the strawberries!
Thanks for the strawberries!
I tried Tim Tams for the first time and they're so good!
I tried Tim Tams for the first time and they’re so good!
Hermana Taukafa is AWESOME and got all of us souvenirs from AUSTRALIA!
Hermana Taukafa is AWESOME and got all of us souvenirs from AUSTRALIA!
Random selfie in the hallway :)
Random selfie in the hallway 🙂
Hermana Fowers got her hair cut! She was so scared to do it but it turned out really good!
Hermana Fowers got her hair cut! She was so scared to do it but it turned out really good!
This is Elder Child from my zone. He has such a cool story. He's also a bromista (jokster). He told Hermana Fowers that he was born with an eye twitch and she actually believed him for like a week!
This is Elder Child from my zone. He has such a cool story. He’s also a bromista (jokster). He told Hermana Fowers that he was born with an eye twitch and she actually believed him for like a week!
View from the Provo temple!
View from the Provo temple!
Last P-day. This is pretty much how we all react when Hermana Taukafa makes a joke. She just cracks me up!
Last P-day. This is pretty much how we all react when Hermana Taukafa makes a joke. She just cracks me up!

Faith

“Faith is not about being okay. Faith is about being okay no matter how things turn out.”

That is one of my favorite quotes from our fast sunday devotional last week!
So I am more than half way done with the MTC! How crazy is that? Soon enough I’ll be out in Arizona!
So I haven’t met very many people going to Arizona but I have met a lot of people from there and I always love talking to those people! They always tell me how amazing it is and that there are a lot of members but also a lot of less active people which excites me! I hope to meet those people and bring them back to the joy of the gospel!
The language is coming along a lot more than it was last week. I know that it will not be perfect by the time I leave the MTC but if I have faith and pray a lot I know I will be okay. Whenever I think of the Gift of Tongues I think of that one quote from Spiderman (I think? Movies start to jumble up in my head since I’ve been on my mission haha)
“Where much is given, much is required.”
It makes me realize that I need to work hard and that the language is not going to just magically come to me. I WISH it would magically come to me but that’s just not possible.
So every Thrursday my companion and I teach a short lesson to a member of the church (in Spanish of course) and this last week it was awesome! One of the members we taught this week was Ron from Chile! He has an amazing story! He told me that I had a really good spanish accent which surprised me! I honestly thought I was such a gringa in the way that I spoke spanish so it gave me great hope! Anyway, when we went to give him a lesson we didn’t really prepare anything but the first thing that came to my mind was Mosiah 3:19. I had him read it in spanish and the spirit was so strong! His whole face lit up as if he came to a realization of something. It was incredible! I am reminded everyday of why I am here.
Thank you to those who have sent me packages! It really lifts my spirits and I love getting little notes from you all!
That’s all I have for this week but I will leave you with another quote I heard this week:
“Come what may and love it. The secret is this; put your trust in the Lord.”
I love you all so much!
-Hermana Hershey
Hermana Taukafa trying pop rocks for the first time!
Hermana Taukafa trying pop rocks for the first time!

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The awesome package mi madre sent me!
The awesome package mi madre sent me!
This was our dinner a few nights ago!
This was our dinner a few nights ago!
I am so grateful for this wonderful companion of mine! She is so strong and there is no doubt that we were meant to be companions! She has quickly become one of my best friends!
I am so grateful for this wonderful companion of mine! She is so strong and there is no doubt that we were meant to be companions! She has quickly become one of my best friends!
Hermana Taukafa LOVES taking selfies with people's cameras
Hermana Taukafa LOVES taking selfies with people’s cameras
 Australian "lollies"
Australian “lollies”
Hermana Taukafa had us try some Australian "lollies"
Hermana Taukafa had us try some Australian “lollies”
Here is our whole zone all together :)
Here is our whole zone all together 🙂
Here is all of the Hermanas in our zone along with Sister Rich who is a part of the Branch Presidency!
Here is all of the Hermanas in our zone along with Sister Rich who is a part of the Branch Presidency!
This Elder is so tall we HAD to get a picture with him! I think (not sure) he is from Tonga. He is also going to Arizona!
This Elder is so tall we HAD to get a picture with him! I think (not sure) he is from Tonga. He is also going to Arizona!
This Elder (the one right next to me) is from Syria and bore his testimony last sunday in front of the whole MTC! His story is amazing!
This Elder (the one right next to me) is from Syria and bore his testimony last sunday in front of the whole MTC! His story is amazing!
All of the Elders in our zone!
All of the Elders in our zone!
Hermana Fowers trimming Hermana Reynolds hair!
Hermana Fowers trimming Hermana Reynolds hair!

Faith Overcomes Despair – January 31

Wow what a week. One of the districts in our zone left on Monday and it was so sad to say goodbye! They were all Elders going to serve in Argentina! On Sunday they all stood up and sang a medley of church songs. I almost cried! It is weird how close we all got to them and we only knew them for 12 days! But they are all awesome and I know they will do great things in Argentina!

Something funny that happened this week: my companion and I were teaching our investigator Mercedes (in Spanish) and Hermana Fowers was trying to say that the spirit world is like a waiting room until the doctor comes to take you into his office. But instead she said that the spirit world is like a waiting room and we wait until the doctor comes to take us into his bedroom… fail. Mercedes couldn’t hold it back anymore and started busting out laughing! It was hilarious!
One thing that Hermano Norton told us this week that I really like was this:
“When we feel we are at the end of our rope, that is when Christ steps in.”
I can testify that that is true. If we follow Jesus Christ and his example He will always be there for us. I have been helped so much this past week by relying on the Lord. He is someone that will always be there for us.
My favorite part of the week is going to the temple. It gets better each time that I go. It is the one place that I can feel complete peace. I forget all of my worries when I am there. I challenge anyone reading this to try and go to the temple as much as you can. (If you don’t have a reccomend the temple is still so peaceful when you walk around the outside of it 🙂 It is a beautiful place and I am so grateful for it in my life.
Sometimes, during personal study, I go onto LDS.org and I watch Bible Videos. My favorite one that I watched this week is called “Laborers in the Vineyard”. If you have time you all should check it out. I also watched another Bible Video and this quote was in it:
“Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”
That is exactly what I need to hear this week. I’m looking forward to completely losing myself in the Lord’s work.
Also, thanks mom for making me pack a sewing kit! I haven’t used it yet but the other sisters in my room definitely have!
Anyway, that is all for this week. I love you all so much and I hope that you’re doing great! Don’t be afraid to write me letters! I can respond easier that way and my letters will be a lot longer than the emails I’ve been sending!
Things I would like: Pictures that I can carry around with me! (Mom, Dad, Sisters, Brothers, Grandparents, and Delilah) Also any others!
I love you all!
Yo se Jesucristo es el Salvador 🙂
– Hermana Hershey

 

Some of the Hermanas using the sewing kit I brought!
Some of the Hermanas using the sewing kit I brought!

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This Hermana is ALWAYS making me laugh! I am grateful for her!
This Hermana is ALWAYS making me laugh! I am grateful for her!
Hermana Fowers mom sent us things to celebrate our 2 weeks at the MTC!
Hermana Fowers mom sent us things to celebrate our 2 weeks at the MTC!
These are what my notes look like in case you were wondering... hahaha
These are what my notes look like in case you were wondering… hahaha
Hermana Taukafa like to take selfies with everyone's cameras. She told us to make a serious face in this one. :)
Hermana Taukafa like to take selfies with everyone’s cameras. She told us to make a serious face in this one. 🙂
This is Elder cook, he is from the district that just left - he was always cracking me up! I told him I did some photography in high school and so he told me to take a picture of him.
This is Elder cook, he is from the district that just left – he was always cracking me up! I told him I did some photography in high school and so he told me to take a picture of him.

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Some pictures when I walked out of the temple last Saturday
Some pictures when I walked out of the temple last Saturday