Two sisters are going on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Robin is serving in the Budapest, Hungary mission (started May 2013). Katie reports to the Mexico MTC February 5, 2013, then heads to the New York New York North Mission. This blog will chronicle their letters home and pictures they take.
I hope you all had a fabulous Easter!
Mine was very different than past ones. First off it was fast Sunday.
Rough but so worth every hungry moment. And it made the Sees candy
that Mom and Dad send so much better once I broke my fast. We had
testimony meeting with our normal branch and then a giant sacrament
meeting with the whole MTC and can I just say that was one of the
neatest experiences of my life over 3000 missionaries. Bishop Causse,
the presiding bishop, came and spoke and so did his wife. His English
was excellent and she said that we all understand how she feels
because many of us are learning another language. So true. It was
really neat because then later that night after the devotion (who was
Sheri Dew...can I just say I am soo blessed?!) we get to chose a
recording of previous MTC devotionals to go watch and we went to an
Elder Utchdorf one and his wife has an accent as well and she said
the same exact thing. It is so true and I know that the Lord is
helping us all with our language so that we can share the gospel with
others. What matters more though is the spirit and when they were
both speaking they were speaking to us with the spirit. Bishop Causse
quoted Les Mis and then Sheri Dew showed and old candid camera video
so its like I wasn't really at the MTC. It was a great day! Back to
the sacrament part. It is like every Sunday we celebrate Easter
because we are remembering the Atonement and bread and water of
symbolic of Christ. Easter feels more like a time of starting over to
me than New Years does because of that reason. And how amazing is it
that we can experience that same feeling of rebirth and starting over
all the time because of the Atonement? Something my branch president
said is that through the Atonement our highs get higher and we still
have lows but those get higher as well over time. What a great
thought! I know that is true because I have seen is in my own life.
This week has really been a testament to me of how much the Lord
loves us and how mindful he is of each of us. He knows us, our needs
Mom and Dad thank you so much for the
Easter Package because lets be honest Easter is about Christ and Sees
candy right? (especially those chocolate eggs) and the conference
Package! Imagine my surprise when I got a package slip at lunch and
at dinner! So great. The sisters I live with oood and awwed over the
conference package, which I loooved! You mentioned earlier that I
need to keep up with my journal, but it me. I am almost done with the
first journal.... problem. So if you ever feel like you want to send
me something you could send me a pack of those moleskin journals I
love and if you want to included the 2 skinny belts from my closet
the brown and black braided ones those would be much appreciated. Dad
don't worry the ones you got me for Christmas are being used. One is
where I've had leaving missionaries write a little note. Loved the
story about Billy.
Ok so yesterday's devotional was
amazing! It was Elder Michael T. Ringwood of the seventy and he
talked about enduring to the end. And that phrase has always reminded
me of you, Mom, because of your name. You always said it in reference
to “ette” like the end of you name. So that's a fun connection.
Ok but he talked a lot about how we go on missions and the teach us
how to endure to the end and then we teach our children and they
teach their children. And a mission is where God teaches you
everything you need to endure to the end for the rest of your life.
He said that elder andersen came when he was a mission president in
Korea and told those missionaries that how you judge how good a
mission president is by the missionaries he teaches grandchildren.
The whole devotional made me think about Grandma a lot because he
talked about the plan of salvation and how missions prepare you for
the greatest work ever which will be done within the walls of your
homes. and then this morning I read Granddad's wonderful email to me
and I almost bawled. But I kept it together. Ok so this made me think
about Grandma because imagine how amazing her mission president must
have been because she then went on 2 more mission with Granddad and
look how many of her grandchildren have served missions and look how
many more are in the process of going! It was amazing. And I felt her
with me when I went through the temple and I feel like she is
watching over me every day since I've got to the MTC. He said that
when you have hard times think about your family who prays for you at
home so I just want to thank all of you for that! And I know that
there are others on the other side of the veil who are doing the same
thing, like Grandma is. After Tuesday's devotionals we have district
devotional review with the district and a member of the branch
presidency and their wife and it was such a good one this week.
Enduring to the end is probably the most important of the doctrine of
Christ and it is the one as missionaries we do not get to see in our
converts. It is a continual process of the first two principle of the
gospel. Faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement and repentance. The
gospel is perfect. That's all I need to say.
Last night the Branch President asked
me to fill the role of coordinating sister for our branch. This means
that when we get a new bunch of missionaries in the zone. I go with
the zone leaders and we orient them a bit on Thursday night. Every
night I will go visit all the sisters in the zone and make sure
everything is good and report to the branch presidency. That part is
going to take out huge chunks of my journaling time every night but I
know it will be worth it. Also it takes out of class time during the
week but since I am doing well with Hungarian that will be ok.
Wild thing, this morning when we went
to our assigned temple session you will never guess who I saw there?!
Tori Cornelison and her mom! Wild. The Mormon world is a small one.
Speaking of temples a friend mailed me family names to do for him
both male and female and the elders in my district were ecstatic to
get them. Family History is great!
I didn't even mention my investigators!
ok well since I guess that are just my teachers pretending it isn't
that big of a deal. we asked Zsolt to read the first 2 chapters in
the book of mormon because they are about a family following the
Lord's will for them and we are trying to get him to see the
importance of brining his family to church (he couldn't come to
church this week but Andras came and loved it, they don't really come
we invite and then in the next lesson after the weekend we say how
was church we don't even give them the opportunity to say the weren't
there...sneaky) and meeting with us and things. and he read all of
first Nephi but then did read what we asked him to this last time. so
there is something going on and hopefully tonight we will figure it
out. Andras is doing well but there is something holding both of them
back from baptism because they say they both don't know enough but
that is an excuse.
I am beyond excited for conference. We
get to watch the Young Women's broadcast while the elders go to
priesthood. I've heard it is good! it will be different watching it
here but good and then Sunday I have training for my assignment as
Ok well peace and blessings
I forgot to tell you the April Fools
joke our teach played on us. He came in and said. Did you hear the
good news? and we were like that you can email anyone not in your
mission friends and family? and he was like no that your branch
president got a call from the mission president in Hungary and the
moved up your departure date. You are leaving in two weeks. My heart
literally stopped. I thought I was going to faint. The only thing I
would be able to tell them is that God love them and recite the first
vision (that is right I totally have it memorized) (ok I'm
exaggerating a little) I am super gullible. and we went on for a
minute or two and he told us a week ago that they have basically
taught us all the grammar principles because there is only 2 of us so
they can go fast. So I believed them then I remembered it was April
Fools and called him on it. It was all good after. But still heart