it's so nice to finally be able to email you today. Thanks for the letters from dad, Collin, and Lindsay. Getting letters are like opening Christmas presents. For those who didn't write *cough, cough* Meagan, Mom, and Joshua, I am severely disappointed and would love to hear from you specifically.
Thank you Aunt Dawn for the delicious cupcakes, they were so yummy, and our district loved it.
For some reason the computers here decide to glitch out, So I spent six dollars and got a card reader and it works, so yay! I can send you some pictures finally.
Honestly, I have everything that I need for right now, and I think that I am the most prepared of all the sisters thanks to you guys. I should say y'all because for some reason they don't want us to use you guys in the MTC. Weird rule, but hey.
Dad asked what the average day in the MTC is, so here you go.
The Exciting life of an average missionary (Thursday for example)
6:30, groan about needing more sleep and get up.
7:10 breakfast in the cafeteria. It's still one room, and I think that all of us are in there at the same time. It can get pretty crazy, but if you get there five minutes early you are set and don't have to wait in a long line.
7:40 personal study ( I have loved this time just to have some quiet time for myself and read scriptures.)
8:40- 9:40 companionship study( where we talk about what we are going to teach) so far we have taught four times
9:40-10:40 language study( where we translate and memorize phrases for teaching, and slightly panic for the lessons, jk,jk.
10:50-11:40 Gym time. ( Before the MTC I always dreaded coming to gym, but now it's my favorite time to play basketball, and just relax) When I first got here I played volleyball, but I learned that playing with the Islanders may lead to injury and even death. :)
The islanders are so good at it, but surprisingly(NOT) people get injured playing volleyball all the time. In fact, my companion hurt her knee and limped for the rest of the day.
Lunch 12:10- 11:40. Let's just say food is good, that is all.
12:55-2:15 Additional study. We study the language more,and at this time we basically cram as many phrases into our heads as possible
2:15-5:15 Classroom study with the teachers. Our teachers are Bro Stott and Bro Wagener. Around this time we teach our lesson and then go through our blue language books and study grammar. We find out where to put our nag, mag, sa, and sangs. Basically the way you conjugate verbs if you are wondering.
5:15 FREEDOM!!! (dinner time) We are in the classroom for at least six hours a day, so it's nice to have an escape for dinner
6:00-9:00 Classroom instruction again about the language and going through the Purpose as a missionary (preach my gospel page 1) and how we can improve our teaching.
9:00-9:30 Daily planning session, where we go through the schedule, and think about what we want to teach next.
9:30-10:15 Time to get read for bed, read letters if you have them, and just wind down
10:15-10:30 quiet time( write in journal quickly, and pray)
It varies by the day, but essentially is the same.
Tuesday and Sunday are my favorite days because we have devotionals. This week we had the pleasure of hearing from Janice Kat Perry( the person who wrote lots of primary songs like Love is spoken here, Child's Prayer, Sisters of Zion, We'll bring the World His truth) We sang a medley of her songs, and the spirit there was so powerful.
When she introduced herself, she talked about how she was practicing for a clarinet recital and a boy came up to her and said "I think that those lips were made for something better than playing the clarinet, and then her husband came up in the middle of her speaking and just kissed her on the lips in front of all of us. It was so funny, they are such a cute couple.
I decided to join the choir, and it was an excellent choice.I got to be part of the broadcast and sing for D. Todd Cristoffersen. He said a lot of excellent things, but what stuck with me the most was quitting won't make us feel better, but just keep in mind the end goal.
Here are some pictures of the temple and district, tell me if these work.
Sister Hussein is the one in the dress in white dress in the picture if it helps.
I'll be writing to you individually throughout the week with letters, but for now
I love you, and keep sending letters as many times as you want.
P.S. From Dad: No, Andrea is not part of a new LDS gang, flashing those signs. The thumb and forefinger are a Filipino way of saying "I look good!" Think more like they are showing a sideways smiley face, instead of something that could get suspended from grade school for doing with a breakfast pastry.:)