Sunday, May 17, 2015

First Photo's and Letter from the MTC!!

Sister Carlson, Sister Meridee, and Sister Whitcomb

Did you miss me? From what Julie sent me, it's sounds like I'm missed... A Little... haha!

hmmm where to start... I've been here a week yet it's felt like a month but at the same time everyday feels like 30 minutes. When ya'll dropped me off that cute Polynesian sister showed me around and sent me into a few rooms where I received a TON of paper work, keys, tags, books etc. I felt so shell shocked I just smiled and responded to everyone that said "WELCOME TO THE MTC!" They give you a little bright orange dork dot to put on your tag the first day so everyone knows your lost and that they need to talk to you... At the end of my little tour my host dropped me off at my class room and that's where I met sister Cortello. She's like this bright beam of sunshine that's super spunky and can't stop giggling (from salt lake, going to San Diego). We both watched orientation videos then after where escorted back to class where I met my companion! SISTER WHITCOMB!!!! I thought she looked a lot like Jenny when I first saw her! I thought "dang.. I just left my family and here lies my new best friend" and she really is! We both hit it right off :) she's the best. I'm so thankful no joke. We have so much in common and we both have the same sense of humor, It's great! (she's from Massachusetts, going to Sand Diego with me)  The last sister in our district (room) is sister Parker! She's soooo sweet. (from... Oregon, going to Washington DC North Mission)

We have two teacher's: Brother Crosby and Sister Spence! SPIRITUAL GIANTS! Sister Spence is the one Sister Whitcomb and I spend a little more time with because she is also our investigator, Shar! So before coming to the MTC I thought roll-pay was a little silly but oooooh man... We have had some powerful lessons with her. To the point where i'm kneeling on the floor bawling from how much i'm feeling the spirit. I have a bunch of pictures of everyone that i'll send :)

Everywhere I turn there's someone I know! It's AWESOME! I've seen Brother Stephensen and Sister Williams (but I think you knew that already). I've also seen about 15 girls from Provo High and a few Elders. THIS WEEK IS MONUMENTAL! As of this week, there are more Sisters than Elders here at the Provo MTC. BAM! 52% Sisters :) Amazing ya? Even though there are a lot of people I don't know everyone seems to remind me of someone back home.

I'm going to talk more about the people in my district because really they're the reason i'm having such a good time here. So the four elders in our district go as follows: Elder Archambault (pronounced Ar-Sham-bowe) from Minnesota (he's got a bit of a Canadian accent). He'll be going to San Diego as well. All I can really say to describe him is he want's to build a racing lawn mower when he gets back home... HAHA! He's our district leader and while I think sometimes his head is up in the clouds, when he does bare his testimony, it's an incredibly strong one. He kind of reminds me of Michael Vanwhoginhimer. Elder Bryant (San Diego) is his companion and I think they are one and the same when it comes to being a boy. The two of them sit down at meals with so much food, I don't know where they put it. I'd say Elder Bryant is kind of the joker of the group. He's always hurting himself somehow. He's from Washington State and you get this outdoors-man vibe from him. Elder Tuffly (Washington DC North) is next and his name describes him quite nicely. He's this military boy with this smolder on his face all the time but on the flip side he's an artist and a suuuper deep thinker. He's had a really rough past (as do most of the people in out district) but it's made him who he is which is one heck of a character. Last but not least is his companion Elder Demill (DC). He's kind of dorky and at first his excessive talking made my think Elder Tuffly didn't like him but their attitudes actually ended up complementing each-others. I literally felt right at home with everyone the first time I met them. It's been a week but I've made life-long friends that seem more like family. I'm sure I've met them all before just not in this life. Especially Sister Whitcomb.

The food is great! I haven't gone near the OJ though haha. Gym is fun :) Sis Whitcomb and I usually jog a mile (I don't even stop... I didn't know I could do that) We go to choir and we're actually going to audition for a musical number tomorrow. Sis Whitcomb is an amazing pianist!

It's been a bit stressful at times but the only reasons I cry is because of the strong spirit here. All is well :) AND ALL IS SUPER FUN! Everything is really scheduled out for you but I'm learning a TON and getting the opportunity to teach people all the time. Yesterday we actually got to skype a woman in California! It was cool! I feel like I've gotten the hang of the MTC which is nice because all the newbies are coming today! Now I get to say "WELCOME TO THE MTC!!!" Sister Whitcomb and I are Sister Training Leaders for the zone so we get to take the other half of our zone on a tour tonight. It will be fun to meet them. Yesterday the STL's before us left... they were so cool. I think I have pictures of them. 

WELL! Keep on keepin' on! I feel like I could write forever with all the experiences I've had!!! But it's almost time to go teach again and eat dinner :)

-Sister Carlson 

P.S. I forgot everyone else's emails... so if one of you could forward this, that would be great!