Another week has flown by here at the MTC! It´s so weird because everyday is pretty much the same and therefore I lose track of what day is what really easily, but everyday is great so I love it! I love learning Italian and I'm practicing it all the time. I love singing hymns in Italian, but it's really hard to pronounce all the words while singing. I know it will come with time. Speaking of hymns, we learned the Inno Italiano della Missione Milano (our mission's song!). It was written by some members in Italy a few years ago and I absolutely love it!!! It talks about how if we serve the Lord with all of our heart and we are faithful, the gospel will blossom in Italy! From Milano to Torino to Padova, it doesn't matter where we are as long as we are faithful and give the Lord all of our heart, Zion will rise in Italy. The lyrics and music are so beautiful and it's always stuck in my head. I already have it memorized. I also have the missionary's purpose, the baptisimal invite, and the First Vision all memorized in Italian. Every night our district meets in our room and we sing the mission hymn and then recite the things I just previously mentioned.
This week at the MTC has been crazy. All 173 new mission presidents have been here so the main building on campus has been completely closed off. It's kinda inconvient, but its for a good cause. We actually got to meet our new mission president and his wife, President and Sister Dibb. They are awesome!!!! I love them so much already. They are super nice, and funny. I told him "hi" from Brother Lemmon and he says "ciao!" back. A bit of sad news, we found out that there is no way we will be able to go to the Rome temple while we are on our mission. I was expecting that, but it's still sad. I guess we will have to go there when you come pick me up! And speaking of that, I know it's super early, but my mission is technically done on May 27th, so I don't know how picking me up is going to work, but we have a lot of time to figure that out. Today, a bunch of Anziani and Sorelle went to the Salt Lake consulate to work out visa things. It turns out that since I went through the LA consulate, my visa is already ready to go! So in a little less than 4 weeks, I'm going to be in Italy!!!! I'm so excited to go, I can't wait.
I don't remember what I told you about my investigator last week, but we committed him to baptism on July 3rd! He was a teacher the whole time and now we're done teaching him, but it was really exciting when he said yes. Now Anziano Erickson and I have two more investigators (also teachers). Their names are Sebastian and Daniel. We haven't taught Sebastian yet, but we taught Daniel for the first time yesterday. It was a lot harder than the first investigaor. The language barrier was more of a issue, but I know when I bore my testimony, he felt the spirit. I'm excited to teach Sebastian, and even though we haven't taught him yet, I already love him and Daniel. If nothing else, the MTC has really showed me how to love people.
The broadcast on Sunday was crazy!! The spirit was so strong and I really hope the members in Italy paid attention, because I am going to try and use every last person to help us. After the broadcast, I saw Elder and Sister Hamilton and Brooke. I said hi to them and I was so happy to see them. Then as my collega and I were leaving, we ran into the Gardiners! That was so insane! I was not expecting to see them. It made my day. I got to talk to them for 15 minutes or so and took some pictures. Sister Gardiner put it the best, the Lord gives us these tender mercies to help us along.
Life here is tough. Its a lot of studying and my brain is always fried, but its always worth it. I love it here, but I'm ready to go to Italy. I know the Lord needs me there and I can't wait to go serve and love the people of Italia. I'm so glad to hear that all is well back home. I'm jealous that you all get to go to visit Erin and Dan, and I'm REALLY JEALOUS of the garden. The food here, especially the fruits and vegitables, are terrible!! I'm eating everything, but I miss real food. Another reason I'm so excited to go to Italy.
I've been writing in my journal every night and I have definitely seen the blessings of it in my life. And speaking of blessings, the Lord has protected me this past week. A nasty 24 hour flu has been going through the MTC and I've been spared. Our district leader got sick Sunday morning, so I gave him a blessing, which was so incredibly powerful. He was fine in a few hours, which was as Dad says "just another daily miracle". Also because he was sick, I got to fill in as District Leader, which was awesome!!! I can't think of anything I need right now Mom, so just send me stuff! Sorry about the pictures last week. I couldn't figure out what pictures were what. And it seems the computer is being lame again, so I will try and send you pictures. If not, definitely next week.
I want to give a shout out to the people who wrote me this week: Camille Kingsbury, Erin, Lizzy, and my favorite BYU women's volleyball player Sam Staker! I loved all of your messages and I will write you soon if I haven't already. I love you all and I wish you the best!
Also, I forgot to tell you about the devotional we had last night. Janice Kapp Perry came and spoke/sang to us. She had the entire MTC sing a medley of her primary songs and the spirit was so incredibly strong. I have such a strong testimony of how fast singing a hymn can bring the spirit. We ended by singing her EFY medley of Sisters in Zion/Nephi's Courage, but she had changed some of the words and I can't tell you how powerful that was. What an amazing devotional and an amazing end to the day. I love you all and will talk to you soon!
I found a way to send the pictures!!!!
Here are some pictures of my district,