week one: MTC

Oh my goodness HI EVERYONE!! How is everyone doing?! What’s been happening?!! It’s finally P day (preparation day)!! Also if you haven’t been a missionary before I’m sorry if some of this doesn’t make sense to you but I will try my best! wow wow wow where do I even start. My flight here was so good, I slept most of it. But when I wasn’t asleep honestly it was super hard. Saying goodbye was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever done but I feel really good and stronger now. My face was sooo red and gross it was so embarrassing but hopefully no one was judging ๐Ÿ™‚ When I landed I went down to baggage claim and there were a bunch of families waiting by the escalators for their missionaries to come home. It was so weird to basically be switching places with people! But I’m so grateful to be here. There were 3 other missionaries on my shuttle and when we arrived I was greeted by some super sweet sisters who showed me around and helped me out. My host sister’s companion is going to Anaheim too, but Spanish speaking!! Super awesome.

So I am in a trio, which is super awesome but can also be really challenging. I love them though. Sister Llana was born in the Philippines but she moved to Calgary, Canada when she was 8. She’s going to the New Jersey Morristown mission. Sister Thomas is from Georgetown, Texas (outside of Austin) and she’s going to the Idaho Boise mission. It’s pretty crazy that we are all going to different missions and are all companions but we work well together and love each other so it’s great. My district is super awesome too!! Everyone in my district is going to Boise, with the exception of Sister Llana, me, and one other Elder who is going to Anaheim as well! We are the only sisters in our district, as well as our zone…so we’re kind of like the token sisters hahaha. It’s crazy how close we have all gotten in just 6 days of being here. But it’s awesome because I don’t think any of us would’ve crossed paths in life if we weren’t serving missions, we are all so different. And we are all from different places. Elder Stringham is from Fort Hood, TX,ย Elder Romney is from Oceanside, CA, Elder Dodd is from Chicago, and Elder Carroll is from Pensacola, Florida. I think it’s pretty awesome that none of us are from Utah (no offense to anyone from Utah, there’s just sooo many people from Utah here). Oh also an Elder in my zone is from Leesburg!!! And he just got baptized 14 months ago which I think is so amazing. All the people I have met are so wonderful and we are all going to be great missionaries ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe it’s only been 6 days, it feels like it’s been weeks! Everyone says the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days and it is so true.
We started teaching within the first few hours of arriving. It was so scary but so so awesome. We taught in huge groups of people so it wasn’t too bad but we were still learning a lot. The last few days we’ve had classes for like 8 hours (we have breaks don’t worry) and they are so good! My teachers are Brother Harper (who served in the Baltimore mission!!!), Brother Sorenson (Kensie he’s from Lehi and he said he knows at least one of the Rasmussen’s ๐Ÿ™‚ but he graduated a long time ago so he doesn’t know Jake), Sister Karratti, and Sister Gregerson. They are all so amazing and I have learned soo much from all of them. I have three investigators, Greg, Jordan, and Ivy we are meeting tonight. We have also done some member lessons (TRC) and we are doing more of those this week. This work is so awesome! At first teaching was so scary but if you rely on the Spirit and let it guide, everything will work out. That’s one of my favorite things I’ve learned. Oh I totally forgot!! Since my companions and I are the only sisters in our zone, we are now the Sister Training Leaders! So we will be welcoming and showing around all the new missionaries in our branch on wednesday. I’m so excited.
Also, in case anyone is wondering. I’ve been doing fine without social media (sometimes I wish I could look at instagram but it doesn’t really matter), I haven’t had Dr.Pepper since the morning I left and I’ve had no headaches because of it, and I’ve been going to sleep at 10:30 (ish) and waking up at 6:30 (sometimes 6:35…i’m trying) everyday so I think that’s a pretty big accomplishment for me. I’m pretty proud of myself. ย The MTC is so awesome and I’m so happy to be here. I’ve seen Mirelle Iverson, Ashley Doll, Huntley Campbell, and also Brindlee Fullmer (from BYUH), it made me soo happy to see some familiar faces. Today we went to the temple and it was so amazing and I want you all to read Alma 17 because I think it’s my favorite chapter now and reading it made me feel the warm fuzzies.
Anyway, I have 7 minutes left to write so I’ll finish up. The spirit here is like nothing I’ve ever felt before and I love it so much. I have learned so much more about Christ and myself in the past 6 days than I have in my entire life. Our purpose as missionaries is the best thing ever: Inviting others to come unto Christ. I am so grateful to be doing that!!! Right now there is nothing more that I would rather be doing than spending the next 18 months devoted to that purpose.ย  I do miss you all a lot though, don’t worry ๐Ÿ™‚ but the time is going to fly and I’m perfectly okay with leaving my family and friends for 18 months if it means other people can be able to spend eternity with their families and with our Father in Heaven. Also, Christ has literally given His life for me and the least I can do to even somewhat repay Him is serve a mission. And that’s only like .05% repaid ๐Ÿ™‚ The church is true everyone. I’ve never felt stronger about that than right now. I thought my testimony was strong before, but now it is like 50x stronger. I love you all so much and miss you tons but I am so grateful for all of your support and love and prayers. I can definitely feel it all. Everyone have a good week and I’ll talk to you next week!!!
Sister Martinez (isn’t it so crazy that I go by that now?!)
our second day in front of the world map
the first day!!
prettiest sister missionary out there, right?
my zone!
my district!
a better pic of my companions and I!

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