week two: MTC

HIIII PEOPLE

I have SO much to talk about holy goodness. It has been such a long and super hard week but also such a fast and amazing week? Not sure how that works. Apparently that’s how it is on a mission, but anyway, I’ll try to keep this short-ish. Where to even start!

Okay so let’s start with last Tuesday! Oh my goodness Tuesday was good! We had devotional that night and Hugo Montoya of the Seventy came and spoke, remember his amazing talk from this past general conference?! I was so excited to hear from him!! He was soo good. One thing he said that I loved so much was, " This talk is not intended for a group of salesmen, your mission is not about how many people you baptize, you are a representative of Jesus Christ. You must do as he commands and share the gospel with all of God’s children." I loved that reminder. And afterwards I went and shook his hand and told him he did a good job in spanish. Which actually, I’ve been speaking lots of spanish to some missionaries and it has been so fun! There’s a girl on my floor from Spain and I have a really hard time understanding her and she speaks so little English but we can get through quick bathroom conversations πŸ™‚ so that’s been so cool. Dad I think of you everytime I even say Hola to someone!

Wednesday was a pretty hard day I’m not gonna lie. I woke up at like 4am and was half asleep feeling super sick until my alarm went off. We had to wake up earlier than usual, so when my alarm went off at 6:00 I sat in bed feeling like I was going to throw up and then a few minutes later I did 😦 it was the worst. And I was extra freaking out because who the heck wants to be sick in the MTC?! So we skipped service and went to the Doctor. I was told I had a stomach viral infection? So I guess that’s what it was. The doctor gave me anti-nausea tabs and I completely lost my appetite for the next two days. It wasn’t fun. In the cafeteria I only drank sprite and ate bread and fruit which was such a bummer. I felt so bad for my companions because we had no one to do exchanges with since we are the only sisters in our zone, so we couldn’t really go to class all day that day. We only showed up to teach our investigators because that’s the most important thing πŸ™‚ but my teachers and my companions were so patient with me and I am so grateful to them for that. Also, I am so grateful for my zone leaders. After we went to the doctor, they gave me a blessing and I’m certain it helped me so much. I was feeling better only a few days later! So I’m glad I’m feeling way better before I get to the field…TOMORROW!

So speaking of going to the field tomorrow, we had in-field orientation on Thursday. It was so much fun and made everything so much more real. Something that made everything so crazy was one of the trainers during orientation said that, "The Lord is already preparing specific people to receive you in every area you will serve throughout your mission." How incredible is that. I love the people in my mission so much already and I am so excited to serve them and help bring them closer to Christ.

On Saturday, I had the most incredible experience. We had our last lessons with our "investigators" (they’re our teachers, but they feel so real), Jordan and Greg. We’ve taught each of them 4-5 times during our time here at the MTC. Jordan is actually a real person, he is my teacher’s cousin and he just plays him as an investigator. So all of our prayers for him were actually legit which I think is pretty cool. And Greg is actually my teacher’s name (Greg Harper) and he played himself just as a nonmember. So our prayers for both of them actually meant something which I loved. Anyway, starting out, Jordan was atheist and had no interest in learning about God. He has a month old son and his girlfriend left him, his mom is a member of the church but he stopped going when he was a teenager and hasn’t believed in God since. By the end of our time with him, we had committed him to be baptized. And as we left our last lesson with him, he said that he couldn’t wait to tell his baby one day about the sisters who converted him and tell him all about our lessons whenever he complains to him about going to church. I don’t know why, and I know it wasn’t real, but I just cried. I was so so emotional. Can you imagine if the real Jordan had made that much progress? It is the most incredible feeling to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands, and knowing that we "brought" someone closer to Christ. Nothing beats that feeling.

I am so grateful to be here and to be serving my Lord and my God. I love this work so much. I am so grateful to be a missionary and to be an instrument in the Lord’s hands. I listened to a talk by Elder Holland last night that he gave in the MTC like 10 years ago, he said, "you are as close to being an apostle as a full time missionary than you ever will be in your entire life." How incredible is that?! I love being here and I am so grateful for all of the kind words and love I’ve felt from all of you. Let your light shine. Share the gospel. Invite others to come unto Christ. This is the most important thing any of us could be doing. I love and miss you all.

All my love,

Sister Martinez

My district with our teachers (they’re both on the right!)

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