Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Si se puede!‏

Hola familia y amigos!!!
Hmm where to start... I HAVE A NAMETAG! It is the most incredible thing ever. I never realized how much of a privilege it is to be a representative of the church but now I can't imagine taking my tag off and I just love it SO much. 
So, we've decided that the MTC is disneyland prison. Because it's the happiest place on earth (disneyland lied, sorry) but at the same time it is definitely an adjustment being locked in here all day. When we have gym time, we can see all of BYU campus from the upstairs windows and I just stare out at the real world in awe. Haha but I truly have never been happier than I am here. This place is incredible.

Okay, so day one. First off, my companion and my district and my zone are absolutely AMAZING. I couldn't ask for a better group of people. Having a companion is definitely an adjustment, but it's actually really nice having someone to work with and depend on in a way. On the first day, it felt kind of like when you're on a group date and you're always by your date's side...except it's another girl, and it's not really a choice, and you go to the bathroom together. Haha my comp is hermana burton and I love her SO much. On day one she was super quiet and reserved and all I knew about her was that she loves katy perry, she was from draper but also lived in london last year, and she's the most liberal person I've ever met. Haha but every day I get to know her more and more and she is absolutely amazing and probably the most committed and obedient person I know. Also, she's secretly hilarious. Sometimes she says things that make me laugh so hard I cry. There's also another hermana burton in our district and another hermana lewis, so that's fun.. and then there's hermana jenkins and hermana anderson. Hermana anderson is my soul sister. We were matching on day one and we clicked instantly and I swear we are the same person! I honestly can't even describe to you what an amazing person she is but having her here with me is SUCH a blessing. 

The food... is not so much a blessing. Haha my first morning here I saw pancakes and sausage on the menu so i thought "great!" um, no bueno. It was like a corn dog with sausage in the middle. And I think half the sausage might have been plastic. But that's basically the only negative thing about this place so I'd call that a success!

So on day two I was assigned to be the sister training leader! Being an STL is kind of scary because I'm still a newbie and I have no idea what I'm doing, but it's fun cause I've gotten to know all the sisters really well and I get to go on exchanges sometimes for meetings.
So we have two "investigators" so far and they are awesome! They told us on friday we had to teach our first lesson in spanish and we were all terrified, but as soon as we got in there everything went well and I definitely was able to feel the power of teaching by the spirit. It also motivates me to learn spanish so much more because I can't wait until the day when I can say exactly what I want to say to these investigators! The spanish is super hard but we're definitely learning way faster than I ever thought we would. The gift of tongues is real, people!

This morning we got to go to the temple and we had breakfast there and it was such an amazing morning! Going to the temple is the most amazing thing and I wish I would have taken advantage of it more before I left. So today has been awesome so far but sundays are officially the best day of the week. We get to sing and hear from amazing speakers basically all day. AND we got to go on a temple walk as a zone which was super fun. On sunday night we watched a talk by Elder Bednar called "character of Christ" and it was the most amazing talk I've ever heard. He talked about how important it is to serve others and turn outward rather than inward. SO amazing. I don't know if it's on the internet somewhere but you should all look it up!

So, I don't really know what else to tell you because I feel like I've been here a year but at the same time I feel like I just got here 5 minutes ago. Um, I LOVE gym time! I run the track, guys. I RUN. By choice. And I enjoy it. I don't even know who I am anymore! Also I'm in the choir and it is so much fun! We sing all the time and by some miracle I now love to sing. Um, everybody here has bad breath. It's fine. At 10:30 they come on this intercom and say "it is now 10:30. Lights out." and it feels like we're in the hunger games. We just lay there in silence waiting for the cannon to go off and tell us how many missionaries went home that day or something. Uh, we absolutely love our teacher. Hermano Mace is the happiest person on this planet so he always makes us so happy! I think we freak him out a little bit because we all want to pack him away in our suitcases... but esta bien! OH! I almost forgot! So our zone is in this pilot program here at the MTC for language learning so we use these programs and stuff that are so much fun AND we get ipads this week!!! We get to use duolingo and quizlet and stuff which we're all pretty stoked about! Um, I LOVE dearelder! (hint hint.. it's free and getting a letter at the end of the day makes me SO happy) Sorry I don't have a ton of time for writing so I can't respond to everything but know that I read and appreciate everything you send me and I love to hear from you! I love and miss you all SO much, but I love it here so much and I wouldn't trade it for the world!

Much love, Hermana Suzanna Lewis

ps. I have a bunch of pictures to send but I can't figure out how so hopefully I can get them sent later. Also sorry this email is so long. Love you!!


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