Almost all the leaves have fallen off the trees. The vibrant flowers that peppered the ground are dying. The trees are bare and the temperatures have dropped to 19 degrees Fahrenheit. And with this change, comes the first snow fall – MY first snow fall!!
For the very first time I experienced raining snow!!!
(Isn’t that exciting?!?! Haha – raining snow. :P)
This week brings a lot of change.
We said goodbye to our Elders on Tuesday night. Funny how you could spend years with some people and never know them. With District 34D, we spend 3 weeks together and by the end we’ve all cried.
This is my last week in the MTC. On Tuesday early morning I will check out of the MTC and fly all the way across the country to the place I was called to serve – the Washington D.C. North mission!
Like I said. Lots of change!
Here are a few things I will miss about the MTC:
– GOING TO CLASSES. First off, I love learning! And second, I’ve always kinda wanted to go to boarding school in a foreign place. And I love it when someone from the district will stand and pick up their tray in the cafeteria and say “See you in class”! When I do it, feel like a sassy character in a dramatic movie about people in boarding school. 😜 Also, in many aspects I feel like Utah is legitimately foreign.
– SNEAKING FOOD OUT OF THE CAFETERIA. It’s nice to be able to save a banana for later or eat a roll on the way to class. Once I was extremely close to sneaking out a bowl of fries..
– VENDING MACHINE RUNS. I rarely get anything, but it’s so fun to window shop the same items every other day with the girls on your floor!
– ART & PONDER ROOMS. The paintings and murals in the buildings are wonderful, and some are quite captivating. The ponder rooms are study areas that have glass walls and gentle music playing in the background. They really speak beauty to the soul, you know?!
– PERSONAL STUDY TIME. I feel like if you are really trying, there is a lot of time to study the Gospel of Jesus Christ on your own. Which you won’t get in the mission field. But the second purpose of personal study time? Nap time!! (Kidding… kinda).
– LEARNING TO LOVE OTHERS. A lot of the the times this came with huge sacrifices. Sleep, pride, time. But getting to know and love people is by FAR my most favorite part about the MTC!
Now here are the top 4 things I’ve learned in the first 4 weeks of my mission:
– The Doctrine of Christ is the only way to live the Gospel of Christ. The basic points of the Doctrine of Christ are Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, and Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
– Living the Doctrine of Christ will not only allow us to have a fullness of joy, but save us in the Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ literally made it possible for us to get through ALL the trials of this life. When we live the Doctrine of Christ, we will find true and lasting joy not just in this life, but throughout eternity!
– The secret to becoming like Christ is turning outward and serving others. When you consecrate all your heart, might, mind, and strength to the Lord, you take on His character and can only become better and better.
– Take control of your own learning. If we want to emulate Christ and proclaim His Gospel, we must “feast upon the words of Christ”.
I’ve had so much fun here, the MTC is a true roller coaster ride!! But now it’s time for the real mission. I couldn’t be more excited to finally get to a Target and have some humidity! But along with change comes doubt and shaken confidence. Doubt you’re cut out for the work. Doubt you’re prepared. Shaken confidence because you messed up a lesson. Shaken confidence because everyone else seems so much greater. Shaken confidence because you struggle with your weaknesses.
Something my teacher Brother Ales told our district is “I believe you walk on water”. Whatever change you, my friend, are going through this season, whatever doubts you have, however your confidence has been shaken, know that I believe you walk on water.
Christ did. When we rely on Him we can too.
The low has been 19 degrees this past week. Soon this will change. Flowers will sprout, the air will be warmer and the leaves will grow green. I absolutely cannot wait for the coming season! But until then, I will embrace the chill and skip in the snow falling from the sky. With Christ’s name on my shoulder, I believe I can walk on water.
A very blurry picture of my first snow fall. I’m so STOKED!!! How come no one ever told me?? Did you SNOW about this?!?!
The coolest men in the MTC. I miss these souls SO. MUCH. NO ONE. KNOWS.
My other teacher Sister Skousen! Btw I have her same exact skirt. Fun fact.
We’re bananas about bananas!!
My best friend sent me Chip Cookies. He is just making sure I am eating properly.
Love from Utah, Sister Dalisay