i cant believe its the final week in the mtc- its pretty surreal and when i think about being in thailand it still feels super far off, but we got our travel plans this week so stoked on that! we leave monday the 19th at 1:30 pm and take off around like 7 i think. land in LAX for a 5 hour layover then at midnight that night we take off for hong kong, get there a full day later, and finally get to thailand wednesday in the afternoon so itll be a lot of traveling. ill probably be wishing i could be wearing sweat pants or something so thatll probably the the hardest part. stoked on life though its gonna be really fun, and im exciting to be back out in the real world!
The MTC has been so amazing though i cant believe its only been 8 weeks... it has felt like so much longer than that especially when i look back at everything ive learned and done. I lucked out with super chill teachers- i couldnt definitely see hitting them up when i get back, and some will probably have kids too which is weird. Its been really pretty up here and not as cold this week which is good. ill be sending home all my sweaters and jackets and what not momma just a heads up!
we did some fun activities in class this week finishing up getting prepared to get to thailand- super excited to be able to cruise the streets of thailand helping people learn of Christ, its gonna be wayy too much fun!
its funny how every week i feel like im pretty ready for thailand, and for teaching and helping real people, but then after that week i look back at all the things we practiced and learned and think theres no way im ready for thailand! so idk i feel pretty prepared but at the same time im gonna learn so much my first couple weeks there!
had some pretty cool revelation this week in class about teaching and dont really know how to explain it- but how when we teach the gospel, as a missionary my only job is to help them realize the spirit and help them to act for themselves bc conversion almost always comes through what they do AFTER the lesson. and thus in a lesson when we teach, most of what i say should be questions, because even though teaching the material is important its even more important to have the spirit teach the investigator, and that comes through testimony, and having the person being taught think about and respond to inspired questions that will help them grow and realize God in their life- and an investigator knows them-self better than we do- so idk how to explain it but yeah, good stuff.
I think one of my favorite things about being in the MTC is meeting people from literally all over the world its pretty sweet- becoming super close with and elder from sweden, and the phillipines, or japan, a guy from haiti, its just so cool that there are people from all over the world here all for the same reason- pretttty sweet.
I think my favorite moment this week was in class saturday- we were all reading from Alma 26 together- as ammon is returning back from his mission, and he starts going off about the greatness of God and boasts about all the great things that God was able to do and accomplish through him during his mission, and then in verse 26-30ish he starts talking about "the call to discipleship" and all the hardships they endured throughout their time teaching the lamanites, ill just copy past it: