I LOVE YOU!! And I love the pics you send that captures our family in its natural habitat !! :)
Okay for starters, this week has been about making connections between Spanish and Music. First of all, here's a quote that I love, "the difference between the skilled and the unskilled lies in the FUNDAMENTALS." The same is true for both missionary work and playing the violin!! Our growth in the gospel is all about our foundation, or our testimony to start. Also you all know how important it is to have a foundation of good technique on the violin before you can start playing more difficult pieces of music. One thing that has been very hard for me here is that we can't listen to music in our dorms. period. And so, I listen to music in my head. But I also replay my lessons in Spanish and different phrases I know in my head, just like music. Hasse once told me that when you're memorizing a concerto, a lot of it is done away from the instrument- it's done in your head. You play through the whole concerto in your head, and that's when you know you've mastered it. So that's what I've been doing with my Spanish- playing through my lessons in my head. It has been so neat to connect my previous life with different aspects of being a missionary!
My branch president's wife's tradition is that every time she speaks to us missionaries, she closes with the same three points (and in the same tone of voice- it's powerful). These are the points: 1. Work harder than anyone else! You will see others and you will think they are working hard, but you will say to yourself, "no, they don't know how to work. I know how to work." 2. Love. Love like you have never loved before. Learn about love. CRAZY- EVERYONE JUST WANTS TO BE LOVED! 3. Have fun, smile, and enjoy the gospel!! And when you close your testimonies, always remember in WHOSE name you will end with!! I thought that was neat, and wondered if you could pick three statements of advice to give the missionaries, what would they be?
Our other investigator, Maribel, IS GETTING BAPTIZED (she is not a real investigator, she is a member acting like an investigator) !! We love her so much and she told us she would sneak in some Spanish cookies for us called "biscochitos..." or something. ha ha. She is from Mexico and she loves us so much!! I shared the story with Maribel about when I was babysitting and Spencer had the bow stuck around his neck and I had a feeling to cut the string- it was the Holy Ghost.
The MTC has been a great experience and I have learned a lot here about my testimony, Spanish, and just to embrace the gospel. May God be with you till we meet again, and I CANNOT WAIT TO BE ON THAT PLANE TO MEXICO!!! As every day goes by, I become more calm and I feel more safe about it, I know God will be with me, I feel that.
I love you familia!!!