Hello all! It's Annalyn here. Hannah went to the MTC on Wednesday and we got our first e-mails from her on Friday. To quote her, "the MTC is AMAZING!!!!!".
She has a cool companion, Sister Sessions who she says is 'adorable'. They already got to teach an investigator. It really sounds like she is having a good time at the MTC.
My mom told me that as they were driving down the road to the MTC they could instantly feel the spirit there, so thick and strong. She is definitely in the right place!
Here is an excerpt from the e-mail she sent:
"Our whole district is fantastic! We´re like one giant family of brothers and sisters that tease and have so much fun. We really are paying attention and working though. We´ve been able to communicate some amazing ideas between us all and I´ve felt the Spirit constantly since I¨ve been here. I love this place!
It´s only been 3 days and the days go by so fast, but we learn so much every hour that it feels like we´ve been here for weeks.
Last night Sister Sessions and I got called to be the Sister Training Leaders! We´re not really like the Zone Leaders, but it´s like a lesser, female version. We´ll help the new districts when they come in next week and show them around the MTC.
Today we talked about the Doctrine of Christ and what it really is and what our purpose (even the purpose of members) is. We aren´t teachers. We don´t do this work. We are the Lord´s helpers. We are here to serve God´s children and introduce them to the process of the Atonement and encourage them to communicate with the Father, where they´ll do the real one-on-one learning. "
She told me that they are "crazy busy" and study between 3-5 hours day! And of course, they have to be up at 6 and go to bed at 10:30. There are 6 sisters and 4 elders in their district.
She had some good advice for any future missionaries:
Elder Su´a gave me some great advice in his last e-mail to me. He said to treat the MTC experience as if it were your whole mission- treat it as if in 2 weeks you´re going home. The way you start and face this experience will set the tone for your entire mission in the field.
We really are one large family and even though we may not be scholars in scripture, there is nothing compared to the testament of the Spirit. The Spirit is the one teaching us and our investigators. All we are is tools in the Lord´s hands. "
That's all for now!