I honestly cannot believe that in only two more days I'm going to be in Veracruz! It definitely doesn't seem real at all! This week has been a serious blur. I honestly don't even remember much of what we did. The first part of the week was so great, the weather was wonderful and we actually had study time outside a couple days! Hermana Ledek and I got pre-Mexico sunburns haha On tuesday and wednesday the Hermanas all had picnics outside for lunch just to be outside and enjoy the warm weather. Sadly the weather didn't last long though, it's been raining the past couple days but it was so great while it lasted!
This week wasn't too different than any other week, class, study, investigator lessons. It was weird though because we've been finishing up with all of our investigators and saying goodbye to all our teachers. It's been so nice being in the pilot program - having a bunch of teachers and learning from each of them but we decided this week that it's also a bad thing because saying goodbye to all of them was hard. I honestly have learned so much from all of them and feel so lucky to have gotten the teachers I did. I especially loved the teachers that we taught as investigators, I grew to love their investigators so much and it just made me love them as a person so much more too. It was so hard for my district to say goodbye to Hermano Noltemeyer since he was our homeroom teacher and we had him every day and learned so much from him.
This week we did something new, we taught a lesson via Skype to a member living in Spain. That was so interesting because we had to overcome not only the language barrier but the technology, distractions, etc...It was weird teaching a lesson over Skype but was actually really cool! She was great and we actually understood her! haha The funniest part was at the end Hermana Ledek asked her if we could close with a prayer and the computer froze for a second and she didn't hear what we said, but Hermana Ledek and I didn't know what was going on and then we wondered if she just wasn't comfortable praying over Skype - I mean it is kind of a weird concept haha it was so funny though because we eventually worked it out and said a prayer.
Wednesday we got to be Hosts for the new missionaries! It was so weird being the oldest at the MTC (at least West campus haha) But was so fun welcoming all the new missionaries to the MTC! Yesterday - Friday we had in field orientation which was so great! We learned a lot of good stuff for the mission field and they worked hard to present it in a way that was exciting and fun. We were moving around every ten minutes and every time we went to a "breakout session" they had the room set up different with different activities - it was a little overwhelming but was great. The best part was definitely this little "play" they put on for us acting out different ways to use members and the ward in missionary work.
It's going to be very interesting going to Mexico - I have learned SO much here at the MTC but I know the real learning will come when I get to Mexico. Whenever I think about going to Mexico I honestly get so nervous and I have no clue how I'm going to be able to handle it but I had a teacher tell me this week that it's like standing at the edge of a running river. You don't have to have to courage to get to the end, you just have to have the courage to jump in. So even though I have no clue how I'm going to be able to survive on only a few weeks of spanish I know that Heavenly Father will help me with this, I know that Veracruz is exactly where I need to be and I know that the Spanish will come, or He wouldn't have sent me to a spanish speaking mission. I can't wait to get to Veracruz and share my testimony and bring others unto Christ. I know that it'll be hard but I also know from my experiences here at the MTC that the spirit is the real teacher so as long as I'm in tune with the spirit it'll be okay.
Well I hope everyone does well this week, and has a great semana! Next week my email will be a LOT more interesting with Mexico adventures!