Soooo I've almost been here for 2 weeks and I can't believe how fast time has gone by! Yesterday was our last day of classes, so we took some pictures together as a district with our teachers and then had to say goodbye! I really loved my teachers and they taught me SO much! I've definitely come a long way since I first got here, but I'm finally feeling a lot more confident in myself and I'm ready to get started in Nebraska!!Last Tuesday we got to go to the temple and it was so wonderful...it was exactly what i needed to get through the rest of my week. And then we had choir practice to prepare for the huge devotional that Elder Holland came to speak at! It was incredible! He is such a powerful speaker and it really got me thinking that I have been such a wimp lately...He talked about how every mission is going to be hard and salvation is NOT cheap...work as hard as you can... but do not feel sorry for yourself. The Savior went through so much more than we will ever have to experience. This isn't the time to be thinking about yourself. So anyways...that really got me a lot more motivated and excited!
Thursday we had our In-Field Orientation which was from 8 until 5:30...it was an extremely long day, but we talked a ton about how to use members to get referrals and to participate in lessons and the importance of daily planning and things like that. It was amazing! By the end of the day we were all extremely exhausted, but excited to get in the field!!!During sacrament meeting, the sisters in my district decided to do a musical number so we sang "I Stand All Amazed" accapella and we made up our own little arrangement and it was actually very beautiful! Then we had a bunch of meetings as usual, and then a fireside, and movie night we got to watch Legacy! One of my favorites! It was so weird to watch an actual movie! I feel like I haven't seen a movie in months! Then I got to talk to my family for a half an hour! First time they've allowed missionaries to call home from the MTC so we were very lucky and grateful! It sure wasn't enough time like I would've wanted. It made me really homesick. I went rushing to the bathroom to dry my eyes, and this very sweet lady who must've been one of the Branch President's wives was passing me in the hall and just immediately gave me this big comforting hug and her husband said that missionaries that don't cry after talking to their family have a problem. It was very comforting and helped me calm down a little bit. I was very grateful for that. Monday (yesterday) was great...like I said earlier. Last day of classes and teaching our investigator Andrew...and we finally committed him to baptism! I think our teacher was probably taking it easy on us so we would feel good on our last day, but it was still awesome!
|Sister Hodges is in the glasses|
|my MTC district|
|smells like cream soda - mmmmmmm!|
|with our teachers|