Oh my word...I don't even know where to start!!! I can't believe it's already been a little over a week since I've been here! First few days were extremely overwhelming and I honestly was just feeling like I wanted to hide myself in my room all day every day, but then I realized that I am a missionary. I have work to do. The people here need me and I need them. I chose to do this and I know with ALL of my heart that this is what I'm supposed to be doing and I sure can't learn and progress if I just sit around. I have to get up off my bottom even though I'm feeling homesick and overwhelmed and get to work! Every day just gets easier and easier.Since the day I got here I spent just about every single day here at the Trail Center! Thursday was the very first day we had time in our area which was a bit crazy, but it's what I needed my first week! The Lord knew that I needed a lot of time at the Trail Center to get comfortable with it and the sisters. It wasn't too busy at the Trail Center so some days I only gave one tour or so. I finally got the courage to take a tour all by myself! It was a really rough, but luckily they were LDS so it wasn't so bad. I was able to share a scripture and quote with them and it turned out fine. Thursday morning we had zone conference and it was so excellent! Kinda frightening because I didn't know any of the other sisters or elders besides the ones serving at the Trail Center, but the training was so amazing! It was focused around families...preparing for our future families and also helping to strengthen families in our areas. It was excellent!
First, one of the sisters from the district videos came in with her husband! SO COOL! I don't remember what her name is in the videos, but holy cow! She's so beautiful and I got to give her a tour! It was so neat! Obviously I felt so intimidated but the Lord gave me strength to feel at ease and know what to share with them. All the tours I give now are all by myself and each one gets better and better! It's really incredible because when you're in first chair and it's your turn to give a tour the people that come in are specifically meant for you. You are meant to give those people a tour. It's so amazing....this place has become so special to me already.
|with the girl from "the Districts"|
|Sister Stevens - 1st Counselor in General Primary Presidency|
|with Glinda from Wicked!!|
|my sweet companion, Sister Mahlstede|