Saturday, September 26, 2015

Greetings family and friends!!
Another week has gone by, and life is still going well. I can't say life is ever boring here at the MTC. Something is always happening. We had some great experiences this week, and some not so great experiences. Sister Hardin and I are still having a great time. She has been sick these last few days, and that has been really hard for us to deal with. She feels bad because she is sick, and I feel bad because I don't want to miss class and things. We worked it out though. Life at the MTC isn't always hunky dory, but it is so worth it. Most of the time it is as amazing as everyone says it is though. 

This week we got two investigators, one is Carolina, and the other is Candice. (Candice is just one of our teachers' alter egos, we call her a progressing investigator) Carolina is a real investigator that the MTC provides. We got to meet her on Tuesday, and have taught her two lessons so far. She is the sweetest person ever. She is very receptive to the gospel, and just wants to know that truth. She feels like there is something missing in her life. It has been a wonderful blessing and learning experience being able to teach her. I really enjoy being a missionary. It's amazing to learn more about the gospel and feel the spirit.

So the other day we were teaching Candice, and we were trying to explain what the Holy Ghost feels like. Sister Hardin took the lesson on an interesting path... You know when Christ is baptized and the spirit comes down like unto a dove? She was trying to explain that the Holy Ghost was like a companion to Christ after he was baptized, and he was there as a testament of what had happened. After she talked about this she asked Candice, "What does the image of the dove tell you? Candice looked so confused, her facial expression was pretty much exactly what I was feeling at that moment. She responded with, "Well, it's a bird..." Sister Hardin looked at me, and I could almost hear her say, "Back me up with something..." But I was completely speechless. I had no clue how to salvage the situation. We then finished the now very awkward lesson and went back to the classroom, I told our district about what happened and we all just died laughing. It was hilarious.

Our district gets along really well, all of the Elders are very nice and bring a wonderful spirit with them. But, all of us being between the ages of 18 and 20, sometimes it's hard to focus. We have had some pretty epic games of Church Pictionary and Book of Mormon hangman. We have some really fun times. 

Another story! Sister Hardin has gotten a lot of packages, and her dad over the past four days has sent two sets of two dozen donuts. My sister also sent me a box of a dozen donuts. So collectively, we have received five dozen donuts in five days. We obviously couldn't eat all the donuts, nor did we want to. So we gave the first two dozen to the Elders in our District and the Elders and sisters in the other district in our zone. They enjoyed them a lot. They were shocked when we brought more with us two days later. They were grateful for the donuts though. 

It's hard to believe I have been here for  a week and then some. We got to meet the new sisters in our branch. They are super sweet and lovely to talk to. I am glad I was called as an STL, and am able to serve them. Four of the sisters are speaking ASL, so they will be here for six weeks. They are all very nice. 

We are leaving the MTC on Tuesday morning at 3:35 in the morning, which is obscenely early. We will then drive up to the SLC airport and wait for our flight which is at 8:30. I am so excited to fly on a plane!!! 

I wish I had more time, but I don't, and I still need to email my branch president. Thank you so much for your love and support.

Love, Sister Wood

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