Monday, September 30, 2013

Week 4 General Relief Society Conference

Bonjour Heureaux Lundi!                                     Monday 9/30/13

This week has been a very crazy and amazing week! Every day this week we have been practicing for hours all our songs we sang at the Relief Society Broadcast. On Monday my district got the opportunity to go to a teaching conference where this guy named Nathan Tanner was teaching new people that wanted to become employed here at the MTC how to teach. They used us as the guinea pigs to see how these teachers taught. They first taught us how the Book of Mormon is the biggest thing in conversion and then the next thing we had to do was teach the teachers as if they were investigators that the Book of Mormon can help them in ENGLISH. You would think I would be relived to finally speak in English but I was freaking out I wasn’t sure what to say because if I messed up I couldn’t blame it on “I’m just barely learning the language”. I just said what I felt and it turned out really well. On Tuesday we had a great devotional by Don Clarke from the 70’s. The day before Jaren had written me an email saying Justin had taken the Provo MTC president which is President Nally and all the Utah Mission presidents and some other high up people on some kind of chuck wagon. Jaren told me that I should go talk to him, so after the devotional I saw that my district leader was shaking his hand so I made my way over there and asked him if he had been on a chuck wagon lately. He looked really confused and said how do you know?! I told him I had gotten a letter. He looked at my nametag and with a big smile said SISTER DICK it’s so great to meet you! On Wednesday we got to host all the new missionaries coming in.  Over 600 missionaries came in that day; it was so crazy but a lot of fun to be able to welcome them into this great place. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was coming in and now this Wednesday I will be starting my fifth week! It has been very chilly this past week I have really been missing that warm Hawaii Weather! I haven’t experienced this cold in a long time and its only the beginning of a very cold winter! I have had to break out my winter clothes a lot sooner then I expected! On Friday I had to go to the dentist because a tooth that I just had filled before I came here has been bothering me the lady at the MTC called my mom as I was inches away from here to tell here I was having a dentist appointment I could hear her voice and the lady is very lucky I didn’t rip the phone out of her hands so I could talk to her. Luckily I restrained my self and just enjoyed hearing my moms voice. I went to the Dentist and my bite was just off because of that tooth. They fixed it and had me leaving with no payment in no time. I love being a missionary =) Saturday with no doubt has been the best, most spiritual day since I have been here! It was an all day event! We got ready in the morning in our lovely jewel colored shirts that sister missionaries had to gather from every corner of the MTC because honestly who wears collared jewel color shirts anymore.. Not me! We ate lunch and then went to a big room where they called us row by row to get clothing and make up check. When I went into the Make up room they had 10 older sisters lined up with different things of makeup. The first sister covered my face with blush everywhere. Another sister didn't think I even had blush on so she covered my chin nose cheeks and you name it on my face and neck with more blush. Thinking I already looked like a tomato, I turned around and to my surprise another sister was covering my face with blush again! She complimented on how beautiful my skin was and I couldn’t help to think to my self that "yes maybe my face was, before but not after all this make up has been on it I feel like a wall that just got paint smeared all over it!" I hurried and got my hair inspected by another sister and as I was running out to get away from that room a different sister stopped me with a foundation brush because she said she could see a shiny spot! I didn’t care by that point I was out of there!  When we got to Salt Lake, they lined us up by height and situated us in the loft where we would be singing, the view from up there was amazing! The Relief Society president and her two councilor’s gave us all a spiritual thought and how thankful they were for us.  I was so grateful they would do that when i know they already have so much on their plate. When the first councilor informed us that President Monson would be speaking I had to pick my chin up of the floor. I could not believe he was speaking I was so excited! While we were practicing our songs I got to see the lady from my ward that is in charge of all the flowers for the church.  She was watering all the flowers on the stand. I had heard her tell all the stories when she taught in my ward back home about creating flower arrangements for all the conferences, and then I got to see them Saturday! We got to go under the conference center to this big room where we had a snack and some people applied more makeup I thought I was good to go for weeks! When we walked back out for the broad cast and I thought to my self, “wow normal people”! I laughed and thought ok I have been in the MTC to long to think that! The Broad cast was so amazing! I couldn’t believe how all the talks were on covenants.  I think that is a big hint that they are so important and we need to keep our covenants! When President Monson spoke it was crazy for him to be so close instead of watching him on TV. When he spoke about his wife I cried.  You can really tell how much he loves her! Singing up there was so spiritual and so neat to be able to hopefully touch many women’s with our singing. After it was over I saw so many girls look into the audience and see there moms and start bawling it was so sad! One of my roommates actually saw her mom and gave her a hug! I felt like someone famous when we walked out of the conference center we had 20 bodyguards lined up helping us get to our bus across the highway. There were people screaming out names and WE LOVE SISTER MISSIONARIES it was so cool. On the way home on the bus we sang hymns and shared our testimony it was great that we could keep such a great spirit with us all the way home.
This Sunday was a little rough the night before I prayed that I could some how get some good rest because I was so tired. Well On Sunday morning I woke up to my companion yelling wake up its 7:00 we have ten minutes to get to sacrament I guess Heavenly Father answers your prayers in different ways because for some reason our alarms did not go off! At all the meetings on Sunday all the presidency complimented us so many times on how great it was. They even played it at the devotional so we could see it. This Sunday was fast Sunday and its really easy to fast at the MTC because they don’t serve any food here tell five. It went really well though and I felt the spirit very strong all day! 
I love being a missionary so much my testimony has grown leaps and bounds in the little time I have been out! The French is coming I am starting to get the sentence structure of it all and the different tenses of it until a French elder going to Tahiti said the prayer for gym and I guess it was in French but he could of fooled me.  It was the fastest prayer I have ever heard he spoke so fast I could not even kind of understand it! These French Elders that are going to Montreal with us but are learning Chinese here always make fun of the Canadian accent they said if we pick the accent up there they wont talk to us. I’m a little nervous I will though since they said it sounds like French with a hick accent. I already have the hick accent down so if I just learn French I would sound like a natural at Canadian French! 
I hope everyone is doing good! And has a great start in October.
I love you all so much and I am so thankful for the support.


Soeur Dick

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