It's P-day! Yay! That means email time! And ASDA time! And Temple time!! Ok, email...
I am surrounded by Americans!!! There are so many of them! Crazy! And guess what... loads of them are from Utah. I haven't found my southern accent yet but I'm still looking! Everytime I hear an English accent (a genuine one) I look up and I'm like, MY PEOPLE!! I am so outnumbered in my own country haha!
They are all so funny. Everything facinates them... Especially the fact that I use a knife as well as a fork for ALL my meals. One of the Sisters even asked a teacher if uses a knife cos she didn't believe that it wasn't just me. He answered like her question had such an obvious answer. I have since then been training my 3 roomates how to use a knife! Haha.
My companion is Sister Sorenson. She is from Utah (so are the 2 other sisters in our room) and she is one of the greatest, kindest most wonderful people I have ever met. I am so blessed to have her as a companion. She is a great example to me and has become such a close friend and Sister already. She is coming to Birmingham mission too.
The other 2 sisters in our room are both from Utah as well. Sister Carter is also going to Birmingham and Sister Stewart is going to the Scotland/Ireland mission. We do everything together when we don't have to be with our districts. We are all in the same zone so we eat together, we all exercise together and we all share a room. They are both like Sisters to me already as well.
The photo on Facebook is from the very first day. It is totally funny and ironic because we were all saying that we wanted to be on the cover of one of the MTC books so we need to always look happy and laugh! That is what we were laughing about as the picture was taken. The first day was really relaxed, we spent most of the day having free time and then we had a devotional in the evening. We all slept sooooo well, especially the Americans amongst us who had been travelling for ages.
We have spent most of Friday and Saturday in classes. We have all our classes in the same room though and with the same people so it gets really hard by the end of the day. Especially with the Elders in our District who get really giggly and hyper when they get tired. They are already super loud and chatty during the day! They are great though. And they all are seriously good at this whole missionary thing. The first day me and Sister Sorenson were really struggling with the teaching and we just felt totally inaddequate at it but we are doing a lot better this week.
So me and my companion were called as the Sister Training Leaders! I was surprised to say the least but it has been so cool getting to know all the Sisters and working with President and Sister Edwards. They are great people and they are so kind and amazing at what they do.
Sunday was pretty awesome. All the missionaries did a 24 hour fast too which meant the spirit was really strong during all our meetings. In the evening we had 2 devotionals. The first one, President Edwards had asked me to conduct the meeting! I was like WHAT?! no thanks. I did it though. Oh and I forgot to say, I choristered the very first meeting we had on the first day too. The second devotional was aboslutely amazing! I think it was what we all needed to hear. One of our Zone leaders, Elder Barton, conducted that meeting. (None of the other missionaries have conducted a meeting yet though) The devotional was an old one of Elder Bednars from Provo MTC. It was about the spirit and listening to promptimgs. He sid that he often got asked how we can tell if something is from the Spirit or just us. His repsonse... Quit worrying about it! He told us that we just need to follow what is right and we will be guided to do and say what we need. We may not even know until much later that it was from the spirit. He told a wonderful story about when he first met President Packer, before he was called as a general authority. I won't tell you the story because it is too long but you should try and look it up because it was so wonderful. It really helped out a lot of us. Me and Sister Sorenson definately felt more comfortable.
We have been teaching investogators a lot already. On Saturday we taught our first lesson and now everyday we teach 2 people. There are 4 people total who we have to teach on rotation. We think we are getting better in our teaching all though one investigator we really struggle teaching. (They are all the teachers who are just playing the part) It is really good to get the practice although we don't get any feedback from them, which does suck.
I need to sign off soon unfortunately as we get to go off site to ASDA! I am craving chocolate so bad! I haven't had since I got here and I've been exercising! I'm going crazy! and I'm aching from exercising. Me and the sisters in my room did a hardcore workout with 2 of the female teachers here at the MTC and we were all dieing afterwards! It was fun and it did feel good though.
Like I said, the Maericans find everything so funny and me and my roomates spend so much time laughing during meals, when we're in our rooms or just when we are out and baout walking. I love them so much. They write down all the things that English people say, do and eat that they find strange... So they write a lot. We sit at dinner and one of us will say something and we just say "That is so going in my journal tonight!"
The MTC is so wonderful and I have never felt the Spirit so much. There is just something so special about being with a group of missionaries who all have strong testimonies and a strong love for our Heavenly Father. My testimony has grown so much over these few days and I am so grateful for everything that I have learnt and felt since I have been here.
I haven't even missed my phone! Except when me and Sister Sorenson want to find the other 2 Sisters or tell them something funny that has just happened! Other than that it has been really great to just people talking and laughing... No 'I told you so's' from the adults please!! Haha. The only thing I am really missing is my music. Especially at night when Sister Stewart is snoring hahaha.
I miss you all so much and I can't wait to hear what is going on back in the real world. Next time I email will probably be in the mission field because I am leaving the MTC next Wednesday.
Love you all so much!
Sister Gaffney xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx