HALFWAY DONE WITH THE MTC!
I am now halfway done with the MTC! Only 4 and a half more weeks :P
Feb 2. Monday. Day 27.
P-DAY :) Temple, laundry, email. The usual. Then we have class monday nights. For some reason, Sister Graham and I weren't really on our game that night, and our lesson with Li Zhi Hao was a little rough. It was hard, Sister Graham and I talked about it later and that actually really helped us refocus and figure out what to do next time. Go Team Lraham :)
Feb 3. Tuesday. Day 28.
Went to choir practice, and we sang Sweet Hour of Prayer, which is one of my favorite hymns :) Devotional that night was by Brother Gregory Schwitzer. My favorite quote from the night was "The true test of conversion is when you keep commandments when it is not convenient" My mom has been saying that for the longest time, so moms are pretty smart.
Feb 4. Wednesday. Day 29.
Woke up at 3am to take Sister Benevides to the travel office and help her get onto the bus, because she was leaving to go out to the field that day. Her companion had already left, so I helped her carry her luggage down three flights of stairs. It was 3 am so I wasn't really awake, and I definitely fell down the stairs.. Classic. It's ok though.. Saw Tyler Reni! (For those who don't know, he was in my ward from home) I was hosting and standing by the curb to help the new missionaries off their cars, and I hear a "Michelle!" It was so weird hearing my first name haha but it was so nice to see a familiar face. Later that night we took the 20 new missionaries that entered our zone, and went over all the rules of the MTC and took them on a tour. It reminded me of my first day here, which now seems like so long ago..
Feb 5. Thursday. Day 30.
Taught Li Zhi Hao again. Spent most of the day helping the new missionaries and teaching them chinese.
Feb 6. Friday. Day 31.
1/2 done!! A month finally past, one more to gooo.
Friday was super special because we got to teach our gold tag investigator, Hely. Gold tag investigators are real people who are investigating the church and come to the MTC to learn from missionaries. They aren't role playing anyone, like Wang Jie Mei and Li Zhi Hao, who are just members who role play investigators. Hely shared some personal problems she has been going through and it really broke my heart. It felt like she just needed someone to listen to her. The spirit was really strong and Sister Graham, Hely, and I ended up crying for half the lesson... of course. Then we walked her out to meet her husband, Jose, who had come to pick her up. While she went to the bathroom, he started asking Sister Graham and I a bunch of questions. Then Helycame out, and our roommates, Sister Wai and Sister Lung, came up and joined us and we answered all the questions he had. We bore our testimonies about Christ's love, prayer and so much more. Then he started crying, and we started crying... again. This was all happening outside the room and some people saw that we were teaching a lesson. People started to gather around and soon we were teaching with a huge crowd watching us. We ended up teaching throughout our entire lunch our and eventually we had to go. Jose said to us, "Thank you for taking the time to listen to us and share what you know, you really touched my heart." IT was a great feeling and I can't wait to meet with them again next Friday!
Feb 7. Saturday. Day 32.
Saturday was TRCs! (TRC lessons are with members of the church, they aren't playing a role, like some of our "investigators". TRC lessons are just inviting and helping members come unto Christ. They are usually return missionaries who speak your mission language.) We taught 2 sessions, each 20 minutes each. We shared with them how to receive revelation through the Book of Mormon. Later, we interviewed the new sisters to see how they were doing. It was a great way to get close with the new sisters.
Feb 8. Sunday. Day 33.
Normal Sunday. Branch council. Music in the Spoken Word. Relief Society. District meeting. Sacrament Meeting. Accompanied a bunch of elders who sang come come ye saints. Sunday night devotional was by Brother Mills, and it was amazing. Quote of the day, "Want to be happy? Stop thinking about your happiness and start thinking about someone else's." He talked about getting lost in this great cause (missionary work) and then the blessings will be poured upon us.
Well this was a long email, sorry! Gotta run, remember, I love you all!
Love, Sister Michelle Liu