I am now officially on my last week at the MTC! I leave March 10!! We got a notice that none of our district has gotten our visas for Taiwan so we are all being reassigned to different parts in the states for a couple of weeks until we get our visas. I will figure out where I will be headed on thursday or friday! Hopefully it's not somewhere too cold...
Feb 23. Monday. Day 48:
In the morning we did sealings at the temple, it was such a great spiritual experience, I think we are going to do it again next week. District A gathered us all in their classroom at night to give us some of their last tips and advice before they left. They shared with us this hourglass analogy: In an hourglass, the grains of sand build up to a peak ( those are the high moments in your life) but eventually the peak has to collapse to build an even firmer base so the grains of sand can build up even higher. A collapse just leads to something better. Before we can grow stronger, we need to fall first- and that is going to happen a lot on our mission, but we just need to remember that it will lead to something greater.
Feb 24. Tuesday. Day 49:
3:30 am. Said goodbye to District A. I didn't even know that my tear ducts still work at 3 in the morning. Saying goodbye to them was so difficult. Devotional that night was by Gerald Causse, he shared with us a quote that really stood out to me. "When you are on the Lord's errand, you are entitled to the Lord's help." We were able to teach Hely and Jose (our actual investigator) They have been in Guatamala because Jose's mother just passed away - He was worried that she might not go to heaven because she didn't go to church much,. We shared with them what we believed about life after death and I think what we said really touched their hearts. Jose started crying and then we started crying. I think I'm going to run out of tears soon.
Feb 25. Wednesday. Day 50:
Hosted in the morning. There was one sister I hosted that really just couldn't leave her family, and once I took her away, she started crying. and crying. and crying. So I sat her down and talked to her for a good amount of time. She eventually calmed down, hopefully I was able to calm down some of her nerves and make her less homesick..
Feb 26. Thursday. Day 51:
My teacher shared a really great scripture with me: D&C 121:41-46. It talks about what we should do to have the Holy Ghost with us at all times. It is really good - I encourage everyone to look it up and read it.
Feb 27. Friday. Day 52:
Taught Hely and Jose again! We mostly taught them a bunch of chinese phrases because Hely's dad used to know chinese. After he passed away, she wanted to learn it. I have come to really love Hely and Jose, it is so sad that this is our last week to see them. I hope Sister Graham and I were able to leave at least a little impact on them.
Feb 28. Saturday. Day 53:
Oh. Saturday was rough. All of a sudden I got really really sick. It was really bad. I ended up getting a priesthood blessing from Elder Chen and Elder Booth and then Sister Graham and I went back to our room early because everyone thought I was about to pass out.
Feb 29. Sunday. Day 54:
The miracle of priesthood blessings. I woke up feeling so much better, pretty much everything went away, and I was able to enjoy Sunday. Seriously, priesthood blessings are so real, sometimes I forget that we have such a wonderful gift and that we should use it :) Bore my testimony in Sacrament Meeting - Chinese is really coming along now :) At night we watched Meet the Mormons again (we get to watch a movie every sunday night) and of course - we cried. The end is just really touching. I encourage everyone (especially all of you who aren't mormon) to go and watch that movie! It really shows who mormons are and what we are all about :)
Anyways sorry for the super long email- it's been an emotional week. I can't believe I'm going to be going out into the real world in a week! I love and miss you all!
Sister Michelle Liu