FINALLY LEAVING/ rough week
So, my email this week might be a little different. I am emailing on a Saturday, because I actually leave the MTC Monday morning at 3 am! 9 weeks accomplished :) AND our Visas still haven't come through, so my whole District was reassigned to a different part in the states for about 6 weeks until our visas come through. For those 6 weeks, I have been called to the PENNSYLVANIA PITTSBURGH MISSION. It's going to be cold, but I am so excited! I will also be teaching in english, so we will see how this goes... Is it sad to say that I can recite the first vision in chinese but not in english..? Everyone in my district got reassigned to either Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, or Arizona. This week was super super rough for me, I didn't record as much as I usually do in my journal, so the day descriptions might be a little shorter, but I'll explain more at the end of the email.
March 2. Monday. Day 55 - We went to the temple as usual in the morning. It was a much needed temple trip, and I am so grateful that we get to go once a week here at the MTC. It was also the last time I'm able to go through the Provo temple for the next 18 months. We had Skype TRC sessions later that day and were able to skype another person in Taiwan. We taught her about receiving revelation through the book of mormon.
March 3. Tuesday. Day 56- We ran into our gold tag investigators, Hely and Jose, in the morning. They have been going through a very difficult time in their lives, and they just thanked us for being their friend. It meant a lot to us that they trusted us enough to be considered their friends.
March 4. Wednesday. Day 57- First, shout out to my baby brother- HAPPY 11th BIRTHDAY STEVO. Hope it was one to remember :) Wednesday was the start of the rough week. I woke up feeling so sick. Sister Graham didn't feel to good either. Our voices were starting to disappear, we had soar throats, and it hurt so bad to swallow, so eating food wasn't really an option. Elder Fleming and Elder June in our district also came to class in the same state as us. It was not good.
March 5. Thursday. Day 58- We met with Hely and Jose in the morning. It was our last lesson with them. We taught them some more chinese and just shared our testimonies and the love we had for them. We gave them a copy of the book of mormon with our testimonies written on the inside. Jose called us "angels", which led to- you guessed it- more crying. I am so glad I got the opportunity to meet with two wonderful people. They have really blessed my life, and I pray that they will continue to learn and grow. As for being sick, it got worse.
March 6. Friday. Day 59- In field orientation day. It's where they give everyone who is leaving the next week an orientation about going out into the field. It is from 8 in the morning to 5 at night. I learned lots of great new things, but being sick and having a meeting for 9 hours don't really go together.. When we got back to the classroom, we were all pretty much dead.
March 7. Saturday. Day 60- Happy two month anniversary! Today was the last day of classes with our teachers, which was bittersweet. I am so excited to leave, but I have gotten really close with my teachers over the past 9 weeks, and it is hard to see them go. In class, we just all bore our testimonies and shared our thoughts on how we have grown and changed over the past 2 months. Sickness status- still dying. Our classrooms sounds like we are all coughing up cats.
So this week was hard. I wanted my last week at the MTC to be perfect and relaxing, but as we all know things change. I got sick with a really bad cold right before I'm about to leave into the mission field. We also got reassignments, which notified me that I was leaving monday morning, so I wouldn't have a P-day to run errands and pack before leaving. That sort of lead to some stress, and being sick really didn't help. No one has been sleeping, eating, or really breathing. BUT the whole point of this isn't to complain. In the email I sent home last week, I talked about the hourglass analogy. I think this week was a big collapse, for all of us. But I do know that we go through these rough patches and these collapses so Heavenly Father can build us up even higher. I don't know how much longer the rough patch is going to last, but I do know that everything happens for a reason. We might not know the reason right now, but we will in the future. Gotta run, but I love you all.
Love, Sister Liu