Yesterday we watched The Testaments of One Fold and One Shepherd (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r5Zwj9e2os&ytsession=llS2d2Pw0ZNB3erLsYt4AW3GLbLPy4qPxQHaAPevv7KS5WeU5-dVjEeGyH_LevndoYr_C9b2ZnSPNOCLVRE3Cn8hPhoFtqVyzwWtGkZGJ23855EzaEqjwR69Ql-ePypteQJMpMgikkAZ6ToZpdeUVMNkdR5GLE9MndAFRZf4HG0jWiEvqhb358MTW35B5LnVtdNBpT38aYyl2ac5WwQl6r-m703OFSUo5S8fJj071zf2pnqpT4-0uAIeC8Kfn3rqStnCMiVyq2iGyw5-SXPnJvKRCMyD3pFFy-CX1hiShcI9wNdGhK4Fb8Ri-LZP06E2UNyXEXL0qDw) in Mando! I was surprised how much I know. I could understand about half of it. Watching it in Mando, I felt like I was watching Chinese soap operas with mom. All the characters' voices were all Asian and it didn't match the voices of the characters on screen. The setting was back in the Aztec-ish days. But I really enjoyed the movie(: and at sacrament meeting, it was fast and testimony meeting, I stood up and bore my testimony in Mando. It was really scary because I don't like speaking in front of a crowd. I was shaking when I was speaking but I delivered a short testimony about having trust in Jesus Christ and how we can achieve our goals and wishes when we have trust in Him.
Being here in the last few days has been amazing, so spiritual and special. Everyone is full of love, and people express the love and appreciation a lot more when you are about to leave the MTC. In some ways I don't want to leave and in others I do. I don't feel adequate enough to leave the MTC but if we waited til we were adequate, we would NEVER leave the MTC! I'm glad to be going out so I can continue to learn and grow in a different atmosphere.
This week we had in-field orientation. It was great. They had different workshops that explained how to contact people, the key indicators to setting goals and planning, member-missionary work, and how investigators go through the whole conversion process. I learned that member-missionary relationships are very important, members have friends and people who might be interested in the gospel and teaching with members makes the gospel more relatable to the member's friends or family. I also learned that it is important for missionaries to always stay in contact with their investigators, we help them stay in the gospel.
The last 3 days here, Sister Olsen and I went to the early morning gym classes where we have an instructor and she teaches us different styles of exercise. And this is only for the sisters. The classes start at 6:00 and go til 6:30. The first day was kick boxing. It was really fun. A lot of punching and in between exercises we had dances. Sister Olsen got her anger out punching air! That day was Halloween and we did the Thriller. It was entertaining, I couldn't dance but I tried. I bet the other sisters were staring at me oddly. And later that night we had a Halloween Pai Dui (party), we had cake and Halloween packages from Elder Hendrickson. It was his birthday! The next day we went to the early morning gym and I had the opportunity to work off that red velvet cake! It was pilates and yoga. Pilates works out you abs. It is so intense but a great workout. At the end of the workout we did mediation and a standing tree pose. Mediation really helped me relax -- I was stressing out from packing. Then today we went to step aerobics. We did squat twists and those were killer -- my thighs were burning like no other -- probably the most I've worked out the whole time being at the MTC.
Tomorrow afternoon I'll be on the plane heading over to England. It is going to be a looong flight, but that just means I get to talk to more people!(: I can't wait to leave. I've only got 16 months to serve the people of England! Seems like a long time but it will go quickly. There is no time to waste. I am on the Lord's time and I am his tool for 16 more months!
Oh and I LOVE YOU!