Last Tuesday we had Elder Carlos Godoy speak to us at devotional, he was really spiritual and funny. At the beginning of his talk he said, "When your parents dropped you off at the MTC they called you sweetie, darling, or whatever nickname" and all I thought of my dad saying was bye girl and driving away haha but I just think that in my family we have nicknames of big girl, girl, and boy for us kids. But Elder Godoy gave a really good talk about how we can be a successful missionary from one verse from Alma 26:22 "Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall begiven to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance." It gave four points to be a successful missionary, each point would make you a better missionary. And there was two blessing from that verse also. I just love how simple the steps are but how difficult the task is to maintain. But Elder Godoy's talk was very inspirational and uplifting. I am trying to maintain the 4 steps in Alma 26 and be the best missionary I can.
Last Wednesday, I hosted again and it was great to see the new sisters all excited to be at the MTC, all of the sisters I hosted were going English speaking and one is going to Scotland. Odd, because she should be at the Preston MTC in England but it's great to have more missionaries here(:
I just realized that my accents are being mixed up with the Mandarin accent I am learning at the MTC. For the word "try", I've heard popo say it si si, but here we say it shi shi. It was just an odd realization. I'm saying different accents while I speak. I probably confuse all the missionaries I talk to ahah opps(:
One of the new sisters, Sister Kwong, has an aunt and uncle serving in the Tapei temple and that's cool because my popo and gong gong always serve there! I thought it was a cool relation, people will see my popo and gong gong(:
This past Sunday I lead the discussion for our district meeting. It was on repentance. I started out with the question, "How can we magnify our calling though repentance?" Off of this one question our discussion went for 40 mins, I was really surprised that most of the district replied and based comments off of each other. I'm glad that I prayed beforehand to think of ways to lead the discussion. After that, I shared a scripture of how important it was to have faith in Christ to be able to fully repent. The scripture was in Enos 1:2-8 "I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins. Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart. And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens. And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed. And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away. And I said: Lord, how is it done? And he said unto me: Because of thy faith in Christ, whom thou hast never before heard nor seen. And many years pass away before he shall manifest himself in the flesh; wherefore, go to, thy faith hath made thee whole." Enos give such a great example of repentance. It says he "wrestle" with it. And repentance is no easy task but when we have the faith we can be forgiven of our sins.
Today going to the temple Sister Olsen and I were making remixes of songs. The songs of course relate to church, but it was just fun to incorporate upbeat music with church lyrics. We also sang a nice duet of Christmas Bells are Ringing, even tho I am terrible at singing and Christmas is still 2 months away(: We also make a rap of Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree. All good times with Sister Olsen, I wished she was going to England. After our missions we are going to have a district reunion at her grandparent's farm in Canada(:
So this week I got my travel plans, I am leaving the MTC at 11:30am on November 4th! I'll Arrive in Leeds at 8:15pm on the 5th(: The jet lag is going to be killer but I am so excited to get out to England and teach God's children and about Christ's Gospel!
So in lil' over a week I'll be off to England.