Sorry about my last email, we only had a short amount of time to email. Thank you uncles for supporting me on my mission and everyone else who donated! Knowing that my financial needs are met is great news. I am definitely less stressed!
My companion and I get along great, we haven't had any arguments or anything.We work pretty well together and I'm happy that we do because I'll most likely have her as my companion sometime during my mission. She's super helpful and she knows how to pronounce words so I'll learn them correctly. All I need to concentrate now are tones and those are hard to memorize. I don't understand them.
The first couple days at the MTC are good. Food is decent, I thought it would be more tasty but some meals are better than others. MTC food definitely makes you gain weight, I've measured. But I'll need the extra food storage for when I'm out in England. Mandarin class is great, I learn a lot but it's also overwhelming. There is so much for me to learn and my automatic response is to reply in Spanish. The first day, I would reply in Spanish saying "Si" or "Muy bien" I'd quickly say the answers in Mandarin. But on day 6 my natural response is to reply in Mandarin, so my Chinese is progressing, which is great. At the MTC, there are a lot of weekly interviews. Your teacher interviews you, your branch president interviews you, and your leaders interview you like the sister training leaders. The interviews are just to check up on you and to check up on your testimony and why you want to be at the MTC. When I had my interview with my Chinese teacher, he said he felt like I was a natural leader which is weird because I don't feel as so. I don't know what I could be a leader in. But we shall see if he is right.
So Sunday and Preparation day are the best. On fast Sundays we go to a mission conference for 2 hours, a district meeting for 1 hour, sacrament, activities planned by the branch president, devotional and a church film. It is very relaxing, we don't have to stress over Chinese except in sacrament meeting. But in sacrament meeting, I could understand what was being said. Like 85%. That was pretty cool to witness. Soon I'll be speaking almost fluently like the Elders and Sisters that bore their testimonies. But reading and singing in Mandarin was hard. I couldn't read and pronounce it as fast as the music was going so I'd sing like every other word.
P day, is also relaxing, we went to the temple for a Elder in our district. It was his first time so that was a great experience. I don't know how he felt about it though, but I liked the endowment. And after the temple trip I got to wear PANTS! I miss wearing pants, I guess I should get used to wearing skirts for a year and a half though. Most of the time on p day we used it for laundry, temple, personal study, and in the evening we revert back to class. We teach Lai Jei Yi, our investigator. We teach her in Mandarin. Tonight will be our third lesson. She's a Buddhist from Taiwan and wonders about Christianity in America. We got her to pray to our Heavenly Father on the second lesson, which was amazing. It gave us a spiritual high! I hope our lesson today will be just as successful.
Half the missionaries here are Chinese speaking! The gospel over in Chinese speaking places are growing so rapidly, so exciting. I did see Jenny's [Chio's] bro [Jackson] and talked to him.
I have not met Maddie Giles, I forgot to look out for her. But I'll look. All the missionaries here look so much older, I guess it's just from how mature they have become from being at the MTC. I keep forgetting that they are my age.
And I feel good. The thyroid hormone is working well. And no my tongban does not help me put on vitamin e, that's awkward! I do it myself. So each week, Sisters get $8 allowance for bookstore stuff or snacks or laundry detergent. The food and use of the washers and dryers are free. You get a missionary discount on most things in the bookstore. The photo converter allows the camera SD card to move picture from the memory card to the computer but I've asked around and missionaries say there's a computer lab that already has a memory card slot. So I don't need to buy one(:
Thanks JJ for setting up my blog, I'll send pictures next Monday(:
I still have my Asian snacks, I want to save those for England if I can. I need some sweat pants that have elastic on the ankles so I can work out in my long garments and because it is cold when we work out in the mornings. I might need a few more bottom G's like 2-3 maybe. Tell Alexander that I met Talmage haha he will know who that is...and that he needs to tell Kaila and Rachel my new letter address. My Facebook needs to be changed to Sister Chee and change my profile picture and stuff! Oh, my retainer broke. Just the bottom one though. I just stuck it in my mouth and it cracked...
And one question, how do I pronounce my last name?