|We unintentionally sort of matched and so we took a picture.|
Hello all! This week has been a pretty great week. There were some ups and downs (as always) but I was much happier this week than the one before. And for that I am very grateful! Last night was particularly awesome so I will start there.
Sister Rohlfing and I auditioned on Thursday to sing "Come Thou Fount" for a special musical number and we were chosen to sing it at Sunday Night Devotional. Our accompanist was a girl learning Japanese upstairs who is really good. This was really exciting that we were chosen but also scary because it is in front of the whole MTC. We both prayed for humility so we could perform our best but also just be a means of inviting the Spirit into the meeting (which is why the church likes musical numbers in the first place!) It ended up going really well! It was fun for us to sing because we both love to sing a whole darn lot and we could also tell we had touched the audience. When the speaker stood up he told us we did really well and then asked us if we could sing it in Chinese. Ha ha. The speaker was Elder Allen who is the Managing Director of the Missionary Department for the church. I had heard him before and he is awesome! I guess when you have been to 16 MTC devotionals you are bound to get a repeat now and then. ;) He taught us how to be better companions. My favorite thing he said was, "You don't have the luxury of choosing your companion. You do have the luxury of loving every companion." I've been so blessed to have SUCH A GREAT companion for my whole MTC stay. So I'm kinda worried about what is in store for me later! I feel like companions don't come any better than Sister Larsen! So it was so good to hear that it is in MY control to enjoy companionships. I made a goal this week to never have a bad companion. I know that is easier said than done but I'm serious. I am going to love every single one whatever that takes. It doesn't matter if they are disobedient, harsh, lazy, or worse, likes bananas. I'm going to love them.
So Elder Allen's talk was really amazing! But then he through me for a loop when he turned to where Sister Rohlfing and I were sitting and said, "Sisters, you sang that so beautifully that I'm going to ask you to sing it again before the closing prayer. But this time, Sister Nally (The MTC President's wife) is going to just accompany you by ear and we will all sing with you. I was so shocked! I'd never seen a speaker do anything like this before! So we went back up and Sister Nally came down and just started making up a beautiful arrangement of "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" right on the spot. We started singing and the whole MTC sang with us. It was SO POWERFUL. Many people had tears in their eyes and couldn't even sing. Me being one of them! When we all sang the lines, "Jesus sought me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God. He to rescue me from danger, interposed His precious blood." I felt the Spirit so strong because I knew it was true! He DID interpose His precious blood for every single person in the MTC and every single person that has ever lived. And He did it because He loves us more than we can comprehend. And I'm eternally grateful for His sacrifice! And singing about it was a small way I could show Him how grateful I am. So long story short, it was a powerful and sacred experience that I will remember my whole life.
Afterwards a LOT of people came up to us and gave us hugs, pats, thank yous, high fives, fist bumps, etc. Everyone was so so kind. The reason I tell you this is that one of the people that came up to talk to me was an Elder Martin. And he asked me if I knew any Bements in Colorado and I said yes, I sure did! And I guess He knows Uncle Greg and Aunt Kristie really well and even sang at Greg's funeral. For some reason it is just so nice to meet someone that knows your family. It was really cool to meet him.
Another wonderful thing that happened this week was my district got our travel plans!!! I don't think I can explain what an exciting thing that is. I seriously had a panic attack. After being in the MTC for 8 weeks it kind of starts feeling like you are never leaving and this is your entire mission so it was so awesome to be able to hole in my hands proof that I DO GET TO GO TO ENGLAND! I leave the MTC on November 3rd at 4:30am. I fly from SLC to the Netherlands and then to Manchester. And I have the honor of being the travel leader of my group which includes...me. Ah! I'm actually kind of surprised about haw scared I am of traveling alone. It's going to be weird to not have a companion and be alone for so long...plus the whole international flight by myself thing just kind of freaks me out. But oh well, I can just pray and pray the whole time! And hopefully I can have some missionary experiences while traveling which would also be nice. :) So no worries!
|Travel plans!!! I was SO EXCITED!!!!|
|The next morning with our travel plans...STILL SO EXCITED!!!! That's sister Burton (Bao Jiemei in the back haha)|
Oh! I'm so happy that the Christmas season is here. It feels different as a missionary but I still love it. Maybe even more than usual. We starting singing Christmas hymns two weeks ago actually. The poor elders hate it because they say the season hasn't started yet, but I think you can guess how the decision making process goes when it is 8 sisters against 2 elders. Needless to say, we sing Christmas songs. Poor Elders. But they still love us. :)
|Mom sent me a beautiful dress! I wore it on Sunday to sing at the devotional. :)|
Well, I love you all so much! Mission life is wonderful! I'm sort of losing my steam here at the MTC so I'm very excited to get into the field and experience all that that means. I know it's going to be hard, REALLY hard, but I'm so excited to dig in and get started. Next week will be my last email from the MTC. Crazy!