Monday, April 22, 2013

Halfway through the MTC!

Claire is halfway through the MTC! We are so proud of her! A few weeks till Argentina is lucky enough to have her :) 

HELLOOO ROHM, PRESCOTT, NIELSEN, BARLOW, WILSON family! ps email to dad and ashley and marie 

well week 3 at the MTC, i cannot believe how fast time is going! In about 2 1/2 weeks ill be in arrrrrgentina! If I get my visa. Some elders next to us were supposed to go to mexico and just got reassigned to texas! So only time can tell. Lou thank you so much for the package! Getting mail is the best :) And Laura thank you for the package! Y'all are the best. So some fun things here this week, I got called to be the sister training leader, other wise known as the coordinating sister, other wise known as the girl who greets all the new girls in our zone, gives them a tour of the whole place, and takes care of any problems they have. Also I get to go to a lot of meetings :) haha. So apparently someone around here thinks im responsible, strange haha. No but im excited for the opportunity! 
Other exciting things since last thursday:

FRIDAY: We got to do what is called TRC. That is where members of the church come in as volunteers and we just get to teach a lesson to them in spanish and practice our conversational skills, so that is pretty fun! They are always super nice and we taught 2 19 year old girls and a boyfriend/girlfriend couple that both served spanish missions so they had some good advice for us which is always much appreciated. Oh wow i guess we get to do that again tomorrow, the week went by so fast! Also on FRiday Elder Couch said to our teacher Hermano Harris, "sweet tie. you should come by my place later and we can swap." and the teacher just goes, "umm that sounds super sketch." hahha the teachers here are the best! 

SATURDAY: or what i would call the lonegst day of my life. we had class for 6 hours straight!!! It was a crazy day but i definitely learned a lot. Later that night we met this sister in our residence hall and she told us her brother is serving in africa in the jungle. But the craziest part is that they have the only concrete house in the jungle, everyone else lives in huts, and at night they have to be in before dark because the tigers and lions come out at night!!! I WOULD DIE. Literally and beause of fear. so thank heavens i am not going to africa! 

SUNDAY: Our first "normal" sunday here because of easter and general conference. What a great day! First we had relief society and the funniest lady came and spoke to us!!  Her name was mary edmunds and she has served 5 MISSIONS. talk about dedication! She was one of the first sister missionaries to serve in the phillipines! SHe held up her journal that was 776 pages and she startwed to get all teaery and she said, "i wanted to go home from the MTC so bad, but i am so glad i stuck it out. because if i hadn't i would not have experienced any of these things that have changed my life." Anyway, she changed my life and she was like a comedian. she's like "girls do not touch the elders! but keep track of the ones you want to touch you!" hahahhaha we were dying. and then we got to go on a temple walk which was nice and we took some cheesy photos which ill send over. then that night we had the coolest fireside, it was Greg Droubay-who is the head of technology for the church. HE spoke to us about how the Lord is hastening his work right now, especially since the MTC is 44% sisters right now!! so crazy. and he told us about the coolest im a mormon advertising they are doing in london right now. basically the church bought ads on 1/4 of the busses in london and they have ads going all through the tube stations and up the escalators--holly look out for them!! and it is HUGE there. so that is super exciting!! and mostly he told us something about our mission that was profound: this isn't about you. this is about the lord's work.    which was really important to hear!

So that's all kind of a blur of classes and cafeteria...and basketball...and...oh ya it snowed here!! Utah is a frigid place. haha today when we walked to the temple i thought my face would freeze off. oh tuesday night, mom you're gonna loooove this! We walk into the devotional and are looking for seats for all 9 of us and we can't find any, and this usher grabs us and goes "oh dont worry ill take care of ya." seats us in the middle of the senior missionaries (in the soft seats-oh yeah!) and we were 12 rows back! and the speaker was.....ELder Richard G. Scott! (for those who are like who is that? haha he is basically one of the 12 men that helps run the church) so it was amazing to hear from him!! his talk was incredible and i wrote down like 4 pages of notes. His main message was about communicating with god and how important it is. and he told all us sister missionaries that our choice to be missionaries will bless us eternally. So we coined the phrase (inspired after YOLO) Y.O.SO. you only serve once! haha. lame but true. they seriously treat us so well here with the best speakers!! it is just awesome. 

Also on tuesday we were at pe, im one of those girls now who plays four square. yikes haha. but it is intense let me tell ya! and ELder Laulu Pututau (a samoan) HIT ME SQUARE in the forehead with the ball and i fell to the ground. hahah it was so embarassing and i was kinda dizzy for a few minutes but i was fine. Other than that no casualties or sicknesses yet! Except the food here...hurts everyones stomachs. TMI. sorry. haha but it's true. 

OH AND THE BEST NEWS! yesterday we were teaching our fake investigator and he committed to be baptized! we were stoked. and itsnoteven real!! haha were like yeahh were doing something right!! haha so yes the 3 weeks here have been successful. and the time is seriously going fast. but i feel like everyone at home must have changed so much since ive been gone?? are you all still the same? hahha i feel like a new person though! i have learned so much here and learned a lot about myself. it really is a cool time in life :) i am grateful for this opportunity. oh and plus im like a fluent spanish speaker now ;) hardly. 

k look out for letters this week cuz ive sent afew! sorry i cant get to all of you--we do not get that much time to write! mom hows that robe coming along...haha i always forget my towel and i am stranded in the shower....awkward. 
how is everyone's week? and whata re the weekend plans? i am so excited for you to get to arizona mom! you are gonna love it. let me know how that all goes. okay well gotta run, im gonna attach some pictures now and switch my laundry! 

NOS VEMOS! Espero que tendramos una semana increible a ustedes!! 
-hermana rohm

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