Wednesday, July 15, 2015

First Week at the MTC

Hey there!! 

Wow first week at the MTC. What an adventure!! wow. it went by like a whirlwind. Saying goodbye to you was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It is crazy how emotionally draining it is here. One moment you are so happy and they next you are crying your eyes out. Here is a little summary of my week!!

Wednesday: I love teaching the investigators and answering their questions. My companion is sister Gallegos and she is from Oregon. Even though we are complete opposites... we get along fantastic! she helps me remember to relax (; The food is ok.. and thankfully they have a salad/wrap bar at ever meal... so you can imagine where I spend most of my meals! (; Anyways the spirit here at the MTC is amazing... so strong. being surrounded by other missionaries is the greatest feeling. I had a hard time today... but I can already tell this is the best thing I will ever do. I can't wait to get out into the field. 

Thursday: Today we woke up early and jumped right into district study. The MTC is literally like 16 hours of church! A mission is the best. you get to study the scriptures ALL DAY. I am pretty much in a classroom the size of emilys room with 9 other missionaries (my district) all day. I get a little stir crazy. but thankfully we have lessons to break it up a little bit! Days in the MTC feel so long, ut the spirits is so powerful. Today we started teaching our first investigator. It is so wonderful to be an instrument in the hands of the lord in teaching others. My responsibility is not to teach but to testify. I feel confident when talking to the investigators... mostly because I love them. It is amazing how as a missionary you feel a strong love for all his children. 
Tonight we had a 3 hour meeting iwth the Branch Presidency. it was wonderful I was crying my eyes out the whole time. Anyways we had interviews with the Branch President, and I have been called as sister training leader over the sisters in my district. Which is kinda crazy... because I have no idea whats going on! But I know through the strength of Christ I can do all things. 

Saturday: Pretty much I am running on lack of sleep. I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted. my spirit is soaking it all in but lately Im dealing with information overload. Tonight I felt like giving up... I wanted to go home... the work is harder than I ever imagined... but at the same time is so rewarding! the MTC can best be described as an emotional roller coaster! I have a testimony that the Lord qualifies whom he calls. I love the gospel! 

Sunday: On sunday evening we had the opportunity as a district to listen to a talk by Elder Bednar. The talk was all about turning outward instead of inward. I have never realized how selfish and self centeerd I wasuntil I became a missionary. what this message helped me realize is that the mission is NOT about me and I truly need to give all that I am to serving others. Serving a mission is an experience that is unforgettable. It is the one moment in my life when I just know that I am in the right place at the right time, doing the right work and I am exactly where the Lord needs me to be. It is easy to get discouraged by the work of missionaries, however, I know that as I put all my faith in the Lord, my mouth shall be filled. the key to helping others come unto christ is not so much the content of the doctrine, it is how the spirit makes the person feel in their heart. 

Monday: Today I taught a real investigator with Sis. Gallegos. One of the best experiences of my mission so far. It helped me realize the importance of  my purpose of a missionary. the spirit was incredibly strong. Teaching is hard but is so worth it! I promise my savior that I will not only have a tesimony of this gospel but I will also be fully converted. It is not enough to have a testimony these days, you must be FULLY CONVERTED.  

Tuesday and Wednesday: Class. Teaching. Eat. Class. Teaching. Eat (; 

I have loved my first and last week at the MTC! Unforgettable experience. I head out to Chicago on Monday morning at 3:30 AM. My flight leaves at 8:45. Be expecting a call sometime Monday morning!! I am so very ready for the mission field!! 

Family I love you so much.  "When there is love, there is sadness and parting." Remember that this is only temporary.  My service is not only blessing the lives of others... but it is also blessing yours. It is blessing myself in ways I can not even understand. Although being apart is hard, the joy of the gospel brings peace. It is all made possible through the Savior of Jesus Christ!! He understands my joy. my pain. my happiness. and my sorrow. He is my light. I have no need to fear! 

The gospel is true. I am so blessed to be part of this sacred miracle of missionary work!! 

I miss you. I love you. I think about you everyday. But I know this is where I need to be!!! I am glad to hear that Kole's wedding went well. I hope Emily is having fun in Idaho!! Abbie! write me and tell me about girls camp!! Ethan... Keep up the hard work at Football. Mom and Dad. I am so blessed to have such wonderful parents. Thank you for everything!!!! 

PLEASE WRITE LETTERS (: Missionaries LOVE mail. (; I apologize that time is so short! I wish I could respond to everyone!!! I dont know when my next P day will be... but until then. know that I love you alot alot!! I'll talk to you on Monday!!! 

Sister Parke 

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