Tuesday, August 20, 2013

1st week at the MTC!!

Dear Blog,

When I walked up to the MTC, I had no idea what I was in for. Seriously. I was greeted by two lovely sisters and they took me all around the MTC. We went and got some packets, my name badge, dropped my luggage off at my dorm thingy, and they showed me around the buildings that I needed to know. They also showed me this magical tree that smells like Cream Soda. My question is, how did they find out that it smells like cream soda? Did someone just get so board one day that they decided to go sniff trees? Well here is a picture of my companion and I, and Sister Lavery and Sister Shelly smelling it today.Sister Lavery and Sister Shelly are the other two Sisters in my District.
So continuing on with the first day, We got to teach investigators that very first night. It was a huge group of us missionaries, so it wasn't so scary. I've learned that teaching investigators can be so scary. I am having a hard time with it at the MTC so I don't know how it will be actually out in the field. I saw Sister Kiely Boll the first day I got here! She lived in the room right next to me. That was such a relief because sometimes I feel like a fish in a tank here. I don't feel like I'm ever going to get out into the real world. Soon enough.

Here is a picture of my district! We are all going to Vancouver, Canada! Hahaha Sister Dixon has her eyes closed. Oops.
I love my companion so much. She is so wonderful!


I don't know who those random Elders are in the background but here she is! She is from Coalville, UTAH which is a super tiny town. She's been a member for almost two years, and I don't know what I would do without her. She knows the scriptures better than I do. I need to work on that.
Aren't we cute? These are my fellow Sisters.
Richard G. Scott came and talked to us on Tuesday for devotional! I can't believe that I got to be in the same room as an apostle! His talk was SO magical! I felt HORRIBLE because I've been so tired I was trying so hard to stay awake. I mean geez, can't I stay awake while an apostle is talking? Thank goodness for companions and other sisters who can poke you and make you stay awake. His talk was on prayer and how God only gives us tasks that can fit our ability. I try to keep that in mind, but missionary work is hard work. Will y'all pray for me? Sister Kiely Boll was on the stand with Elder Scott because her companion was saying the closing prayer. I wish I had gotten a picture with her while she was here! 
This is how we feel at the end of the day. Dead. Tired. Seriously. Read 1 Nephi 1:7. We all feel like Lehi and want to pass out by the end of the day. I didn't know that you could feel spiritually drained! 

I know that Heavenly Father has called me to his work and that I was meant to come here to Vancouver Canada. I love it here, but keep writing me letters! I NEED YOUR HELP! :D

I have been teaching some investigators at the MTC. It has been the coolest experience to see them grow and progress as we teach them. We also have made some huge mistakes and been shot down. I'm trying to learn from those experiences. I asked our investigator Mike if he would be baptized and he said no. But, he did invite us back, so that is always a good thing. 

Here is a picture of us during class time:
There is a saying at the MTC that we get squirted with a fire-hose of information. That is so true. I can only drink so much water, while the rest of me gets soaked. I am trying my best to learn and be diligent. Please write me letters and send me packages. They mean the world to me. 

Sister Struempler

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