Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hola!! Week 1 from the MTC

So week 1 has been good so far. Everyone kept saying, "Just wait until Sunday, it gets WAY better after then." Well I followed their advice and it was 100% true. After Sunday, I really started to get into the routine and swing of things. Now I'm just taking things one day at a time, rather than "Oh, wow, we still have 8 weeks left, that's such a long time to be here." It's really not that long of a time and I need it to help me learn the language, the Gospel better, the lessons, the scriptures, how to teach, how to study, how to plan, how to...[insert 1000s of different things here]. I need to learn it all. So I'm just focusing on doing my best each day, not wasting time, and growing/learning something new each day.

I love my district! It's a super big district though...there are 12 of us total. A lot of the other districts have about 6-10 people. We started out with 10--8 Elders and 2 Hermanas. But I had one companion on day one, the next day another girl moved up from Beginner Spanish and we then were a trio, then we were in the trio for a few days until last night when another girl moved up from Beginner, so now I'm back with my original companion. Having two companions was fun for a while, but it was really cumbersome and took a lot longer to do everything. Now I really understand why missionaries do missionary work in pairs. It's definitely an inspired design. Even just being with my one companion today, we've gotten a lot more done. It's awesome.

Since I'm in Intermediate Spanish, we've pretty much dove into the language. We haven't really had a ton of Spanish grammar or language classes yet, but a few. We're all slowly working on it. I've been speaking Spanish practically all day for a few days now. It's really hard and annoying because I'm obviously much more eloquent in English, but they will be forcing us to speak entirely in Spanish in a few weeks, so I might as well just get used to it and start doing it now. Everyday is getting a lot better, it's interesting how QUICKLY everything is coming back. When I took my Spanish assessment on the phone, I totally thought that I botched it and that I'd be in Beginner. But apparently whatever I said was good enough! I'm grateful I'm in Intermediate because it seems the Elders in the district are a lot more focused. They all want to learn the language and are all engaged in class discussions. But who knows, I'm not familiar with other districts or missionaries, so don't take my word on it.

Anyways, back to my district. They are so much fun. It's funny how being together for 14 hours a day really fast-forwards the time it takes to get to know each other. Ok, it's not really that funny, it just makes sense that the more time you spend with someone, the more you get to know them. The Elders like to pick on me, which is fine, I don't care because I can take it. Like whenever the teacher says, "Who wants to or who do you want to say the prayer/pick the song/read the scripture/etc?" The majority of the Elders will say, "Hermana Burt!" So, of course I do it. My catch phrase is "No me importa!" which means, "Whatever." Haha, so they say that all the time, in honor of me. I walked into the class one night after dinner to see all the class assignments (prayer/scripture/hymn) on my name and then the words "No me importa!" written all over the board...great. Thanks, Elders. But seriously, they are so much fun. I have a favorite companionship because they are so cute and sweet, like little brothers. Yet at the same time, I love all of them because they all add a lot to the district. I never thought I'd say that about random Elders I met a week ago, but it's funny how things completely when we're all focused on one common goal. It's fun.

So here real fast is the schedule I do practically everyday:

6:30: Wake up
6:55: Leave for class
7-7:45: Go to class and have personal study time
7:45-8:15: Breakfast
8:15-12:30: Class
12:30-1:15: Lunch
1:15-5:30: Missionary Directed Time (aka, we don't have a teacher and have to teach ourselves, study language, companion study, etc)
5:30-6:15: Dinner
6:15-9: Class again
9-9:30: Schedule with companion for the next day
9:30-10:00: Get ready for bed
10-10:30: Journal
10:30: Bedtime!

One of my favorite parts of the day is gym. I brought my P90X worksheets (that just say the title of the exercise, so I know what to do just by that) and I brought my stretch cords (red, green, and yellow resistance). So every other day I do the workouts for that and then the other day I try to do some cardio. Yesterday, I FINALLY got to play basketball with the Elders. I don't like playing with the Sisters because none of them actually know how to play. But Sisters can only play with Elders if there is another sister on the other team and they have to guard each other. So I finally grabbed some random sister and asked her to play and she did. It was SO much fun to play basketball again! My lungs were hurting because--although I'm in shape--I'm not in THAT type of shape; this is completely different than what I'm used to. It's wonderful! At dinner later that day, I saw one of the Elders--Elder Burton..I only remember that because of our semi commonality in our surnames--that I played with and he said, "Hermana Burt! You were awesome! You burned that other Sister and scored like half of our point! I've decided to call you 'El tigre" because you are so aggressive out there!" Haha, well, it turns out that things haven't changed much. I've always been super aggressive. Oh and random, I'm here in the laundry room writing this email and that Elder just walked by and yelled "Hermana Tigre" from across the room. Lovely.

Well, unfortunately I'm afraid my time is up. I love being here and I know that this is exactly where I need to be doing. The Lord has high expectations for me and I need to do my best every single day so that I can further his work. I have seen a few friends who are only here for 3 weeks and then they leave for the mission field. I'm a bit jealous of them because I can't wait to get out and start teaching, but I know that I'm not ready yet. I'm going to do everything that I can to prepare while here in the MTC. I know that the church is true and this--missionary work--is the most important work!

Love you all. Hope everything is well!
Hermana Morgan Burt

P.S. Write ME! Haha...

1 comment:

The Harbertson's said...

Hello Hermana Burt,
I am so glad things are going great for you and you are getting into the work, we all new you would do great!! Be careful playing basketball don't want you to brake anything!! I am so excited to hear about your mission on your blog, great idea, Keep up the great work, I love You