Abby’s group of Spanish speaking missionaries

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Week 1 – MTC

Mom,

It’s been the longest week but one of the most spiritual. People say this place is a prison, but I like it a ton more than I expected. My district and teachers are amazing. We have two investigators (Jose and Palma) that we’re teaching and Spanish is a struggle but the Spirit is constantly telling me not to worry about it, to learn the gospel first and the Spanish will follow in time with the help of the Spirit. I’m remembering more from High School than I thought I knew and even French is a help. Everyone says you don’t learn the language until 3 months into the mission field anyway, so not to stress about it in the MTC. Hermana Anderson and I are working hard though. I’ve already learned so much and so much as happened in a short amount of time!
That is a cool scripture. It reminded me of a scripture in D&C that says something to the effect of: My people will be chastised, whether or not it is from a test of faith and obedience. (end of paraphrase) We will all have to learn obedience and humility in some way, but it is up to us to decide whether or not it will be from a great sacrifice. It is better to just be obedient straight out rather than to make a great sacrifice in order to learn. That’s just my initial interpretation but the amazing thing about the Word of God is that it speaks to everyone differently. When we are obedient first, it ceases to be a sacrifice in a way. I already feel blessed for being here and it’s becoming less of a sacrifice for me.
I love you so much. Thanks for your example.
Con Amor,
Hermana Morse

January 22, 2016

Hey guys,

I’m alive! Our Branch Presidency let us email you before our P-Day (Tuesday) in order to tell you that 🙂 My flight from Chicago to Salt Lake was delayed for an hour and a half so I got to the MTC late but I was quickly ushered into a welcome meeting. The only thing I missed was the first hour of language class which happened before that.
My companion’s name is Hermana Anderson, and she’s great. We have a good relationship and work well together. She is really list/goal-oriented so that’s been a help to me. My district is fun as well. There is one Elder from California who is going to my mission, but everyone else is going to different places all over.
Spanish is rough, but we’re learning so much everyday. I’m remembering things from high school, but the biggest problem is that I’m speaking a language somewhere between French and Spanish. It’s kinda hard to separate them in my mind but soon the Spanish will replace the French.
They don’t mess around! Today we taught our first investigator in Spanish on only our second full day! It was a learning experience; I’m not sure how much Palma (our investigator) got out of it. I figure as long as I can pray and testify comfortably I should be alright getting into the field. They have every second of our lives scheduled here, so we’re always busy and the days are long. It’s not as bad as people say though, we get plenty of sleep and it’s as fun as you and your district make it. I think I’m going to have a great time here and I’m so excited to be good at Spanish!
Apparently I’m staying here for 7 weeks rather than the usual 6 weeks. Not sure why, but they tell me that it might be so I can go somewhere in alignment with the timing of a transfer.
Please let me know when my background check letter thingy gets in and when you send it (with my passport) into Church Travel. Thanks 🙂
Te amo!
Hermana Morse