Week One: “La oportunidad a ser una misionera….”

*mom’s edit: If you would like to send a dear elder, every day at noon they print up all the dear elder letters and deliver them for free to the missionaries.  Lisi loves getting them, and it makes her happy.  So, if you would like to send even just a quick note, it would make her day.  The website is dearelder.com and her info is Hermana Hong ARG-SF OCT04 unit 178)

 

“Es un privilegio, no es un sacrificio.” (It is a prividge, not a sacrifice…  her district has this as a bit of a theme.)

Hola a todos! I swear i just blinked and now I’ve been a missionary for over a week, and I LOVE IT. Everything is so great and spiritual and in Spanish.

I can’t express how happy I have been here in the MTC. I have the best little district, the best companion, and the best little family that writes me dearelders all the time. The Spirit is so strong here all the time. Even when we are asleep 😉

The first day I got here we had this meeting with the MTC Presidency, and we sang this primary song, “We will bring the world his truth.” BUT they got all tricky on us and switched up the words so we sang “we ARE NOW the Lord’s missionaries” instead of “we WILL BE the Lord’s missionaries.” And there I was sitting on the front row of this meeting, and I just start crying BECAUSE I AM NOW ONE OF THE LORD’S MISSIONARIES. I haven’t ever felt this much joy and peace and love in my life (well there are some close seconds buuuuuuuuuut).

My cute little district has been through a lot together in this past week. We are all intermediate level Spanish speakers (#blessed), but this one Elder was like fluent, so he got transferred to the advanced class. Tears were shed by all. We miss Elder Dameron already. I guess it was good practice for when we leave the MTC. We are all going separate ways: some to Argentina (another Elder is going to my mission), Texas, El Salvador, and Paraguay. We have an abundance of fun here in the MTC. The Elders KILL me; they are just hilarious and fresh out of high school. Yesterday they were eating these popsicles at dinner, and they kept getting stuck on the Elder’s mouths bc they were so cold. But they just kept putting these freaking popsicles back in their mouths! Anyways I love them and the other Hermanas in my district. My cute companion is named Hermana Barlow. She is from Michigan, and she is almost 23 years old (and I was worried that I would be the oldest one lololol). We are teaching this “investigator” named Jorge, and that is fun. The first lesson we had was super humbling, because we thought we knew all this Spanish, but then we didn’t understand like any of his Spanish. DEAD. But the other two lessons have been LOVELY. Other than that, Spanish is coming along really well!

This week I learned that this truly is the Lord’s work, and I am so honored, humbled, and privileged to represent Him all day every day. I LOVE THIS WORK. I get to be His hands to the people in Santa Fe, Argentina.

I love you all. Remember that God loves you and wants to hear from you, so say some prayers to Him.

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Hermana Barlow and I ❤
MTC selfie August 2016
Studying hard or hardly studying??? (you have no idea how many selfies I have just like this)
1st tag picture at MTC
The most important things to remember as a missionary: God loves everyone no matter what, and you represent the Savior
District at temple MTC
Cute District
MTC District
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First day at the MTC

So, the hardest thing we have ever done happened today.  We had to say good bye to our beautiful Hermana Hong.  She has blessed our lives for 19 years, and now if is time to bring her testimony, love and light to the people of Santa Fe, Argentina.

We were greeted by a pair of sweet sister missionaries who kindly waited while we held on as long as we could, and finally let her begin her journey.

A couple of hours later, we all went to Target for school supplies and my phone buzzed.  We bought a wifi camera for her to useand she was able to send a picture of her and her companion, beautiful Hermana Barlow.  I am so grateful that she has a companion.  That was one of my biggest fears, that she would be a solo sister in the MTC.  My mama’s heart is happy.

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And guess what else!!! We just sat down a few minutes ago, and we got a very short email.  This is what she had to say:

“Hola a mis amores.

THE MTC IS AWESOME AND OVERWHELMING. I have felt so much peace since I got dropped off. My companion is named Hermana Barlow, and she is amazing. Perfect MTC companion for me. She is almost 23! I love being a missionary. It has been the most humbling twenty-four hours of my life. God is so good to His missionaries, and He knows our needs so well. The gift of tongues is real too. I have understood EVERYTHING #blessed.
I miss you all so so so much, but I am happier than ever before. I love you all.
My P-day is on Wednesday!!!!!!”
So, way too short, but we are so happy to hear from her tonight… It will be a long wait until next Wednesday, but we can rest knowing that she is happy.  We are so blessed.
Thanks everyone for your support and love.  We love you!