Mom, you make me happy! I love seeing all of those exclamation points after the caps locked sentence! they make me happy!
As a sister training leader, we have the opportunity to welcome the new district, and to help them out with anything they need, and just be there for all of the sisters. I know that I am meant to be a STL. on Wednesday night, sister Baird and I could not sleep, we had no idea why at the moment, and then at 10:45, we saw one of the reasons. there was a sister in the bathroom, and she was crying, and sister Baird was able to comfort her, because we were still awake. and then it didn't help that the other sisters that are in our room, were not there that night, because they were saying good bye to the other sisters leaving that night, so it was a struggle, but the next morning we did not have any problems getting up for 6:15 service. YAY!!!! I love these sisters that I work with so much! On Tuesday night we decorated their door, because we put a little note on the door for the sisters that came in two weeks ago, and they loved tit tso they did that tho their whole door. I love that we are all getting along and with everyone, and that we are all really close. If it is this hard to leave the sisters in the MTC, and I have only been here 4 weeks, then it will be a struggle to leave the people in the Philippines.
I also cannot believe that we are leaving in 11 days, AND! I only have about 17 months left of my mission. the days have been long, but the weeks fly by! it is so crazy! I miss you guys a lot, but i cannot imagine going through my life without having learned what I have learned, just even from the MTC! I love this gospel with all of my heart. I know it to be true.
Tomorrow I get to teach as well!!! Along with sister Baird, Elder Key, and Elder Taylor. we are teaching like a combined Priesthood/ Relief Society tomorrow. I t is on the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Really nervous... But I will be praying for you. Don't worry, your lessons are amazing! I cant wait to hear how it goes. A thought came to me about "we declare the divinity of Jesus Christ at all times, and sometimes we use words. We should always be trying to emulate Jesus Christ, in all that we do, and then when people see us, they can ask, and we can use words." Just a thought I had.
So Wednesday was a difficult day for me. I was struggling with not being in the Philippines yet, and the language was not my friend that day. It was the same way on Thursday. Yesterday I decided that I would be happy, say I can do things, even if i don't like them, want to , or anything like that. That day was amazing. Class went really good. Our lesson that we taught with Renaldo was awesome and our teacher felt the spirit, and he was really proud of us in how we handled that lesson. I felt really good about it to, but that was probably because I had changed my attitude on life. Then I went and ran with another sister in our zone, and she opened up to me about her family, and what she was struggling with, it was really good to be with her, and to know that some one was willing to listen. Then I got to talk to two of the three new sisters. they are really sweet, and so cute. I love them and I know that there is a reason why I am a sister training leader for them. Then at lunch, everyone in my district was really excited because yesterday was the day that we got travel plans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we sat down, and everyone had theirs except for me..... I was so upset, but I also had a letter from Hannah and aunt Karen, so that made it a little better. Then all of the sudden , Elder Taylor pulls out of his suit pocket my travel plans!!! He knew that it would be funnier to hide mine rather than anyone elses. I am so happy that the elders and sister Baird are going to Naga. It makes me happy.
Then while we were in class, we sang I Believe in Christ. I thought as we sang, that I really do believe in him, because if I didn't, I would have no reason to be here on a mission, going through some ups and downs. I wouldn't be who I am. I am so grateful for that experience, because it told me that what I was doing in my life was right, and that there was really no other option for me but to go on a mission. I know that I miss all of you, and that it is one of the hardest parts of being a missionary, is being away from my family.
I am so glad that you were all safe while in St. George! I m so glad that there are still miracles in this world, and that Father has not stopped talking to us even in this Dispensation. we were teaching Lucy yesterday, and we asked her about her experiences with religion, and she had gone through so many different ones, and then she told us that 20 ish years ago, the LDS missionaries came to her door, and then they never returned. it makes me feel bad, because I know (ever though she is one of our teachers) that she is a ready soul, and has been for a very long time. I cannot wait to actually see the conversion process for someone out in the field. I am so excited to be there, and to teach and love these people. I cant wait to meet President Reader Sister Reader. I love them both so much. I cannot wait to meet the lovely people in the Philippines.
I love you all so much! have a wonderful week, and your lesson will be amazing! Don't worry about it, and it will all be fine!
I love you mom, and I will write you another letter this week.
Love your sister missionary, Sister Emma Nelson.