Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Flight Plan and Meeting the Mission President & Wife

Flight plan: 

                                         V:L SLC at 7:05 am

                                         AR: GA at 12:43 pm

                                          LV: GA at 1:59 pm
                                          AR: LA at 2;35 pm

Meeting President and Sister Hansen

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Miracles, surprises, and opportunities to grow

The Sisters standing outside our decorated door
(we have limited resources here)

Sister Johnson and I after hosting

Sister Johnson and I behind the Provo Temple
Hey y'all!

What a week.  

We said goodbye to our favorite investigator, Jessy, on Friday. She is our only investigator (we have had four so far) that has been real and we had a really good experience with her. We started teaching her last Monday and at that point she had already had all of the missionary lessons. She understood everything, she just didn't feel any of it. So we spent the week following the Spirit as we tried to figure out how to help her and address her needs. The last day we taught her she told us about an answer to her prayer! She was crying, we were crying, and I don't know if I have ever felt so much joy. We were so sad when we weren't able to teach her anymore. We still pray for her every day.

My district got to host new missionaries this week! This means we were the missionaries that wait on the curb in front of the MTC and take the missionaries away from their families. It is a lot happier than it sounds! We got to help the new missionaries get excited about the MTC and take them around for 20 minutes. It was a blast!

My district had some tougher days this week. It has been fantastic though because we have grown incredibly close in the short amount of time we have spent together. As excited as I am to head to Louisiana on Tuesday (which is really, really excited) I will also really, really miss my district. I can't wait to see them all again in a couple years! 

My MTC stay has taught me a lot about following the Spirit. The funny thing about following the Spirit is that a lot of the time I don't even realize it is the Spirit that is leading me until after the fact. Sometimes it is more about trying my best and being in the right place at the right time. As I have tried my best to be obedient and become more like the Savior I have seen miracles and tender mercies. Nothing is cooler than walking away from teaching a lesson and realizing that the Spirit had completely taken over. I love being a missionary!

Life is beautiful. I can't wait to see what Louisiana has in store for me! I hope you are all doing well!

Sister Thomas

My cute companion with the cute package
my mom sent

 Elder Muhlestein reading us stories from the Book of Mormon
Stories Childrens book to read during personal study)

I have no words. 
Sister Johnson in the chair fort the Elders made for her
(we have some long days at the MTC)

Classic Elders

Thursday, June 16, 2016

"Practice makes better, but Jesus makes perfect."

Sister Johnson and I at the temple on Sunday

Sister Johnson and I with the Sister Training Leaders before us
(we all felt cool because we accidentally matched)

My district at the temple
Hey y'all!

The MTC is the greatest. I spend every day surrounded by people who have the same purpose as me, I get to study the gospel all day, and there are no tests! Basically I am just the happiest! It doesn't seem real though. I keep waiting for it to hit me and then really sink in that I am actually a missionary. We'll see if that ever happens!

What really makes the MTC so wonderful is the people. I'll give you a quick rundown on the missionaries in my district real quick because I love them and I already know I'll miss them so much!
 -  My companion is Sister Johnson. She is from Phoenix, Arizona and she is going to Louisiana with me! The funny thing is that she also spent a year at BYU and she also lived in Helaman Halls! We never actually met, but we followed each other on Instagram before we came so that is pretty cool! I absolutely adore her.
 -  The other sisters in our district are Sister Edwards and Sister Davis. Sister Edwards is from Glendale, Arizona and Sister Davis is from Lapointe(?), Utah. Sister Edwards is also going to Louisiana and she also lived in Helaman Halls for a year at BYU! We had mutual friends and kind of knew each other first semester! She is exceptionally kind and I love her to bits. Sister Davis is headed to Billings, Montana. She loves horses and went to school for a year at USU. She has such a quiet strength and I look up to her a lot.
 -  The Elders in our district (Elder Campbell, Elder O'Connel, Elder Black, and Elder Muhlestein) are HILARIOUS. Like crying, rolling on the floor hilarious. They are all headed to Billings, Montana with Sister Davis and we will miss them all!
 - Also, I see so many familiar faces here! I've been trying to keep track but there are waaay too many to remember. But for those of you that have friends at the MTC right now, I have talked with Sister Bergeson, Sister Jex, Elder Berryhill, Sister Bolander, Sister Olsen, Sister Whitehead, Sister Schneider, Sister Hyde, Sister Greenwood, Sister McFadden, Sister Parker, Sister Bishop, Sister Sannar, Elder Gray, Sister Young, and a couple of the missionaries from the Fiji airport!

For some reason, Sister Johnson and I were chosen to be Sister Training Leaders for our zone! I guess the Lord has a lot to teach me. We were able to meet all the new missionaries in the two districts that joined our zone yesterday. We gave them a tour, talked to them about the MTC, and got to know them a bit! It was a little weird because Sister Johnson and I have only been here a week and we still feel pretty new. But time is different here in the MTC. Even a week makes a huge difference and so it was fun to get them all excited for their time here!

Here is a list of my favorite things I have learned this week:

1. We come back different from missions because the Savior has been by our side the whole time and we know Him a bit better.
2. Everything in the conversion process has to happen to me before it can happen to my investigators.
3. I don't know anything about the people I meet. But Christ does and he loves them and knows what they need.
4. Have the courage to follow promptings.
5. When you don't think you can do this, you're right. But the Savior can.

I love the spirit here at the MTC. I love the people, I love the gospel, and I love Jesus Christ! I can't wait to share my happiness with the people in Louisiana!

Much love,

Sister Thomas

The only proposals that ever happen at the MTC 
featuring Elder Black and Elder O'Connel)
My crazy district and I in our natural habitat (our classroom)
Basically what we do all day, every day