I can't believe it has been another week! Halfway done at the MTC! Crazy, right? So I'm sorry that I'm terrible at writing emails and I'm sure that like nobody reads these anyways. But I'll try to make this one less scattered. I gave myself more time to type so hopefully it'll be better :)
Hmm so I guess I'll just lay out the week...
(last P day): We had a devotional from Larry R. Lawrence of the Seventy and his wife which was awesome. He talked about how we can protect ourselves from the adversary and how we should try to avoid being discouraged. It was great.
Oh, we also got to host! It was awesome! Especially since I didn't have a host when I arrived because of my insane flight delay that made me miss all the fun. I got to host 4 new sisters! It was exhausting but so fun! I was pretty much carrying heavy suitcases around and up/down stairs for two hours straight but it was the best!
Oh, funny story. We were practicing contacting outside and I got paired up with Sis Berg and we were supposed to teach about O Livro de Mórmon so I was trying to explain (em Potuguês of course) that it is another testamento de Jesus Cristo and I tried to say that Jesus is the son of God, but I accidentally said to Sis Berg "Jesus Cristo é teu filho (your son)" instead of "Jesus Cristo é seu filho (His son)." So that was an awesome mixup. Sister Berg could not stop laughing so that lesson ended quickly haha No big deal, I'm just gonna tell my future investigators that Jesus Christ is their son haha
Oh, also Sis Richards got hit in the head with a volleyball during gym time so that was the best day ever. That sounded so mean haha but she was totally fine and she was laughing about it :)
Anyways, besides all that, Sis Richards and I have been working hard with the language and we're trying our best to improve on our teaching skills every day. One particular thing that we were struggling with was figuring out what exactly each investigator needed to hear and what message would be best to share with them every time we met. We've gotten better at committing our investigators to faithfully do things for themselves though which is awesome. And one of our investigators came to church!
Also, I wanted to share a quote that has really helped me the past couple of weeks. I've found that the MTC can get kind of stressful and frustrating so it is very important to stay positive no matter what. At this past women's conference, Dieter F. Uchtdorf said, "Heavenly Father is constantly raining blessings upon us, but it is our fear, doubt, and sin that, like an umbrella, block these blessings from reaching us." We can't let our fears, insecurities, or doubts get in our way. I've definitely learned that here at the MTC. I just have to be positive, speak whenever I can in whatever Portuguese I do know, and just keep moving forward :)
Sorry that was like the longest email ever
Eu amo vocês!
Sister Alia Earls
Sister Richards and me aka the best companionship ever
This picture looks really pathetic but I promise our whole classroom is decorated. I was just too lazy and forgot to take more pictures. Sister Esplin got a bunch of decorations and Halloween toys in a package so we went a little crazy.
was such and awesome and beautiful day so of course, we had to have a photo shoot in the leaves!
Sister Richards and I got to host last Wednesday! This was how we felt after...Haha carrying heavy luggage around for two hours is just a little tiring, but it was so so fun!