One more week down at the Missionary Training Center!
This week has been the shortest week I've ever experienced! Work truly does go by so fast when you are wrapped up in it! Sister Magleby and I have been working hard and long to learn Portuguese and to be able to teach in it! This week we learned about possessives and how to say "to be" properly, because there are two different ways to do that! Anyways, I can now say that "Eu estou feliz porque é Dia de Preparação!" "Eu tenho minha primeiro embrulho hoje!" Y'all can translate that!
We have two new "investigators" (aka our teachers) named Rafael and Sayonara. We've really been struggling to know what we should teach and we want to teach by the Holy Spirit because these "investigators" that our teachers are acting out are people that they know, just with different names. They both have some problems that the Gospel can definitely help them with but we are just struggling to know what to teach them in order to let the Gospel help them. It's even harder with a language barrier and with us not knowing what they're saying 30% of the time and then not being able to eloquently explain concepts that we know. For instance, I'm trying to teach and the English equivalent to what I say is "I know that..... family..... to be........ a....... central part.......... of the......... God's plan." I know exactly what needs to be said, but I can't express it in the way I want to! Learning a language is hard, but I have faith that the Lord will help me in my struggle to learn it. I have already been able to feel God's power and His gift of tongues working through me as I listen to my teachers and try to interpret what they teach us (for they still use very little English in our district lessons!)
My teachers are pretty great. They're Irmão Buttars and Irmã Cowan. They're super open to helping us understand what they're saying and sometimes repeat what they say for up to 4-5 times in order for us to understand! We all really like them and we love having them teach us each day. Irmã Cowan used to be our investigator, so it's kind of hard to call her that when we met her as Márcia. Every time she asks us do do something difficult we all go "Márcia, por que?!?!" and she always cracks up. We all have a fun time learning Portuguese and about the Gospel.
I love this Gospel. There's no doubt that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has to power to heal lives and bless families. It can help us in hard times and life us up from despair.
-Sister Holly Denton
"Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great." D&C 64:33
My first package came yesterday. I was so excited!
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