Week Two at the MTC

I realized that last time I was in a really big hurry to get things posted so I forgot to correct my many typos. 🙂 I will definitely try to do better in the future. So this last week was pretty good. Last Tuesday night after I sent an update we went to a devotional where we got to listen to Richard G. Scott. He was amazing.
This past week we did a lot of language stuff. We are learning to conjugate more verbs and learning new sentence structures. We have very long days, but at the end of the week it seems like it all went by so fast! It’s crazy to think we have been here for two weeks already.
So I just want to talk a little bit about my awesome district. There are Six Sisters and two elders. There is Sis. Baird who is my compainion, she is from massachussets, and is definitely the comedic relief for us girls. We sit around talking in our dorm at night and she is always able to make us laugh. Sis. Manwioll is from california. She is one of those pretty sporty girls that everyone wants to be. She is funny and nice and just plain awesome. Her companion is Sis. Hoffman, who is from Oregon. She is really quiet most of the time but she is the sweetest thing. Sometimes she kinda reminds me of Giselle from "Enchanted". Those two are often refered to as the HoffManwill Companionship. haha. We think we’re so clever. Sister McKinney is also from Oregon. She is also amazing. And her companion is Sis. Tua’one. Cool name right? She is half tongan half samoan and is from Salt Lake City. Every night we sit in our dorm and talk. We talk about men, life, missions, and well… pretty much everything. By the end of our six weeks here they will pretty much be my sisters. Together we are collectively known as "the six pack" and yes we have assigned abs to specific sisters. I happen to be the middle left ab. And we decided that our elders could be the biceps of our group because there are only two of them. Our district leader is Elder Crosby who is from Mesa Arizona. He is 18 years old which makes him about two years younger than everyone else in our district, but thats ok because he has such an amazing spirit and is a great leader. His companion is Elder Tino who came all the way from New Zealand. He is also half and half like sister Tua’one. It’s really hard to get him to laugh so when we make it happen we all feel so accomplished. 🙂
We all decided to join the choir so we would be sure to get seats for the devotionals. My companion didn’t want to be in the choir at first but after we ended up in overflow for a devo she changed her mind… The things we do for good seats. Some other Sisters from another district want to get a very small group together to audition to perform at a devotional or some other event and I’m going to be singing with them. We are going to sing an arrangement of For the Beauty of the Earth. I’m kinda excited.
So I will update again on my next P-day, and just a heads up, our schedule is getting changed to saturday’s so our next P-day won’t be until around May 4th. I’ll be sure to get on again then.
Until Next Time,
~Sister Mary Christina Cox

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First Week at the MTC

Kumusta!

It’s been crazy this last week. The first day we got here they put us right into a language class where the teacher would not speak English to us. I got what he was trying to say thru context but now now i’m actually starting to understnad a lot of what he says. We have been doing a lot of language study, so far we can greet people, conjugate specific verb types, understand sentence structure, bare our testimonies and pray in Tagalog. If we know the word in Tagalog we are "bawal" forbidden to use the English word. We have already had the oportunitey to teach an "investigator" in Tagalof as well. I am absolutely Loving the language, it is so beautiful.

My "kasama" companion is pretty awesome too. Her name is Sister Baird. She is very sweet and easy to get along with. There are also four other Sisters that we room with, its crazy that we have only known each other a week but it seems like we really are sisters already. We are required to spend pretty much every waking moment together so I am sure that we will all become very familiar with on another.

We all wake up at 6 and don’t go to sleep until 10:30, and our whole day is planned out down to the minute. It makes fore long days, and the spiritual atmosophere is uplifting and draining all at the same time. On Sundays we have devotionals and a temple walk. This last Sunday we got to hear from Brother Droubay, he is in charge of the Churches Social Media. He headed a Mormon Christmas Campaing in New York and last week went to Londaon and did a lot of Mormon advertising. He said that they are basically following The Book of Mormon Musical around and setting the misconceptions about the church straight.

In Relief society we got to listen to Sister Edmunds Who was the first sister missionart who went to the philippines. She called us the "Sister Tsunami" because there were so many sisters. She was humorous and inspiring. On of the most comforting things she said was "sometimes all you can do, is the best you can do." And the funniest thing she said was, "Sisters, DO NOT TOUCH THE ELDERS! NO HIGH FIVES! NO HUGS! NO "ACCIDENTAL" BUMPS! You cannot touch them…. (pause) But keep track of the ones you would like to touch, go serve, come home, go to the mission reunion and look hot… (pause) and then proceed to touch. It made all the Sisters laugh. She is truely an amazing woman.

I am excited to be here and everyday is a spiritual and humbling experience. I love all of my district and the feeling that resides here. The days seem very long but I have heard, "While in the MTC weeks seem like months, but in the field months seem like days." And I can believe it.

The best talk I have heard was a recording of David a Bendar about the Character of Christ. He said that Christ, even in the hardest time of his life was looking to help others and that we should all strive to put off the natural man and turn ourselves outward toward our fellow children of God. This is something that I am trying to work on, sometimes its so easy to be selfish and think about myself first. Everyday I am trying to be more like my savior.

Well, Tuesdays are Preparation day so I will write again next week

Until Next Time,

~Sister Cox

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