February 26, 2014I love the MTC so much.
I love the MTC so much....I feel like there are so many things to tell you all about! But I'm just curious, are these emails being posted on my blog, or what's happening with that? I forgot that I set that up! Should I tell people about it, or has nothing really been posted? I'm just curious.
Last week, we went to the temple as a district and that was one of the best sessions I've ever been to! I learned a lot!! As we were leaving the temple, this adorable little old lady stopped my companion and I and thanked us for being missionaries and reminded us that we are prayed for by members every night. That was so sweet and it reminded me that this is the Lord's time, and that I have to do my best all the time and not waste this short time that I have to be a missionary.
It's been hard learning how to speak Chinese, but I'm amazed at how fast I've been learning! Yesterday I memorized almost 100 vocabulary, and this week in lessons I used almost no notes to help me! I love being able to speak and use the things that I learn each day. It's really frustrating sometimes because the language is just so different from English, but I'm learning a little bit at a time, and eventually I know I'll be able to speak really well. I'm so blessed to be going to Taiwan where everyone speaks Chinese and I'll be completely immersed in the language. I'm really excited for that! I love Chinese so much!!
The other day I was reading in the missionary handbook and it said that your first source of help as a missionary is Heavenly Father, then you can go to your companion and district leader if you need to talk to someone, and then your Mission President for serious problems. But I thought it was so incredible that our first source of help is our Heavenly Father...we're supposed to go to God with everything before we talk to everyone else. I think that's just so amazing!! The person who literally created us and the entire world wants to talk to us about all our little problems and worries. He cares so much about us and wants us to rely on Him. I just love that!!
On Sundays, the Branch President calls missionaries up randomly from the branch. One district left for Taiwan last week, so there's only 22 of us now! So we're each supposed to prepare a talk and be ready to give it in church. It only has to be a couple minutes long, but it has to be in Chinese. My companion prepared her talk and gave it to us to practice that morning. The Branch President randomly chose her to come give her talk, and she got up there and gave a completely different talk! She just stood up there and bore her testimony of Jesus Christ. She's only been studying Chinese for three weeks and she can give a three minute talk without looking at her notes! It was amazing, I know that that was possible only because she had worked so hard. She had prepared and studied and diligently worked hard and because she had the Spirit, she was able to do it! This work is so hard, but because we have the Lord on our side, it's possible.
On Sunday, we watched a devotional by Elder Bednar called The Character of Christ. It is so good!!! It's from a time that he came to the MTC and talked to the missionaries on Christmas day. He talks all about the Savior and how we need to become more like the Savior and how he is never selfish. Whenever the natural man would turn in, He turns out. After he suffered all the pain and grief of mankind in the Garden of Gethsemane, He takes time to heal the guard's ear. He's not thinking selfishly at all. He just began the atonement, which is the most agonizing and difficult event someone could ever go through, yet He isn't thinking about Himself. He turns outward and takes care of a guard who is about to take Him and bring Him to where He will be crucified. I'm so amazed at the love and perfection of our Savior. I'm so grateful for His life and for His example. I hope that we can try to become more like our Savior. Instead of feeling bad for ourselves or wishing people would notice the things that we do, I hope we can turn out and help the people around us because that is what the Savior would do. It's what He did His entire life. I'm so grateful for Him and I'm so grateful that I can help people in Taiwan learn about Him.
The other day, my companion and I were outside preparing for a lesson and a "gold tag" came and talked to us for a long time! A "gold tag" is someone who isn't a member who comes to volunteer at the MTC. They wear gold name tags, so we call them "gold tags". She was from Idaho and her friend invited her to come to the MTC to learn more about our religion. We talked to her for a long time about the Book of Mormon and how it can help her life so much. She's noticed that whenever she reads it, what she reads really applies to her. It's so amazing how that book works. It is the word of God, and through that book, we can receive help and learn more about God. I love the Book of Mormon and I have seen that every time I read it, I learn something and it always helps me with what I'm dealing with.
I love you all and I miss ya! Keep writing, I LOVE getting letters :)
Love, Sister Berrey