Thursday, 27 October 2016

Trouble Breathing but some Success!

I am halfway through with the MTC (CCM)! so much has happened (on saturday alone) 

Friday- I got a cold, but other than that nothing really happened just the normal day to day classes and such.

Saturday- I´m pretty sure the cold got worse, but it did not matter because I was going proselyting (Hermana Garner was so excited) so the six of us english speakers or gringos got dropped off at different places in the city alone. Hermana Garner and I got an area of just shops, there were no houses or apartments (ok there were some but to get into them we had to have a code or something for the building) at first we just walked around because that´s all that we could do, but after a while we were getting frustrated because we tried to say hi and that we were missionaries, but I guess it is kind of weird here for people to just say hi. anyways so we were frustrated and I was having a hard time breathing a bit because of the cold, so we sat on a bench and ate some oreos. As we were eating oreos we both got the impression to talk to a young man who was sitting on another bench so we did. Guess what? we talked with him for an hour and a half and we got his information so that other missionaries can meet with him. It was so cool because it was in spanish until the end where we found out that he could speak English, but I did it! I taught a real person in spanish! Unfortunately the whole time we were talking to him we were directly under the sun, so I am just a little sunburnt (I forgot to put sunscreen on, I will not forget for this saturday) We also talked to this sweet elderly woman who would have taken the Book of Mormon, but she couldn´t read so we gave her some pictures instead, and just talked with her.

Sunday- A general authority came to the MTC for sacrament meeting because all of our latino friends were leaving on tuesday. That sacrament meeting was so spiritual and strong. It was nice to be able to hear a couple of latino´s testimonies. One of the sisters that left is from Paraguay but the part that is in my mission so I told her that I would say hola to her family for her. I also got a priesthood blessing because my cold was not going away and only seemed to get worse and almost immediatly I started to feel better.

Monday- was a normal day but at the end it was sad to say goodbye to the latinos (even though they left the next day, lots left at like 3 in the morning) I was signing so many books, and taking so many pictures, in fact a few of the sisters were telling my that I am a disney princess because of my hair, now thats not a bad compliment. 

Tuesday- it was so quiet after all of the latinos left, and really wierd to be the only missionarries in the building. We ate with the teachers, but it was really just us.

Wednesday- again weird, but cool to be the only ones in the building, but at night some of the new missionaries came and of course being the only females, Hermana Garner and I helped all of the latinas to their rooms, but one of the sisters is from Australia and she is super cool! there is more to come on thursday but so far only two more english speakers (both from Australia. An Elder and the sister) It was exciting but we are so sleepy because one sister didn´t get to the MTC until a little after 12, so only six hours of sleep for us.

Thursday- it is only 8:00 in the morning right now so nothing has really happened, more missionaries have come but we don´t have to help them. Later today we will be going to the temple by ourselves. 


Until Next Time, 
Hermana Barton

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thursday Oct 20th

SATURDAY- the Latino Hermanas and Elders went street proselyting while we stayed at the MTC (or CCM) and studied more spanish and teaching stuff. We all seemed to miss our Latino friends. At night Hermana Garner and I got a surprise Investigator and had no time to prepare, but after he said that we did very well we just need to learn more spanish verbs.

SUNDAY- it always seems to be so cold here (in the building) because the AC is always blasting. However, later in the day Hermana Garner was feeling really sick and was getting worse so she got a priesthood blessing, but in the blessing Presidant Benton said that she would be sick for a few days.

MONDAY- we woke up a half hour early to do our laundry, and Hermana Garner was not well enough to go to class or anything so as we did our laundry we grabbed some fruit and bread to eat through the day. For a good chunk of the day it was nice to be able to get some extra sleep, but we were also really bored. At lunch time our morning and afternoon teacher Hermana Feller came in (checking on us a few times before) to ask us if we were coming for lunch because we didn't go to breakfast, but we had grabbed enough fruit and bread so we said no, but Hermana Feller made it clear that we had better be coming down for supper. I really wasn´t hungry, but once we ate supper I ate all of it! (the portions are huge!) Hermana Garner was feeling better so we went to the evening classes, but near the end, for whatever reason, we were all in a laughing fit! My cheeks and abs hurt so much. Even our teacher Hermano Paredes could not stop laughing, we all even tried taking a break but when we got back we still could not stop laughing so he ended it.

TUESDAY- This morning we had a new practise investigator who was really difficult and the lesson went so badly! I couldn´t understand anything and the investigator just seemed to be just mad and just didn't want to be there. Afterwards Hermana Garner was having a really hard time and I was just frustrated, but then we talked and was able to better understand each other more and told each other what we thought their strengths were as a missionarry. Later on Hermana Feller (who was the difficult investigator) talked to us and told me that I needed to talk more and not to worry about making mistakes because it is the best way to learn spanish, and then she said, because when you speak I feel the spirit very strong and when she said that  it reminded me of part of my patriarchal blessing that promises that when I teach the spirit will be there testifying of those things, so even if I am awful at speaking spanish it wont matter because through the spirit the people will be taught what they need to know.

WEDNESDAY- We had breakfast, and personal/companion study like normal, and then we went to practise teach an investigator and it went really well! Although I didn't talk much (which I need to work on) I was able to completely understand the lesson and where it went, but afterwards the woman told us that we were going to the city to get our visas! we were so pumped we couldn´t wait until after lunch! Oh! and it has been raining for two days so we got to wear our rain stuff. On the ride there Hermana Garner and I opened the window to see and a lot of the buildings are painted lots of different colours, but they are not bright like I thought they would be. In fact all the buildings look like they had been through the apocalypse and it didn´t help that the sky was grey and misty, but in a way it was all kind of beautiful. Also, on tuesday the temple opened and today we get to go through it!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

It is so great to hear from her,
okay so I left on thursday and on my very first flight from Lethbridge to Calgary I was really nevous, but when we were about to take off someone on the plane was listining to a talk from Pres. Ucdorf and it gave me a lot of comfort, and after that all the flights were really easy and nothing interesting, but on the last flight from Atlanta to Argentina I met 5 other missionarries who were going to the Argentina MTC ! there were 4 Elders and one other sister. As we were all waiting together to get on a flight an older couple greeted us and asked where we were from and what mission we were going to, and guess what? It was Elder Packer and his wife! (Elder Packer´s son) it was quite a treat! One of the Elders talked to a lady beside him (on the flight) about the gosple afterwards as we were waiting for the other missionaries she came up to him, shaking his hand and thanking him. He said he wanted to give her a Book of Mormon but he only had one (his own) and it was in english. The food is so good! (of course not as good as yours mom) the desserts all seem to have duche de leche in it some how. However the helpings are so big! I love My Companion and I am so glad that she is from Colorado so that we can understand each other. The best part of Thursday was seeing a lesson (acted out) and then having the investigator turn to us so that we could testify of how much God loves him and answer any questions he had.

Friday My companion is Hermana Garner (the same girl I met in the airport) and the Elders I met in the airport are in my district they are Elder Comp and Elder Hebdon. Elder Mccarther and Elder Klingler. We are the only english speakers in the whole MTC! the teachers can mostly speak english, but Presidant Benton and his wife are the only others who really speak english. We had lots of classes on spanish and I felt like I was learning but still was not able to talk to any of the Latino sisters and elders. In three weeks there will be new missionaries and they tell us there will be english speakers, but I hope to be pretty good at spanish by then. My district set a goal to be only speaking spanish in three weeks with the exception of supper we are working hard, but it does seem unrealistic. Hermana Garner and I on our own picked a lesson to teach an investigator (who is just our teacher) and when we got together we realized that we both had picked the same lesson! That momwnt just testified to me that we really are the Lord´s missionaries.

SATURDAY It has been hard with the language because I am the only one who has not taken spanish at school, but it hit me really hard when Hermana Garner and I had our first practise lesson with our investigator (all in spanish) and I could not understand anything while my companion could understand everything. I felt so stressed afterwards because I realized that we will teach real people and it is a huge responsibility!

Sunday the six of us english speakers had church together with the MTC Presidant and his wife. Then my companion and I and Sister Benton had RS together. We all got to go walk around the temple grounds and take lots of pictures (I dont have time to put the pictures on but next week I will) 

Monday we had another lesson with the investigator and I realized no matter how much behind I am everyone else I can always bare my testimony and next saturday we have to go street prosyliting!

The other missionarries are coming in so I have to go 

Until Next Time 
Hermana Barton

Thursday, 6 October 2016

I don't see the post I put up, so I am going to try this again, we received an e mail this morningish:
I am here at the MTC, and the flying went pretty smoothly. Although sleep was hard; on the last flight I met 5 other english missionaries, we seem to be the only ones that really speak english, but that just means that I will learn faster. I just writing to let you know that I am safe, and that the next P day is thursday. 

Until Next Time,

Hermana Barton
 I hope next weeks will be filled with lots more information 
We received her first e mail:
I am here at the MTC, and the flying went pretty smoothly. Although sleep was hard; on the last flight I met 5 other english missionaries, we seem to be the only ones that really speak english, but that just means that I will learn faster. I just writing to let you know that I am safe, and that the next P day is thursday. 

Until Next Time,

Hermana Barton

So glad she made it safe, now lets hope the future letters are just a tad bit longer. I'm presuming she was running on fumes at this point. Till next Thursday