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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Week 1 Hermana Day at the MTC

Rebekah's Companion, HermanaMorse 

Hola mi familia y everyone! 

Oh boy, where to start! I loooooooove the MTC!!!!    THANK YOU SO MUCH PACK & DAY FAMILY!!  and it actually turns out I needed a bus to West campus, and then I was actually late, so I just went straight to class, but esta bien! I have 12 people in my district, a trio of hermanas going to Tempe AZ, a companionship of elders going to Tempe, a trio of elders going to San Ferndando, CA, and 4 of us hermanas going to San Ferndando also! All four of us, Hermanas Morse, Legesee, and Woods live in an apartment together and Hermana Morse is mi companera! She is super sweet and fun, along with all the other hermanas in my district! The Elders are awesome too and we're a pretty great district!! We are District A, so we call ourself "Distrito Amor" because we all have fun and are super kind! 

My teacher is Heramana Valdarez, who actually happens to be the same tutor as the one I had on Elearn pre-MTC!! So that's super awesome!! Also, we'll be getting iPads soon and we have an additional study time every day where we can go online and use the Elearn and such, which is pretty cool! We also take assessments every now and then and will continue to do so in the field! Anyway, super fun!

West campus is great because everyone is soo nice to each other and we all say "hola" and "como le va" and talk to each other, so that's awesome! we also can go to Brigham's Landing to eat whenever we want, and we also have these super cool place for gym time that look like giant white domes that are full of experiments that are being conducted, but turns out it's really just basketball courts, volleyball, and ellipitcals/bikes/such. There's also a 4-square "battle room" but that's currently closed down, however my district is so going to do it when its open! I really like gym time because after sitting down pretty much every day, getting to run is fun! Volleyball is very popular, so I've really just been using the elliptical and playing some basketball!

West campus is super fun and really pretty, and we can keep everything in our classrooms because that's pretty much where we always are! I got about 10 pounds worth of books, but they are very useful! Also, the WYview apartments we are in are really sweet! I have like a walk in closet, but i'm also on the top bunk, so I guess I deserve the huge closet, jaja! There isn't much time at the end of the day, but I looooove getting mail so thank you sooo much everyone who's been sending me dealelders and thank you Aunt Sara for the amazing packages of goodies! I and my district loooooved them!!<3

 Speaking of which, we finally got our district leader the other day, Elder Southwick, and only he can check the mail so when we finally got our DL, the first thing I asked him to do was get my mail, and he thought I was joking when I said I had a few I was waiting to read already (it was only day 3!) But he brought us our mail and handed me about 15 letters and 2 package slips and oh it was hilarious! He was like "Oh Hermana Day, people sure do love you!" So thank you everyone, I looove getting the letters and I can feel all your love and support and it really motivates me! It puts a huge smile on my face just reading about home, thanks family for sending some practically everyday!!<3 I can't always respond to them right away, and I"ll probably write back because that's a little easier! But you can also email me because I print those out on Pdays after the temple and read them!! :) Also, our zone sister leaders in training our my campanion hermana morse and hermana chirstensen! And in 4 weeks we are being transferred to Main Campus because they are starting to move everyone off of West Campus because they may not need it any more! what!!!?? anyway, that will be interesting--going from a fun place and nice apartment to dorms and lots of people! but it'll be like a real transfer too haha!

I feel the Spirit constantly and every time I start to feel stressed or down, I am immediatley lifted up eiither by a testmiony, a letter, a scripture, a prayer, and so many more ways! I looove it! Schedules are busy but I love schedules and being busy, so, just like you said Dad and Mom, I am practically meant for the MTC! There is so much love and kindness too and it just makes me soo happy! I mentioned before that I really like gym time, but I love being the classroom learning spanish even more! Yes, I'm probably crazy! But let me tell you, the gift of tongues is REAL! My teacher speaks ONLY in spanish when she is teaching us but from the moment I got here and prayed for the gift of tongues and interpretations of tongues, I have understood about 98% of what she is saying!!! The language has definitly become one of my strengths! I already know how to pray, testify, and say most casual conversation things. I can teach an investigator how to pray and I can read and understand a lot but not all of el libro de mormon! I took an assessment yesterday and the counselor said I was way ahead of my game and knew how to use and conjuagte verbs and he liked how I could speak fast but still get the pronounciaction down (haha the only time i've ever been complimented on my fast speaking!!) When my companion took her assessment, she told me the counselor asked who her companion was and when she said Hermana Day, he said "oh, she is just so nice and happy! I wish I could be that nice" haha  I don't even know what I did but I'm glad I have that spirit of happiness and kindness around me! it really touched my heart to hear that! Also, Hermana BIshop in my district is super sweet and she loves complimenting people and she always knows just when to compliment and what to say to me! It really lifts my mood! Also, it's something I should probably start doing too because it's so great! 

Okay! Some funny stories now!
On Thursday, Hermana Morse and I were heading to class "People & Your Purpose Part II" (the first one was great! so we were super excited!) and so we followed the majority of our distrito on to the Ryde (a bus that takes us to Main Campus) and then we got off and walked towards main campus and I was like "oh, distrito, I am so excited for this class, it was so great last night adn todays will probably be even better" and they were like "wait, we're here for immunizations, class is back on west campus!" And we all just started cracking up! Oops! But it doesnt end there! They all went to finish their immunizations and Hermana Morse and I really wanted to get back to class so we decided to wait for the bus where we were dropped off (one comes on the 5 and the 30) and so we're waiting for about 40 minutes and then we see a bus come ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD!!!!  And it drives right by us! jajaja! Go figure!! So we decide to go ask information desk if there's any other bus but no we have to wait another 30 minutes for the next bus, so we head back and go to the right side of the road where the bus stop really is and we see a bus DROP OFF A BUNCH OF MISSIONARIES! Right where we were before! So we didn't miss just one bus, we missed 2!! jaja! So we waited at the real bus stop and then everyone from immunization came back and waiting with us, so we hoped we were right! Some hermanas were going towards where we were dropped off because they didn't see us and the bus was coming around the corner so they had to run! it was funny! and then we got on the bus and the driver was sooo confused because we were missionaries, and it was a BYU bus, but he was super nice and dropped us off at west campus anyway!! jaja so funny!

And, that same day, after companion study (prepping for our investigador lesson for friday) we had to run back to our apartment and the other hermanas told us our branch meeting was in our class room. so we were running a little late and starting "jogging" down to our class room and a car pulls over to talk to us and it's our Branch Counselors, who went our searching for us because we were mislead looking for the classroom and no one knew where we were! Jaja, so we got a ride with our Branch Counselors and it was funny how we got lost twice in one day! But we've definitley learned our lessons to check our schedules and maps, and also to always double check where something is held! 

Also, and this is a common one, we started testifying yesterday and to say sins the word is "pecado" but someimes we slip up and say "pescado" which is actually fish. So we always laugh when that happens because you're accidentally saying "I know that Jesus Christ atoned for our fish" and oh it's just so silly! So we have to be careful! Anyway, like i said, I love learning spanish, especially how to teach the gospel in spanish, and it's like my favorite part of the day which is good because it's most of the day! jaja!

Love and big hugs from,
Hermana Day

Extended Family and Missionary Training Center Drop Off

Here's Rebekah with her cousins that were able to see her today, 
Lydia, Bethany, Natalie, Norah, Elena, and Cici.

We love family!  Brett and Amberly with their girls and 
Heather and Russel with their children. 

Rebekah (and Norah) are greeted at the MTC. 

Rebekah's FIRST STEPS in her 18 month journey spreading
joy and happiness, serving others. 

Rebekah and Bethany 

Rebekah and Elena 

Happy Red heads Rebekah and Natalie 

With Lydia! 

Cutie Luke

Elena and Norah

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

And she's off to the Missionary Training Center!


Rebekah's on her way to Provo, UT to spend 6 weeks learning Spanish and ways to testify of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (and hoping to play a little Four Square while she's there.)

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2023 N 900 E Unit 820
Provo, UT 84602

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Farewell Talk (September 14 2014)

I love quotes, a lot. So there's going to be an abundance of quotes in this talk. Probably because my brainstorming was scrolling through Pinterest.
So I'm going to start by sharing with you one of my favorite quotes, it's probably in like my top 10 favorites. I love it because it can be used in almost any talk, and it's still amazing.
I actually have it memorized, so here we go…
"With great power, comes great responsibility."

As Latter-day Saints, we have great power and we have a great responsibility. We have the power of this wonderful gospel in our lives, we have the power of the Priesthood, the power of the Scriptures, the Power of Prayer, and so much more. With all of this gospel power that we have in our lives, come a great responsibility to be examples and to follow what the Lord has asked of us.
A lot of what the Lord has asked of us requires us to sacrifice some of our time and parts of our lives and our incomes. Each of us make sacrifices every day. We give of ourselves to help and bless others. In doing so, we receive blessings that we need in our life. As we voluntarily give our contributions, we are provided with the resources necessary to build up the Kingdom and to help perform miracles every day.

M. Russell Ballard said that “Sacrifice is a demonstration of pure love. The degree of our love for the Lord, the gospel, and for our fellow man can be measured by what we are willing to sacrifice for them. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ manifested the supreme example of this love . . . Through His personal sacrifice, He provided a way for us to have our sins forgiven and, through Him, to find our way back into the presence of our Heavenly Father . . . Today we are called to live, foster, and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our privilege to invest our means and our time to bless others.”

There are many sacrifices that we as Latter-day Saints make, and whether it is finding time to read our scriptures daily to magnifying our callings, we are blessed beyond belief.  I testify to you that sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven.

We have been asked of our Heavenly Father to give one-tenth of what we earn to the Church for tithing. The Lord has promised, in Malachi 3:10, that “He will open the windows of Heaven and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”  I testify to you that this is true. I had the amazing blessing of getting a well-paid job for the summer as a caretaker and as I paid my tithing on what I earned, I watched my savings increase and I now enough money to pay for my mission. There are so many blessings that are given to us when we pay our tithing and the Lord is watching out for us.

We are also asked to serve those around us and as we take the time to center our lives around Christ, our testimonies grow. As we strengthen ourselves spiritually we want to make greater sacrifices for the Lord. A place in our Heavenly Father’s kingdom is worth any sacrifices we have to make of our time, talents, energy, money, and lives. 

As Latter-day Saints we are asked to dedicate our lives to building up the Lord’s kingdom and serving his children. Although there are many sacrifices that come with it, missionary work plays an important role—we can serve a mission, help the missionaries, be member missionaries, and we can share this wonderful gospel we have been blessed with.

President Gordon B. Hinckley says, "This precious and marvelous gift of faith, this gift from God our Eternal Father, is still the strength of this work... Faith underlies it all. Faith is the substance of it all. Whether it be going into the mission field, living the Word of Wisdom, paying one's tithing, it is all the same. It is the faith within us that is evidenced in all we do."
When we take our time to serve those around us and follow through on our commitments to do what the Lord has asked, we are expressing our love and gratitude to our Savior; we are showing the strength of the faith that we have in Him. 

When we take the time to do what the Lord asks and when we sacrifice some of our time to be obedient and strengthen His kingdom on earth today, our testimonies grow and we become all that the Savior wants us to be.

Sometimes the Lord has something planned for us that we don't even know about yet.

I came back from BYU just for a summer break at home and I ended up putting my mission papers in and now I am going to serve in California and this was not part of any summer plans of mine. I was not expecting it, but when my parents asked me to think about a mission, I couldn't let such an amazing opportunity pass by.
Between putting my papers in and then heading to the MTC soon, there have been some days where I am overly excited to be going on a mission and then there are some days where I feel worried and have some doubts. And throughout all this I've learned some pretty important lessons and I've  strengthened my testimony in many ways, and I haven't even left yet.

I testify to you that the Lord is always there for you and when you pray, you will get an answer. The Lord's timing is perfect.
After I had sent my mission application and was just waiting for my call, I was starting to feel a little down and I remember waking up for work one day and I just had no motivation really and I knelt down for my prayer and I asked just for a reminder, even if was something really small, just something to remind me that a mission was the right choice and that I would find the motivation to prepare for a mission. Later that day, I actually got my mission call, I had only been waiting for 11 days and it came right when I needed it most. What better reminder could I have than the call itself!
The Lord's timing is perfect and He knows how to answer our prayers, even if it may not be how we are expecting it, He knows how to help us. Our Savior is watching out for us and He loves us so much.  When we trust in Him and follow what He asks, we will be blessed through the eternities.

I also testify to you that when you read your scriptures daily, and I know how difficult that can be, but when you take that time to read the Book of Mormon, you're whole day changes for the better. I usually read mine in the morning, but there are some days where I just decide to sleep a little longer and I'll tell myself I'll read my scriptures later…and then my morning won't go so well and I take a moment and I stop to read my scriptures like I should have done earlier because when it changes my whole attitude for the day. Richard G. Scott says, "Scriptures are like packets of light that illuminate our minds and give place to guidance and inspiration from on high." I know that's true, and my testimony grows the most and my whole attitude changes when I am reading the scriptures daily.

I'm also going to share with you one of my favorite scriptures, Mosiah 2:41, it's when King Benjamin is speaking to his people, and he says:
"I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it."

As Latter-day Saints we give so much, but we are also promised that we will receive so many blessings. And I don’t know about you, but "never-ending happiness" sounds like a pretty good deal to me. When we sacrifice our time to do what the Lord has asked of us, when we "holdout faithful to the end," and as we strive to become better, we show the Savior how much we love him.  As Spencer W. Kimball says, "As we give, we find that sacrifice brings forth the blessings of heaven! And in the end, we learn it was no sacrifice at all.

Brothers and Sisters, I know these things are true. I am so grateful for this gospel in my life and I know, with all my heart, that it is true. I am so excited to be serving a mission and I can't wait to share this gospel of Christ with those around me. Our Savior has so much love for us and He is always there for us. He has given us His wonderful Atonement so that we can return to him and He has blessed us with this amazing gospel in our lives. I know that this church is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and I know that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of the Lord. I have prayed about these things and more and the Spirit testifies to me that they are true. I have joy and peace abounding my life, and you can have that too thanks to our wonderful Savior and this gospel.
I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen