Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Good bye MTC, Aloha Hawaii

Bridget left yesterday from the safe confounds of the MTC to the lush gardens of Hawaii. I got to talk to her on the phone while she was at the airport and she was excited to finally get going. She loved the MTC but was a little sick of too much food and too much sitting. She cut her hair even shorter. Apparently during the short time spent at the MTC her hair grew too fast, (having the spirit does that..hehe) so she cut it even shorter. Here is her latest family letter and a few pictures during the MTC. I will post her Hawaii address as soon as I get it. She also wanted to thank her sweet cousins for sending her letters. She LOVED them!!!! Keep them coming!!!

Dear Family,

This week has gone by super fast! My companion left to Minnesota early Wednesday morning, and I started my Visitor's Center training that same day. When I first got my call to a Visitor's Center, I have to admit I was a little bummed out. It just didn't seem as hardcore as a full proselyting mission. But after a couple days of the VC classes, I'm really looking forward to it. I found out that I will give "narrations" on the trams that go from the Polynesian Cultural Center to the Visitor's Center and back. I'll give tours inside the VC and around the temple. Plus, Dad reminded me that Mark Eubank (ex channel 5 weather man) is the director of my VC so that'll be kind of cool!

Last night (Thursday) we did practice VC tours. When we were doing the proselyting training, we met with mock investigators and taught the first 2 lessons. For the VC, we set up displays in a big room and people came in and we taught them in small groups using the displays. We taught once as if they were non-members and another time teaching the visitors as themselves. It was a really cool experience and I definitely feel it is a strength of mine. The VC gives so much flexibility when it comes to what you teach and how you teach it.

On Tuesday night, we had our usual devotional with a general authority. Usually they have an emeritus member of the seventy, but this time Elder Jeffrey R. Holland was there. It was such a good devotional. The second he walked into the room, everyone could feel the power and authority he holds. He talked for about an hour about how we need to work harder as missionaries. Sometimes it got pretty intense, he was almost yelling at us...but we needed it. Other times he told some pretty silly jokes. My companion and I sung in the choir and had really great seats. We sang "Redeemer of Israel" which is one of my new favorite hymns. It really brought the spirit to the meeting and Elder Holland's talk really motivated me to do better.

It's kind of crazy that I'll be in Hawaii this time next week, but I'm super excited! My Branch President assured us that we are allowed to call our family while at the airport, so hopefully I'll be able to talk to all of you. I'm definitely looking forward to the warm weather. I can't believe the crazy snow storm we had on Wednesday! I had just given my warm winter coat to Jeff and Karen to take to Mom and Dad (so I wouldn't weigh down my suitcase) and then it snowed! It was horrible luck, but I survived.

Love, Sister Smith

Jedi Sister...Watch Out
(She got lead from a colored mechanical pencil, put it really close to the flash and TADA! Light Saber!)

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