I live at the MTC :) And guess what? I love it!
The most stressful and the most delightful hour at the MTC is... email time! I LOVE hearing from all of you, seeing pictures, learning from you... what a treat! But WOW! It is nearly impossible to include as much as I would like in these weekly emails! There has been so much going on, that these turn into a kind of a highlight newsletter. Suffice it to say that if I came home from the MTC tomorrow, I would be forever changed. Never before have I lived in a place so conducive to change and growth. Never before have I found such purpose in study and work! Any girls who have ever, even if just for a moment, considered going on a mission, just do it! You will NEVER EVER EVER regret going on a mission. Forgive the broken record, but yes, it WILL be the best decision you ever make (up to that point at least ;)) I can promise this much with all of my heart and mind :)
This week I made a deliberate effort to focus on goal setting. As you all know, I love lists, and goals yield the ULTIMATE lists! Each night we plan for the next day and I set a number of goals, in relation to spiritual study (lesson plans, scripture study), personal growth (exercise, posture, grace), charity (focusing on the talents of others, etc) and education (work on the subjunctive in French, memorize 2 scriptures, learn x number of new vocab words). What an amazing way to live! I encourage you to make daily goals and review them each night. Such fulfillment comes out of achieving (or surpassing) daily goals!! In my many notebooks I keep many lists. One of which, near the goal section, I have titled "What I Will Become on My Mission." Included on the list are a few things that are enormously important to me, and from which all other goals derive:
- A disciple of Christ
- A valiant daughter of God
- A master of self-control and progression
- A lady
One scripture that I memorized this week was D&C 19:23. (Okay, I admit that I do not know it in English, only in French, but it is along the same lines :)) "Learn of me, listen to my words, walk in humility of my spirit, and you will have peace in me." What a promise! It is the formula for peace!!!!! This applies to everyone. Stillness of heart, hope, faith, courage... peace is essential. We all seek after peace in this life. To unlock this promise, we must do a few things:
1. Learn of me. Study the scriptures, read conference talks, ponder, feast on the words of Christ.
2. Listen to my words. After we study and search, we must pray sincerely and LISTEN for confirmation from the Holy Spirit.
3. Walk in humility of my spirit. Just as we learn from Ether 12:6 and basically the whole book of First Nephi, we must ACT on our faith. When we do this, God is able to give us more direction, more faith, and as a result we see the manifestation of his love all around us. That leads us back to #1, when we learn more and continue the process.
I can testify that the promise in this verse works. I have started applying it in my daily life and have seen SUCH a difference. Not every moment here is easy, but what peace I feel! Such comfort, such reassurance, such joy. How comforting to know these things: That God is perfect and all powerful, that He loves us beyond imagination, that He is all justice and all mercy, and that when we live our lives parallel to His will, He will ALWAYS bless our lives.
Some exciting news: We get to go to San Francisco this Wednesday! I am so excited to venture outside of this little campus... out into the world! I cannot wait to start putting these lessons into action! Also, this past week President Mengum called Sister T and I to be the Sister Training Leaders for our zone. (The newly created female counterparts to zone leaders.) http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-adjusts-mission-organization-implement-mission-leadership-council We are so thrilled for the opportunity to work with the sisters and be of service to the zone. Suddenly the week is even MORE full of meetings and to-dos, but you know me... I LOVE being busy and thrive under great responsibility. I feel so blessed and cannot wait to get to work!
The theme of the week is setting goals; my love! Do not worry about how long accomplishing your goals may take. The time will pass anyway. Make them tonight. We are children of God, and through Him all things are possible.
"I am so thoroughly convinced that if we do not set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we will reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life." ~ Elder M. Russell Ballard
All my love and prayers!
"In reality, there aren’t many things in a day that are totally without significance.
Even the mundane and repetitious can be tiny but significant building blocks
that in time establish the discipline and character and order needed to realize our plans and dreams.
Therefore, as you ask in prayer for your daily bread, consider thoughtfully your needs
— both what you may lack and what you must protect against.
As you retire to bed, think about the successes and failures of the day
and what will make the next day a little better. And thank your Heavenly Father."
~D. Todd Christofferson