Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Last P-day!

Hey Family and Friends!
This is the last email I'll ever send from the MTC!! :) I am so excited about that!
It's been a great week and it started off with my travel plans! We got our itinerary on Wednesday last week!!!! I leave Monday October 25 at 8:44 AM! We have one layover in NYC for two hours and then we arrive in Prague 8:45 AM Tuesday morning! I leave for SLC airport around 5 am so expect a call then. I don't think I'll have time to call in New York. I think I'm going to just buy a calling card at the airport and use that. Any other ideas?
Also, my cough is gone for the most part. Those pills Staci sent (thank her again for me!) really did the trick. It dried me right up! And who woulda thunk that vick vapor rub on the bottom of your feet stops night time coughing? Definitely going to remember that one. Every now and then I feel like I'm coughing some gunk out of my lungs. But I'm drinking plenty of water and trying to be healthy.
We've covered all of our language grammar lessons already and have been reviewing. I've accepted that I really can't learn anything new in a week and the skills I have now will have to make do for my first big day as a "real" missionary. Our teachers have been just telling stories about the mission and what needs to be done to get the work going. A common theme is that the members there just need faith that they're not the only members of the church. It's still an obscure church over there. Only about 50-75 active members. My day looks like a meeting with the Mission President (of course) an orientation, then a walking tour of Prague (SO excited for that!) THEN they bring you to the namestia, or town square, where you go out and contact! In Prague! To REAL people who aren't teachers! To CZECHS!! Uhhh... I hardly know Slovak, let alone Czech! But I'm determined to just go out there and give it my all! Whenever I think about it I get so excited/feel-like-I'm-going-to-throw-up! I'm nervous about meeting my trainer. I know he'll be great. I just hope I don't frustrate him.... lol
Thank you family for the package! And then the cookies! We've all enjoyed them and everyone loved their Halloween goodie bag. Thanks for the long underwear. They've revolutionized my sleeping experience. At least for the first couple nights. Now they've cranked up the heat in the rooms. :( It's like I'm back in AZ. A shout out to Catherine as well for her fabulous package. And to the Wood family. Their letters were particularly encouraging. I am SO lucky and blessed to have so much support back home. It was definitely a good week. :)
Brother Capik, a member of my branch presidency, thanked us as a district on Sunday. He said that we are one of the most unified districts he's ever seen (we do absolutely everything together) and that we are "model missionaries". So don't worry mom, I'm doing a good job. haha
Tomorrow my district was chosen to be "host Missionaries" meaning we have to escort the new missionaries coming in. I'm pretty sure Brandon Larson is coming tomorrow so I'll keep an eye out for him.
Almost out of time, but I've loved the MTC (totally ready to go though). Last week Bishop Edgley gave the devotional. I'm really going to miss all of the devotionals and firesides we have here, they are always so good!
Welp, I'll talk to you on Monday!!!!!
Elder Williams

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