Monday, October 17, 2011

Week Three.

I finally filled out my online visa! So it's one step closer to getting my actual visa and going to Brazil! Me, my companion Sis. Harris and one other Elder did our onlines on the same day, so now our whole district has ours in. So we were pretty excited. But something even more exciting a bunch of visas are starting to go through! A good handful of people from our zone got their visas the day after we filled ours out, even one of the Elders in our district got his too! So there is bright hope in our future. Sister Harris and I are thinking that we might get ours before our time is out at the MTC and that we might not get reassigned stateside first. So it is pretty crazy. How fast do the visas usually come after you fill out your online (you might be asking)? Well... No one knows! They really don´t.. It is totally random! It looks like they do it by what area you are going to. I've heard it takes anywhere from 2 hours, to 7 months, both extremes. But anyway it is pretty exciting!

They have also been running out of room like crazy for people here at the Provo MTC, mainly for the elders. But even for the sisters sometimes. We are actually in a guys building. The whole floor is just sisters, but there are Elders below and above us. So when we are all quiet sometimes we can still hear the 19 year old boys jumping around and yelling for a couple hours after we have to go to bed. It just makes you laugh sometimes though. There are only usually 4 people to a room. We only had roommates for the first 4 days we were here, other than that we've had the room to ourselves. They are also redoing 2 whole buildings that are supposed to be used for sleeping, so they moved a whole other set of bunk beds in our room. So everything is really tight now. All of the Elders now have 6 people in their rooms.

The weather here has also warmed up! Again, last week was cold for some reason. But a heat wave came or something. Last week we could barely find enough blankets to keep us warm, now we don't even want blankets to sleep with. It's kind of funny, but it's been nice because we can have our gym time outside in the nice weather.

So this week for our MTC Tuesday Devotional Sister Julie B. Beck came and spoke, the general relief Society President! It was pretty neat to hear what she had to say. She also grew up in Brazil because her dad was the mission president down there when she was little. I felt like I could really relate to the stories that she told us. We also got to do TRC (Teaching or training resource center) for the first time this week, where volunteers come who are members and we teach them lessons. The spirit was so strong and it was the best thing so far. I really enjoyed it!

Sis. Harris and I have also done choir the last two weeks and it's really fun.  My Portuguese is coming along, and I can understand more than I can speak, but I can fumble along sentences.  I love being here and am blessed to have a great companion and district and teachers and leaders!

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