So, this has been one great week here at the MTC and ABSOLUTELY beautiful because it has been lightly snowing almost every day. There are these coverings over all of the sidewalks connecting the buildings, so even though it has been snowing, you are only outside for a couple minutes and do not get covered in the elements--it is pretty fantastic and no jacket needed. On Saturday, we had the most beautiful snowstorm all day and it would have been perfect to sit in and watch a movie in sweats, but instead, I was in a skirt and practiced teaching gospel lessons in Mongolian, studied, and then studied more until 9:00 PM.
The gospel lesson that we taught was interesting because we decided to just read the scriptures aloud with the member and asked questions and tried to share some insight, but the Spirit was the main teacher, which is how it should always be. All of that practicing almost every day is helping and my goal is to be able to read at a faster pace before I leave, but it is just a matter of time. Looking at the bigger perspective, I am aiming to learn at least conversational skills in Mongolian by the time that I leave the MTC in 10 weeks whereas the average American English-speaker takes 9-12 months to get to that point. Keep your fingers crossed!
Anyway, I feel like I am kind of stumped as what to write about, so I will tell you about my FAVORITE day, which is Sunday. So we will typically wake up for a cereal breakfast at 7:20 - 8:00 AM and go to class and do personal/language study until 11:30 AM. During this time, we are also given a topic to prepare a short 5 minute talk that you might be called to give during Sacrament. I was called on for my second week and it was GREAT, but now I am pretty much guaranteed not to be called on for the rest of my time here. Sacrament is until 12:30 and then we go to lunch.
|Matching Mongolia Shirts|
The lunch is usually AMAZING and very delicious because the food is more like roast beef and mashed potatoes. They also have ice cream that they serve from the BYU creamery and it is good. From 1:20 - 2:15 we have Relief Society, then a District meeting until 3;00. At this time, we will get together as a class and talk about what we learned during Sacrament Meeting and prepared for the 5 minute lesson.
After this, we take that great Temple walk (usually where most of my pictures come from) and walk to the Provo Temple about 2 blocks from the campus. I cannot even describe how much fun it is to just get together and take a bunch of pictures. It is an hour of just fun!
|The last zone picture - about 10 of these individuals have entered their mission field!|
We usually go to dinner from 4:00 - 5:00--due to lunch being so delicious just 3 hours earlier, the dinner is always a bit of a let down. Luckily, there is usually left-overs to grab and stuff down again.
After dinner, we go to Choir practice (we perform on Tuesday devotionals) and it is just a walk-in choir. The director is great at giving background story to the music and it is very edifying. I would encourage EVERYONE to go to choir when they come the the MTC.
Finally, we have a live devotional from 7 - 8 and a recorded devotional from a previous date from 8-9. These last two hours are my favorite and pump you up for the rest of the week. :)
Alright, well, let me know if you have any questions you want answered and I love you all!
|The girls from the zone - Cambodia, Thailand, Mong speaking, and Vietnamese speaking|
|Sister Olsen in her bed; she LOVES the blanket her mom made for her before she left|
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[posted by Allie]