(NOTE from Mom)
Catherine's Letter from the MTC.
Oh man! Why is that the weeks go by so quickly and yet SO SLOWLY?
YOU GUYS ARE THE NICEST PARENTS IN THE WHOLE WORLD. I LOVED THE PACKAGE SO MUCH. Pictures are on their way in the other email.
Okay, so we had a crazy day last Thursday (every day is crazy, but whatever) so there is a missionary here from Croatia. (I don't remember if I told you this) but he is literally from Croatia and he knows all of our teachers and everything, right? And he is going to Albania, so he has a similar schedule to ours. So, at gym on Thursday, we just hung out with him like... THE WHOLE GYM. And we just played basketball together and talked about funny Croatian things. And I just thought it was so fitting that I was playing basketball with a Croation. And THEN. We had TRC that night. AND OUR TEACHERS BROUGHT IN A REAL CROATION INVESTIGATOR. Apparently she's taken the discussions for about a billion years, but she just hasn't committed being baptized yet? But she knows everything and goes to church. Anyway so she is visiting in Utah, and all of the missionaries here wanted here to come to TRC with them, so we taught her!!! It was so terrible, but she said our Croation was super good for only 3 weeks!! Which made us feel really good. It was so scary at first, but she was this long, beautiful girl, and so sweet. She said she was going to Disneyland in a couple weeks. I told her I LOVED Disneyland. She's a rockstar. She lives in Zagreb and goes to school there, and when we left she said "I'll see you in Zagreb!" And I seriously hope so. She's awesome. I wish I remembered to take a picture.
Out of all the times to start mingling with Croations, it happened on the same day. It was funny.
But now Elder Ashler is like... our best friend. Hahaha. We see him all the time. He's totally great. We tell him to speak Croation to us but he's like "My brain doesn't function that way right now! It's either Albanian or English. That's it."
I got a letter from Sister Lefler today. Found out she is in Sarajevo, and that there has been violent demonstrations for the past few days, so she hasn't been able to leave her apartment all that much... SO exciting. Haha. I like how I'm not even scared. I'm just excited.
We got our new kids (missionaries) last week! They're great. The sisters are super nice and they're really similar to me and my comp, so we're doing well with that. Also the Elders are funny. They always are.
Elder Brown and Sister Kropushek and I have actually gone crazy. IT must be so, because we think so many things are funny, and none of these new missionaries do.
We also have been having awesome classes lately. We have Brother Freeman as a new teacher of ours, and I absolutely adore him. I'll send you guys pictures later. On Saturday, he was our teacher and we just had such a good time practicing grammar and playing Croation Taboo. It was so much fun. Its weird how these teachers are becoming friends of ours, not only our teachers. Class is my favorite part of day.
Found out on Sunday that Brother Eggett is orchestrating an incredible musical number for the devotional this next Sunday. And he's bringing in THE Utah Valley University LDS INSTITUTE CHOIR. NOT A BIG DEAL! I almost starting hyperventilating. CARLY (Caroline) IS COMING TO THE MTC TO SING WITH US IN THE CHOIR -- I'M SO EXCITED I'M SO EXCITED.
Oh, also we hosted missionaries today. It was hectic. It means that we wait outside the curb and host all the new missionaries and show them around to their new rooms and the bookstore and stuff. It was pretty fun and I met two way cutie missionaries whom I loved, but… Sister Kropushek and I totally bombed it. Also, after walking ALL the way up to the temple today, I realized that I left my temple recommend... just... its been a rough day. Hahah.
Spiritual thought from this week that I absolutely loved: (side note, they have General Authorities come speak to us often, but I think the wives do a better job sometimes than the GA do... well, maybe not better, but their messages usually seem to be directed toward me) "Instant and relentless is not the way of eternity." I have been really impatient lately for the language to come, for my testimony to become stronger, for things to get easier in general... and I am so impatient for the Lord to give me these blessings, that I'm not appreciating the time it is taking for me to grow during the process. It was such an answer to prayer to me. Patience is such a virtue that I need to develop. The Lord WILL bless me. But maybe not in my timetable. I have to keep working and keep growing, and all of these things will come naturally.
I'm so happy to be here. I'm happier every week. I am so joyful to be learning how to teach, and just THINKING about going to Europe and teaching these people makes me so happy. It's a good time for Sister Cookie.
I love you all. Like, times 1000000
Sestra Catherine Chauncey
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