Saturday, January 31, 2015

Don't forget where our strength comes from...

This week I can honestly say I've learned more about myself than I have in all my 19 years! Sunday was the best! Can all Relief Societies be like the one at the MTC? hahaha  And, the spoken word was amazing. I learned a lot about being a better missionary! That night we watched "The Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar... look it up it was so good. Monday morning we had the best service assignment, we got to pick out 32 flags to go on the MTC flag poles (which was hard when you have every single country in the world's flag staring back at you) but I picked some from my favorite countries I've been to and where some of the coolest people I know have served!  Philippines, at the main entrance of course, and Chile, Tonga, Fiji, Cape Verde and the UK beside it. SO, I made the decision to join MTC choir... partly because my Kasama forced me and partly because you get to eat an hour early but either way I love it so much and even though I'm not that good at singing, it's a ton of fun and super spiritual. Tuesday I so spiritually fed at the devotional Elder Kacher of the 70 spoke.  He taught me that I am just an instrument of the Lord to invite others to come unto Christ. The holy ghost changes hearts, not me.  I just invite Jesus Christ into their lives. Also, it's important to focus outward instead of inward.  This isn't about me, it's about Him. We taught our second lesson to Angelyn and it went so much better, we felt the spirit and we decided to ask her to be baptized. My Kasama and I also started memorizing the first vision. Wednesday was a day...we taught Angelyn her 3rd lesson and basically crashed and burned.  I wanted to cry so bad... the spirit wasn't there at all. For the first time, I felt pretty alone and discouraged. But then I remembered what Elder Kacher said... "don't forget where our strength comes from"... we cannot do this alone. Call upon God to change your heart. So I did just that!  Then my Kasama and I hugged and talked it out identifying that we hadn't let the spirit guide our planning or our lesson and therein lies our problem.  I love how He knows what we need.  I needed to be humbled and to learn the importance of being unified with my Kasama and inviting the spirit into our planning and lessons.  The rest of the week was great and our fourth lesson to Angelyn was much better. I met a sister from the Philippines, she is literally the sweetest thing ever! I love talking sa tagalog with her and I can't wait to go there.  I love them already! 

 I hope all is well!  I love it here so much, my week was great!  Thank you so much for the dear elders, letters and packages...keep them coming, it's the best! 

xo Sister Jenkins


Saturday, January 24, 2015

"I love it here so much"....

Magandang umaga po!

Hey everyone 4 days down and I absolutely love it here so much! My companion s name is Sister Smith and we get along so well. She is so spiritual and dedicated and we push each other to work hard! We keep each other upbeat and masaya (happy)! Tagalog is so hard yet so amazing. I feel so blessed to be learning a new language. First day we walked into class and it became very clear when you talk you talk sa Tagalog which is super great! My teacher, brother Kovach, is the master of Tagalog and is so helpful! Sister smith and I really wanted to earn our P-day so we worked super hard yesterday and can now bear our testimony sa Tagalog and pray which may not seem like a lot but to us it was super amazing and spiritual. We also taught our first "investigator" yesterday sa tagalog and it was definitely a learning experience its hard not to get frustrated when you know what you want to say in english but they dont know English and the tagalog wont come haha. But i know that if we have patience we will get there! Its not supposed to be easy. Gym time yesterday was great... its crazy my athletic abilities are on point here! haha jkjk BUT i played basketball and volleyball and for anyone that knows me knows i usually am the first to volunteer to sit out if there is an uneven number of players! My branch President (Howard) and his wife are so sweet! She literally is so spunky and gives the best hugs. They are the definition of relationship goals for sure! I ran into Elder Payne twice so far and its great seeing a familiar face he is so awesome! I love my district... Elder Eyler, Gates and Davis are way cool and I love sharing a room with Sister Smith, Parke and May! Walking down the residence hall and hearing all the different languages is so great it just instills in me that this is where I belong! And the Korean sisters next door are definitely my favorite! 

Well have an AMAZING week!


Mahal Kita, 

Sister Jenkins