out of the Preach my Gospel
|Jenna with Sister Hailey Johnson|
MOM!! :)Uh yeah I'm getting use to it haha :) (being called Sister Smoot) Mom! This place is literally the best! I miss home, and it still is surreal that I am a missionary and that's awesome!! My companion is honestly the best companion I could ask for!! Sister Nielsen is incredible!! She's actually the new coordinating sister :) She's truly incredible!! I'm going to send pictures in an email after this. Plus I have an hour to email now :) It's sweet!!
Friday was the same thing but during one of our class times we taught our first investigator and that was rough. We kind of wrote down yes and no questions and Joel (our investigator) would go off asking questions, and obviously we didn't know the language that much at all so he repeated himself a few times and the words we picked up were Joseph Smith, Christ, and Redeemer. I think he was asking who was the Redeemer but I am still not sure. But it was an incredible experience!! It's way cool! So we have a teacher and then another Hiliguynon teacher (usually a return missionary from somewhere) will be an investigator he taught on his mission in Bacolod and try to act like him. It's really cool! Because you really have to learn how to make it seem legit and it really does!! It's incredible!! I'm still getting use to it!
Saturday was the same thing, we taught our second lesson and it went a little better. I feel like we tried to listen to him better and we figured out how to say we spoke little Hiliguynon :) haha it was pretty funny!! Anyways, it's been really good!!! I'm know how to begin and end a prayer and I need to memorize the rest, my testimony is the same as the prayer I know how to begin and end and some parts in the middle but I need to memorize the rest.
Sunday was incredible!! Had a lot of meetings. My companion got called as a coordinating sister and so she was in meetings part of the day, so i was with other sisters at that time. We had a testimony meeting, usually our sacrament meeting at 7:30 and then went and got in line for the big Easter sacrament meeting where about 100 elders passed the sacrament to everybody in the MTC and the Presiding Bishop (Bishop Clausse and his wife from France) came!! It was incredible :) They were fun to listen to!! We went back to our classroom and watched some of the mormon videos I think... or something! We studied, then went to dinner (this is what i can remember) then went to a devotional and Sheri Dew spoke to us!! She honestly is so incredible and has such a strong testimony!! I had no idea she wasn't married though!! Crazy!! She's a very incredible and inspirational lady though!! It was very fun! After that we went and watched any movie we wanted to! We went to The Call! A talk given by Elder Uchtdorf and his wife spoke too!! They are sooo funny!! Watch those talks if you get the chance :) I loved them!! Then we went back to our classroom for a half an hour, planned for today, then left!
Today (Monday) I got up at 5:15 got ready super fast, came and put my laundry in and ran to the the temple for the 6:20 session! It was crazy!! Then we came back, went to breakfast, got our laundry, saw Jessie!!! :):) I asked some sisters cleaning and a guy working came up and called Jessie over it was the best :) Now I'm here getting laundry and emailing :) the only place you can email without being in a dress, even though I'm in a dress but it's one of the two places you can send pictures :)
Food is actually not bad! It's pretty good!! Just have to give yourself a variety, my roommates are incredible!! They (other than my companion) are all leaving tomorrow morning! Only here for two weeks going English speaking, one's going to Cali and I can't remember the others. They are all so cute and incredible!! I love them to death and sad to see them go! We only have 3 other sisters in our room they are a trio. I have them in pictures in our room with a few extra people! I think... I hope you enjoy this!! I hope it's detailed enough for you!! :)
I have seen a lot of people I know!! Hailey Johnson, Sam Harris, Nick a couple times but haven't gotten a picture with him or maybe I did but you'll see most of them in pictures :) and yes I have WAY too much stuff, I will be starting to send stuff home probably get stuff together today if I have time :) I love you mom!! you're the best!!
Thank you for being incredible!! :) Just keep being you! I'm so glad I am on a Mission. I'll send something in my language in a letter I'll probably write today! I love you!!
Love, Jenna :)
P.S. Show dad this email also... I don't have a ton of time to write him all the same detail so this is for him too :)