Saturday, July 27, 2013

Lingo Tatlo, Check!‏

Mga Kaaway (enemies) 

Kamusta mga kaibigan at pamilya ninyo! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your summer! Here are some of the random happenings of the week. We sang some Christmas hymns in Tagalog to celebrate Christmas in July, it was awesome. We got to be in a panoramic picture of all of the missionaries here, it's one of only 3 ever taken. So now my face will forever be remembered here at the MTC. Lucky missionaries! ;) Carol Mikita, the channel 5 news lady was our Relief Society speaker. Was your Relief Society meeting that cool? Probably not. Unless you're in the West Lake ward. We played Jeopardy in class and we couldn't decided on a name, so we compromised: Dalawang Kaibigan at Isang Ipis, meaning 2 friends and a cockroach. Sister Smith wanted to be the cockroach. And it must've been good luck because our Elders had no chance of beating us, we won by like a million points... Despite being champions, my Tagalog level might actually be decreasing simply because my brain is very close to exploding. We've had to learn UM verbs, IN verbs, I verbs, MAG verbs, AN verbs, and Psuedo verbs and all the conjugations for all of them and sentence structure and linkers which are like Sa, Ng, Na, Si, and Ni and quite frankly I want to find whoever thought it was a good idea to throw a bunch of letters together, make a bunch of dumb rules to go along with them, and call it a language and have a little chat. Just to give you a better idea of what it's like "Yata" means "I think so, but I'm not sure," but "bagyong makulog at makidlat" means "thunderstorm." We've had a few little breakdowns this week, Elders included. It's hard, it really is. But it's okay because we have each other, great teachers, amazing families, and the Lord on our side. Kaya namin iyan! (We can do it!) Also all the sisters in our zone are sick. It's like the plague, almost everyone has had it except us. So we've been overdosing on Emergen-C all week. But I think it's got me anyway. I'm not feeling so hot today. Luckily the witch doctor is my kasama! Sister Smith does foot zoning and has a pharmacy in her bag so all week we've had all the sick girls come have her rub their feet and then she'd give them some medicine and tell them to go lay down or something. She's become known as Mama Smith. I didn't believe in her magic, but I had a headache during class (because my brain was exploding) and she rubbed some pressure points on my hand or something and my headache magically disappeared! And finally, Brother Pearce taught us a tongue twister in Tagalog. Are you ready for this??? Probably not but oh well. Patong-patong and pitumputpitong puting pating! It doesn't really make any sense though, it means 77 white sharks stacked on top of each other. But no one else knows that!

Quick shout-out to my best friend, Hermana Avery Veater! She's going to the Mexico, Mexico City South Mission and guess what, I GUESSED IT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!! So do I, like, get a prize or something> ;) And it even started with an M. Thanks for making all my dreams come true Ave. You are going to be an absolutely amazing missionary! I know because you've been an amazing missionary in my life and the lives of so many others. The people in Mexico are being prepared for you and you are going to be such a blessing in their lives. Know that it's going to be so hard, but know that it's also going to be so much fun and you'll learn so much. And of course, it'll be so worth it. I am so, so, so proud of you and I love you more than the universe! P.S. We only have 21 more Fast Sundays until we are reunited!

Allow me to brag some more about my wonderful district. If it wasn't for our Elders, we would be in the loony bin by now. They provide all the comic relief we need and then some! Laughter really is the best medicine, even for crazy. Even though they're always messing around and we hardly ever can tell when they're serious, they all have this side to them that just makes me love them. We're seriously like a family and I'm gonna miss them when we're not together in a couple of weeks. (Yeah. A couple of weeks. I'll be in the Philippines in a COUPLE OF WEEKS! AHHH!) Last Sunday, Elder Richards and Elder Adamson taught us about the Atonement. That's an emotional subject anyway, but with those two all of the sisters were bawling. They shared experiences from their lives that made me respect them all the more and realize that we all have our own trials. Everyone goes through hard things. Sometimes it's things that are beyond our control, sometimes our trials are self-inflicted. But because we have the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can get through anything. He knows how we feel in every situation and He knows how to "succor us perfectly." (Alma 7:11-13) This week I was reminded just how thankful I am for the atonement in my life and how thankful I am that though I can't do this alone, I can do it through Christ who strengthens me. I think District Meetings are my favorite part of the week :) More for you to love about Elder Richards, our Elders told us a couple nights ago they were all laying in bed and out of the blue Elder Richards said "There's just no way this church isn't true. This church is true. IT'S JUST SO TRUE!" Haha he's our 6'7" adorable Elder. On another note, in TALL one day there was a Sister from England in the lab and as soon as she said something, Elder Milligan says "No way! Is that your real voice?! That can't be your real voice." It was a Mean Girls moment where I was all like "Oh my gosh, you can't just ask people if that's their real voice!" Then Elder Adamson walks in and acts like he didn't hear what she said. 5 times. Until we made him sit down. They then proceeded to stare at her for the majority of TALL. Somedays our Elders are more like our children. But somedays, like last night, they are far from it. Last night I was just overwhelmed and exhausted. I was homesick. I was discouraged. Tagalog is hard. I'd wanted to learn Spanish and one by one my friends were getting called Spanish speaking. Missions are hard. And it's hard to keep working so hard ALL the time for 18 months. So I asked for a blessing. Oh how grateful I am that I can just ask and I know that in a few minutes their will be the hands of 6 of God's servants on my head. I am so grateful for the Priesthood! I had Elder Adamson give the blessing, it was only his second one ever. And the things he said were EXACTLY what I needed to hear. He told me that I was where I needed to be, he blessed me with peace and comfort and the ability to learn the difficult language, he blessed me to know my family was well and praying for me, and it was just perfect. Absolutely perfect. I know with all my heart I am where I'm supposed to be, I'm going where I'm supposed to go, and I can do whatever the Lord needs me to do.

Our investigators are still not progressing, but they are becoming more receptive. When we planned for Del this week, we were totally inspired. We went in a completely different direction but for the first time in our lessons with him we really felt the spirit and we know he did too. Brother Pearce found us afterwards and told us he didn't know what we'd done differently, but that it was noticeable and it was exactly what we needed to do. We found out his wife doesn't like us teaching him because all her kids are Mormon now and she's Catholic so she doesn't want to be the only one. And Del doesn't want to hurt his marriage. So that's a difficult situation for us because he has to keep commitments, he has to read the BOM and pray about it, but he won't. He said he'd try to this week so we'll see. But I really think he started to recognize the need for the BOM and a living prophet this week. With Teresa, we're taking her to church tomorrow! But not really since it's just Sis. Osborn, but that's good. Her lessons went so much better this week as well. It's so crazy to think that in 3 weeks we can teach lessons in Tagolog! We can answer people's questions and it's just amazing!

Spiritual thought of the week. So this week at choir practice, Brother Eggett talked about Abraham 3:22-23. He told us that we ARE the noble and great ones. If in the premortal life we filled up every seat in the Marriott Center and Lavelle Edwards Stadium, only one of us would be chosen to come to earth at this time. Only one of us would have been chosen to come to earth and be a teenager serving a mission right now. We were foreordained. And if the billions of other people who weren't chosen to live on the earth right now were watching, what would they say? Would they say "There's our girl! Everyone else is doing this, but she's over there reading her scriptures. She's over there saying a prayer. She's on a mission." Then a couple days later I read my patriarchal blessing and I got this overwhelming feeling that Heavenly Father has great things in store for me! There may be trials in my life that I don't think I can handle, but He knows that I can. He does not see who I am now, but who I will become. He sees my divine potential. And then that same day, I got a letter from Carmen Skidmore. It had this quote written in it: "When in situations of stress, we wonder if there is anymore in us to give, we can be comforted to know that God, who knows our capabilities perfectly, placed us here to succeed. No one was foreordained to fail or to be wicked. When we have been weighed and found wanting, let us remember that we were measured before and were equal to our tasks, and therefore, let us continue but with a more determined discipleship." -Neal A. Maxwell So basically, I can do it. I was meant for this. I was meant to do great things and so were you.

Future Missionary Advice:
  • Read PMG. ALL of it. Time is a very precious resource here at the MTC and you won't have time. Read the chapters on the BOM and Finding People and Learning Your Language. There's some great stuff in there and I wish I had more time to read it so I could better make use of my time here at the MTC.  
  • Make lesson plans. I'll give you an outline when I have more time.
And finally, our quotes of the week:
"I have fat kid handwriting!" - Sister Smith
"Whatever floats the Lord's boat." - Sister Kerr
"He can hurt us, but we can squash his head." - Elder Shaw

Mahal Kita!
Sister Brown

....Pero mga kaibigan (But still friends)

Elder Adamson and Elder Richards having a tough time during TALL :)
And then the -in- verbs got to Sister Smith... ;)
The room! It's kinda messy because Sis. Carr is leaving Monday :(

And Sis. Smith...

Sis Kerr, Sis Hardy, Sis Kunz, Sis Smith, me, Sis Parker, Sis Spjut

Sis Brown, Sis Smith & Sis  Kerr...beautiful girls...beautiful flowers

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mahal kita!‏ (Love You!)

Kamusta po kayo? This week I found out some earth shattering news... the minions in Despicable Me 2 AND the ewoks in Star Wars speak Tagalog!!!!! So if you're wondering what I sound like, it's just like what we all thought was a made up language they use in movies. I must be getting pretty comfortable with the language because my companions and I have started shortening the word "pasensiya" meaning I'm sorry or have patience with me, to "pasench." Also I got a package from my mom with tons of treats and adorable headbands (I LOVE headbands!) and I got a bunch of letters from the girls that went to our stake girls camp last week, which was just sobrung mabuti (so good)! THEN I got the calendar my mom made me to count down my mission and keep track of my days because I've seriously been struggling with that, just ask my kasamas. All of these super nice things were much needed this week, because it was kinda rough. Plus I found out Sione tried out for American Idol and I didn't even know about it! ;) We started teaching not 1, but 2 new investigators and there just simple wasn't enough time to plan and memorize and practice our lessons and get everything else done that needed doing. It was just really frustrating to not be able to do as much or as well as I wanted to. Our investigators are Del and Teresa. Del is actually our teacher, Brother Pearce, playing an investigator from his mission. Del is an older guy whose son is a member, but he's very Catholic. He isn't really interested in joining the church and doesn't understand that there is a living prophet on the earth today. We tried to teach him about prophets and in our broken Tagalog we ended up telling him he was the prophet... so yeah. Teresa, who is our other teacher, Sister Osborn, is a 20 year old young woman who is in the US working as a nanny to send money back to her family in the Philippines. She's the oldest of 8 kids and her family is very important to her. She's also Catholic but isn't very active. She's adorable and we've been teaching her about how families can be together forever and about the restoration. She was a little hesitant to pray with us at first, but she agrees to say the prayer at the end of every lesson. I think she's making a lot of progress but we still have a lot to explain and it's really hard to do with our limited Tagalog. We'll be teaching Del and Teresa for the rest of our stay at the MTC unless we drop one of them or baptize one of them.
In all my frustration, I was a little ornery this week. Pasensiya kasamas! I was having a hard time keeping up the amazing relationship we have in our companionship. The exhaustion of going nonstop all the time and the stress of having so much to do and also learning a lot of the hard grammar stuff this week was getting to all of us and planning lessons was a little tense, just because we all have different ideas of how teaching should be done. The biggest thing was that Sister Smith is a go-with-the-flow kind of person and Sister Kerr and I like structure. We like practice and planning. And some of us wanted to just keep it simple and use only words we already knew because of our lack of time and others of us wanted to push ourselves a little more. However, we survived the week and rocked our lessons! Thank goodness for the spirit! Every night we give each other a compliment for the day and I think that really helped too. I'm really blessed to have the kasamas I do :)
Also, Sister Osborn who is also Teresa and Brother Pearce who is also Nico who is also Del, had a little coaching meeting with us Sisters and they both told us they were there to help if we started getting too overwhelmed and that they were really impressed with us and our teaching. So that helped. And also proved that we were Nico's favorites ;)
So last Sunday, our companionship taught our district meeting lesson. It was on faith in Jesus Christ. It was such a simple, short lesson but it was great! Good luck to the Elders that are teaching this week on beating that! Haha joke lang, no competition in the MTC... But anyways, I felt like I should share something with my district at the end of our lesson so I did. I told them that I'd learned part of having faith in Christ is trusting in Him. I told them about how my single mom lost her job just weeks before I came on my mission and how I was angry because things like that shouldn't happen to the families of soon-to-be missionaries. But then I told them how I realized I had to have faith in Heavenly Father's plan, whatever it may be and trust in Him that it would all work out. And I told them how angels came to my door asking how they could help. And then guess what! 2 days later I got a letter from my mom telling me she'd gotten a job!!! A job that paid more, had better benefits, and possibly will give her the opportunity to go back to school and get her degree. The Lord truly does bless the families of missionaries and He NEVER takes something away unless He's got something better in store. I know that with all my heart. I got to tell my district the news and they were seriously more excited about it than I was haha :D
Some of my favorite moments from this week were our role plays. Last Saturday night Sister Osborn demonstrated teaching on Elder Adamson, who was playing some kid named Cameron  who was Christian, 18, and had a lot of LDS friends. Afterwards we evaluated it and Elder Milligan talked about how halfway through we'd all realized that Camerson wasn't just some kid. He was a real person, he was Elder Adamson's friend back at home who he cared about, who may or who may not be receiving the missionary discussions and making the same progress that Elder Adamson pretended to make. And Elder Adamson started to cry. Like really cry. And all I could think of the entire time he was pretending to be Cameron was all the people I could've pretended to be, all of the people I love who don't understand the gospel and how important it is and how much their Heavenly Father loves them. It reminded me of why I'm here. If I'm not the one that can help the people I love understand, then maybe someone else can. And maybe there's someone in the Philippines who is just praying that someone else will be able to help the people they love understand. And maybe that person will be me. 
I loved it because we got to see another side of Elder Adamson. Just so you understand what he's normally like, let me tell you a couple of stories. Last Sunday on our temple walk he picked a random Elder, read his name tag, and then proceeded to say "Elder Miller? No way!" and pull him in for a hug against his will. It was hilarious! And then that night, everyone was crying because one of the districts was leaving for the Philippines the next morning so Elder Adamson pretended to cry and told Elder Milligan to pat him on the shoulder. Well our branch president walked over and took Elder Adamson aside and gave him a hug and told him it was going to be okay and that if he was already that bad he was going to be a mess when the next district left. And he just went with it. Oh and he wants everyone to know that he thinks my brother's mane is sweet.
And finally, some spiritual thoughts from our many devotionals. Last Sunday Elder Heaton spoke to us and said "Speak in the awkward moment." He told us a story about a woman who was looking for something more and had prayed that the missionaries would find her. Well one day she was outside talking to her neighbor when she saw them coming down the street. She was so excited! But then they passed her by. Luckily she was persistent and got online and ordered a Book of Mormon which was then dropped off by the same missionaries and later her and the neighbor were baptized. Maybe it would've been awkward to interrupt their conversation, but it would have been the answer to this woman's prayers! Never pass up an opportunity to share the gospel because it might be what we call "awkward." My other favorite was from our Tuesday night devotional. Elder Richard Hinckley, Pres. Hinckley's son, spoke. He said "The greatest suffering a missionary will experience is regret. When you leave your mission, will you say I wish I had, or I'm glad I did." And with those two thoughts, here's my challenge to you. Think of someone you could refer to the missionaries or give a Book of Mormon to or just share your testimony. You are not going to be alone in your efforts and even though you might feel like it's going to be awkward, you never know what will come of it. Maybe nothing, but maybe something. Just give it a try and tell me how it goes :)
And quotes of the week/Funny things I come up with ;)
"An angel appeared to Rebekkah, this was before ultrasound. It was AngelSound." - Brother Eggbert, the choir director (oh yeah, I joined the choir!)
"Have you ever listened to a snail?... You don't do that in Utah??" - Sister Kerr (She was dead serious and proceeded to make the sound of a snail hahahahahahaha)
You might be in the MTC if:
  • You hear arguments about which Disney princess is prettier
  • You hear a remix of "The Cups Song" in which "you've got a call for the long way round and 2 Books of Mormon for the way"
  • You know how to say hello in at least 10 different languages, including some that don't exist
  • You accidentally brush up against a boys' hand and he acts as if he's been shocked
  • The thought of getting to bed by 10:30pm excites you
  • Gym time consists of an intense game of... 4-square!
  • You're way of rebelling is signing your letters with your first name
  • You can't speak English anymore but you can't speak anything else yet either
  • Seeing a male and female hug is like witnessing a murder
And there you have it folks, here's to another week at the MTC! Have a fabulous week and send me some DearElders or something. I need to know your life :)
Ingat, mahal kita!

Sister Brown

*Note from her mom: For those of you who have never used DearElder before like me... just go to and set up an account (you don't have to set up an account but it is easier because then it saves the address info and you don't have to put it in each time)!  Type out your letter and then send it...they print it out for you, put it in an envelope and send it directly to the missionary.  If you send it before a certain time (12pm M-F) she will get it that's an awesome invention! :)  She said they get mail 2 times a day so letters are great too!  They have an hour  on P-days to get on the internet and read/send out emails so it helps if she's has had time to read your questions from your letters and DearElders during the week...since writing this email and sending pictures probably takes up about half of her email time! :/  I know she'd love to hear from all of you and hear what you are all up to!?  Thank you all for your love and means a lot to both of us!! :)

And now for the pictures from the last 2 weeks:

Cookies and milk after a long hard day :)
Elder Richards is 6'7" and Sister Kerr and our teacher, Sister Osborn are both 5'2"
Our adorable little Elders, Elder Shaw, Elder Adamson, Elder Toro, Elder Hammer, Elder Richards, and Elder Milligan
Temple Walk Sunday
I ran into Sister Taran White finally! 
Tuesday night devotionals in the Marriott Center with only half the missionaries on campus
Ran into Sister Clonts too! She left for Virginia this last Wednesday.
After the Devotional our little army walks back to the MTC. It's an amazing thing to see!
Kasamas at the temple last Sunday

Roommates! Sister Carr, Sister Brown, Sister Smith, Sister Kerr, and Sister Ianuzi. Sister Ianuzi left for the Philippines on Monday
District D AKA the best district at the MTC. And the most humble.
Elder Richards and Elder Adamson are kasamas, there's a little bit of a height difference...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Kamusta po kayo mga kaigbiyan! (How are you my friends?)

Here is Sister Brown's 2nd letter from the MTC! :) She said she was sending more pictures but so far haven't seen anything! :(  I will post them as soon as I get them!!

Kamusta po kayo mga kaigbiyan!

I can't believe I've already been in the MTC for over a week! They say the days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days in the MTC and I can attest to that! My stay is preparing me well though since they always seem to be out of toilet paper and I keep getting in the shower that doesn't work so you just have to splash yourself, kinda like a bucket shower. My kasama didn't know we had to take bucket showers in the Philippines, her reaction was priceless! I absolutely love it here! It is definitely exhausting but the spirit here is amazing and the amount we learn in such a short amount of time is a downright miracle.
I'm basically fluent in Taglish now. Wanna know what word I learned in TALL (this really super awesome language learning program on the computer with a wonderful song at the end and a lot of really annoying voices seeing how fast they can say the words you're supposed to be learning)? Bulati. Meaning intestinal worm. I figured that would come in handy when I get there ;) Joke lang! I could probably make better use of my time... I'm Senior companion which is cool but I don't really know what I'm supposed to be doing.
We finished teaching our first investigator this week. Last Saturday we had only taught him once. Well Saturday night we taught him again and we prayed before that we'd be able to understand Nico and what we needed to say. And we totally did! We didn't understand every word he said but we understood what he was saying and what he needed to hear. Sister Kerr took it away with a personal experience she had with prayer that she translated into Tagalog (remember we'd been here less than 4 days) and she brought the most amazing spirit into the room. The 3 of us all walked out of the room after that lesson and started crying... Annnnd that was the end of my no crying streak haha :) Our next lesson wasn't so great, probably because we were more confident in our ability and we forgot to rely on the spirit. We forgot we couldn't do it alone and it was back to square one. Then Wednesday night, I was feeling pretty inadequate. My kasamas and everyone in my district had been picking up on the language so fast and they always just knew what to say. I felt like I wasn't contributing anything at all to our lessons with Nico and I really wanted to be as in tune with the spirit as my kasamas were. So as we sat there teaching I said a little prayer in my heart that I would understand and that I would know what to say. And just then Nico asked a question that took us completely away from our memorized lesson plan which is scary when you don't know the language. But I had this thought, Mosiah 18:8-10, that's what he needs to hear. So I found it and he read it and then we didn't even have to ask, he told us we he felt like it was true and he knew what he needed to do, he wanted to be BAPTIZED!!!! Yes, he was a fake investigator. But our love for this imaginary Nico was real and the joy we felt was indescribable. And the gratitude I felt towards my Heavenly Father for answering a simple prayer about a fake investigator so that I could have that little confidence boost that I needed was so strong. I know that Heavenly Father hears and anwers ALL of our prayers no matter how simple.
Unfortunately for us sisters, Nico became our teacher the next day. Nico is actually named Brother Pearce and he is what we call Tukso (temtation) haha :) He is pretty good looking which should be illegal at the MTC but whatever, he's married so it's fine. These Italian Elders keep asking us if they can practice their testimonies on us too and we've decided next time we will just have to say no because I mean, do they want us to fall in love with them?
Kasama update, I still love them. In fact I love them even more than before! They are downright amazing young women. Sister Kerr and Sister Smith both have gone through some unbelievable trials in their lives and have come out on top. We are all so different but we get along so perfectly. Every night we give one another a compliment for the day and I believe it's really helped us to get along and to get closer. They are starting to see sides of me that they probably shouldn't haha :) Sister Smith is like our mom. She's always taking care of everyone but she's always laughing and making life fun! Sister Kerr is very diligent but  also always keeping things fun! They remind me of Avery and Amanda and that really helps me to feel right at home here. Humor is the only thing we've got some days when we just are so exhausted we want to cry. Our district laughs all the time. Sometimes during prayers, sometimes during lessons, but we're always laughing :) Oh and my kasamas like to run. So I've run WAY more than I would have liked this week. But hindi alala, I make up for it by eating LOTS of cookies!
District update, I still love them too. Favorite experience this week was last Saturday night. Our Elders were feeling a little discouraged so they gave one another blessings and asked if us sisters wanted one too. It was the most AMAZING thing! To have 6 18 year old boys who hardly knew me place their hands on my head and then hear exactly the words I needed to hear along with the words that are always said in every other blessing I've ever had was awesome. I can tell you that the power of the priesthood is real. There is NO way that those boys, some of them who had never even given a blessing before, could say the things they did without the power of God. I am so grateful Heavenly Father gave me the district and the companions that He did. They are perfect for me in every way.
Missionary Advice:

Don't ever compare yourself. You are you, and that is exactly who Heavenly Father needs in the mission field. He doesn't need 2 of your companion. He just needs you.

Bring a can of Febreze because chances are one 
of your 6 roommates WILL have a bad case of stinky feet. Been there, done that.

Have someone write down what is said in your setting apart so you can read it in the MTC and in the field.
Learn all the hymns no one knows. That's all we sing here.

Remember that you've been preparing your whole life for this, not just since you got your call. So don't worry, you can do it!
And lastly, I started a quote book with funny and inspiring quotes of the week. So here are a few of them.
"Sisters don't sweat. We glisten. We glisten like a horse." - Sister Reed
"What does that mean?" - Sister Smith "That was English Sister." - Sister Kerr
"There's the sugar!" -Elder Adamson
"The MTC is like the Mormon version of Survivor." -Elder Milligan
"Touched by an angel, tickled by the spirit." -Elder Milligan
And inspirational "Be bold. You've got a note from Jesus Christ. It's not your name on the line here, it's His. You CAN make a difference." - Elder George Durrant
"People in jail serve time. People on missions should be serving the Savior. Never wake up and ask yourself what am I going to do today. Ask how am I going to get it all done?" - Elder Kendrick
Have a great week everybody! Mahal Kita!
Sister Brown

Sunday, July 7, 2013


 My Kasamas (companions), Sister Kerr and Sister Smith. I LOVE them!

Kamusta?! So I've survived 4 days in the MTC! My first day? CRUSHED IT. I mean I'm basically fluent in Tagalog now. Okay maybe not. Literally 5 minutes after I got here, my host missionary dropped me off in my classroom and the teacher immediately started asking me questions. In Tagalog. Not one word of English. I probably should have felt overwhelmed but I just felt so happy and excited I didn't even care! My district has 6 Elders and 3 Sisters. Elder Milligan, Elder Toro, Elder Hammer, Elder Adamson, Elder Shaw, Elder Richards, Sister Kerr, and Sister Smith. Us 3 sisters are in a trio because Sister Kerr's kasama (companion) didn't show up. I LOVE them! They are so much fun and such hard workers! They keep me focused and working hard. I actually met Sister Smith before the MTC and I talked to Sister Kerr on FB. Our Elders are all 18 and they're just adorable! Our zone has a rule that the Sisters are not to take their trays back after any meal. How cute is that? And you never walk through a door that isn't opened for you. I think all guys need to go through MTC training, the world would just be a better place :) We have absolutely zero free time. It's go, go, go all the time from 6:30am to 10:00pm. I never thought I would look forward to going to sleep at 10:30 so much!
The food is pretty good, definitely better than the HC! But it makes you sick the first few days. Also the sheets feel a little like sandpaper and our room smells like something died in there. No worries, we bought some Glade today! There are 2 showers I was advised not to use, one that was just a trickle and one that was like a fire hose blasting at you. I experienced them both within 3 days. So glad that's out of the way :) The sisters in our zone are super nice and our Sister Training Leaders come in to give us hugs every night, which is really nice. I have yet to cry (except when we watched 17 Miracles, but that doesn't count). Me and Elder Milligan are having a competition to see who can go the longest without crying haha :)
For the 4th of July we had a devotional, watched 17 Miracles, got ice cream, and got to stay up late and watch the Stadium of Fire fireworks! It was awesome! All the sisters dressed up in red, white, and blue and it was adorable! All the sisters have the cutest clothes and I'm just like "Bakit? BAKIT?" But whatevs, I'm rocking the sister missionary look.
It's day 4 and I know how to pray and bear my testimony in Tagalog and also how to say "Go take a bath" which is the equivalent to saying "Bless you" when someone sneezes. Weird, huh? We also already taught our first lesson to a fake investigator named Nico. In Tagalog. No notes or anything. 2 1/2 days after I said my first few words in Tagalog and we're teaching a whole lesson. How amazing is that?! I mean, our lesson consister mostly of things like "God, Plan, Happy," and "HIndi ko Alam" meaning I don't know. It was really frustrating because even though we knew he was just an actor, we had prayed and prepared all day that we would be able to teach him what he needed to hear and we really wanted that for him. But we couldn't understand hardly anything he said and we couldn't address his concerns or answer his questions because we just didn't know what he had said. It can be discouraging at times but I just have to remind myself that it's only day 4 and the fact that in only 4 days I've learned this much. It's crazy how even though half the time we're just reading things out of our booklet you can feel the spirit, Oh, #HG *cough cough Jeska* I kind of struggle with praying in Tagalog so I usually just do it in Taglish. But when I really try to do it in Tagalog, I just feel so much closer to Heavenly Father.
Okay I had a lot more but we have to teach again tonight and I'm out of time!
Mahal kita!
Sister Brown

The district! Elder Shaw, Elder Milligan, Elder Richards, Elder Adamson, Elder Toro, Elder Hammer, Sister Smith, Sister Kerr, and Sister Brown!

Laundry on P-day
Dancing in the rain after our first lesson in Tagalog! Crushed it. Sorta.

The District at the 4th of July devotional

4th of July= Ice cream and fireworks :D

Stadium of Fire from the MTC