Saturday, March 3, 2012

3-2-2012 Email: Flight Plans!

It's official -- I will actually get to leave the MTC someday! Someday soon. Specifically, March 12. A glorious day.

All of us Japanese missionaries got our flight plans yesterday, and it was a moment of great joy. Only our district leader can open the mailbox, where our plans would be delivered, so we all followed him like excited little ducklings after dinner and were pretty much freaking out in hope and anticipation outside of the building watching for his return (they could have come Thursday or Friday). We were acting crazy enough that people walking by stared, and that was before we even knew if they would actually be there that day. Sarger Choro tried to pretend like they didn't come and it was a normal mail day, but that only lasted like three seconds before everyone swarmed him. Then we all joyfully skipped back to our classroom building where we all compared plans and continued to freak out.

It's just so exciting to have the actual plans in your hand! Especially when you've been sitting in the same little classroom for nine hours a day. We're going to Japan! And my flight plans are perfect, mostly because our flight doesn't leave until 11 a.m., so we don't have to leave the MTC until 8 a.m. (I know lots of people who have had to leave at like 3 a.m. or 4 a.m... Our roommates going to Kobe have to leave at like 5 a.m. I think. Ew.)

This week was also awesome because for our devotional on Tuesday Elder Holland, of the Quorom of the 12 Apostles, came and spoke! That actually means that now since we've been here we've heard from both Elder Holland and Elder Nelson twice. I've decided they are our official Apostles of our MTC stay. Having the opportunity to listen to Elder Holland again was naturally just wonderful. I took around a million notes since I'm a compulsive note taker so it's hard to pull just one good thing he said out of them to put on here, but he talked a lot about missionary work and letting it change you to make you an even better person, even if you were already fantastic before. He also talked about how important the Book of Mormon is, and how he is concerned that we don't use it enough. He said even though not everything we teach is specifically in the Book of Mormon, it all stems from it and is rooted in it. The Book of Mormon can change lives. It's awesome how you can learn something new to help you in your life every time you read it.

Ok I want to share my travel plans with my family so this has to be short. But life is good! And soon we'll be in Japan, which is awesome.

Love ya.

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