I love the MTC!! It is so great, I have already learned so much, and I am so grateful to be here. Wednesday was a little hectic when it came to getting everything and such. I was the first one to my classroom, and my teacher, Broder (Brother in Swedish) Bush, just spoke to me in Swedish and we waited for others to get there. I met my companion Sister Megan Austin, she is darling, and we actually get along really well. We have found that we have a lot in common, and I love it because she helps me stay focused and study Swedish. Swedish is DANG hard. I haven't ever studied a language before, (ASL doesn't count since it is read and written in english.) so I am learning to use a whole different part of my brain!! It is exhausting, strenuous, and frustrating. But somehow I have taught four lessons in Swedish already, and can I just tell you that the gift of tongues is real, and the spirit here is superb. Otherwise I would not be able to say a lick of anything I can. I sometimes feel like I didn't learn anything at the end of the day, but then when I am using it, it comes to me, and I can remember so much it blows my mind!! I truly love being here even though it is sometimes an emotional roller coaster for all of us. My district is SO FUNNY. Which is good and bad. Because it makes all of this hard work bearable and such, but then we don't get enough studying done sometimes. We've set some goals to improve on that, but we get along so well, so I couldn't be happier!!
Random things that happened each day... Day 1- we had a big group of new missionaries in with an investigator, we got to know him, and his concerns, and then we could stand up and answer questions, etc. The spirit was so strong, and I had such a strong prompting to say somethings even though I was terrified. I answered a lot of his questions, and then when he asked a question that I wasn't sure how to answer I bore my testimony, and challenged him to pray about it, and that is what we ended on, it was so sweet. I loved it. Day 2- The electricity went out, plus a fire alarm went off later. We also met our Branch Presidency, who are all so great!! I think they are stellar, and I can't wait to get to know them better, but I am grateful for the strong testimonies they bring. Day 3 - Our district is HILARIOUS. Swedish is SO hard. We taught our first lesson-whoa. It was super cool though. We played volleyball that morning, and Syster Austin (my comp) tried to hit the ball, and kind of dove (which we are not supposed to do) and she was like, ah I was sacrificing for you guys, and Sister Sorenson (a sister in my district) turns and says "It is better to obey than to sacrifice." We thought it was pretty funny-but then again EVERYTHING is funny because we are all a little tired. Day 4 - I saw Brian Longhurst! He had his camera on him, so we got a picture, and signed together, he left on Monday though. Good kid. Class was super stressful, and I had a little break down, but I was reminded that I cannot fail when I am doing the work of the Lord. But lets be honest, some tears were shed, and I had some tissues that had flowers on them (from the lovely Downards ;) thanks!! ) and Sis. Sorenson, said "oh look, you are watering the flowers with your tears." I was dying of laughter after that. Our second lesson was AWESOME!! We taught the Plan of Salvation, and it went really well, Haydar, our investigator dumbed down his swedish so we could understand. But I think we made such a big improvement from the day before. The spirit was SO strong!! :) Day 5 - Sunday, there is a weird schedule, and we listened to music and the spoken word, and it was FATHERS DAY [HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD. I LOVE YOU!!], lets just say, it was so hard to hold back the tears, we all missed our families a lot, but I was so grateful for the wonderful family and dad that I have to miss them so much. Oh my funny story, I sat next to the MTC first counselors wife during sacrament meeting, and I ended up FALLING ASLEEP for liike the first time in my life. When I fell asleep her husband was talking, of course. I felt so bad, but I couldn't stay awake, but I did think that was pretty funny. We have devotionals Sunday nights, and Tuesday nights, and the Sunday night devotional was given by Sheri Dew and she spoke on grace. It was amazing. I will explain more following.. Then we watched "The Character of Christ" by Elder Bednar - LOOK IT UP and read and STUDY it. Holy cow, it was SO amazing, and was about becoming truly converted to Christ. Day 6- We learned a lot of how to better work together as a companionship-but we are still learning, we need to better feed off each other as we teach our lessons, but we are getting it! Day 7- Twas great.. but I am running out of time!! Our devotional was by M. Russell Ballard!! Ah the spirit was INCREDIBLE! I learned soo much!
So Jag alskar dig means I love you! (but remember you do have google translate to figure these things out. haha) and Jag ar lycklig mean I am happy. Jag vet detta kyrka ar som. Jag ar tacksam for min famil och min undershokare, Haydar. That means: I know this Church is true. I am thankful for my family, and for my investigator, Haydar. I can say a lot more than that, I just don't have much time.
I love you all sooooooo much. Remember that the Lord loves you, and we need to be grounded by knowing the simple doctorine of Christ- that is what will keep you safe as the adversary comes. Study and work to improve your understanding and knowledge of it. Valja det rett. (Choose the Right)
Love, Syster Bolton
Swedish District - Sister Sorenson, Sister Powell, Sister Austin, Sister Bolton, Elder Rhoades, Elder Mott, Elder Walker, Elder Featherstone (our district leader)