Monday, January 26, 2009

Week Two

Well I hate that I always feel so rushed to email because my computer time is limited but Ill write more details in a letter :) This week went by so crazy fast! We did so much. We started teaching the first lesson in the T.A center to volunteers from BYU it went really really well. Sis Fairweather and I teach so well together on Thursday night the spirit in the room was incredible we got our volunteer in tears! He was freakin out when we told him we'd only been here a week! Probably because it was in English ha because it definitely wouldn't have gone that well had it been in Tagalog! But the language is coming along quite nicely actually, we already pray and bear our testimonies without any English and our grammar and vocab increase dramatically everyday.

I never thought Id spend so many hours in a classroom and actually enjoy it. There are those days though actually not days just a few hours I thought I was going to throw my book at Bro Leslie on Sat night I've never been so frustrated in my life it gets so hard because unless its doctrinal study our teachers will only speak Tagalog to us!! UGH! I was just standing in front of the class trying to set up an appointment and testify to him in tears haha but then he sat me down and talked to us in English and reminded us of the power that's available to us and I was good. I'm sending home my memory card and Ill send a letter with it to explain the pictures hah there's some classic ones I'm excited for you to see.

I joined the MTC choir the 2nd day I was here so sis fairweather and i got to sing at the Tuesday night devotional Elder Dickson from the 70 came and spoke it was awesome ok my comp is being weird and wont let me capitalize or punctuate so sorry I'm really not a retard pres Monsons daughter who is in the general yw spoke to the relief society yesterday and then Stephen B. Allen the missionary dept director spoke at the fireside and boy was that amazing i thought the spirit was going explode out of my body we sang we'll bring the world his truth all verses....look it up you'll see why it was so strong. then we stayed in the gym and watched the Joseph Smith movie and ended our Sunday night on such a good note. well ill write a small letter with the memory card and let yall know any thing i forgot hope all is well thanks for all the letters everyone its the best part of my day i love it i miss you all so much more than you even know

sister grant

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Kamusta Ka!!

Whew wee! I've only been here for 5 days and boy has it been a roller coaster! It already feels like 3 weeks haha We've learned so much already its silly I can bear my testimony completely in Tagalog and actually know and understand what Im saying! The sentence structure and grammar isn't coming quite as easily but Sis. Fairweather and I are getting really good at our vocab which helps soooo much. Sister Fairweather is probably one of the best things that ever happened to me HA! I am positive there was a line in heaven that I stood in so that I could be her companion for 9 weeks! She is so my other half, it makes things here so much easier and more enjoyable having someone I can laugh with and someone who is exactly like me so we get along great but different enough to keep things interesting.

My district is amazing we're the only sisters but its fine because we get along so well and the elders are so nice. They are so excited to be here and that feeling just radiates from them which makes it so easy to stay focused and pumped about our purpose of why we're here. My 2 teachers are everything I hoped they would be, Bro Chou is very straight forward and makes us learn the foundation of the language and all the rules and grammar that is so important for us to know. Bro Leslie is Amazing! He is so inspired every lesson, and is always so in tune with our feelings and what we need to know. I love his classes. He is the epitome of a spiritual giant he's very soft spoken but when he does speak its SOMETHIN! They are both so powerful and I've already learned so much from them. I'm out of time my laundry is done :) haha but write me back the things you want to know and I'll write back on Monday!

P.S I see Landry and Andrew lee all the time its so fun and it helps not miss home so much. Hope all is well and everyone is doing great!I love you all so much and cant wait to hear from you!

Mahalkita! (I love you)
Ingat! (take care)
Always, Sister Grant

Saturday, January 17, 2009

1st Letter Home

Dear Family,

My goodness! I feel like a kid at Disneyland for the first time! :) Everything here is exactly how I expected it to be. I've never been some where, where everyone was so happy & willing to help. My dork dot might have encouraged them a little more but everyone here is sooo-nice. My comp is Sis. Fairweather & I am SO Blessed! She's perfect! & she's headed to Bacolod as well. There's only 1 other sister & 2 elders going to our mission but me & my comp are the only sisters in our district. The first day has been pretty crazy but I've never felt the spirit so strong. I've already learned so MUCH! Tell Colton the ice cream IS AMAZING & tell Bailey my room is great & I'm all situated and comfortable. :) Sister Fairweather is hilarious and we already act like we've known each other forever! She's 21, 5 ft 11, and from NY. We got along right away & I can't imagine having any problems in the future.

There's 2 other sisters in our room both going to the Philippines they are interesting........ha/ha. I'll send pics, the one sister put on her pj's & they had a huge cat on the front, it was so hard not to laugh. We already started learning the language this morning. It's crazy how fast everything goes. Kumusta Ka! is Hi how are you & we've already learned how to pray in Tagalog! I've seen Morgan Nelson & Landry quite a bit. I also see Andrew Lee alot, it's been so fun!! Well I'll write again soon. Everything is going so amazing. I feel so blessed to be here and the spirit is so strong. Can't wait to share some more stories with you. INGAT!! (take care)

Love you all!

Sister Grant

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Address Mix Up

For those of you who have already looked at Brooklyns MTC address I'm sorry, I guess I typed THI instead of PHI but it is now fixed and the right address has been posted. Sorry about that.

Final Goodbyes and the MTC!!

(Please click on pictures if you wish to see them bigger)

Brooklyn turned 21 on Sunday as well as got set apart to be an official missionary. She didn't leave for Utah with my parents til Tuesday so we were all enjoying watching her have to wear knee highs a couple of days early. Her friends were nice and took her out for her last pazookie at BJ's one of her favorite restaurants the night before and then came over on Monday to help her pack. They packed both of her suitcases and visited one last time. These girls have been friends since she was like 11 or 12 so it was fun to see them all emotional and saying their goodbyes.

Monday with friends

My mom said it was a good thing they went up to Utah a day before she entered the MTC because Tuesday they were able to get a lot of last minute things done that they had forgotten about. Brooklyn forgot to get flip flops for the shower so they went all over Provo searching for a pair......that was a pretty tough thing to do in Provo in the middle of winter. Brooklyn was also having issues with her missionary attire and adjusting to the fact that she had to tuck her shirts into her skirts. They kept coming untucked and just bothered her all day so they also took a trip to the sister missionary mall in Provo and she got the Jodie dresses pictured below. I was horrified for her because all I could picture was the little jumper overall looking dresses with the plain t-shirt underneath type thing but now that I see the pictures I'm relieved for her and they are actually pretty cute for sister missionary clothes. She decided to buy 6 while they were there. 4 solid, and 2 printed ones.....the lighter printed one with the little blue flowers on it, her and my mom were calling the pantie dress because it looks like the print on a little girls panties lol

Sister Grant sporting her light blue Jodie dress this morning before she went into the MTC.

My mom wanted me to add a little story from the trip as well. Brooklyn woke up this morning and was like, "OK, so you know how missionaries always say that everyone just can't sleep the night before they go into the MTC?? Well, I wish that would've been me, because I just slept so good and dreamed and dreamed all night long. I had a dream that we got to the MTC and I went to check in and the lady at the counter said, Oh I'm sorry we just weren't ready for you. We didn't know you were coming!" and Brooklyn was like, "What do you mean you didn't know I was coming? YOU SENT ME AN AIRLINE TICKET!!" and the lady said, " Well I'm really sorry but since you're already set apart to be a missionary, what we'll do is, send you back to Arizona with a senior companion and you can serve on the reservation until we find another companion up here for you" and Brooklyn was just like, "OHHHHHH NO, I'm already here we've got to work this mess out!!"

Leave it to Brooklyn to have some random dream tied to her Indian roots and have to come back home after she's already started her mission experience.

After the dream and getting ready they went and met up with my Aunt Kathy and Uncle Brad and the rest of the family at Dennys for a good breakfast. My cousin Landry entered the MTC today as well going to Alabama for his mission. It was fun for Brooklyn to see all of them before she left as well, and how fun, that she'll be in the MTC with Landry and a couple of other people she knows as well.

Getting her RED luggage out

The lines of all the new missionaries luggage was just running up and down all the side walks. This is only on Brooklyns side (notice her red luggage again under #37) but it went around the corner and down the other sidewalks as well.
I don't know why this picture is flipped backwards but the sign obviously says, "New Missionaries enter here"
She went in one door and my parents went in another. By the time my mom got around the corner she had already gotten her name tag, and been given some other information.
Then the lady told them that the parents could pin the name tag on but to be advised to pin it as high as they could as to not focus on the ladies "area" when someone tries to read your tag haha
Brooklyn called the newbie orange dot her "Dork Dot".

So it's finished. Sister Grant has officially entered the MTC and is probably bedding down as I write this for her first official night there. We are so excited for her and can't wait to get our first email/ or letter from her telling us who her companion is and how her experience has been so far. We love her so much and can't wait to see how her life and the lives of those she comes in contact with in the Philippines are changed by this wonderful gospel.