The MTC (
) President, President Freestone, is very supportive and is helping me adjust. It's definitely harder than I thought it would be, and I have to admit, I’m homesick, but I'm working on that...as well as getting used to Spanish language immersion—! J Mission Training Center
I have 2 companions (I’m in a threesome): Hermana Sullivan and Hermana Butler. There are 9 of us in our District: five sister missionaries (me, plus Hermanas Sullivan,
, Burgess and Parades) plus four elders (Elders Gallagher, Nadauld, Cadogan and Van De Venter). My companion Hermana Sullivan is helping me with my Spanish—answering my many questions. She is so sweet. Very kind. Both my companions are fun to be with. I'm getting used to carrying around heavy amounts of books! It’s a little bit like being back in school, school, school...! Butler
This is how a typical day goes: food, Spanish, English, Spanish, English, food, Spanish, English, food, and... silence (a.k.a. sleep!). Try saying that super fast! Ha, ha! Hermana Butler and I sleep on the top bunks; Hermana Sullivan and Hermana Parades sleep on the bottom bunks. Among other things, I’m starting to get used to living out of a suitcase! J
There is a small cafeteria with some good food! In fact, the food is great – the
bananas can't compete with the DR's bananas. DR’s are WAY better. The MTC (we call it the CCM which stands for Centro Capacitacion Misional) is so-ooo air conditioned I'm basically wearing my sweater everyday. Mom-! Maybe I should've kept my winter coat after all?!?! Hahaha! USA
We've been outside a couple times (the humidity is better than I thought). Outside it is blue, green, and white. It's beautiful!
|Service Project Photo|
Tuesday Feb 5: I visited with Sister Merino and teacher Hermana Laureano. Both meetings were very spiritual, helpful, and comforting.
I walked around the
for the first time, too! We (District 4) have already started our investigator practices. They're coming along! I'm at the level of reading scriptures, reading my “baby/beginner sentence” testimony, and greeting at the door. My other two companions say all the rest: i.e., the entire lesson (they’ve had some Spanish before this)!! But I'm doing what I can. Here's the thing: I learn and memorize mostly by watching. That's why I color code flashcards; that's why I love Santo Domingo Temple ASL, etc. Learning Spanish is NOT like that at all, so I'm struggling. But, the longer I'm here, the easier it's getting, so each day is a little bit better than the one before.
|Hermana Bean with CCM teacher Hermana Laureano|
|Outside the Santo Domingo Temple|
Thursday Feb 7: Today is P-Day! (P-Day stands for preparation day). We went to
That's my first week at the CCM! I love and miss you all soooo much!
Love, Hermana Emily Bean
P.S. Suggestion: do a good deed today!