Hey yall! wow...what a week. i dont even know where to start. i have absolutely loved my experience at the CCM (mtc) thus far! the first few days were really long, but now they are going by much faster!
I´ll start with some background on the mtc. So it used to be a school, called benemérito de las americas. it was a church run school, and boy is it BEAUTIFUL.
All the girls in my district (and class). theyre all pretty funny and we get along well.
The giant "B" on the hill is for benemérito (the school).
The land was bought by the church in the 50s and they graduated the last class in may. when the general authorites came down to announce that it would be turned into an mtc the people were kind of sad but very supportive. they said it the school was going to graduate from a school to an mtc now. my mtc president is so cool. he kinda looks like the old guy from UP (the pixar movie) but he served under elder Holland in chile. he used to be one of the 70 but got too old so they kicked him out. his great great grandfather is Parley P. Pratt and apparently that Call relative we have used to be his counselor. so hes pretty cool. my branch president was in the second class to graduate from the school back in the day, which is also pretty cool. hes definitely stoked to be working with us now. we are the third group of americans to come down to this mtc, and were only at like 400 people in the whole mtc. they are going to keep adding until its up to 1200 i think. the food is alright, but pretty typical cafeteria food. it rains here EVERY DAY at around. and it rains hard. (theres a picture of me in ankle deep water outside our house, pretty par for the course).
Now onto my life. well, its quite the place. we are learning so much i feel like my brain is melting. both spanish and the gospel. i am SO glad i was already able to speak *some* spanish. which, by the way everyone tells me my spanish sounds like im from the dominican republic, as well as portugal. like where did that come from? even some of the native dominicans asked if i was half dominican or something. we learned to pray and bear our testimony within the first two days and now i pray better in spanish than i do in english! sometimes i cant remember english words and my syntax sounds spanish.
And guess who got called as the sister trainer...ME. i know right. although there was only 3 sets of sisters in our branch, and one of the sets doesnt speak any spanish so im not all that special.
my zone/branch...too bad im talking-awkwardly squating because im way taller than all the other sisters...
I had to go to leadership meetingwith the branch president, zone leader, district leaders and executive secretarys. were getting a new group of americans in today so i might acutally start using my calling more. all of the sisters here are really close since there arent that many of us right now. theres only 3 sets in my branch and 2 in the other one. maybe 10 sets tops in my whole generation. My companions name is sister Giles. shes from Provo and shes super nice, but were definitely very different people.
Today we went to the temple which was really cool. we did it all in spanish and the room was about a billion degrees, but it was still a good experience. the temple is really pretty but there isnt really a good spot to get a picture, hence all the half-pictures.