Sunday, March 8, 2015

Month mark and travel plans!

Kumusta Pamilya ko! Wow, the time here at the MTC has gone by so fast! I feel like I have been here for just over a week.  I am just having tons of fun being a missionary, and even though I have had some hard times, this experience has been one of the best in my life and I can't wait for what is to come in the next 17 months! plans!  We got them last night and we were all so excited!  We have to be at the travel office at 3:30 in the morning on March 19th and then we travel to the SLC airport.  Our flight doesn't leave till 8:45 so I will have a few hours to talk on the phone there and then for a little at our layover in Oregon I believe.  We fly to Tokyo and then another flight to the Philippines!  It is all starting to feel so real, I am so excited!  

This week the district ahead of us left and I was called to be the Zone Sister Training Leader so that is exciting news! As you know, I love being a leader and helping people out as much as I can.  So before I was district, but now I am zone so last night we met with a lot of the Sister companionships and some individually.  It was great to get to know all the sisters, especially the new ones that just came in this week!  They are the sweetest and I love helping them out with their trials and concerns because I went through the same ones when I first got here.  The hardest part though is seeing how badly some of the elders and sisters in our district are struggling.  One of the elders in my district is going home today and 2 sisters in the new one don't want to be here, it is so sad.  The MTC is so hard, but in the end the trials are blessings in disguise.  I hope that after Sunday they will see why they are here on a mission and how amazing our callings are as missionaries!  

Yesterday was our last day learning brand new grammer principles in Tagalog, that is way good news! next week is all just review and to try and perfect our Tagalog as much as we can before we leave!  I am just about done with learning the first vision in Tagalog, so hard! That has taken a lot of effort. haha I've had multiple headaches here...thank goodness for Ibuprofen!  

I have truly met amazing people while being here!  First off, my zone is amazing!  It was so hard saying goodbye to the district that just left.  It is only Sister Pectol and I in our 6 person bedroom..pretty lonely!  haha Plus, all the guys in the past district we always played volleyball with and it got really competitive...I got really competitive.  Elder Bray, he is my best friend, and I would always just joke around on the court and try to beat each other at everything!  One time we were playing and he kept blocking my spikes and after so many times I just pushed him to the ground hahaha it was so funny!  Everybody just laughes at me because I get so competitive.  Elder Eyler was also one of my favorites; him and I always played on the same team cause we worked well together and weren't too competitive with each other.  I cried when they left and volleyball just isn't the same anymore so now I actually work out and run instead of play volleyball the entire time.  

I got packages this week!  Thank you so much Mom and Brett and Heather for sending the packages, so so so sweet!  Heather sent me the cutest journal and chapstick, lotion, pens, and all this other stuff!  Plus there were notes in there from Peyton, Alexa and Braxton with drawings.  The sweetest!  I love the skirt you sent in the package mom!  and the earrings and watch are perfect!  thank you so much!

Lastly, I wanted to include in my letter about a lot of things that i have been thinking about this week.  On Sunday at devotional, a sister talked about being an anchor in our faith.  In Ether 12:4 it reads "Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God."  I love this scripture being here at the MTC my faith has grown so much, more than it ever has before.  I've read the entire Book of Mormon while I have been here and I have learned so much and my testimony has increased so much about how true this gospel is, how much our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ love us, and lastly, how there is a way to return to our Father in heaven, which is through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  I love my Savior Jesus Christ and I am grateful that he is an ANCHOR in my life.  That He holds me steadfast and immovable in all of my trials.  Mom, I wanted to thank you for that Anchor bracelet you gave me for Christmas.  I wear it everyday and it has been a constant reminder to think of my Savior and to remember that through Him and my faith I can get through any trial that comes my way.  I know that this gospel is true with all my heart.  I am so excited to go and share this message! 
I got to skype a member in the Philippines this week, her name is Annie!  She was the sweetest and we left a message with her about the doctrine of Christ.  When bearing my testimony I could barely get out what I wanted to say because I was trying to hold back the tears. I already love the people in the philippines and I am so excited to go and teach my brothers and sisters about their Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ.  wow, this gospel is so true!  

 I love and miss you all so much!  

Can't wait to talk to you in less than 2 weeks!  Mahal ko kayo 
-Sister Latham

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