What's the biggest difference between the MTC and the mission field you ask? At the MTC you're tired, but it's fine. In the mission field, I could take a nap standing up because I constantly feel exhausted but in the best way possible. Besides that, life is so good, and I am absolutely loving it here.
Not going to lie because I promised to be completely honest, it broke my heart to leave the MTC. I had some of the greatest teachers, with the BEST district and the best MTC leaders (district leaders, STL's, zone leaders) and it made me tear up a little bit to leave. How on earth was I going to be able to top the MTC? Some people there truly were such blessings to me if you know what I mean. However, the mission field has been great so far, and is blowing my expectations away. Not gonna lie, I'm waiting for some huge curveball to come and make everything suck but for right now I'm living the dream.
So right now I am in St. Helens (next to Liverpool) and my companion's name is Sister Clark. She is just like me, except she's about a foot shorter. Besides that, we're pretty much the same person personality-wise and we get along swimmingly. St. Helens is super charming with lots of character. It's this little city town with some of the nicest people ever and I really do love it so much. Would highly recommend popping in and visiting if you have a spare hour or two.
My mission president and his wife are some of the best people in the whole world. While he's not the most lovey-dovey warm type, you really know that he loves and cares for everyone so deeply and that he would do anything for any one of his missionaries. You also know as soon as you meet him, that he is so spiritual and truly is such a man of God. The things and thoughts he shares are so crazy inspiring and wonderful. Sister McReynolds is so outgoing and bubbly, and loves everyone so much. She also has the best sense of humor and is constantly making everyone laugh. Both of them are iconic.
Something that made this week great was getting to meet two of our cute friends. One of them is Monica, this funny lady who constantly gets distracted and sidetracked by anything and everything. For those of you who don't know, I am someone who very easily gets distracted. However, thanks to my MTC training, I was able to stay focused and not laugh during some of her funnier thoughts. Shout out to the England MTC and the fake investigators we had that prepared me for Monica. Bless her.
On a more spiritual side note, something that has been so amazing to me to witness and see, is that God truly loves all of His children so much and He does so much for them. The little tender mercies I see in my life, and the stories I hear from our friends, or things other missionaries tell me truly testify of that. God loves you and He loves me so perfectly and so much more than we could ever comprehend. If you don't know that, get on your knees and pray and ask Him.
Know that I love you all so much and am so grateful for the love and support and the political updates lol (keep sending them to me please)!
Love ya all!
Fave expression: ianebdhwikansjd - that's a person from Liverpool saying "I'm a Catholic." I've been blessed with the gift of tongues what can I say?
Most interesting food: squash. It's this super-concentrated fruit juice, that you mix with still or sparkling water to neutralize it out. It's nasty.
Weekly Letter #4: October 21, 2019
4/ 5Oleh Sister Pursglove