Week Three at the MTC

Hola mi familia y mi amigos!

Feliz Navidad! I hope everyone is doing great and enjoying their holiday. I’m excited that I get to write on Christmas Eve (since my preparation day is usually on Thursdays, but because of Christmas I get to write today, instead. Yeah) I can’t believe Christmas is finally here. It didn’t hit me until today, it’s easy to stay super busy around here and sometimes forget what time of the year it is. But even though it’s not like my typical Christmas, it’s been awesome. I think my favorite part of the Christmas season has always been the extra love and kindness that people feel around Christmas. People can feel the spirit all year long but I always thought it’s more abundant around Christmas time. At the MTC I get to feel that Spirit all the time and I love it, so it’s actually felt like Christmas the whole time. Anyway, I’m super excited for Christmas tomorrow. I’ll have to tell you all how great it was next week, so be ready:)
Secondly, today marks the three week mark at the MTC, I’m halfway done. It’s crazy, I feel like I just got here yesterday. So the most interesting thing that happened to me this week was getting to take a field trip down to the police station yesterday. Apparently, the FBI is taking an extra long time to finish my back-ground check that I need to get into Argentina, so myself and most of my district had to redo our background check paper work at the MTC and then get fingerprinted at the police station so that the travel office can try to expedite our background checks. So hopefully, it will work out and I will be able to leave on time. Otherwise, I’ll have to go state side for awhile, and I really don’t want that, but we will see. If I do have to wait then I guess it was just meant to be.
But besides that, I’ve just been studying Spanish a lot and teaching lots of lessons.My Spanish has gotten a lot better, and it’s crazy how much I can learn in just three weeks, but it’s still super hard, but I know that the language will come. The people we’ve been able to teach are amazing and it makes me so happy to be able to share the things I know with them. I love it!
I love you guys and wish you a Merry Christmas,
Hermana Marvian

Week Two at the MTC!

Hey Everybody,

Week two at the MTC! It’s been super awesome. I’ve enjoyed every minute of the craziness:) It finally snowed for the first time on Sunday. Not much, but I was super excited. I’ve forgotten how much I love the snow. I’m hoping for a white Christmas, but we shall see.
Secondly, they’ve been slowly expanding the MTC, so today we’ve been officially kicked out of our residence hall while they are working on construction near by. Lately, its been nice because its the off season at the MTC so there aren’t as many missionaries, especially in the residence halls. Currently I’ve been in a room that’s adequate for six people, but there has only been four of us, but now we are moving into a four person room and there will be six of us…I might have to live out of my suite case for the next month if there isn’t enough closet space, but we will see. Oh well ¡Qué Bendición! (What a blessing) that’s been the saying for everything in our district.
Anyway, besides that things are going great. I’ve been able to go to the Provo Temple on my preparation days and its been great. The temple is super pretty. We’ve also been able to hear from some great speakers which is also another great part of the MTC. We had the 2nd Counselor of the General Primary Presidency speak to us in our Relief Society meeting and we had a devotional by President Malm of the Seventy speak to us on Sunday. It was awesome. Also, rumor has it that one of the twelve apostles will be speaking on Christmas, I can’t wait.
Speaking of Christmas, I hope everyone is super excited. We’ve been talking a lot about Christmas lately and the importance of remembering what Christmas is really all about. We’ve been challenged to think about what our gift can be to the Savior, for it is his birthday after all. I extend the same invitation to you guys as well. I hope that you will all take time to really ponder Christ’s birth and pick something in your life that you can do better, or find someone that you can serve. I think the more that we give of ourselves, the more we can learn to be more like our Savior who was the greatest at serving others.
Lastly, I just want to say how much I love being a missionary! Often the MTC invites non-members to come in and let us teach them. So this week we were able to teach this guy named Jorge and he is amazing. He’s gone through so much hardship in this life and he is so humble. He had a lot of questions for us and it was hard, especially trying to express ourselves all in spanish, but what is truly amazing is how much love my companion and I were able to feel for him as we taught him. That is one of my favorite things about teaching people. It is sooo cool to not even really know a person very well but love them anyway because I know that God loves him and I can feel that love as we teach with the spirit.
I love all of you guys sooo much and I wish you all the best. Remember, we are never alone, we can always seek help when we need it.
 Until next week,
Hermana Marvian

First Week at The MTC

December 11, 2014

Hola Mi Amigos! I’ve made it through my first week at the Missionary Training Center down in Provo. This first week has been great, but also extremely hard. My favorite part so far has been the people. All of the missionaries that I’ve been able to work with and meet have been amazing. My companion’s name is Hermana(Sister) Woolf and she is wonderful. She is super nice and super prepared to be a missionary. She keeps me going when times get tough. We are also both going to Posadas so I will probably be seeing her even more in the mission field:) Her and me share a room with two other Hermanas and the four of us plus three Elders make up our District and we do everything together. They are all super great and even though I’ve only been here a week I feel like I’ve been with them for months. The MTC has kept us super busy down here. As one of my companions said, the days feel like weeks, and the weeks feel like days. Soon enough I’ll be in Argentina and I can’t wait. The spanish has been another story completely. I’m not going to lie, it’s been super hard. On day three we started teaching our first mock investigator about the gospel and it had to be completely in spanish. Surprisingly we were actually able to have a pretty good lesson, despite our limited vocab. That is surely a miracle from God:) We’ve been teaching him every day since then and slowly making progress with both him and with the language.
The hardest part for me is that I want to know how to say everything right now. I feel like I’m not learning fast enough. It’s frustrating some times but I’m actually really grateful to be able to learn another language for my mission. Sometimes in our weakest moments we are the strongest because that’s when we have to get down on our knees and ask God for his help. I’m so grateful to be able to share something that is so important to me and I can’t wait to get to know and learn to love the people in Argentina and Paraguay.
I love all of you guys and wish you the best back home. Let me know if you have any questions for me and I’ll try to respond, time is limited, but I’ll do my best:)
Hermana Marvian

First Letter From The MTC

The following letter was hand written and mailed to her family.

Dear Family,

          ¿Como Esta mi familia? First official letter of the mission! These last three days have been crazy in the MTC. I meant to write sooner but there has been no time. We have been kept very busy. So far everything has gone well. I have an amazing compenera, Hermana Woolf. She is the best! She is very prepared to be here, works hard, and easy to get along with. The two of us share a room with two other sisters who are also amazing. The four of us plus three elders make up a district and we spend almost all our time together in classes and other activities. I’ve truly been blessed to be put with an amazing group of people who I already love. We all got our calls at different times but we were all sent together at this time for a special purpose.

          While the people have been great the language has been very difficult. I pray every day for the gift of tongues to help me learn. After two days of language study we got to teach our first “investigator” and it was completely in español! Surprisingly, I understood him pretty well but speaking back is always much harder, but it went well I think. As someone mentioned today, we are babies in the language and they are babies in the gospel and together we can grow and progress. Love you guys so much. I hope all is well 🙂

         P.S. Also my preparation days at the MTC are on Thursdays so I will be emailing on Thursdays instead of Mondays.