The last MTC email. This week has been interesting. We've all been really excited about going to Chile and also really nervous about Spanish. We've been learning about the subjunctive in Spanish, which I thought was pretty easy until yesterday when we started learning about adverbial clauses. I still don't understand, but supposedly we'll all have a "lightbulb" moment during our mission when it will all click. I want that moment to come quickly. I want to be fluent already!
Yesterday I got to take part in a pretty historic event. All the missionaries at the MTC, both campuses, met at the Mariott center for a devotional. There were more missionaries last night than there have ever been. It was cool to be a part of. I could see with my own eyes how many freaking missionaries are in the MTC. It's a lot. They had cameras there and stuff so I think it was on the news. You could probably look it up and see if you can see me :)
I still can't believe I'll be in Chile in just a matter of days. I'm not really looking forward to the 18 hour plane ride though. I love flying, but sitting in one uncomfortable seat for 18 hours doesn't sound fun at all. But once I'm past that, I will be IN CHILE! I can't believe it. We've all be wondering what our first companion will be like and if we'll be able to understand anything. I've been trying to savor ever moment of my warm showers. The showers in Chile aren't heated and it's not like the Dominican Republic where the water was naturally warm. Ooh and it will be winter! So I'll be going from the miserably hot, dry desert of Utah to the freezing cold of Chile. I miss Moscow. Oh and Mom, don't worry too much about me; Chile is pretty modern. They have a knock-off walmart there so if I need anything, I'll be able to get it.
Today was pretty awesome. One of the girls in my district, Hermana T and I have been rehearsing a song, Come Thou Fount. Last week we auditioned to perform it at a devotional and today we performed it at the newbie missionary devotional! It was great! I love Hermana T. I can connect really well with her through the music. Our musicalities must be really compatiable or something. Either way, it's a great stress release to play with her. We invite the Spirit every time we perform that song. We performed it on Sunday too, for our zone. Everyone loved it. Playing with her has been a great tender mercy.
Speaking of Hermana T, today she straightened my hair! It took 15 minutes. I'm not even kidding. She used an iron, like for clothes. I have pictures, but I can't upload them to this computer because it's dumb, but anywho. She used an iron and then we touched it up with an actual straightener. It was crazy! But yeah, so my hair is straight right now. I need to touch it up more though, there are a lot of bumpy spots that have been bothering me all day, but it's straight. Funny though, none of the guys in my district or zone have noticed. Just the girls....of course!
Ooh so I had a cool experience on Sunday during our temple walk. I met a guy from the Dominican Republic! I could tell just from looking at him, even though he jokingly said he was from Haiti. It was cool to talk to him and made me realize how much I need to work on my conversational Spanish. I could teach gospel lessons all day (not really), but I couldn't carry a conversation worth crap. Well except for "¡Hola! ¿Cómo esta?" "¡Bien! ¿Y usted?" which doesn't really get you very far. It was cool to talk to him though. I could say Que lo que? and not get a weird look. Because they only say that in the DR (it means what's up)
Welcome to a special one time segment of Hermana Hutchinson's emails: Overheard at the MTC! You pass a lot of people walking around the MTC. These are some weird things I've overheard this week.
"Portuguese is like if French and Spanish had a baby and moved to Brazil."
"Well I stole your face!" (the boys will like that one)
"I made a guillotine once..."