Flirt to Convert, Jail, and Bed Bugs!!

MONTH 2 // Hi Everyone! 

This week FLEW by! I can't believe that I am already emailing you all again! This week we said goodbye to President and Sister Rehm (pronounced Reem). It was so sad to see them go.. although I have only known then for a week.. It was super sad. I got to sing at their farewell meeting with a few other missionaries! We sang the Sisters in Zion/Armies of Helaman Meadley! It was super awesome! Afterwards we got to give both President and Sister Rehm hugs goodbye! So, President Rehm is the first guy that I have hugged in a month and will hug for another year and half..... bummer. Anyway, we also got to meet President and Sister Stevenson!!!! They are so awesome! I love them both already! I can't wait to get to know them better! We met them at a fireside on Sunday night and Sister Stevenson talked about her parents and their conversion story. Then, President Stevenson talked about our purpose as missionaries and how each of us must have our own "waters of Mormon" or a place where our belief became a conversion! I was so impressed by him! I really think that we lucked out! Heavenly Father definitely sent us some good ones! 

We do a whole lot of cooking and eating on the mission! Sister Anderson and I LOVE to cook and we love to go out! Her grandpa gives us $40 a month to go out to eat! So this week we went to Red Robin (with a member) and then Sister Andy took me to Panera too! It was so good! We also love to buy healthy food and make a lot of our own meals. Last P-day, we made the Elders banana bread and they went crazy! (it was mom's recipe). So then, the Elders asked me if I would make them some with chocolate chips! haha. So this week Sis Andy and I made them banana bread with chocolate chips. We are planning to take it with us to our P-day activity today! They are gonna die! We also made BBQ chicken salad this week which was super yummy in my stummy! (sis Tay's favorite saying) and we made 4th of July cookies that we are also taking with us for P-day! 

Yesterday... Sister Anderson and I got a referral from SLC and so we plugged in the address to our GPS and headed out to the middle of nowhere to take a Book of Mormon to a man! We finally got there and as we pulled in I realized that we weren't at a normal home.. we were pulling into the Colorado State Penitentiary.. or Jail... I was freaking out. We called the number on the referral and the woman said that the referral was for her fiance who is in jail and she asked us to go in and take the book to him.. which is SUPER not allowed.. But we decided to go to the front desk and ask about the best way to get him a Book of Mormon. We gathered up all of the courage that we had and said a prayer, then walked into the jail! It was super strange! I have literally NEVER stepped foot in a jail before but hey, there's a first time for everything right?!?! haha It was a pretty crazy experience! Hopefully we get everything worked out so that this man can get a Book of Mormon and turn his life around! 

The best thing that happened this week is that we got two new investigators!  They are sooo sweet!  They both came to our "Work of Salvation" fireside on Sunday night and they had the best time! There, they were able to hear the testimonies of recent and long time converts and hear about how the gospel has blessed their lives! It was super awesome! 

Tomorrow we are marching in the 4th of July Parade in the Springs and we also get to be at the LDS Missionary Booth! I am way excited!!! This 4th of July will definitely be one to remember! Today for P-day, we are planning to have a giant water balloon fight with our entire Zone! Thank you mom for the water balloons and for the great inspiration that you gave me! We are super excited!!!! I can't wait for this next week! It will be so awesome!!!!! 

I want you all to know that I know this Gospel is true! I have such a strong testimony of the Book or Mormon and my testimony grows each times that I read. I know that we have a loving Father in Heaven who knows each of us perfectly and provided a plan for us so that we may return to live with him again! I know that Christ lives and that he died for us. I know that he is the center of everything and that without him, nothing would be possible. He is the life and light of the world. I love Him! I know that this gospel is true without a doubt in my mind and my testimony is growing every single day! I love you all! Keep writing me and staying in touch with all that you are doing in your week! 

On the fourth of July, we were in the Monument Parade with about 100 other missionaries! It was sooo great! We were like celebrities up there! We drove all the way up to monument with the STLs which was super fun (Sister Training Leaders) and then we got to be in the parade and have lunch up there with the new mission president! He is so great by the way! When the parade was finally over, and lunch had ended, we drove back to the springs with the STLs and they dropped us off at our car. Immediately after we started driving, we realized that something was wrong.. the car would not get up to more than 20 mph.. we called tons of people and none of them answered except for our amazing Zone Leaders.. but they were about to head to dinner so they were of no help.. We decided to drive it home super slowly, even though we were really far away from our apartment.. long story short, we finally got it home and were parked for the rest of the night.. Some super awesome members came and picked us up and took us to our 4th of July party with a handful of families from the Broadmoor ward, and it turned out to be a pretty great 4th!  As we were heading to bed, we could see dozens of fireworks from our balcony. We have the most beautiful view of the whole valley and were able to see so many of the fireworks from all over! That moment was the first time that I felt homesick. I thought of you all sitting at the fireworks with everybody and I really wished that I was with you all! 

On Wednesday we got a new car.... goodbye 2017 Corolla:( anyway.. about the new car.... WE HATE IT! IT IS THE WORST CAR EVER MADE!!!!!!! It is a Chevy Cruise...  the A/C is broken.. the Gas gauge is WAYYYY off.... our pedals make farting noises constantly.. and the the lock button is suuuuppper hard to find!!! The only good thing about our car is that our TIWI is broken.. (TIWI is a little device that tracks our driving violations and our speed) Sooo YAY! but also.. it is the worst car EVER! 

So we also got to go to the soup kitchen again! But this time we scraped dishes... I'm not gonna lie.. It was rough.. I officially felt like I was about to throw up the entire time.. But service is always good and always makes me feel good. We saw three new born babies that came through and it literally broke my heart!!! I wish I could take all of them home!

On Thursday, we volunteered at the zoo again and afterwards we went up to the Shrine! Apparently it was built in remembrance for the man that started this town! He built it for himself and the people really hated him for it, so they renamed it and dedicated it to a man named Will Rogers! Go google pics of it!! It is so beautiful! There are bells that play classic songs and harmonize with the bells at the beautiful Broadmoor Hotel just across the way. It is the most gorgeous thing I have ever heard!!! We will definitely go visit there when we go back after I am done serving! You can see the entire valley, and all the way out to Kansas and it is breathtaking!

We also got to teach the African refugees again which was great! They didn't need tons of help teaching them though so we just played with a bunch of them in the church gym while their parents learned. It was a blast.. except for when the little boys started throwing things at us.. and one little boy accidently stepped on my baby toe and I seriously think it's broken..... It is sooo purple and gross! haha

Okk... So I got asked on a date... LOL! Here is what happened. Sister Anderson and I were at an appointment with an investigator and on our way home I felt impressed to stop by a certain apartment building that we had passed on our way to the appointment. When we pulled up, we say a young adult male BBQing. So we went up and began to talk to him! We gave him a Book of Mormon and a card with our number and told him to call us if he had any questions.. So anyway.. a day later, he texted us and told us how beautiful he thinks we are and then asked us to go on a hike with him this week..... Flirt to Convert RIGHT?!?! hahahah. We got a good laugh out of that one! 

EXCHANGES!!!!! On Saturday, I began my first exchange with my STL, Sister Clawson! She is sooo cute! Me and her are A LOT alike! (exchanges are just where you go out with a new companion for one day!) We decided to do a ton of finding during our exchange! We began the day by going to a Baptism! After that, we went tracting and did lots of stop bys! That night we were about to head over to a Stake picnic and we had about 20 minutes before we needed to leave so we decided to tract in our building for 20 mins before we went. I said a prayer and prayed very specifically that we would be able to hand out three pass along cards with our number and one Book of Mormon. And I also prayed that we would find young adults.. My goal was a little far fetched.. but I just really wanted to test my faith! We began tracting, and almost immediately we found four young adults from India who are here in CO, working at the Broadmoor Hotel! They are all Hindu and so they know nothing about the Bible at all, and nothing about Christ. So we got to know them and ended up giving them the only two Books of Mormon that we had.. and we gave each of them a pass along card. (so we gave out four pass along cards and two Books of Mormon, one more of each than we had planned!) By the time we left, they were fighting over who got to read the Book first! They are all going to begin taking the lessons and we are SOOOO STOKED!!!! We then headed to the Stake picnic and got to talk to tons of people and build relationships! I was just so grateful for Sister Clawson the entire day!!! She taught me soooo much and I am so excited to continue in the work! To end our exchange, we went to Amy's Donuts! It was TO DIE FOR! We will definitely go there when we all come back to visit too! They have every kind of donut that you could imagine! I got the Nutella Crumble!!! Are you surprised?!?! Just keep the packages with nutella comin'! They are much appreciated! Anyway! That donut was life changing! I will definitely be going back! 

Today was P-day! Yay!! We began the day by going on what was supposed to be a hike.. but turned into us just going into a cave... It was FREAKY! There were homeless people's stuff left everywhere and it was super deep and narrow. I was freaking out! We also got to go ice skating which was super fun! We went with almost our whole zone and had the best time! It was the first time I have ever been ice skating without holding a guy's hand! hahahahah! Welcome to mission life! We have had such a fun day! I am sad to see it come to an end.. but tomorrow and the rest of this week will be great, and before I know it, I will be emailing y'all again! 

I just want you all to know how much I love the gospel! I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart and I can feel myself growing closer to him each day! I encourage each of you too do the same! Grow closer to him every single day! I love you all so much and pray for you daily! Keep enduring to the end!

so...... my worst nightmare has come true.. WE HAVE BED BUGS!! I'll be honest.. I always kinda thought that bed bugs were fake.. It's probably because mom has those funny pillows that say "Goodnight sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite". I never actually thought that people seriously got bed bug bites... But I have the bites to prove that they are indeed real! So we began to search our apartment for signs of bugs!! We didn't see anything for the longest time then, out of no where, there was a huge bed bug on our wall! We both screamed and then started to laugh/cry. haha It was totally a mix of emotions. We had been kinda joking about the idea of having bed bugs but never in a million years did I think we would actually find one. It was a HUGE full grown, black bed bug!!!! I seriously died when I thought of that thing biting my face!!!!!! After I calmed down a bit, we began looking again.. we found one more bug in my box spring that was not full grown yet, so it was still a rusty brown color... NASTY! 

 The next day we washed EVERYTHING, packed up everything from our apartment into three cars (the Elders helped) and we moved to a temporary apartment that is wayyyy outside our area.. When we got there we realized that it was completely empty, no furniture whatsoever.. and since we couldn't take any of our bug-infested furniture with us, we had to borrow camping chairs from a family in the ward. Bless their hearts! So this entire week, we have been living out of garbage sacks and sitting on camping chairs! hahahah it's been kinds rough... we have been cooking in the tiniest kitchen on the planet that is full of roaches so that's fun... haha oh, and we have no microwave... which is definitely a challenge. I am just so ready to move somewhere permanent again.. We will most likely move back into our old apartment tomorrow after it has been fumigated.. PRAY FOR US! And also send more Nutella, cause Nutella makes EVERYTHING better! 

This week has also been a really good week though. We went through our entire teaching pool and decided to stop seeing tons of people who are not progressing, then we made lots of plans for finding. We have been so blessed because of this.. we got a new investigator who is GOLDEN! She has been attending church for about three months and is now ready to meet with missionaries! She found out what ward she is actually in and the missionaries from the ward she was attending told us to contact her! She is so sweet and is ready to progress towards baptism! 

On Sunday, we had 7 investigators at church and 4 less actives! We were SOOO EXCITED I could barely contain myself!!!!!! I am so proud of all of them! One of our less actives really wants to get to the temple this month, which means that if we can get her ready, we get to go with her!!!! YAYYYY! Let's hope that she can get there cause I am dying to go! It would be the best experience in the world to be in the temple with her! She reminds me so much of grandma! 

I just absolutely love it here in Colorado! The weather is bipolar hahah and there are deer everywhere! Like everywhere! I probably see 30+ deer each week just wandering around people's yards and the streets and stuff! hahahah! They are just so used to people getting close to them that they don't even flinch when we get near them. I have been probably 5 feet from three bucks and they didn't move an inch! It was freaky! haha but they are such beautiful and gentle animals! I love it! And like I said, the weather is super bipolar! It will be 80 degrees one second and then all of the sudden it starts to downpour.. it pretty much rains every day here which I love! It is so fun!!! I can't wait for all of you to come back here with me to explore CO! 

I want you all to know how much I love Jesus Christ! He is my rock and my redeemer! He performed the greatest gift, the gift of the Atonement, and for that I am forever grateful! I strive to be more like him every single day and I would ask that all of you do the same! I know that as we seek strength from him, he will lift us up! He is my everything, and I love him with all my heart! 

Have a great week! I love you all so much! And make sure to pray that the bed bugs don't bite me again!!!! 

So we finally are back in our new apartment after having bed bugs... The day that we moved back in was kinda a crazy one! We woke up and went to head out the door of our temporary apartment and the lock was broken... So we couldn't leave... and we had to go meet the bed bug guys and so we were super stressed.. then, we walked outside and we saw that we had a flat tire!!!! We were both super angry and stressed! We called some Elders to come fix our flat (The just put on the donut tire) and then we had our lock changed! When we finally got to our bed bug apartment, the guy was about half way done.. so we headed back to our temporary apartment to get all of our stuff to move back in to our old apartment again! hahah are you confused yet?!?! Anyway, so we got everything packed into our three vehicles and we headed back to Broadmoor area where our apartment is.. When we were about halfway there, Sister Anderson and I noticed the sound of Oatmeal spilling all over our car... I'm not gonna name names.. but one of the Elders put a box in the wrong way..  So Sister Anderson freaked out and told me to pull over so that she could fix it! We pulled over into a random parking lot and she ran around to fix that oatmeal.. that had spilled all over our backseat!!!! Right as she got out, a man walked out from a tire shop that we happened to be parked by. He said, "Are you ladies ok?" and we answered and said, "Yes!!" In kinda a crabby tone.. Then he said, "Are you Mormons?" and suddenly our tones changed as we realized that we are still missionaries, "Yes!" we said sweetly! He then asked us about our tire and we told him about the day that we had. He then took a quick look at it and said, I will fix your tire for you! No charge! We were both in shock! We asked him why he would do that for us?! He answered and said, "Well, I am not a mormon, but I really admire what you guys do! I want to fix it for you! So, he then began to take off our tire and fix it! He soon realized that we had a three inch screw in our tire and that it would be impossible to fix.. so he decided to give us a used tire for free instead. He told us that he had almost sold it to a man this morning, but that something told him that he should not sell it, and set it aside instead! TENDER MERCY! We had been feeling like God had forgotten us... first the bed bugs, then the lock braking, then the flat tire... As soon as this huge blessing came our way, we were so overwhelmed with gratitude to our Heavenly Father! I will never doubt His presence in my life again!!! 

Ok... That story was pretty long.. but it was a super great moment from my week last week! Last week we also did service at the soup kitchen again where I had the pleasure of serving something called, "Beanie Weenies" ..... Yea... it was beans and hotdogs. EW.. But I always love going there and helping the sweet people that come in! Seeing them makes me so grateful for all that I have been given and for the gospel especially! 

Last week, we taught district meeting and taught about Charity! We all passed papers around and wrote down things that we love about each other! It was SOO FUN! You guys should all do it! It was definitely a confidence booster! haha

Also, a highlight from this week was when our fav member EVER, bought us a watermelon! haha and mango Popsicles! Aww we love her! She found out that we only get $150 dollars a month and immediately was like, "I'm getting you a watermelon!" hahah she is seriously my fav! And her kids are so awesome too! Her little girl made us laugh sooo hard at a ward party this week! She bit a chicken leg bone clean in half! She's six and sooo feisty! hahah

On the 24th, we hiked the INCLINE! Go google it! It's insane! It is about a mile up and it's all steps made out of railroad ties. It was the hardest thing EVER! The view was amazing! It was seriously so much fun! We all need to do the incline when you guys come back to visit! Later that day, we went to Costa Vida with a member and the whole time I was just trying to pretend like I was at Cafe' Rio! haha! It actually worked! It was super good! We also went to Macaroni Grill this week with some members that TOTALLY spoiled us!

We did service at the zoo again on the 27th... and this time we had to stack hay.... apparently.. I am allergic to hay cause I sneezed about 100 time! No exaggeration here! I was miserable! Then, the next morning, our entire district woke up at 6:00 A.M. and went to do service for some non-members in the Broadoor area! They have a huge swamp in their backyard that is full of nasty crap and our job was to clear out branches from the swamp! So within 2 mins, we were all completely covered in mud! The morning turned into a mud fight and we got hundreds of branches moved! It was so fun and the best part was that it rained on us the entire time! I actually really loved it because it kept us cool! It has been raining a lot this week actually, like every day! I am loving it! After service, we all went to iHOP and got breakfast! I got red velvet pancakes, of course! 

This Monday we decided to hike (stroll) up to Graffiti Falls and we walked around there for a bit, then we got some lunch and went back to the church to play games! Cover Your Assets is a WINNER! I Won of course! What else would you expect;) just kidding.. Mike beats me 90% of the time anyway.. So yea! That was our week! It has been the best transfer that I could have imagined! I have loved every minute of it! 

I want you all to know that I know this gospel is true! Joseph Smith truly did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ! And he was the one chosen to restore the gospel to the earth! He translated the Book of Mormon and its words and teachings are true! They are from God and they are necessary in our journey through this mortal life! Christ lives! His Atoning Sacrifice is real! I love him with all of my heart, and through him, I am becoming the missionary and person that he wants me to be! God is our loving Father and he is always there for each of us! He has a plan for us and he knows best! Never forget that! 

I love you all so much! Have the best week! I still can't believe that you went to San Diego without me! :) 

 XOXOXO

- Sis Morgan

This is just a compilation of all of the emails and pictures we have received this past month!! Sister Morgan is doing great and absolutely loving her mission!! 

Posted by Katie Morgan

Made it to Colorado Springs!!

WEEKS 3 & 4 // I have so much to tell you! Especially since I didn't get to email last week! Last week I left the MTC and it was really really strange.  I flew to Colorado Springs on Monday and I am now serving in the Colorado Springs area!!

Sister Anderson (my companion) is totally jacked and can plank for forever! She loves to workout which is really good for me. She also loves to eat healthy and make food with me. We have been making recipes from the ones that mom printed off for me and it's been a major stress reliever. She loves to shop! She has two times more shoes than I do.. (And I thought that I brought a lot!) haha. She has the funniest sense of humor and we laugh constantly. She is so loving and caring and is always uplifting me and making me feel good about the work that we are doing. She is basically an angel! We work really well together! 

Oh, and here is a brief description of our apartment... The outside is made of bricks of all different colors and there are random rocks mixed in. Each brick is going a different way and some are even curvy. The first time I saw our apartment I literally thought that it was falling over! But it's not. It's just built to look really whimsical and weird.. When we entered the inside.. that was the first time in my life that I had ever smelled weed. Our entire apartment building smells like cigarette smoke and weed.. haha it is seriously sooo bad. We live on the 5th floor and we always take the stairs cause the elevator is freaky. So, every time that we have to use the stairs.. we just hold our breathes and book it up to our apartment which is the last door on the 5th floor! Our apartment is really clean and smells good so that is a bonus! So yea.. That's a little bit about where I live! hahaha. Don't worry about me though! I live in a really safe area.. Everything smells like weed no matter where you go. 

My first day with Sister Anderson was kinda intense! We left the Stake Center and went straight to a lesson with the Sisneros family. There, we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ lesson and then invited their two children to be baptized and they accepted! It was so awesome! They are getting baptized on July 15th! We are so excited!!! The rest of the first day I unpacked and then we went and got me some groceries! After that we met with a lady named Roxie who is the sassiest, sweetest, and most hilarious lady you'll ever meet! She is awesome and we are trying to get her to come to church! She has tons of health problems so it won't be easy.. but I am up to the challenge! Keep Roxie in your prayers! 

On day two in the mission field, we volunteered at the soup kitchen in downtown Colorado Springs. I served chili and pasta and it was honestly the best three hours of my mission! It was heart breaking to see children coming through and even newborns. It was also so sad to see people with disabilities. My heart broke. I had to stop myself from crying a few times. Everyone was so sweet and would say, "Thank you so so much." or ,"I haven't eaten in days." It broke my heart.. But everyone was so grateful and it really made me more thankful for all that I have been given! We go to the soup kitchen every Tuesday and so we will be doing that a lot! I am so excited to go back there and talk to everyone! I had a really cool moment where the Spirit let me know that Heavenly Father loves each and every one of his children equally! Even the ones who have nothing. 

On day two we also visited Faye who is a 89 year old lady that lives in an assisted living home. She called the Salt Lake office about a month ago and asked for the missionaries to come meet with her! When we got there however, she had no recollection of calling anyone to send missionaries.. haha!! She let us in though and we had a great little chat with her! She showed us her scrapbooks and told us about how she owned her own textile company for 40+ years and then she showed us dozens of quilts from all around her home. (You would love her Mom!) She told us that we could come back on Sunday to teach her the lessons and we told her we would and that we would bring her a Book of Mormon on tape so that she could listen to it, since she has a really hard time reading. We ended up going back on Sunday and we taught her the first lesson, which she fully embraced. And then, we read the first chapter of the Book of Mormon to her and she said, "Oh, that was Lovely." She then asked if we could read more! We told her that we needed to go to dinner but that we would bring her the CD Book of Mormon so that she could listen to more! She was so excited and then gave us some treats to take home with us! She is the sweetest! 

On Thursday, we did service at the Zoo! We pulled lots of weeds and cut up lettuce for the giraffes! Then we got to walk around for a bit and feed the giraffes. They have a new baby named Rae who is perfect! It was so much fun! The giraffes get to close to you and lick the food right out of your hand! haha. Not gonna lie.. giraffe tongues really freak me out! 

We also got to teach English to refugees on Thursday night! We do a lot of service in the CCSM. (Colorado, Colorado Springs Mission!) I taught a little girl names Frazia. Her brother John was also there, and Sister Anderson taught him. We read books with them and helped them sounds out words, and we also played word games with them too so that they could understand what sounds the different vowels make. I never realized how difficult and confusing the English language is until I had to teach it to Frazia! She is so darling by the way. She cuddled right up to me on the sofa in the lobby of the church building and we read a book about giraffes. Which was very fitting, seeing that I fed the giraffes earlier that day. Later that night we jumped rope in the gymnasium with all of the refugee children and they made me jump rope with them.. haha which was pretty embarrassing. Mental note: don't ever jump rope in a dress.. ha. When we finally made it home, Sister Anderson looked really sad. I asked her what was wrong and she told me that John had told her that he hadn't eaten in days and that he was really hungry. She got him some food and he started to perk up a bit. Then, one of the ladies there told Sis Anderson that John and Frazia's Father had just left their family and that the only food they have in their home is a jar of peanut butter. That made be so sad.. I was heartbroken to hear this from Sister Anderson. I wish that there was more that we could do for them.. but we are not allowed to know where they live.. 

On Friday, Sister Anderson and I moved around all of the furniture in our apartment and then headed out! By about 3:00, we were feeling pretty discouraged. We had been turned down by two people who had appointments and all of our stop by's went badly. Also, our tracting wasn't super successful.. so..... Sister Anderson took me to Starbucks and bought me some hot chocolate which made everything better! It was just a nice little break! Ah! She's the best! We also had our dinner appointment cancel on us... but we were feeling good from our Starbucks, so we went home and found what we needed to make mom's yummy Chicken Stroganoff! (I'm pretty sure I spelled that wrong..) But it was sooo yummy! 

On Saturday, We watched Meet the Mormons with a big group of members from our two wards that we are over (Cheyenne Meadows & Broadmoor) and it was really fun to get to know some of the members and to watch Meet the Mormons again! I loved it! Later, we made deviled eggs and then made banana bread (mom's recipe) for the Elders. They have been begging us all week for banana bread so we finally made some and we are going to give it to them later today (P-DAY). It was super fun! I love baking! And it actually turned out pretty close to mom's. Not quite as good.. but pretty close! 

My first Sunday was really long... we were at church from 8:00 to almost 3:00 because we have two wards plus meetings for both wards.. it was craziness... We met a new investigator and the Cheyenne Meadows ward on Sunday named Stephanie and we are super excited to start teaching her! She is so awesome! We also go to meet with Faye again on Sunday, which I already mentioned earlier, so that was super great too! 

Sunday Dinner was THE BEST THING EVER! The Madsen family definitely spoiled us! I am usually not a vegetable person but I ate the veggies that they had prepared because that was pretty much all that they had. It was sooo good! They made us veggie ca-bobs and also chicken/grilled pineapple/bacon ca-bobs and they were to die for! After dinner we went to the Wilhelm's to do laundry and we played reverse charades with them! They are the sweetest family EVER! I love all of them! They have six kids and I have never seen them fight once! They are so great! 

I love my mission sooo much! It is the best! I love the people! I love Colorado! And I love this Gospel! It is true!!!! My time is almost up on this computer so I am going to wrap it up! I love you all so so much!!!! 

XOXOXO

-Sis Morgan

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Posted by Katie Morgan

MTC Hacks for Future Sisters

Here are all the things you need to know for the MTC!!!!! 
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1. Buy a lanyard for the MTC! You'll need it. I promise. They have key cards that they give you to open every door at the MTC and so a lanyard is a complete life saver! 

2. BRING SHOWER SHOES! I won't go into too much detail.... but you'll need them. 

3. Bring a cozy robe with you! It's way easier to wear a robe to the showers than to have to worry about all your clothes.

4. Bring your own sheets and a soft blanket. The sheets at the MTC are kinda nasty and the blankets are super thin, so bring something warm and soft to curl up in! 

5. Pack some little decorations to hang up like pictures (bring lots of pics of your friends and family to hang up!! They really make you feel at home), quotes, small paintings, etc. I also brought some fabric pennant flags that we hung from bunk bed to bunk bed and that was super fun! The other decoration that I love is my felt board (ya know, the ones where you can use little letters to spell different things?!) I put a different uplifting quote of it every week! I also brought a little clock, a candle (You'll need this for the field... aka smelly apartments..) a little picture frame, and lots of journals! ALSO!! We hung up Christmas lights around our room and it was seriously the best thing ever!!! So bring a strand of Christmas lights, and then you can just leave them behind for the next Sisters that use your room! 

6. You NEED a Hydroflask! I brought two sizes and I use them both for different things. They keep ice in them for a full three days!!!! Best water bottle! 

7. Have your family send Dear Elders. They are like emails that you receive as letters and you get them the day that they are sent!! Super fun!

8. Nail polish is allowed! I go crazy if my nails look like crap so bring polish and stuff to take care of yourself! 

9. Have your lesson pamphlets bound at the copy center! The MTC gives you 8 packets that you use for lessons and it is super hard to keep them all organized, so go to the copy center and get them bound into one book! They also laminate it for you! 

10. Have your patriarchal blessing shrunk and laminated! You also get this done at the copy center! I got the bigger size! It literally costs two dollars and it fits perfectly in a quad or a Book of Mormon.

11. The New building are so great!!! They have ponder rooms in the south building where you can go study and they play really soft instrumental music! It is seriously so relaxing and the views are to die for! 

12. Go check out the Terrace on the other building! It is like a roof top garden with tons of places to sit and study and lots of flowers and trees! It was my favorite place to go at the end of the day to finish up Companionship/Personal Study! 

13. They also have study circles made out of rocks that are super fun to go to! Go check those out! 

14. Bring lots of dry shampoo! The showers get busy and sometimes you are just too dang tired to shower... so it's dry shampoo to the rescue! 

15. Print off some 30 min workouts from Pinterest and always use the gym below the MTC store! It is never busy and it is super nice! They always have lots of Mormon Messages playing and also the Joseph Smith movie! And they have the best bathrooms down there too! You'll see why... 

16. Bring a dictionary! Especially if your mission is not an iPad mission... like mine... I am constantly wanting to look up definitions.. Especially when I am reading Jesus the Christ! 

17. Bring hangers to the MTC!!! I don't care what blogs and the MTC website says... You need them! I had zero hangers when I got there! Lucky for me, I had awesome sisters in my district that shared! 

18. Bring stuff to do laundry, like tide pods, dryer sheets, spray and wash (I got the stick kind that looks like deodorant! It's the best!!!), and a tide pen! Also, never leave stuff in the washers or dryers all day.... I lost my favorite shirt:( Oh, and bring a laundry bag! You'll want that too! Some girls even had a collapsible laundry bin which seemed to be super helpful too! 

19. Bring a shower bag that is water proof! EVERYTHING gets wet in the showers! 

20. Emergen-C and Airborne are life savers for small colds! 

21. Bring lots of sticky notes and leave notes for your companion! Also, I likes to write down all of the funny things that happened or funny things that the sisters in my residence said and stick the sticky notes all over the back of our door!! haha

22. Bring a book to have everyone sign when you leave the MTC!!! 

23. Find the Cream Soda Tree! It is a tree that smells just like cream soda! I am not joking with you! 

24. Bring a big bag for all of your stuff! You will need so many things every day so a big bag is a MUST! 

25. Take the long routes to class and devotionals! The MTC campus is so big and fun to explore so enjoy your time outside! 

Now for the good stuff..... FOOD HACKS

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26. Root Beer Floats! There are some days that they serve ice cream in the dining hall! Get a bowl of ice cream and then fill yourself up a glass of root beer! Combine them! And you have a root beer float!!!!!! 

27. Wrap Bar = Salad Bar. They have a wrap bar with lots of veggies that they put into tortillas for you! Ask them to do one without a tortilla and then just have them make it as a salad! 

28. Quesadillas! Go to the wrap bar and ask for just a tortilla with chicken and cheese! Then ask for a separate plate with Guac, Salsa, and Sour cream. Take the tortilla to a microwave and heat it for a minute! It is seriously the BEST!!!!!!!!

Here are just a few hacks that Sister Morgan found helpful in the MTC that she wanted to share!!

Posted by Katie Morgan