WEEK 1 // Hi Everyone!!!!
Ok! So I don't have a ton of time to write this... so forgive me if my grammar and spelling is a mess...
This week has been incredible! Saying goodbye was so hard but I have never been happier! I know that this is exactly where I am supposed to be! As soon as I walked into the doors of the MTC, I was led to a room where they give you your mission tag. They put it on me and I was completely filled with the spirit! I was no longer sad, I no longer had fear, I was just completely ready and excited to begin this journey of service! The first thing I did was go to get my books and I was given a packet that contained tons of info about my room number, class room, and my companion's name. My companion was Sister Taylor. I was so happy! I knew Sister Taylor before I came here! Crazy right! Having her as my companion has grown my testimony so much! I know that Heavenly Father paired us up for a reason! He knows each of us perfectly. The other girls in my district are so cute and sweet, they are both the funniest people! And they have amazing testimonies! We are all in the same room and have been having WAYYY too much fun! We found a string of white Christmas lights in one of the closets in our residence and we strung them up across the room, along with one of the fabric "pennant" banners that mom and I made for my farewell luncheon! It looks and feels so much like home! We also have the best Elders in our district! There are 4 of them and we are all becoming so close! We have the best times with our district. Our Elders are hilarious and always read everything in class in accents and we all just laugh. My favorite memory is when one of the Elders in my district read the white missionary handbook in a thick, southern accent! hahah!! They also know how to really bring the spirit into a room! The food here is not too bad! They have salads almost every meal which I love and yesterday they had Chick fil a!!! I didn't eat it though because they didn't have Polynesian sauce or waffle fries so... it wasn't really worth it! Ya know?
We go to lots and lots of meetings and classes every day and some days feel soooo long. By the afternoon I often feel like my mind is mush. Time here is a funny thing. It seems to go by so slow but the day is over so fast. And honestly, it feels like I have been here for months. I have learned so much and grown in so many ways that it seems crazy to think that I got here six days ago!!! I am hoping that I will get used to it though. One of the first things that we did here, was a huge devotional with all of the new missionaries. We got to hear from the MTC presidency! (President Martino and his wife are seriously the cutest people, and they both have southern accents!) Sister Martino is a tiny little lady with a whole lot of sass. My favorite thing that I've heard her say was, "Dynamite comes in small packages!" We all laughed! Anyway, at the end of that first meeting with all the new missionaries, we all stood and sang the song, "Armies of Helaman" and instead of singing... "We will be the Lord's missionaries." we sang... "We are NOW the Lord's missionaries." It was the most amazing experience that I have ever had! It was so hard not to cry! That was the moment that it became real to me! I stood there and thought to myself, "I am a missionary!?! Ahhh" It was awesome! The MTC is overall just the best place! Everyone here is so kind and loving! Everyone smiles and says hello ALL THE TIME! Every able member of the church should go on a mission! That is how great it is here! Everyone needs to experience it! It really does feel like you are in the temple 24/7 here!
I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ is real. He is so real to me! I know that God the father loves me and I know that he knows me perfectly. I know that this is the true church. It was restored by a man named Joseph Smith and through his faith, the fullness of this gospel was dispensed to the earth for the final time. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a Prophet of God, and I know that he receives revelation for us. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God! I love it! I love it so much! It gives me strength and guidance with whatever I may need, whenever I may need. I know that as we put our trust in God and follow his commandments, have faith and obedience, use the power of the atonement to repent daily, remember our covenants at baptism every week as we partake of the holy sacrament, listen to the still, small promptings of the Holy Ghost and endure to the end, we will return to live with our Father in Heaven again. I know these things to be true in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
WEEK 2 // So, Sister Taylor and I were sitting on the second floor of the new building in a couple of chairs, trying to put together a lesson plan for our final lesson with Patty. We knew that she hadn't felt the spirit yet, (or at least she didn't know that she had felt the spirit yet) but we really didn't know what else we could do to help her, since the spirit is such a personal thing. We also knew that she needed to gain the knowledge that Christ is real and that His Atonement is real..
All of the sudden, as we were studying about what to teach Patty, a sweet elderly Elder came up to us (He totally looked like Donald Trump btw.. haha) and he started talking to us about Ammon and how Ammon relates to us as missionaries. Then, out of nowhere, he asked us, "When was the first time that you ever felt the spirit?" We both answered and said, "Primary probably." He kindly corrected us and said that the first time that we felt the spirit was in the Pre-mortal World with our Heavenly Father. He explained that each of us had a personal and beautiful "Father-Daughter" relationship with God before we came to earth and that we knew him and loved him perfectly just as he knows us and loves us perfectly. He then asked, "Have either of you ever had your mom or dad come up behind you and put their hand on your shoulder? And you just know exactly who it is, even without turning around because it was so familiar to you?" We both said "Yes." He then went on to explain that that is what the spirit feels like to each of us on Earth. Everyone feels it differently because each of us had a different relationship with our Heavenly Father. He said that the one thing that everyone has in common when they feel the spirit is that it is always a comfortable and recognizable feeling of peace and love. He said that the reason that we love to feel the spirit so much is because we have felt it many times before. We felt it in the life before this one with our Father in Heaven. And although we can no longer see Him, we can feel of his love through the Holy Ghost.
I was so touched by his words. He then told us what made him share all of that with us. He said that he had been up on the 5th floor dropping something off just before he talked to us and that as he was headed down on the elevator, the spirit whispered to him that there was someone on the 2nd floor that needed to hear his testimony. So, he pushed the button to take him to the second floor and when the elevator doors opened, he saw Sister Taylor and me sitting straight ahead and knew that we needed to hear his words. I was blown away by the way that he had followed the promptings of the spirit, because his testimony was exactly what Patty needed to hear!
I am learning so much here! I am amazed! I have learned to LOVE the Book of Mormon! I honestly can't put it down!!!! If there was one thing that I'd want you to get out of my email this week, it would be this... Learn to love the Book of Mormon and read it every single day! There is never an end to the things that we can learn from its words. I have such a strong testimony of its power. It's real! Serving a mission is the best thing that I have ever done in my life! I know that for certain.
The Gospel is true! I promise!
I love you all and think of you constantly! Thank you for the emails and packages and for all of your prayers! I feel them everyday!
Love, Sister Morgan
These are just a few of the many highlights of Sister Morgan's time in the Missionary Training Center. She will be leaving the MTC and flying to Colorado on Monday, June 19.
Posted by Katie Morgan