They're letting us email family right now:) thank you for the emails. I got here safely! Brazil is SO beautiful, I love it already. I didn't really know what to expect here at the MTC, but it is good so far. The people are nice, I'm fine with the fact that I can't understand anything yet. I'm grateful for the promise from the Lord when I was set apart that I will not have difficulties learning the language. That has given me much hope.
My cold actually got worse today. It was pretty bad on the 9-hour flight to Sao Paolo...that wasn't fun. Scratchy throat and kind of runny nose right now. But I've been pounding Vitamin C and just took a Zinc lozenge, praying hard that it will not last too long. :)
I will let you know as soon as I find out about mailing. It sounds like you can mail letters to the MTC...I don't think you can mail packages? Not sure yet. I've only been at the MTC for about 2 1/2 hours now. Not very long.
Sister Heck from Idaho is my first MTC companion! We are the only 2 sisters that got here today that are brand new to the mission!! All of the other sisters have been waiting for their visa for months and months, a couple sisters have been waiting 14 MONTHS. Lots of elders who have been waiting long times, too. Sister Heck and I are grateful we have been blessed to come here. The other sisters/elders that have been waiting for visas will only be here in the Brazil MTC for 12 days, I'm here for 6 weeks.
The rooms are nicer than I thought! Not too small. We have a shower in our room, had a hot shower after breakfast this morning which was SO nice after traveling for 24 hours. I smelled pretty awful. O.o
I know that I will be okay here! Heavenly Father is looking out for me. I can't understand Portuguese right now, and I know that I am not a perfect teacher, but I pray that the Spirit will guide my thoughts and my words as I prepare to teach that I can know how to be an instrument in the Lord's hands.
Weird thing: No clothing hangers. -_- Guess I'm folding up all of my shirts and skirts for now. Sigh. #shouldvepackedhangers
I love you and miss you already!!! But I'm happy here, not too homesick. I know that the Lord will protect me. He has plans for me after this mission, this is just a little break that I am devoting to Him. He'll keep me safe. Tell the family I say hello!! Please pray that my mind will be open and that I will be able to focus even though I am not feeling too well.
Much love!!! xoxoxoxoxo <3 <3 <3