Monday, July 8, 2013

Week 5, and a reassignment!

Hello world!
I know I say this a lot but this week FLEW by. Missionary time is the weirdest thing ever. I can't even describe it. Hashtag Twilight Zone.
This week my branch president asked us as a branch/zone to work on the Christ like attribute of patience. That's pretty timely seeing as we've been waiting all week for our reassignments. It's SO exciting. We were hoping that it would come on Wednesday or Thursday but here we are on Friday with no news. You think I'd be good at waiting for things by now,  jeesh. (East, that was for you).
 It's so exciting. Sometimes they send people out on the Saturday before they're supposed to leave so there's a chance that someone in my district could get their reassignment tonight and leave at like 3 in the morning on Saturday to anywhere in the US. My life is so up in the air right now and it's so exciting. (I'm listening to "I'll Go Where You Want Me Go" on repeat as I write this to help calm my nerves haha. Not working).
This week we got another 2 new districts and another 11 new sisters! We now have close to 30 sisters! I'm basically like a short-term, intensified Relief Society president. I get to visit all the them each night in the time when most people write in their journal and shower and be human. The zone leaders do the same thing for the Elders but there's 2 of them.  Phewf! I'm kinda pooped from running around everywhere! By the time I leave here, I'll have welcomed and trained more new sisters than the three sister training leaders before me combined. It's so awesome and I am so incredibly grateful for the chance I have to serve and work so closely with these amazing sisters. I've learned that you simply cannot be happy as a missionary if you're turned inward-even in the MTC, ESPECIALLY in the MTC. (Fun fact: One of the new Sisters who came Wednesday is like legit-ly going to be an astronaut she's already done training and she's in the program and everything. She's this amazing woman and she's black so I kind of just really want to be her.)
In other exciting news, I finished the Book of Mormon last Saturday. Wow. I love that book so much. It is truly the word of God! I know that.  I just about bawled through 3 Nephi and saviors visit to the Americas. As much I miss friends and family and instagram, I really miss my school kids in Logan. Mostly, I think I miss kids in general since there's like none here. When I was reading about how the Savior had the children come to him and blessed them I just about lost it. We all need to be more like children- so loving, willing to befriend, quick to forgive and eager to learn. One of my sweet friends wrote me a while back about how her Pastor encouraged them to read the Bible as children. That's so important! I hope we can all be more like the sweet little children around us, especially in our scripture study. Yay Book of Mormon.
One of the other coolest parts about this week was our skyping time. We have this thing called TRC where we teach Brazilian member volunteers a lesson. It's no role playing, just an awesome experience to talk with real people and help them come closer to Christ. Normally, they come into the MTC for the lesson but this week we got to skype. We were supposed to skype with some members who are in Brazil right now but there were some scheduling problems. My teacher frantically contacted some of his RM friends who spoke Portuguese but couldn't get quite enough. He's been working with some missionaries here in Provo to teach a family who just arrived from Brazil. Both sisters have committed to baptism and it's this awesome little thing. Since he couldn't get enough member friends, to teach he decided to trust us and let us skype teach his 2 investigators! My companions and I were assigned to teach these 2 sisters and it was so cool! We taught our first real lesson to real investigators and we did so well! They spoke like no English and the whole lesson was in Portuguese. Even though it was through the internet and we don't speak great Portuguese, the spirit was so strong and we effectively helped them come closer to Christ. Yay missionary work!
Yesterday was a very exciting day at the MTC! We, all the soon departing missionaries of the MTC had in field orientation for 8 hours! It was long but so awesome! iIm glad I get to learn how to be a missionary in English before I have to do it all in Portuguese. Heavenly Father is so smart. It made me very excited to get in the field and be a little missionary-baby. Everyone in the MTC wore red, white and blue and it was such a fun day! That night, we had a special program and they hadn't told us like anything about it. We got there, sang some patriotic songs, they explained to the Asians why we were all matching today and to the British that we don't hate them (not really, but basically in other words) and then after a little program they announced that we were going to watch 17 Miracles and go outside to watch the Fireworks! Wha?? So cool. It was so amazing and I just literally cried for like the whole movie. The fireworks were so fun and they even gave everyone ice cream. We were standing next to an Elder from Australia so it was very funny to hear his reaction to everything. Everyone was being all American at the end and singing the national anthem and chanting "U! S! A!". He started chanting "AustrailA, AustraliA" in his accent. We got to stay up to like 11:30 so that was just nuts. It was such a great day!
Remember how I've had about a billion miracles since I've been here. Well, there's more. I am happy to announce that I survived this week completely without crutches or medicine. That is a miracle. My knees are going to be just dandy and I am so grateful to HF. I had my last doctor's visits this week and I have a clean bill of health and I'm all good to go! God is so good to me. I know that my miracle knee situation has so much to do with everyone's faith and prayers. Thank you!!
Alright, well I'm quite out of time. I love you all so very much! I'm so grateful to have such a strong support system. I was excited to hear about Mom's missionary attempt this week! Woohoo! Also, it was great to get a laugh haha. I would love to hear back from more of you! The challenge lives on. It is so up to each of you individually to build God's kingdom on the earth. It's so easy to get caught up in all of our To-do's in life but remember what we're on this earth to do. God's work and glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. Match your will and vision with His and you will see miracles. I know this because I've done it and it works. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored in all its glory and fullness. I know God loves every single one of His children and that nothing we can do is ever too much for the atonement. I love being a missionary and I love all of you!
Sister Brown
Smith family, I SAW YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was being driven back to the MTC on Wednesday at like one from my last Dr.'s visit and I saw you camping out on the street for the parade!! I was wearing my Canada pin so I'm sure that's how I was able to see you. It made my day like 100 million trillion times better. It was definitely a tender mercy and also one of the most surreal moments of my life. I was freaking out and my companions thought I was totes bonkers:) I love and miss you all!!! 

Here it is!!
 I got my reassignment!!!
This isn't quite as good as a phone call but it's the next best thing.
I have been temporarily reassigned to the Colorado Denver North.
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Colorado and I'm SO excited to serve there until my visa comes. I have like no information really other than that but it's way exciting!! I never saw myself going there but I know that Heavenly Father has people there that I need to teach. It's such an exciting time to be a missionary! I leave the MTC at 5:30am on Monday morning!! My plane leaves at 9:15 and I'm flying with Soutwest. I'm guessing that I'll be able to call and talk to you sometime before then for about 1/2 an hour. I'm the travel leader too so that's just way exciting haha.
BAH! Holy no time to pack! Give me lots of prayers haha. I can't believe that it's actually happening and that I'll be out in the field talking to people and be a missionary in like 3 days. I love it here at the MTC and I'm sad to leave this sacred place but I'm so ready to get out and serve the Lord in spreading His work. It's going to be so hard but I'm going to love every second of it!
My companions are both heading to Kansas with another sister from our district and we haven't heard back from anyone else. I'll let you know where they're all going. I can't even believe that the next time I'll be emailing you is in the field. in Colorado! YAYYYYY!!!!
Well, I don't really know what else to tell you. Yay Colorado. This is SO surreal. Mom, do you think Durango will be in my mission? That'd be cute wouldn't it?:)
 Well, I love you all! I sent 4 letters today to Mom, Dad, Kels and Mimi. Madi and Danny you're next- sorry!
LOVE times a million,
Sister Megan Sonntag Brown :)

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