Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MTC Week 1: Hello Real World

So here are the questions:

1.  Tell me all about your companion (name, where from, etc)
her name is Sister DeWidt (dee-witt) she is from Gilbert, Arizona and we already had a belching contest hehe ;)

2.  How are you two getting along?
we get along really well she is such a sweet heart and has an amazing spirit about her. I am doing the best I can, she is truely amazing and I love her and she has helped me open up a lot.  I'm most definitley not shy or afraid to be in front of people anymore, the MTC has helped me overcome that I have more confidence in myself then ever before.

Sister Stuart and Sister DeWidt companions in the MTC

3.  What was the best part of your first week in the MTC?

I LOVED meeting my district and zone, we have all come so close and I love learning the Doctrine of Christ

Sisters in her District at the MTC: Bounforte, Merrell, Stuart, DeWidt

4. Did you sleep the first night and more importantly did you get up on time?

yes i slept great only because we had 10 hours of class and yes I have done really well with getting up on time, my companion and i get up at 6, to do companionship inventory.

5. Is there anything you wish you had brought with you, that you didn't?
my flat iron... my hair is uh yeah no bueno. 

6. How are the classes going?  Are you practicing teaching yet?
We have taught our PI joseph which is going well and our first investigator we were supposed to teach for TRC got sick so we have an extra day to prepare, we are teaching Joseph that the gospel blesses families and Sarah we are teaching her about how we are gods children and he loves us.

7. Describe a normal day for a sister missionary in the MTC?
A normal day of a sister missionary is pretty simple, we wake up and have our prayers and eat then we head to class and do personal study and then companion study and then 4 hours of class, we are usually in class 10 to 14 hours a day.

8. Did you get your package?
I have not yet received a package but our District leader Elder Perkis, he is from Leads England he has done really well with picking up the mail.

9. What is your favorite thing about the MTC?
the spirit here is my favorite, sometimes it feels like your stuck in a bubble, but it helps alot to be separated from the real world.

Day headed to MTC-she wanted a BURGER.  Any Guesses where?

Jumping for Joy!!

Packed and ready to go!

Her Dad's big girl!

10. What other awesome thing can you share?
SO elder Perkis is from england has an accent and everything, I broke down the other night because i was struggling with homesickness and companionship issues, and i prayed more than i have ever prayed before in my life and had a strong impression to get a blessing form elder perkis, so i am still waiting to ask our branch president to do that.

Rapid Fire (just answer with the first thing, short and sweet, or long
if you feel so inclined)

1. MTC food--like it?  Love this the most?
ummm not so much haha i had salmon though it was good, and some clam chowder didnt like that so much but i feel like iv gained a million pounds!!

2. Favorite scripture of the week?
favorite scripture would be.... 2 Nephi 31:17

3. First thing I did when I got to the MTC was?
went straight to class and got to know my district

4. I laughed so hard when...
ELder perkis looked out the window of the class that overlooks the mountains behind the temple and said (in a british accent) "those mountains are ugly" hahaha so funny!

5. My favorite part of the day is when...
we pray as a district

6. I know my Heavenly Father loves me because...
He truly tests our faith and when we fall or struggle he is always right there to pick us right back up

7. I felt the Spirit the most...
when i went to the provo temple today to do a session it was amazing,

8. I love it when...
I get randomly called up in sacrament to give a talk!

9.  Something I wish I had understood BEFORE coming on a mission is..
The Restoration...I had dreams that i was teaching myself the restoration, wish i had studied it more

10. 5 things I am grateful for
thanks for being such great examples to me!!!

LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH I HAVE hand written letters to send i just need to purchase some stamps so stay alert!!


Sister Stuart--New Hampshire Here I come!! October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Called to Serve

Four months ago I was at girls camp when I received a text message with a picture of my call I immediately started crying, I was over joyed and nervous at the same time, I had to wait a day so that my parents could bring my call to me, I was able to share that experience with my closest friends and family, although it rained like crazy it was still the most spiritual girls camp I was able to attend, I then had my temple recommend interview in the middle of the forest with my bishop which was pretty cool to be in nature where I most enjoy being! The next day was Friday we were headed home from camp and I was able to have interview with the stake president that night.

The next day, I was able to attend the Bountiful temple to take out my own endowments.  I wanted so much to have my sister, Toni there because she was leaving on Wednesday.   Everything that needed to happen to have her there did and it was great.   I was so grateful that my leaders and family were able to attend with me, even at such short notice.

The next day was Toni's farewell....enough said, the tears just kept coming.

The next few months I have been able to find employment and prepare spiritually, including going to the temple several times.   I still need to work on writing more, this will definitely be something I will have to work on.  My mom says she expects something every week.

My farewell was on Sunday 19th of October.  I was scared to talk even though I have talked so many times before.   Tara Buckway, my yw president and her son Carson spoke with me.   I was able to see many of my long time friends and new friends I have made over the years.   We had an open house with lots of treats.

Monday mom packed me as I sat and watched.   Of course, she made me notes and drew me some pictures so I will know where to put things, she sure knows me.

Tuesday I went to the dentist, I hate the scrapping thing.   Ran some errands and then I had to get a FLU shot, even though I got it in may because it was required again.  

Tonight I will be set apart as a full time missionary.  

Riley soon to be Sister Stuart with her friend Sam at her setting apart

Grandmas and Grandpa Younger

Dad and Grandpa Stuart