Thursday, August 9, 2012

Provo MTC - week 1! Ciao a tutti!

It's finally p-day! We got here last Wednesday, and we didn't get a p-day until the following Thursday! Thank goodness I brought plenty of... everything! Haha. Well, let's see what I can remember for 1 week & 1 day.
Monday started off great, my colega (companion) is Sorella Hanson, she's awesome. The complete opposite of me - talkative, loud, and outgoing. (And she's from the Florida, in the Orlando area! My district is great. And, the guy I met in IOP, SC about a month ago, who is going to Rome, is in my district (Daniel Hurlburt!). He's such a character, he's fun. My teacher is awesome, his name is Fratello (brother) Bulloch. He's so super awesome. We got an "investigator" our second day here, and we taught him, ALL IN ITALIAN, on our third day here. Che crazy! And we've taught him every day since. I'm slowly getting better. I think. I feel like a robot, cause I can't speak the language yet, so I'm reading off my lessons to him. Ma (but), it's all good. I'm learning.
I know how to pray and to bear my testimony in Italian! Very simply, of course, but I do. And, now it's weird for me to pray in English. Because we're supposed to "speak your language" all the time, I pray in Italian basically every time I pray (vocally or to myself), and the other day my colega and myself were going to pray, and we were determining whether we wanted to pray in English (to more fully express ourselves), or Italian (to practice). Well, I was praying, and I decided I wanted to do it in English, but then I started... and it sounded weird. So I went back to Italian. It's crazy, I'm not going to be able to speak English when I come home! It just sounds wrong praying in English, now. Haha.
Oh, also, mom you were right. Thanks for secretly buying the index cards. I'm using them to practice my Italian, and they're very helpful. So, grazie!
I love gym time! Knock-out in the basketball gym inside, and calcio (soccer) with my Sorelle, or volleyball outside. Mi piace (I like it)!
The other days were good - just the same schedule. Then Sunday was awesome! It was fast Sunday, so we had Mission Conference. So good! Our MTC Presidency, and their wives, spoke. It was so good. Then we had sacrament/testimony meeting. I bore my testimony. In Italian. It was super simple, but I did it. Then we had a a "not" Relief Society meeting. It wasn't Relief Society, but it was all the women, and our Branch President and his wife. Just to talk for a bit. It was nice. Then we had our Sunday walk, and went and chilled around the Temple. I took a couple of pictures, but we're not allowed to send pictures through emails anymore (this is a brand new rule, like within the past month or two), so I dunno when you'll get pictures. We can't print them off here, either. So I'll try to figure something out. Ha.
I think I've already mentioned, but my roommates (besides my colega) are Spanish speaking! Three of them are native Spanish speakers, and one's this awesome biancha gringa (named Sarah Wilson! Che funny, so similar to my name), who's in advanced Spanish with them. I love them, they're so much fun.
Then, the other day during our service activity, guess who I saw? Trevon Albertson! Or, Elder Albertson. Remember, he served in our ward? He's awesome. When I saw him, I went through like 10 names in my head, cause I wasn't sure what to call him; "Albertson, Trevon, Elder, Fratello Albertson...", I eventually decided on Brother Albertson. Weird. Haha. But, it was good to see him.
But, I think that's all that I have for a recap of my week here. It's been awesome. Thank you everyone who wrote me a Dear Elder (Josue, babbo, Courtney, and Katharine), and thank you to the Jolley family for sending me those cookies! My roommates love them, and my district wants me to bring them to class tomorrow. Hahaha. And thanks, babbo, for the cinnamon/fruit role things. Mi piace.
I'm trying to think of anything else I might want to talk about. My district made a goal to have 1 contact a day, and bear our testimony in Italian, so we've been doing that, and getting practice. 
Also, the remember how everyone says the food is... not so easy on the stomach? Well, it was like that for the first few days (remember, when y'all dropped me off, my stomach wasn't feeling well, at all? Yeah.), but now I really enjoy the food. It's delish. Maybe I'll change my mind later, I dunno. Hahaha, that's a silly thing to include in my email.
Vi voglio bene! Ciao!
Sorella Willis

1 comment:

  1. I know Sara won't see this for 18 months, but I am so excited for her!! I loved my MTC experience and am so glad she's enjoying it too. I need to write her... :)