Life at the MTC continues!
Another batch of missionaries is preparing to head out into the field next week and an elder who joined our district this week (he was in the advanced program and his visa didn't come in time) will be heading out to a temporary re-assignment in San Diego tomorrow morning at 4am. Elder Schaffer was great and we're all going to miss him. They are rearranging the companionships for the elders in our District now to accomadate his companion, Elder Chow who is from Hong Kong.
"Plague" struck the Chinese zone here at the MTC, but despite the fact that there may or may not be chunks of lung hanging out in the classrooms, we're holding up. The weather has warmed up the past few days and we've been studying outside, so that seems to be helping kick the colds.
Perhaps because things here are starting to blur together and we're getting antsy for the outside world, Sister Hibbert, a sister in my room going to Taipei, and I have made a pact that we will take a year after graduation to travel the world. We have a running list of all the places we are going to go. On my honor, this will happen! ;)
You may be wondering why this post is coming a day early, and that's because they've completely changed our schedule. With many of the teachers (they are all BYU students) leaving for the summer and the huge influx of missionaries expected to enter in the next few weeks (thanks to the end of the semester), everything is getting switched around. My Preparation Day, or P-Day as we affectionately call it, is now on Mondays. Yay!
I had the opportunity this morning to go to the Temple and it was amazing. I love how strong the Spirit is there. We met a sister who had just got back from a mission in Taiwan on Saturday and saw two couples getting married!
In really exciting news, our Branch President promised us on Sunday that Mainland China would open to missionaries at some point during our lives. While I don't expect it soon, I am still so excited for the time when the people of China can have full access to the Gospel. I met so many people in China, and I can't wait for them to have the blessings that this Gospel brings into my life.
Also, fun fact, one of my teachers, Brother Lonsdale will be transferring to the Naval Academy next semester. You meet so many interesting and exciting people on missions!
Sister Makena Bauss