We were supposed to be able to email the first night, but we haven't had time until now! Just want to let you know that I am doing well. I miss you all so much and this is really hard but your letters and emails do sincerely help me to feel that we are still together. Dear Elder is the best way to get things to me.
So... I love the MТC. The spirit is so strong here-- all the time. It is so uplifting. Whenever I feel down, it's never because of the place I am in. It's just because of the people that I miss. Class is crazy, so much espanol! But it's going well and we have taught three lessons-- all in spanish. Our investigator, Erik, committed to baptism! How amazing it is to feel that we are actually doing something (even though he is just a really good actor). Also, I am in love with the elders here. Not in a bad way (although one of them is truly awesome), but they are all so hard-working and worthy to hold the priesthood. It just makes me swoon sometimes! To be surrounded by so many amazing people from all over the world that are coming together in one goal: to become the people that we were foreordained to be, and to invite people to come unto Christ.
Sorry this is so frazzled, I only have about 20 minutes to write. But anyways... ANIKA YOU ARE GOING TO ARGENTINA! Words cannot express how happy I am. I literally screamed when I read the letter from my mom that said where you were going. One of the hermanas in my district, Hermana Hill, is going to Neuquen as well! She is so sweet. We will be latin hermanas together! I am writing you a letter to convey the sincerity and depth of my excitement.
Dad I read your letter, and it helped me make it through the second day (AKA the longest day of my life). My favorite thing was when you said "Don't fear the future. You are doing good things, and your future and all things will unfold before you." That brought me a lot of peace.
My companion is Hermana Robinson. She is so sweet, I will send a picture on Tuesday. She is really homesick, and I can see that this is especially hard on her. Both her and I received priesthood blessings from our zone leader (Elder Preston... He is awesome), and it helped her a lot. She doesn't tell me what she wants, so I am left to try to guess. It's hard because I am senior companion, but I don't want to boss her around, but she never tells me how she feels. Don't worry, I am getting it out of her. We will bond!
Susie, I got your package!! It is sitting next to me, but I can't open it until 9:25 tonight. But that is so nice of you and I'm sure I'll love whatever it is.
So my goal for this week started as "make it to Sunday.' Pretty sure that's everyone's motto on the first week. But now my goals are these, because I decided I needed to have joy in the journey and not wish away my MTC experience (or mission experience for that matter). Goals: have an attitude of gratitude, bring hermanas and elders together, and pray always. Well the pray always has been easy... I pray all the time and it is the best thing ever. I feel so close to Heavenly Father. I want to bring hermanas and elders together, because we are all experiencing different levels of the same emotions. We can't do it alone. And it is so much easier when you can bond with people. So last night all my district hermanas bonded and cried together (except me, I haven't cried since I've been here. I know I'm surprised too.). But I an see that we all have some serious needs, and Christ can meet them all, and through each other is how many of them are met.
Anyways I have to go, but I love you and think about you all the time. Pray for me, and I always do for you!
Hermana Eleanor Briggs