Sunday, May 17, 2015

I Survived One Week! Saturday May 16, 2015

Hello Family,
I officially survived week one of the MTC! Well, actually its only been three days and i still have to survive tomorrow which is Sunday.. i have already had to prepare a talk for sacrament meeting as well as a lesson for Relief Society! and on top of that i still need to plan to more lessons for investigators.. i have lots to do and so little time to do it! So i wrote you a few days ago well actually it was on Thurs night and i mailed it yesterday so i dont really need to tell you all about my first day but i guess i can kinda recap it for ya'll. 
The second i got to the mtc i was given my name tag and sent through like five lines within like 2 minutes and given all of the papers and books i needed. i was then showed my  residence hall. my room is on the third floor so getting my bags up there stairs was a struggle. i only fell over once.. haha skirts, stairs and large heavy bags dont go so well together i guess. after getting things to my room i went to class where i met my new companion. Sister Rigby is my new companion. She is also 23 years old which was a relief because i was super worried i would get some 19 year old little girl. She is from New Jersey and is really dedicated to the work! She is such a great companion and a blessing in my life!After we had class we went and taught our first investigators as a group. it was a lot easier then i thought it would be. we then went back to class and studied more. 
I mentioned this in my letter but i will mention it to you guys again, I was called to be the Sister training leader! I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve my district as well as the new district that will be here next week. as the sister training leader i will have to meet with all of the new district on Wednesday and go over what to expect and give them a tour of the mtc. i am also in charge of room check off for when the other district leaves our zone next week. i am also expected to teach Relief Society on Sundays. there is a lot expected of me but i know that the Lord would not call me as the Sister District Leader if he knew i couldn't handle it! I also know he will be with me every step of the way!
Yesterday Sister Rigby and I taught our first investigator! it was such a great experience! i was super nervous about it but it went well! we taught a lady named Princess! she just moved here from Detroit. She is a single mom and has a 14 year old son named Andrew. She grew up Baptist and her Father was the preacher. She told us that she stopped going to church when her dad died. She is currently working at wendy's and money is really tight so we had to have our lesson in the dark.. As a companionship and after a lot of prayer we decided to teach princess that we can communicate through prayer to our Heavenly Father and that by doing this we can build a strong relationship with Him and come closer to Christ. we then taught her about prophets and then gave her a brief lesson on the restoration. We then challenged her to be Baptized!! that was really scary but i am so glad we did it. she said that she needed to find out if what we were teaching was true and then if she found out for herself then she would commit to being baptized. We then challenged her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about if it is true as well as if Joseph Smith was a true prophet. she said she would and asked if we could come back tomorrow to teach her. so today we will be teaching her again. Sister Rigby and i have decided to teach her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have already grown a deep love for Princess and I hope that we can teach her what she needs to hear!
I never realized how much i would be praying while on my mission! before my mission i was lucky if i got a prayer in once a day... Yesterday i prayed at least 30 times!! it has been such an amazing experience for me and taught me the importance of turning to my Heavenly Father for anything i need. hopefully today has a little less prayers though because my knees are starting to feel all of the praying... haha But it was such an amazing experience to be able to pray so much yesterday. i pray when i get up, i then have companionship prayer, we then pray at breakfast for our food, then at person study, then to start companionship study, then to start district study, then at lunch, then at class and at the end of class, then at dinner, then when we started class again, then when we taught our investigator, then when we started our lesson with princess, then when we ended it, then when we were in class we talked about the importance of inviting our investigators to pray so we prayed like 10 times while doing our role plays, we also had the time during class to go in a room with our companion and have a personal prayer, and then we prayed again when we ended class and then i went to the residence where we had companion prayer again and then finally i ended with a personal prayer. so yeah, i don't think i have prayed this much in my life! i have never been closer to my Heavenly Father or Jesus Christ in my life either. 
I am so Grateful for this opportunity i have to serve a mission and be a representative of my brother and Savior Jesus Christ! It has been such a blessing already in my life! i have already learned so much more about sharing the gospel and my testimony has been strengthened so much in the few days that i have been here! I just wanted to end by bearing ya'll my testimony, I do know that this church is true and is the only true church here upon the earth. i know that this gospel can bring happiness into our lives and can touch the life of others and bring happiness to them as well. i know that the church was fully restored through Joseph Smith and that he did kneel down in the sacred grove and see God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. i know that Heavenly Father loves each and everyone of his children and that he wants the best for all of us. i know that he does talk to us by answering our prayers as well as through our prophets. I know that Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today and that he was called of God. i know that if we listen to the counsel he is giving us our lives will be bless. i know that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God. that he did suffer bleed and die for all of our sins. i know that because if this we are able to repent and be able to live with our loving heavenly father again. i know that the Book of Mormon is true and that it is in fact another testament of Jesus Christ. i know that God loves me and loves each and everyone of you. i am so truly blessed to be a missionary of this church and to be able to represent Jesus Christ. i know that this is where i am supposed to be and that Heavenly Father is preparing the people in Florida to hear what i have to say and preparing their hearts to accept the gospel. I leave these things with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
I love you all and pray for each of you every single day. i hope all is going well at home. i cant wait to hear from you again. make sure people know that they can Dear Elder me here at the mtc. it was so great to get letters already from Manda and Racheal through Dear Elder. so please keep them coming i loved it! also i asked for a few things in my letter... i think the only thing i really need is a rain jacket... so please if you could find a cute one at target and send it to me!! i really need it. other than that don't worry about sending any of the other stuff i asked for. i can manage until i get to Florida... my p-days will be on Saturdays while i am here at the MTC this is when i will be able to go to the temple in the afternoon. i am so excited for that. I love you all!

Sister Webb


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