Bok priatelj i obitelj! (Hello friends and family!)
Alright, I cannot believe I have been here for 4 weeks! We have our halfway point coming up this Saturday and I seriously can´t believe it! Time moves so slowly...until you realize it´s been moving the same speed the whole time! haha I´m getting a little nervous now because I feel like 5 weeks isn´t enough to learn all I want to learn here, but it will be so exciting to finally get out there!
Learning the language is DEFINITELY getting better. I am starting to better understand the concepts of Croatian and be able to use them as I am speaking and writing. I am much better at writing it all out because I can see exactly what is supposed to be where in the sentence, etc. I´m really working on speaking and using the right verb conjugations and case-endings. Blah. It's getting better! I've really caught the vision of learning this language and I just want to know everything there is to know! I'm starting to have a hard time sounding out words or names in English because I'm so used to sounding them out with Croatian vowel and consonant sounds. haha I guess that's what's supposed to happen though, right? :)
The funny language moment that I chose for this week was during one of our lessons with our investigator named Daniel (Brother Rubisch's alter-ego). We were having a really good discussion about the BOM and he had said that he was reading it and praying about it! Sestra Compare and I were bearing testimony of the blessings that will come from reading the Book of Mormon and praying. As we finished testifying I started giving him the commitment to read and pray every day. I meant to say, " We want you to pray and read the Book of Mormon everyday....." But there are a few different principles that I disregarded and ended up saying "We want you." His eyes got all big and he tried to hold back the laughter but he just couldn't do it. It took me about 15 seconds to realize what I had said and needless to say, I was pretty embarassed. I will not be using that sentence again EVER! Trail and error. haha
This week I have been feeling even more dedicated to the work and have felt the Lord's blessings. As I keep trying my hardest and don't get too prideful to ask questions or ask them to explain the newest principal we learned one more time I can feel myself progressing very quickly! I am so lucky to have the BEST teachers that keep things new and exciting to help me stay on task and keep learning all that I want to learn!
I also had the chance to sing in our MTC Relief Scoiety meeting on Sunday! An elder in our district accompanied me and I sang "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing". It was intimidating to try out in front of the mission presidency's wives, but later that day I got this cute (and very official-looking) note in my mailbox stating that I had been invited to sing this Sunday in sacrament meeting! We did a soundcheck before the meeting and my-oh-my was that different! I realized how much I missed my Noteworthy sisters. The song went well and it felt SO good to sing. The speaker from Relief Society was Sister Rosemary Wixom, the Primary General President. She gave a beautiful talk about the power of music and love in our missions. She challenged us to love the children in our mission and make sure that they know they are children of God. You all know how obsessed I am with tiny humans, so neednless to say I was touched. It was a GREAT meeting!
I've continuously felt the impact each of us has as an example of Jesus Christ. We never know who is watching. We never know who is having a hard day or who may need a smile. Don't forget that we are each children of God and we each have the power to change someone's day or even someone's life by the way we live ours.
I love you all! Thanks for all of your prayers and your support.
PS. We got another new district in our branch this week and guess where they're going........ALASKA!!! I've been telling them all the things Jordan has told us about his mission, etc. Our Branch is english, I don't know why were not with other language speakers, but that's just how it worked! The different districts in our branch are going to Everett, Washington, AK, Mesa, AZ and Albequerqe New Mexico!