Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Week 1: First Week at the Missionary Training Center

Family and Friends!

My first week in the MTC was a great one. I've learned so much and I feel  like this was the right time for me to go on a mission. I don't think I would have been ready had I gone out any sooner, so I'm grateful for how things worked out. 
Here's what a day looks like for me-
5:45- wake up
6:00- sisters only work out classes
(they switch between yoga, kickboxing, and zumba. It's basically the best)
7:00- breakfast
7:30-4:30- class, practice teaching, class, etc.
4:30- dinner
5-8:15- study time. it sounds long but I feel like it's not even enough!
8:25- Gym time- the best part of the day. I usually play volleyball with my district for the first half and run around the track for the second half with Sister Carr (awesome sis who lives with me and loves to run)
10:30- lights out
It's so busy and I love always having things to do! 
So my district consists of me,S Lockhart (my companion. She's great), S Wilkinson, S Carr, E Everett, E Boggass (dad- his dad served in Tampa FL spanish speaking and he now is a doc at Duke!! how crazy is that?), E Jones (wyatt- he reminds me so much of you except you're cuter), and E Watts. Everyone is my Dist. is going to Irvine plus a whole other Dist. in our Zone is coming with us! It's so cool to be with so many people who I'll also be with in the field. 
I've been getting lots of letters! I love it and it makes me feel so loved and popular haha. I'd love to hear from anyone and everyone! Thank you so much for writing to me. 
Favorite things so far- I love learning, seeing the mountains every time I go outside, the awesome people around me, and I absolutely love that we get so much exercise time. It really makes my days easier to look forward to a run.
Hard things- I truly struggle not to break into song all the time, and especially songs that aren't missionary appropriate..I'm working on that one. 
Funny thing- one day during class this week our teacher had us do a speed walking race for some sort of object lesson and it was hilarious. Also I guess I'm pretty speedy because I almost won! I was second to an Elder in my district who has a little bit of an advantage because he's 6'5"..so I felt pretty good about it. 

As I've studied and taught this week, I have begun to relate more and more to a scripture in D&C 100

5-6 "Therefore, verily I say unto you, lift up your voices unto this people, speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men. For it shall be given you in the very hour, yea in the very moment what ye shall say."

I have noticed that as I speak, I gain so much confidence and I am able to really clearly talk about the things that I have learned and studied. I feel so blessed to have the Lord working with me in that way!

I love you all, and I'm sorry that the only personal emails I was able to send had to be short ones! They don't give us a whole lot of time to write here. I might not get the chance to email next week, so know that I'm thinking of you and I'm grateful for all of your support. 

With love, Sister Wimmer

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Call and Departure

Sister Wimmer received her call on April 4, 2015.

Sister Wimmer was set apart on Monday, May 11 and left for Utah on Tuesday, May 12. She entered the MTC on Wednesday, May 13 at 1:00 pm.

After she entered the MTC, one of her teachers, Brother Whiting, sent this picture to Eliza. He was in the Provo YSA 38th Ward with them!