Yay!!! I made it to my first P-day! The MTC is crazy! For real it is straight up insane but great at the same time! I have learned so much about myself in the past few days!
I don't even know where to start! First of all I miss you all so much! I did not realize this until about an 10 minutes into my MTC experience! I Love you all so so so much! Thank you for the package and letters! They make my day! Your words are inspiring and help me so so much!
The MTC is insane. They throw you straight into this crazy thing and your emotions are all over the place and everything is different and there is no way to emotionally prepare you for this.
I can honestly say that the last few days have been the HARDEST days of my life (emotionally)!
My companion is awesome her name is Sister Collins from Ely, Nevada! She is great! She runs with me and puts up with me crying a lot and funny story I showed her some pictures and Ryan Ogden was in one and he was her EFY counselor in Hawaii (small world)! We are going to the same mission! There is actually a lot of us going to Perth! All four sisters in my district are going to Perth they are all American too, all of the Elders in my district are going to Sydney South mission. There are three sisters in the other district in our zone two are going to Orlando (Dad!) and 1 is going to Perth and all four Elders in that district are going to Perth as well!
I've seen a lot of people I know its fun to see people from high school! Sarah Vorkink who is from Mapleton and went to Jr. High with me is in my room! She leaves for South Carolina tomorrow but it has been awesome to have her there! She made me feel a lot better about missing home!
We have great teachers! I have learned so much from Sister Grenfell and Brother Holmes!
Our first investigator lesson is tonight! I'm really nervous! We have been teaching our teachers who have been pretending to be investigators which is actually really really neat! I really enjoy it!
Haden and Witney and Koleton and all of you other people who are planning on going on missions soon I have some advice for you for the MTC as I have learned in just a few days!
1. Bring warm clothes every building is freezing here.
2. Bring stuff for stinky feet, everyone's feet smell awful here and your room will smell awful!
3. Read Preach My Gospel like a thousand times, become familiar with the contents.
4. You are going to be sitting a lot. every chance you have run up and down the stairs or do jumping jacks in the hall!
5. Don't worry if your are the only one crying, other people will eventually join in too. Don't feel like you're stupid. It just means you care a lot.
6. Watch Character of Christ by Elder Bednar on your first Sunday night! It WILL change your life!
7. Take Tissues EVERYWHERE if you are like me you will cry doing everything!!!
Today is our first P-Day and kind of last, we leave next monday! We went to the temple this morning! It was amazing but really hard at the same time! So many emotions this is the wildest roller coaster I have ever been on! Sometimes you are just on top of the world with the spirit and sometimes you are in the deepest darkest hole you have ever been in! But as long as you have faith in Christ you can always make it back out! I had a really neat experience in the temple though! I got the most intensely painful feeling of how much I really missed my family in the locker room because all I could think of is how many times I had been there with mom and how much I missed her, this continued into the session until the end of the movie (accompanied by many many unwelcomed tears)! Sister Collins was super sweet to me and so was Megan Hanks who got to go at the same time as us and we got to sit by each other YaY! It was really hard to get through I tried to focus on what was going on but I just couldn't! When we were sitting in the celestial room I said another little prayer of the thousands I have been saying to help me to be comforted and know this is where I am supposed to be! While I was sitting there feeling hopeless and depressed all of the sudden the words of D&C 121: 7-8 came into my head like someone was whispering them to me. That is exactly what I needed to hear! I know it will be hard for a while but as long as I keep going and do the best I can, I will be blessed! I know that this is where I am supposed to be. It's hard and scary but it will all be okay! I love my Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for the plan of salvation and that families can be together forever! I love you all and miss you so so much!
I challenge all of you guys to watch Elder Scott's funeral service if you didn't get a chance (and if you can online) It is AMAZING! The spirit was so strong, he was an amazing man, It made me want to become a better person and strengthened my testimony. I Love you all so much! I will try to write you all letters because I am running out of time! I also don't know how to download pictures on this computer so I will figure it out and send you a bunch next week!
You are all wonderful!
I love you and I miss you!
Love, Sister Penrod
P.S. I found the furby Haden. haha....you're funny.
P.P.S I'm sorry for typos and lack of coherence in this letter an hour goes by really really fast!!!
Our friend Julianne works at the MTC and delivered a package for us to Audrey! She was able to take a photo for us of her and her companion! Audrey cried when she saw Julianne. Happy to see her tears/mixed with the homesick tears/ mixed with I am leaving tears. She is happy! Lisa went back in the MTC to grab her purse and ran into Audrey! She is in her gym attire. She said her companion seemed shy, but Audrey was happy! That was great news! We just want happiness! It will be a hard time leaving home, country and everything you once knew. She is willing to do it for her commitment to serve The Lord! I am so proud of her doing hard things! Missionaries are the best! Thank you Julianne and Lisa for being so wonderful and sharing these moments with us! It means the world to her family! - her mom.
Has been called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Perth, Australia. She reports to the Provo, Utah MTC September 23!