Thursday, February 21, 2013

Last 4 days in the MTC

The time has come for Katelyn to leave the MTC and head to Chile!! We are so excited for her!  We are so proud of her!!  She will leave on Monday at 3:30 a.m. for Chile.  So this is the last letter from the MTC.  The Mail room isn't open on the weekend so if you want to write her before she leaves today is the last day.  She will then receive it on Friday:)  We will update her address when we hear from her!:)

Hola FAMILIA!!!!! Como le va?! :) :) :) :) :)
I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS IS MY LAST LETTER TO YOU IN AMERICA! The time here as absolutely flown right on by, I can't believe we are now here...leaving to Chile in what... 4 DAYS! I am feeling all sorts of emotions let me just tell you. Estoy muy animada pero tambian muy preoccupada. Es feliz, es triste.... a WHOLE jumble of emotions! But I can't wait for this amazing opportunity to go and teach, become the Lords hands in Chile. Teaching and talking to people... :). I love them already! Every morning this week I have woken up with the thought... this time next week I’ll be in Chile! It's a very surreal feeling!!! I think I need more training her at the MTC, I might ask for an extension. ;) Chiste. :) My thoughts are all over the place with it all. Satan tries to fill my head with many doubts, I don't know Spanish yada yada yada... but I’m not going to have it. Yes, I might only know how to say the first vision, bare my testimony, and pray. But that's all the important stuff right!?? :)  Yes, language is the thing that I get most frustrated with. At some points I feel like I’m going to be the first missionary to go out not even knowing how to speak the language. haha but I know when I give it all I got, the Lord will make it more. With language it's hard not to get discouraged though! But I believe in miracles!! :) Like you said Dad, patience. I have no doubt the Lord is testing me with patience right now, that's one thing i've always struggled with. I've prayed for it every day and i'm definitely learning my lesson! :)

This is about how much Spanish I feel like I know.  It's all going to work out!!

Learning the last little bit before we go on Monday!!

I want to say thank you family for ALL the amazing valentines packages last P DAY!!!!! You're love is SO greatly appreciated! I am so very loved, and I hope you all know that you are loved as well!!! I think and pray for you continually! I got my license and that great package from all the aunts. SO thoughtful of them. LOVE those little microfiber towels.... they really do the trick when it comes to taking off makeup! :) Tell all the aunts THANK YOU SO MUCH for everything!!!! Also got packages from Jordan and Taylor! ALL SO AMAZING AND THOUGHTFUL! Thank you to everyone! All of your support means the WORLD! :) ha dad I loved how you said you are dissecting the pictures... ha. I am so happy and I do love this WORK! I might look tired in them.... cause we always are. Simper. ha. But that's part of it, I’ve gotten used to only getting so much sleep! My body is adjusting! I love wearing the names tag each day. Constant reminder of whose service I am in. What a incredible opportunity to be a representative of Jesus Christ at all times 24/ 7 :)

 Taylor, you are a sweetheart and know just what I would love!!

Yum, Yum and can I say Yum... Turtle Cheesecake!!

 Should we invite the Elders, what Elders.  Should we use the plates, what plates.

It sounds like you all had such an amazing weekend! I can't wait to hear about your weekend in Jackson Hole boys and Lauren, and Mom and Dad, I'm so glad you were able to go get some sun and spend time in Vegas together! :) Thank you so much for the SD cards (they will be perfect) and the cute scarf and shirt mom! I LOVE IT! :) I'll be looking stylish down in Chile because of you mom!  I hope your headaches have been getting better and you are feeling healthy mom! :) How's the Diet Coke challenge going?! :) Tanner that's absolutely amazing about your science fair project You are SUCH a smart boy. WAY TO GO :) I would love to see pictures!!!! :) Mom I loved your letter yesterday! Thank you so much! Always brightens my day to get a letter from my mama. :) YOU ARE THE MOST AMAZING PARENTS.

Thank you all for your letters they are always so good to get! :) Dad that poem was amazing! I wrote it down in my journal! I absolutely love it! It definitely lifted my spirits... that we can achieve anything we want if we work hard and depend on the Lord! :) And about the Hymns...we always sing Secreta Oracion!!!! It's honestly one of my favorite himinos en espanol! :) Our district also loves scatter sunshine... it gets stuck in your head SO EASILY!!! Simper goze siempre al andar. paz y gran consuelo,  a todo ser^^^^^^^. ha That's our district himino pienso! :) So about everything that's been going on here. We finished teaching out investigators Joana y Jorge yesterday. It's so crazy cause I feel like we didn't teach them for long at all! There is still so much more for them to learn!!! We taught Jorge ayer manana and just said we are leaving to Chile so we can't teach him anymore but we asked if he would like to continue on this path and learning and we would have the other missionaries in the area come and meet him. He said he would like that. We bore testimony of the few things we taught him. We taught him of the importance of baptism and then asked if he would be baptized. He said he likes what he is learning; he wants to keep learning more because baptism is a huge commitment. We butchered Spanish in that lesson, but the spirit always helps us to get our main point across. :) So things left on a good note with him. I wish we could teach him more so we could find out his fears and his thoughts, but it was a gran learning experience! :) We had hosting in the middle of the day yesterday. Got to help all the cute new missionaries! :) I hosted 3 girls, one was going to Chicago Illinois Spanish speaking. I freaked out because KAITLIIN DAVIES just left there on MONDAY! :) Saying goodbye was very hard. I don't really like all of these goodbyes... ha. She is going to be an amazing missionary! After hosting we taught out second investigator Joana. She has grown so much since the first time we taught her. From I hate God. God doesn't love me... to diligently reading the scriptures, pondering them, and PRAYING. Wow. Such an amazing experience to see that growth and that light come into her life. In the beginning we did not like her because she was so hard, but I have come to love her so much! hahahaha sounds weird cause these investigators are just our teachers but the person they portray you really do come to love! In our lesson yesterday with her we taught her about baptism as well. She has been reading Alma 32 and has loved the comparison of fe to a semilla. Just like a seed needs water and sun, we asked her what things she needed to do to "feed" her faith and testimony. In the visit before she expressed the joy she felt when we were there and how she wanted to exhibit more faith. I try. I try. She said. Well, Baptism was just the lesson for her! She loved the idea of getting all of her sins washed away! It was so exciting  to see her reaction! :) She asked many questions like why is baptism in our church any different. We explained it's because we had the Priesthood Authority of God! So... we read a  few scriptures about baptism and then it was my turn to ask her. Right as I was about to ask her I inhaled wrong and started choking. hahaha I literaly could not breath, face was twitching, tears were streaming down my face and both Hermana Pendleton and poor Joana looked at my with WIDE EYES!!! I tried talking but no sound came out... as I turned purple hahahahahahhahaha (if you can only picture this) Joana said Necesita AGUA?!?!? We had to abort the lesson real quickly. Get a drink. Regain my breath. Then we were good. hahahahaha. In a soft voice... or else I would start choking again I asked if she would have the faith and follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. SHE ACCEPTED!!!!!!!! She is getting baptized March 21! :) We expressed how exited we were for her and how great of a decision she is making! :) It was such a great experience and I thank the Lord for it. Even through the choking... ha. I cannot wait to meet those in Chile the Lord is preparing! :)

Every time we walk by this picture, we think yes that's us the tall one and the small one!!
Look at how well we imitate them!

Eating time at the MTC

I have learned so much her in the MTC! I am going to miss this place and the constant spirit I feel here. I am going to miss everyone in my district they are all so amazing! We have all just grown to love each other SO MUCH!!!! I can't say I’m going to miss the food... I’m kind of done with cereal, bananas, and PB and J's ;). I have loved being companions with Hermana Pendleton. She has really taught me so much! That girl is strong. With everything she has gone through in her life she is so amazing. We study hard, and laugh a lot. I can even say enough to both peeing our pants. yeah.... us girls. hahahaha. But l love her! So amazing great memories and experiences here! I have loved the devotionals, the talks we have watched the things our teachers and fellow missionaries have taught... but I’m ready to get to Chile!!!! I cannot wait for this next step of the adventure!!!! :)
"Home is behind, the world ahead, and there are many paths to tread." :) HERE WE GO!
So travel plans  are:
1st flight American Airlines: Flight 436 LV:  SLC 6:00am Feb 25. AR: Dallas/ft Worth, TX 9:45 am
2nd flight American Airlines: Flight 2244 Lv: Dallas/ft Worth, TX 10:55 am AR: Miami, Florida 2:35 pm
3rd flight Lan Chile S.A.: Flight: 501 Lv: Miami, FL 8:25 pm AR: Santiago Chile 6:50 am February 26,2013

^^^ yeah. It's kind of weird to look at that. Is this really happening?!?!? :) Kay so I could call you guys in the morning before I leave Salt Lake just for a bit. Then the majority of the talking time I could do in the Miami Airport!?  I CANNOT WAIT TO TALK TO YOU!!!!!! :) :) :) : ) :) THANK YOU SO MUCH! Mix of emotions but I’m exited!!!! :)

 We have talked with a couple of the Chilean workers here and they are like oh it's not even Spanish down there. Don't worry about not knowing Spanish because you won't be speaking Spanish. It's a whole other language! Haha. It's going to be fun :) :) Question for you guys.. Did you ever watch the heavenly father, earthly father Mormon video?!?! IT's unreal huh?!?! Well guess what they came our with ANOTHER ONE yesterday! It's called mountains to climb. It's incredible. I challenge you to watch it as a family. I was balling my eyes out! It's incredible. It just talks about having faith to endure our trials!

I read D&C 78: 17-19 this morning and it really comforted me. "..Be of good cheer for I will lead you along..." I know this is going to be another big change but I know the Lord is with me, with all of us, every step of the way. Footprints in the sand. :)

I want you to know the testimony I have of this Gospel. I know that it is the only true church on the earth today, even that same church in which Christ established during his ministry. I know that through a young fourteen year old's faith and simple prayer that it was restored on the earth in these last days one last time. I have a testimony that with the power and authority of God Joseph Smith was able to translate the Book of Mormon, which is in deed another testament of Jesus Christ. I have a testimony of prayer and it's importance. For the 2 greatest events in history started in a humble prayer. The Atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the Restoration of this gospel through the prophet Joseph Smith. Here at the MTC I pray all day for strength, for patience, for charity, for answers, for peace, and I TESTIFY the Lord answers my prayers. Not always while I am on my knees but as I am acting, working, and listening. I know that we are literal Children of God and the he loves us. I know He loves his children in Chile as well,. I know that he loves me. I know Christ died and suffered for me so that I may be able to repent and live again. I am grateful for the gift of the Atonement and Repentance in my life. I know that when we turn our lives over to the Lord he is bound to bless us. I love my Heavenly Father. I love my Savoir Jesus Christ. He is my Redeemer and my Salvation. I know with every fiber of my being that this church is true. In a talk in the Sunday night devotional the speaker talked about sharing the gospel. He said if you had an endless pot of gold would you be shy about sharing it? NOOOOOO. You would just want to give and give and give until EVERYONE had it. The same goes for the gospel. This is the most important message anyone could EVER hear. THIS IS SALAVTION! When this was said it really struck me. my goal to to share it with everyone I come in contact with!!! Our brother and sisters need our hands to left them up and come back onto the path! :)
I love you all so much! :) :) Thank you SO MUCH! FOR EVERYTHING you have given me. All that I am I owe to you! :)
Dad had a glass of milk just for you this morning in the temple. Ha taking my last hot showers... I could live without the hot dogs. ;)
Sister Mansfield in our branch presidency lives in Highland, so she offered to take my things I’m not taking and come drop them off at the house! So on Sunday or Monday! She will hopefully be dropping some stuff of for you! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!! CAN"T wait to talk to you in just a few short days!!!!!! :)
Sonrisa. :)
Su misinonera, Hermana Katelyn Smith :)

We get to be host's today!!:)

Sister Allie Vincent is in the MTC!!

Mail Room Crazy

Companionship inventory today!! It was a little small! 

Writing home and family and friends... last time from the MTC

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