| Sister Emma Lynn Holdaway | Honduras San Pedro Sula East Mission | October 2013-May 2015 |

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Emma's Week Two in the MTC!

All the Sister Missionaries in Emma's District!

Hermana Porter, Hermana Baker, Hermana HOLDAWAY and Hermana Hope

Crazy Elders in Emma's District!

Hello, everyone!

I'm trying to think about what to say.  This definitely isn't going to be as long of an email as last week, and you're probably all pretty happy about that because who wants to listen to me rant on and on for forever.  

We've settled down into a routine now.  Wake up at 5:50, get ready, go to class, teach investigators, go back to class, suck at Spanish, and then go to bed.  Well that's kinda a lie because I don't really suck at Spanish.  It's actually coming really easily for me.  So I'm very grateful for that.  You all know how much a perfectionist I am, so I still don't feel like I'm very good, but I know that I have it a lot easier than some of the other people in my district.  And I feel bad about that.  I don't like watching people struggle.  I just want to help them!  So that's been hard.  But I know that I'm in this district to help them learn Spanish.  So it's kinda cool to have that responsibility.  PERO MI ESPAÑOL ES MUY, MUY, MUY MAL.  Pero, está bien.

If I'm being completely honest, this was a really hard week.  This past week was the first time that I really felt like I wanted to go home.  It sucked.  It was just a lot of personal issues that I would rather not throw out there for the whole world to see, but they were really weighing me down.  But the scriptures are amazing.  Honestly.  Go read them.  If you're having any kind of problem in your life with school, stress, family, friends, not feeling good enough, whatever, just let me know.  You don't have to spill all the details to me, but I promise you that I will find you a scripture that will give you comfort.  You have no idea how much they can help.  Especially the Book of Mormon.  READ IT!

So on a different note, the CCM has the best tacos I've ever had in my entire life.  BUT THERE IS STILL NO GUACAMOLE SO I'M PRETTY MAD ABOUT THAT LIKE OKAY MEXICO YOU CAN GET IT TOGETHER AT ANY TIME NOW.  I'M WAITING.  And they have really good rice too.  Like super good.  Like I could eat so much rice.  But I also am really missing Panda Express so like some Chinese food would be nice.  I LIKE CHINESE FOOD.  YOU KNOW THAT I DO.  I LIKE FRIED RICE.  I LIKE NOODLES.  I LIKE CHOW MEIN CHOW MUH-MUH-MUH-MUH MEIN.

I ordered an authentic Mexican soccer jersey with my last name on the back!  It was $480 pesos, which is like $40 American dollars or something like that.  BASICALLY A SUPER GOOD DEAL.  Especially for a personalized jersey.  I get it tomorrow!  So I will for sure send you all pictures next week!

I am now in Mosiah in the Book of Mormon.  I'm gonna finish before I leave the MTC!  I can do it.  I think I'm on page 175 or something.  It's been so cool to go back and read it again, especially since I'm really taking the time to study it.

Well, obviously today is p-day, and that means that I get to wear jeans!  I love it.  So to all of you that don't have to wear a skirt or dress every day, be grateful.  I miss pants.  I feel like I'm in church all day every day.  Which I guess I kinda am......but yeah.  Pants are amazing.  Especially since it's freaking freezing here.  I didn't bring any warm clothes because I'm going to Honduras and it's never cold there.  So I am dying over here.  And like, it's Mexico.  So why is this happening to me.  It's not fair.

I've been able to play piano for a little bit every Sunday!  So that's been amazing.  I miss piano so much, and I wish I would've brought more music.  But hymns are still always the best.  

Last week I bore my testimony to you all in English.  And this week, I would like to do it in Spanish.  :)

Yo sé que La Iglesia de Jesucristo de Los Santos de Los Últimos Días es verdadera.  Yo sé que Jesucristo es mi Salvador y mi Redentor.  Yo sé que Él me ama, y yo estoy muy agradecida for este conocimiento.  Yo sé que José Smith fue una profeta de Dios, y yo sé que él vi Dios y Jesucristo.  Yo sé que El Libro de Mormón es la palabra de Dios, y cuando nosotros leemos este libro, nosotros podemos estar cerca de Dios.  Yo sé que El Espíritu Santo puede ayudarnos sentir el amor de Dios y Jesucristo.  Yo sé que la Expiación de Jesucristo es muy importante por todas las personas en el mundo.  Por medio de la Expianción de Jesucrist, nosotros podemos vivir con Dios y recibir el perdón de todos nuestros pecados.  Yo sé que esta iglesia puede bendicir todas sus vidas.  En el nombre de Jesucristo, Amén.

For all of you that speak Spanish, sorry if I made mistakes.  I tried my best!  I'm not the best at spelling and accent marks, but yeah.  It's actually cool to be able to say everything that I wanted to say in Spanish.  It just shows me how far I've actually come.

Also!  My goal is to memorize all the Articles of Faith in Spanish before I leave the MTC.  I already have the first four memorized!  Only 9 more to go!  I've also memorized the first vision, the invitation to be baptized, and the missionary purpose in Spanish.  I'M ON A ROLEEEEEEEEEEEE, BOYS.

So oops that this email ended up being pretty long as well SORRY DON'T HATE ME.

I love you all and thank you so much for wanting to hear from me.  It really does mean a lot.  Even if you don't respond and just read, thank you so much.  It's nice to feel like I have people back home who are rooting for me.  I love you.

Also!  You guys should send me letters.  They take a little while to get here, but está bien.  Here's my address!

Sister Emma Holdaway
Carretera Tenayuca - Chalmita #828
Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustaro A
07230 Mexico, Distrito Federal

Also go check out dearelder and my dear missionary.  I think some of the services they have there are free and stuff, so send me things and tell me about your lives!  I would really love to hear from you all.  And then I'll send you a letter back, and what's better than that.

God be with you till we meet again.

Love always,

Hermana Holdaway

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