I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS DAY FOR A WEEK! My hands are sweating because I am nervous I won't have enough time to explain and go over everything I want to. I will try to start right from the beginning. I was picked up by my Aunty Susan and Savannah, we spent the day in SLC in Temple Square which was awesome. I am grateful for their hospitality.
The first day at the MTC. Oh boy I was so nervous, but as soon as I was greeted by my host, a sister who came to take me to my residence then my classroom, all I felt was excitement and anticipation. My companions name is Sister Nelson, she is from Springville Utah which is 15 mins south of the MTC. I LOVE HER! She is the best, I am so lucky I got such an amazing companion. We get along and agree on everything and we have helped each other so much. She is going to the Australia Sydney North Mission. We have two other sisters in our district who are going to the same one, I am the only sister going to Adelaide. The two other sisters are AMAZING! Sister Spainhower and Sister Ballif. By the end of the first day we were already inseparable and I love all of them dearly. We haven't had a day where we don't laugh until we cry, it's awesome. We have orientation and a 50 missionaries to 1 investigator role play, then we went to bed.
The next day was awesome. We spend a lot of time in our classroom just studying by ourselves and with our companion. We have two teachers that teach us for about 4 hours each day. We also do role plays with them and pretend they are our progressing investigators. I was assigned to be the Sister Training Leader in our zone and district! What the heck! And I am the senior companion. I have to look after all the sisters and the new ones that are coming in this week into our zone. Also I have to do my own orientation presentation today with the all the new missionaries coming into our zone! I am excited!
On friday we did service and cleaned all the toilets in one building... yay service! We also went to Elder L. Tom Perry's funeral service. What was surprising was, it wasn't that sad. We are so lucky to have the knowledge that we will see our loved ones again. The music in the service was beautiful and I was so exhausted it was lulling me to sleep. You know when your head bobs down, then you yank it up in a groggy stupor? Yeah, that was me haha. Oh something funny, so the food sucks. It makes me feel so sick even just looking at it. For the past 7 days for every single lunch AND dinner I have had a salad and a banana. For breakfast I have a banana and a bowl of honeydew melon. Every single day. I think I have lost weight, but honestly I just cannot understand how these people eat food like this. I see elders and sisters with plates and plates and it's just blehhh! Sister Spainhower LOVES the food and I have no idea how she stays so skinny. Something funny that happened was while we were writing in our journals before bed there was a group of sisters outside the door gossiping about how much they dislike their companions, but while they were doing so they were also saying: "I bear testimony that if you..." It was just so weird. Then Sister Ballif goes: "I bear testimony that you ARE going to get into a fist fight with your companion tonight. We all laughed so hard. I also dislocated Sister Spainhower's shoulder! LOL oops. She was being silly and slapping me in the face with her pillowcase (she sleeps on the top bunk) and so I pulled the case out of her hand and it apparently pulled her shoulder out of the socket so I had to push it back in and massage it for a while. What was funny was she was laughing the whole time and so we thought she was joking. But then she would say " no no no it hurts " and then start laughing again.
Also I accidentally flashed people. It was windy on Saturday and yep my dress FLEW straight up, Sister Ballif asked if I was trying to fly away ahaha. Oh best part, there were Elders behind me and one of them is going to my mission. I can't look him in the face. I was SO embarrassed, of course that had to happen to me in the MTC!!!
It was fast Sunday so we went straight to class. We had a branch meeting with the president and zeds and district leader. Then I was interviewed by Brother Hobson, he kept me for an hour because we were having such a nice chat. He told me "I think I need to tell you something, I have a feeling you are going to need to sing on your mission. Do you sing?" and I said well I try to haha. Then he asked me to sing for him (reminded me of the phantom of the opera) So I sand O My Father. It was a little awkward. But the spirit was so strong and he told me he thinks I am going to be the "awesomest" missionary. Keep in mind he is like near 80 years old. He said I just have a glow apparently so that 's cool. We also had mission conference and I watched the Character of Christ by David A. Bednar which you can only see in the MTC. Everyone was saying that it will change your life but I was skeptical. Then I saw it, and yep, it changed my life. The best talk I have ever ever ever seen! I will write a letter about it and send it home today because I don't have time to include it in my email.
Monday was the hardest day for me. It started out well then it crashed and burned. We had an awesome member lesson with this 17 year old boy who is a convert and so I showed him the paper cross object lesson and I blew his mind. We also related it back to the scriptures a lot and had an awesome discussion. But then all our other lessons tanked that day it was really discouraging. Then in the evening the whole district had a horrible experience because our district leader was really harsh for the stupidest reason and it effected me greatly and I couldn't get the spirit back. I knelt in prayer and cried and Sister Nelson and I did so as well and it came back and I am feeling much better. It took everything in me not to argue back at him, but I was able to control myself and I am proud that I did that rather than act out because he is a jerk.
Tuesday (yesterday) was the BEST DAY! Everything went so much better, it was the complete opposite to Monday. All of our lessons rocked, our investigator prayed in front of us for the first time, Sister Nelson and I both cried.
This morning I got to go through the Provo Temple. It was awesome!! So glad I got to do that.
I got my itinerary, funny thing, I was the only one in our district (that is going to Auzzieland) that got their Visa. So everyone else is getting temporarily reassigned. I am flying from SLC - San Francisco - New Zealand Auckland - Adelaide. I leave on Monday, June 15th.
I have had the best time ever hear. I am so grateful for this experience. I LOVE the MTC! I am nervous to enter the mission field next week though. I am constantly tired, even though we are obedient and I get in bed before 10:30. This work is exhausting mentally and physically and I am not even really out there yet!
My testimony has grown so so much. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lives and that they love me. I have so much love for everyone and everything. I can feel the spirit working through me. As I teach I am amazed at what is coming out of my mouth. My tongue has been loosed and I have been called to serve and bring others unto Christ.
I don't know when my P-Day will be next week since I am flying out on Monday. I think the MTC might let me email before I leave, but maybe not.. We will see! Please please keep sending me Dear Elders. I get mail at lunch and dinner and the days I get mail are just the best days ever! Everyone is getting packages and letters too. Sister Nelson got three packages on her first day! Anyways, I love you all so much. I think about you lots and you are always in my prayers. I have shown everyone pictures of my family and friends and it just makes me happy when I get to talk about you all.
ALL MY LOVE,
Sister (Bethany) Coultrup
Sister Bethany Victoria Coultrup
Australia Adelaide Mission
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints