This photo was taken in front of the Columbia River Temple and includes (Jessica's Mom, Sister Jessica Simpson, (Michelle talks about in this email), Andrea Curtin (Michelle's Mom), Michelle Curtin, Danelle Ertmann, ( Michelle's Aunt )and Ruth Erickson (Michelle's Grandmother). It was taken on our trip to Washington right before Jessica went to the MTC.)
One week down. It went by really fast. We only have 30 mins total to write e-mails (in the Laundry room) so I don't have a lot of time, but I'll see what I can get in. (To Lynette- sorry if there are any grammatical/spelling errors I have a feeling that I won't have time to go back and check). Well how are all of you? My first week has been really good. My district has 4 sisters and 5 elders (One of the Elders is "Erickson Elder" from Roy. So the Erickson family name will be represented in Hungary too :)
The first day was this strange mix of overwhelming and peaceful. You can tell Hailey that I got my Badge! It's pretty exciting. It's pretty exciting and humbling to be wearing my name with Christ's name on my name tag.
Everything has been good so far, it's hard to know where to start. It's basically a miracle how the MTC functions. There are hundreds of missionaries going every which way all day long, but it really doesn't ever feel very crowded because our schedules are so perfectly planned. It does feel spiritualy congested and crowded though. The devotionals and firesides and classes have been amazing.
I love seeing "Pride Rock" (Squaw Peak but I like Pride Rock better)- it's a beautiful view- especially since it's a view at all. It reminds me of President Monson's talk "Remember who you are"! And then at one of the Firesides/devotionals (they kind of all blend together for me) someone reminded us to "Remember WHOSE you are". We are Christ's. and right now I am more than ever.
Anyway, the language is coming pretty well. We've taught 3 lessons to our "investigator" Andras so far completely in Hungarian and we teach him again tonight. That's been one of my favorite experiences so far. It's amazing to me that even though my Hungarian grammar is a thousand times more worse than my English- with a few phrases, some cave-man words, the scriptures and the spirit you can teach so much. I always get really excited when I can understand his questions and even more excited when I happened to have felt like I should mark a certain scripture during language study that answers his question.
My companion is Peterson Nover. She is from Utah too and has a lot of energy and is happy about every little thing (yes, even the MTC food) so it's good to have her positivity. All of our district and the older district are all great and get along great. I love practicing Hungarian with them.
I've come to realize how amazing it is how much our minds can retain when we don't have a thousand other distractions like texts and phones and TV and movies and music (and when we have the spirit). When you can focus just on Christ and service, you can get sooo much done. I still have a long way to go with the language and such but it's been going pretty well so far.
Today we went to the temple too which was great as always (even though we had to get up at 5:30 on our pday to be there) and the weather was gorgeous.
Also, little miracle- my old roommate and friend "Herman Jessica Simpson" happened to be on our same floor, just down the hall. I got to see her a lot and we sung in the choir together last night. She left this morning for her DC south mission (she'll have a lot of work to do) but it was so great to have her here for a week. I've also seen a couple sisters from my single's ward like sister Rowley and I saw Elder Aaron Cheung come in today (from my ward in Maryland). It's been wonderful to be surrounded by so many servants of God and even more wonderful to see us all change for the better. As President Monson once said "When you Chose to Follow Christ, you Chose to be Changed!"
Well time is running out. We can't seem to get the pictures to work, but hopefully we'll figure it out soon- or else I'll just have to send the SD card home.
Until next week.
(Curtin Nover and Hermana Simpson at the Provo Temple.)