Friday, October 26, 2012

MTC Address

Today I got my MTC mailing address. (Also found on the sidebar)
Sister Michelle Delta Curtin
MTC Mailbox # 111
HUN-BUD 0115
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

And I know the "secret" MTC code- that seemingly random 0115 in my address? that means that (as of now) I will be in the MTC until 01/15 (January 15, 2013). Which means I'd be there the full 12 weeks. They did say however that MTC time would be cut by 1/3 because of the new changes, so I'm not completely confident in that date. I guess I'll find out later and you'll have to stay posted here.

If I am there for the whole 12 weeks, this is one of the reasons. She can do it, but can you learn this alphabet?:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


One week. I leave for the MTC in ONE WEEK.

Today I went to lunch with my dad, and chance would have it that the boy sitting just down from us was headed to the MTC today. I could tell before he said anything because 1. He was dressed up and his family was not 2. He kept nervously looking at his watch and 3. He had this obscure mixture of excitement, and solemness written all over his face and appearance. Plus, he carried himself like someone about to serve the Lord.

Wait. That's going to be me in a week.
I thought it would hit me by now. I thought it would hit me when I got my call, it didn't. I thought it would hit me when I got back from my last family vacation to Yellowstone, it didn't. I thought it would hit me when I quit my job, it didn't. I thought it would hit me when I got back from visiting family and friends in Washington, it didn't. I thought it would hit me now that I have ONE WEEK, it hasn't. But that's okay, because the lack of realization has helped me be "happy now" and enjoy the last 6 or so months since I received my call without getting too uptight with everything. (Which many who know me probably thought was bound to happy). I guess it could be thought of as a blessing. Maybe it will hit me when I speak in church on Sunday, but I have a feeling that it won't until I walk into those MTC doors in a week and finally realize that I am going to serve a mission for 18 months.

I am excited to serve in Hungary. A little nervous, yes. But I am so grateful for the great summer I've had with my family and I'm grateful for the next 18 months and it's so-far unrealized adventure.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Love the World you Find

Since I'm leaving on a mission and will not be watching movies for 18 months- my little brother and I watched just a couple "last" movies this week. I admit, this probably wasn't the ideal use of my time (one of those good, better, best things- maybe good or ever better but certainly not the best use of my time) But I also have to admit that there are quotes from all 3 of those movies that I don't mind being inspired by. They certainly aren't equal to scripture, but they're motivating quotes that if used right could help everyone be a little better. I think all could apply to serving a mission. Also, I think it's interesting how many of these quotes from completely different movies go very well together... (Be brave, use your time wisely and be inspired by the world you live in)

Movie #1 The Blind Side

Michael Oher's essay
"...I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be... I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too."
Movie #2 (and one of my all time favorite) Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

"Your life is an occasion. Rise to it."
"All stories, even the ones we love, must eventually come to an end and when they do, it's only an opportunity for another story to begin." 
 "No. We breathe. We pulse. We regenerate. Our hearts beat. Our minds create. Our souls ingest. 37 seconds, well used, is a lifetime."

"We must face tomorrow, whatever it may hold, with determination, joy and bravery"
 ...and one of my favorite conversations in the movie because it reminds me of a quote by President Hinckley who said "When talking about someone, including yourself, never use the word JUST"

Molly Mahoney: You're a 'just' guy.
Henry Weston: What's a 'just' guy?
Molly Mahoney: A guy just like you. Same hair, same suit, same shoes, walks around, no matter what, you think it's all just a store, it's just a bench, it's just a tree. It's just what it is, nothing more!
Henry Weston: Alright but, but this
[looks over his shoulder]
Henry Weston: is just a store.
Molly Mahoney: I'm sure to you... it is.
And Movie #3 (with superb taste in music) We Bought A Zoo
"You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it."
Well there you have it, some great movie quotes. Now I think I better go use my time a little more productively....