Sister Veronica Garces
Utah Provo Mission
Provo, UT 84606
So lets see I left the MTC Tuesday and we went to the mission home! We met the mission president and his wife (President and Sister McCune), had dinner, orientation, interviews, and a little devotional. The mission president told us a lot about the mission. We are able to go to the temple twice a month which I am really excited about! A big thing that he told us is that we have access to facebook now. I can only use it for missionary purposes so I had to take a lot of things off. It will be a great way to share the gospel with others and communicate with the investigators I am teaching. The Utah Provo Mission is one of 8 missions in the world that is using Facebook! Also we will each be getting ipads in the next couple of months!! The internet will be a great way to bring forth missionary work.
So first day we were already teaching lessons. Second day we taught like 8 lessons. We are busy all the time. We are non stop working. I thought the MTC was exhausting but the mission field is much more. We get home arounf 9/9:30 and we plan for the next day and then I go straight to bed. I am so tired by the end of the day. We teach some lessons in english especially to younger people because the prefer english. We have a ton of people we are teaching, a lot of investigators, less active families, and part member families. We have a baptism for this Saturday!! Hermana Lish and her old companion taught him last transfer. His name is Eduardo, he is from Mexico and he's 20 yrs old. He seems super ready. From what I heard it has been a long journey for him so it will be exciting to see him get baptized!
So Sunday was crazy busy. We had to go to a 6:30 correlation meeting in the morning with one of the stakes we work with. Then we had our spanish ward at 9 and I had to introduce myself and bear my testimony in spanish during sacrament meeting. I was a little nervous about that but it went well. Everyone in our spanish ward is so nice and welcoming, its great! Then we has to give 2 talks in english wards. They sometimes ask the missionaries to come to wards and give talks. So my first sunday in the mission field I gave 2 talks but they were in english which was good haha. The topic was serving others and I tied it into missionary work. I was worried my talk wouldn't be long enough because I didn't practice it but I ended up talking for a good 15 minutes which was good I guess. I know I had the spirit helping me. We had other meeting too we had to go to, Sundays are so busy for us! Next Sunday we have to give another talk in a english ward and we have to give a talk in our spanish ward. I'm so nervous to give a talk in our spanish ward because it is all in spanish. I really hope I can do it! I will be praying a lot this week that I can.
So yeah first week in the mission has been good. I'm taking it a day at a time. I'm sure things will get easier for me as time goes on especially with spanish. I am already loving the people that we are teaching. There is a lot of potential for a lot of them.
Thanks again for all the love and support. Keep writing to me, getting mail is the BEST!!
Hermana Veronica Garces