Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hello from Holladay Utah!!!

Hello from Holladay Utah!!!
That is right everyone! Not only do I get an impromptu P-Day (even though no pants are involved) but my first area is in Holladay Utah! Thank goodness I am not on a bike! I am walking, however the area is tiny so it's not bad at all!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Know I am thankful for each and everyone of you and I wouldn't be out here for all your help!
The past week has been filled with many lows but my goodness the highs are OUTSTANDING! I left MTC Tuesday morning but man... saying goodbye to everyone in my zone was heartbreaking! There were tears involved and YES!! the Elders cried as well! It still blows my mind how in a matter of 12 days 8 people could become a family.
I had to say goodbye to my companion Sister Coleman and we bawled. I was so sad to see her go to someone else =[ Even thought it might have been a rough start we grew to TRULY love each other during the last few days. We even have our own special hand hug, hahaha!
My current companion is Sister Okano and she's wonderful! Guess what! We both have a love for LLAMA's! She is also Canadian! We became instant friends!
Not going to lie to any of you.... this is difficult work. Not so much what you are doing is difficult but the CONSTANTLY going is rigorous! Everyone I have met is fantastic! The members here LOVE missionaries. Like....LOOOOOOOOOOVEmissionaries. I called a member so I could borrow some bedding and not only did she bring me a blanket but she brought over boxes and bags of food!!!! AND FLOWERS! It's nuts!
Thus far I am still loving the mission. This morning was kinda hard because I feel so behind because I know so little in comparison to others =[ I know I shouldn't compare myself to others but it's difficult when I am struggling to put together 2 lessons for investigators and everyone else seems to have like 6 or 8.
Speaking of investigators, let me tell you about Mike. I LOOOVE him! He lost his wife and son a few years ago and still visits the grave everyday. That is actually where we teach him. Yep, a cemetery makes a lovely place to try and explain eternal families. He is so torn up about it (even years later) and my heart just breaks. Mike also brought us gloves yesterday! He LOVES us! He has been taught my other missionaries before but he told us he never liked them.
The mission president is AMAZING! His wife is also amazing! However they are self proclaimed obedience nazi's. Apparently some missionaries in the past screwed it up for all of us.
I GET TO GO TO BRING INVESTIGATORS TO TEMPLE SQUARE! NOT ONLY THANK BUT I GET TO GO TO THE TEMPLE 4 TIMES A YEAR!!!! WHHHHHHAAAAATTTTTTT?!?!?!?!?!?! I know I begged not to go to Utah for my mission but man.... I am thanking Heavenly Father everyday for this mission!
My address is:
4070 South 862 East
Alta Pines Apartments #44
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
So any letters or packages need to go to this address from this point forward =] I love you all and I hope you got all my letters!
In the spirit of Thanksgiving I will say this... I am thankful for all of you! I know I said this before but I would not be out here if it was not for all of you!  I am so thankfully for this Gospel and how it has completely changes my life into something better! Something I NEVER saw coming but I wouldn't change it for anything! Each of you have a very special place in my heart!
Warm Regards,
Sister Kent

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hello from the Provo MTC!!!

Hello from the Provo MTC!!!
Today is my first P-Day and you know what that means.... I AM WEARING PANTS!!! Over the past week I am truly grown to appreciate the simple things in life, such as pants =]
I have made it through my first week and man has is been amazing! Of course it had its ups and downs but I can not even put into words everything that I have learned. It's crazy to think anyone could grown and change this much in such a short amount of time.... but if it could happen anywhere it would be the MTC!!!
They did not give us anytime to adjust to the MTC because the first thing I did was role play with an investigator! And this might sound weird, but role playing it SO MUCH FUN! (haha, I kinda had no choice in the matter) My companion is Sister Coleman and she is wonderful! I share a room with 2 other Sister (Britton & Anderson) and we all get along very well. The rooms and bathrooms are just like a college dorm. I am thankfully sleeping on the bottom bunk because I am scared of heights.
I LOVE MY ZONE! We honestly felt like family after day 1! (even though the days HONESTLY feel like weeks) We had a zone meeting where we all got to know each other and man... there was NO dry eye in the room. There are 2 other converts (16 months, 14 months and me right in the middle at 15 months). The blessing about my zone is that we all come from troubled backgrounds. It was strange that we all felt so comfortable to just pour out our hearts but it was so powerful. Divorced parents, broken homes, not have a relationship with parents, inactive members and the list continues. I am not saying these things are a blessing but in that moment each of us knew we were meant to be a zone.... and that is the blessing. We all sit together at lunch and we are the loudest group in the lunch room. I honestly feel like I have known these Elders & Sister all my life and NOT A week. 

How am I doing you may ask? I am loving the MTC! The early mornings did not hit me until Monday. To be honest I don't think the whole "MTC, Missionary" thing hit me until Monday. I wont lie to you, Monday was a rough day. I think between being tired and missing loved ones back home I just felt like I hit a wall. I had a good cry with the girls in my room and that did help.

I do love my companion but in some ways I am having to LEARN to love my companion. She seems to be more caught up in the social aspect of things, but hey... We are learning and growing together. I don't want to be mean, but in some ways I feel like I am being held back in how much I could progress. UGGG..... But I am thankful I am getting a crash course on learning how the Savior sees us.
THE MTC IS A SPIRITUAL PLACE LIKE NO OTHER!!! I have not even left to go into the field and the thought of not being a missionary brings tears to my eyes. Heavenly Father, Christ, His gospel 24/7 and THERE IS NOTHING BETTER!!!!! I would also say this... the MTC is a spiritual boot-camp. I have never felt like I needed to use the Atonement more in my life until now. You can not get through the MTC without CONSTANTLY praying and asking for help from Heavenly Farther. There is no other way you can do it. End of story.
I don't have long but I wanted to say how much I love all of you and how much I miss you. I have received 4 letters and 1 package so far and they really make all the difference so please keep them coming! Since this is more of a general e-mail I have written many of you personal letters. You will get them after I leave the MTC so until I get my new address please e=-mail me =] In some ways this e-mail does not even scratch the surface of this past week so I will try and be more descriptive next P-Day
I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!! And I pray to hear from all of you soon!
With all my love,
Sister Kent

P.S. In some ways.... I am stated to get a Utah accent and it makes me sad. Hahaha, just thought I should add that!

Friday, November 8, 2013

UPDATED - MTC Mailing Address

Sister Joanne Elizabeth Kent
2009 N 900 E Unit 121
Provo UT 84602