Monday, September 28, 2009

September 28

Whew! My first real week in the MTC! (Is it weird I want to say everything in the we form ... because I am always with a companera? I will try to say I ... but I can't guarantee. We do everything together!) I definitely do not feel like a "missionary" yet because technically I'm not even a greenie yet ....

The MTC continues to be an amazing place. We are teaching the first lesson everyday and it is so powerful to be able to testify to people that God knows and loves them. Joseph Smith really did see God, the Father, and Jesus Christ! How amazing this message is that the gospel is restored! Even if they are missionaries and already know it, the Spirit is able to confirm that each and everyday and it is truly amazing.

Yesterday we had Mission Conference and it was just a blow-away day. So much was learned. It only heaps on to the things I want to learn! I have definitely been reminded of my weaknesses, whether I have recognized them before or not, and I love being given the opportunity to try to improve those weaknesses. Right now I am working on planning. I am really not skilled in that area and it excites me to look forward to the day I am much more competent at that. For now, I am doing my best. And for the record, most of every time of your day is SCHEDULED for you, but that does not mean it is planned.

My district is quite enthusiastic. They all have their own personality traits but everyone is quite funny and it makes for a very enjoyable time. We do most things all together, and therefore when we are in a big crowd I feel like I'm following my brother or something. It is great! I love the elders and I love my companion! [Speaking of them, I have lots of pictures, but I will need to print them out and send them. The computers do not let me use my card reader here.] They bring a great spirit with them and I not only look forward to each day to learn more about the gospel, but also to get to know them more and enjoy our time together. Does that make sense - I love them!

I love being a missionary. It is still weird but yet I don't remember ... before. haha I can't even imagine what it will be like in March 2011! This is SUCH a huge blessing in my life - I can already tell it will effect the rest of my life. Serving a mission, speaking Spanish .... Oh life is wonderful. God has a plan for each of us.

Thank you for your letters of support! They have been in plenty and much appreciated! I love you all!!

Love always, Hermana Clark

Monday, September 21, 2009

September 21

Where to start on my first letter home? IT has only been what...5 days? When I think of you out there all I want to say is that I am sooo happy to be here! I used to worry about missionaries when they reported ... gosh not anymore! I love it here! Oh and what to hear the greatest news? I remember Mom say, "I hope you get a companion like Soeur Barlow (Mackenzie's MTC companion)." Well ... as it turns out ... my companion's name is Hermana Barlow! I love her! She is from Georgia and has been going to BYU for 5 years studying history! She has just a few credits left and we are surprised we never ran into each other before this! We are in a district with 8 other elders!

Man, I don't even know where to start. It is an honor to put on a name tag every single morning! When we're in class reading or writing somehting I catch myself looking at this strange black thing at my shirt and then am reminded that I am a missionary for La Iglesia de Jesuscristo de los Santos de lost Ultimos Dias. It's pretty awesome!

Spanish has already started and we learned how to pray the second day! We are learning a lot everyday and it has come to the point that I am writing in my hournal at night and I have to think really hard in order to not write ... apreder and agradecemos and ... words in Spanish. It is quite humorous. Hna Barlow has taken a few years of Espanol so she and I are trying to use all of it we know. When we learn a word in Espanol we try not to use it in English. As of now, I still say a lot in English. I guess more will come ... very soon!

What else? I love being here! When someone reminds me I am in Provo and I remember BYU I don't even miss it. What a blessing to feel at peace (paz) that I am in the right place!

I didn't know how it would be studying the gospel everyday for so long, but it is truly wonderful. If there was anything that I wish was different, it would be that we had MORE time to study! Every time personal or companion study ends I think of so many things I wanted to study of ponder or write. I guess learning espanol certianly helps in breaking up reading scriptures all day. Oh and on Saturday I officially wrote my first talk in Espanol. Most of it is straight from our "libro rojo" (book that will alawys be with my to learn how to speak Espanol) or PMG.

Hna Barlow and I have already had a few opportunities to teach and it is so exciting to testify of things that we know. To think we'll get to do it for people who do not know of the Restored gospel (Evangelio restaurado) is very VERY exciting. Everyday my testimony is strengthened that this IS the restored gospel and it is on the earth today! Joseph Smith saw God the Father, and Jesus Christ. We have revelation and can know for ourselves the truth. Jesus is the Christ! He lives! Through Him we are able to make it back to live with our Heavenly Father again! The Atonement is a miraculous thing and I am grateful to be given weaknesses so that I can utilize it so much in my life! I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Thanks for the many letters! I barely found time to read all the letters I received! Thank you for your prayers! I feel your support each and everyday!

Love, Hermana Clark

Thursday, September 17, 2009


There's that enthusiastic face we all know and love - in front of the MTC ready to go!

Her escort crew - Clark Grandparents and sister Abby

Liza's last words to Abby were, "Don't get married!" Priceless.

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She's off!

Elizabeth entered the Missionary Training Center yesterday and so the journey begins! Her address is as follows:

Elizabeth Zorah Clark
MTC Mailbox #266
AZ-MESA 1118
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, UT 84604-1793

While she is at the MTC (until November) you can also send her a letter for FREE via

I am sure she would love to hear from you!