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