We leave for Japan in 5 days!!! I am so excited to finally be in Japan and get to teach the people and invite them to come unto Christ.
Hill Shimai and I are now in a trio companionship with Barton Shimai. She is so fun! I was really worried about teaching with her or living with her, but we taught 2 lessons with her the other day and they were so amazing. She came out of the first one and said "It was so fun teaching with you." That just made me so happy! I'm excited to be her companion for the next few days. I know we are going to have a lot of fun and learn a lot from each other's.
|From the Fourth of July|
|President and Sister Weaver|
Yesterday was so the last time I will see my Branch President and his wife because they will be gone on Sunday. President and Sister Weaver have been so great to me. They are the best! They love us so much and always give us the best advice. I am so grateful for them.
In addition to the hard things, this week has been so fun!
On Sunday, for Pioneer Day, the MTC brought in the Nashville Tribute Band for our devotional. The whole MTC Choir got to be their backup choir for a few of their songs and it was so amazing. There were almost 1400 of us in the choir (there are about 2400 missionaries at the MTC right now) and there was so much power. It was an incredible experience. If you haven't heard any of their music, I highly recommend looking them up. We sang John's Song, I was Born, and When the Son of Man (Comes Again), all of which are amazing songs. When I get back from my mission, I will definitely be looking them up. That was a great way to spend one of our last devotionals/chances to sing with the choir.
|Paskett Choro and I are twinned.|
Really though, the MTC isn't bad. It's actually really great because it's the first time where all you get to focus on is yourself and your spiritual growth.
On the topic of being ready to leave, WE GOT OUR FLIGHT PLANSSSSSSS!!!!!! I am so excited! Basically we meet at the travel office at 6:20 am Monday morning and our flight is at 11:15ish. We will be stopping in Portland then off to Tokyo! It's going to be so fun, especially since we get to travel with all the other missionaries going to Tokyo. It will be a 13 hour flight so we will also have time to sleep, talk to people, and eat delicious airplane food. Haha! I am actually so excited, Hill Shimai and I have been talking about getting Cafe Rio at the airport :) It's going to be delicious.
|Our collection of origami cranes|
When you are here at the MTC for 9 weeks like I am, you get to see a lot of cool things. We had the chance to listen to Elder Bednar speak twice, watch fireworks, see the MTC when there was almost no one here and when there was no room for people to sit in the cafeteria. We were here when the mission president's seminar was happening, when the temple was closed for cleaning, and we saw friends come and go. But now it's our turn. I am so grateful for the time I have spent here at the MTC. It has been such an amazing experience. My testimony has grown so much and I am ready to go serve the people of Japan. I'm sure that I will get there and be very overwhelmed, but it will be good. I have grown as much as I can here at the MTC and now it's time to do some more growing.
|We are ready for Japan.|
My next email will be coming from Japan, so stay tuned! Once I am in Japan, my P-day will no longer be Wednesday, so feel free to send me emails on Sunday to make sure I get them and can respond to them! It's so weird that this is my last P-day in the MTC.
You are all amazing and it's finally getting real that I will be in another country next week. Thank you for all of your support, it's truly amazing to hear from you!
I love you all!
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