Sister Lindsi Burr was called to serve in the Tennessee Knoxville Mission. She entered the MTC on August 14, 2013.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Week One of the MTC
Life at the MTC is CRAZY!! The first day I get here, they pull me from my family and off I go. They take me to get my tags and stuff. AHH I'm Sister Burr now. It's pretty weird introducing myself as that. Then I meet my companion. She is so freaking gorgeous, tall and complete opposite as me. She has taught me a lot of stuff. I'm a patient person but she has taught me to be even more patient. ANYWAY. I meet the people in my district (people i see every day in my classroom. Pretty much like a sunday school class. We do everything together.) and they are soo great. :) There is Elder Naumu (now-oo-moo) he's Hawaiian, and Elder Miller, Elder Smith and Elder Painter, Elder Burk and Elder Horsley, Elder Kirk and Elder Choo (Chew) but everyone is like I choo you! to him, or everyone get on the choo choo train! or anyone want a hi-choo? hahaha it is SOO funny. :) And all the Elders in my district are going to HAWAII!! So jealous. And then there is Sister Benge and Sister Tomlinson.
My companions name is Sister Little and both of our first names are Lindsi! but she spells it Lindsay. haha funny!
I seriously love it here at the MTC! The spirit is here 24/7 and I love it soo much! It's really hard though. We sit every day in our class rooms for like 9 hours and just learn!! I have 16 hour days!! I get up at 6:30 every morning, get ready, study, eat breakfast, have additional study time, then have class from 9:50-1:50. then have lunch. then have class from 2:35-5:35 then dinner then we have either gym, study time, a devotional or something. We have schedules for every day and I get soo freaking tired at the end of the day. But at least I go to bed at 10:30 every night. :) It's nice! Oh and we study before bed too. We do A LOT of studying! haha.
It's seriously so great here. I was feeling so inadequate the first couple days. It was really hard. They teach you so much! Everyone says it's like drinking from a fire hose because they give you so much info. But I've learned a lot about teaching and I'm not a very good teacher, but I know the Lord wants me here for a reason. I need to be here and teach people and I've learned that the spirit is the real teacher. Without the spirit, people don't get converted. I don't know how people join the church without it. I have an Investigator named Jen and she doesn't have any religious background and she doesn't believe in God. it's been hard teaching her because she wouldn't pray. But we asked her to and she finally did. The spirit is so strong here and I love it :) I could NOT do this without the Lord.
I watched a video by David A. Bednar, and it is called Character of Christ. He gave it in the MTC on Christmas 2 years ago. It changed my life. I think they said that it can only been seen in the MTC. It was amazing. It changed my view on EVERYTHING. I need to think about the people I will be teaching and not focused on me, not how many baptisms I get or anything like that. It's about inviting others to come unto Christ by helping them receive His restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christs' Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I've learned so much here and I can't even explain to you how much I miss you and the kids. I miss you all so much. but you keep me going through all of this.
I just want to tell you one more thing. you can put this whole letter or just as much as you want of this letter on my blog, but put this on it too. I was in a meeting one night and my President of the MTC said "When Satan reminds you of your past, you remind him of his future." I just really loved that and I know it's important to endure to the end and remember what is important in all this craziness. Remember to pray and read scriptures as a family. I miss you guys so much. I love you so much. I leave for Tennessee next week!!!! Next Tuesday and I have to leave the MTC at 3:30 in the morning!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soo early!! ahhh! time is up. The church is true and I know it with all my heart and my testimony has shot through the sky and beyond. It has grown so much, probably tripled. I love you so much. Tell them hi and i miss everyone one and love them.