Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dear Beautiful Family!

Dear beautiful family,

   I AM SO PUMPED TO BE A MISSIONARY RIGHT NOW. Brother Droubay, who works in the church media department, came to speak on Sunday. He filled us in on all the awesome things the church has done & is currently doing to "flood the earth" with the gospel. He said "Heavenly Father is doing more now to prepare people for you missionaries to teach than ever before"...and after listening to him, you'd have to be CRAZY to disagree. The lord really is hastening his work. Websites, movies, billboards, commercials, adds, videos (the list goes on and on and on). Basically, if you're not bumping into the restored gospel of Jesus Christ....YOU'RE LIVING UNDER A ROCK. LITERALLY. YOU'RE PATRICK THE STAR AND YOU LIVE UNDER A ROCK. It's SUCH an exciting time to be a missionary!!!! 

PS: We may or may not have gotten a sneak peak of the Christmas video the church is releasing later this year. Its top secret. Hush hush stuff, ya know? They asked us not to give anything away...but I can tell you this much: IT’S AWESOME. Prepare yourself.

   Guess what? I met a Deutscher this week...& we spoke to one German. Guess what else? SHE COULD UNDERSTAND ME! Guess what else?! I COULD UNDERSTAND HER. HALLELUJAHHHHHHHHH. We talked about how ballin' Deutschland is. It was a really beautiful conversation. I got to speak to someone in German last week, too…but the conversation was a lot less glorious because it took place over Skype & Skype stinks. I couldn't hear like, anything she was saying. Bummer.

   All is well with the untersuchers (investigators). We've been teaching lesson 4 (the commandments) and two things have really stood out to me as we've prepared and taught these discussions: 1. HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES US SO MUCH. AND 2. HE WANTS TO BLESS US LIKE CRAZY. Take the word of wisdom, for example. Abstaining from alcohol, tobacco, coffee and other substances does nothing but enrich and bless our lives, right? We're shielded from addiction, we're kept healthy, and are much more receptive to the spirit. AS IF THOSE BLESSINGS WEREN'T ENOUGH, God gives us ADDITIONAL blessings for being something that already blesses us so much. It's like a parent who gives their child a super awesome toy and says "Now Jimmy, if you play with this toy, I'll give you 10 more!" WOW OKAY UMM YES. Seriously. Heavenly Father rocks. He loves us so much.
PS: I guess I forgot to mention in letter #1...these untersuchers aren’t real. Sorry to burst everyone's bubbles, but no one is actually getting baptized. The people we teach are just RM's acting like people they taught on their missions. Sorry if this news ruined your life. Please accept my sincere apologies. 

   We had interviews with our teacher, Brother Janis, the other day. What a rockin' experience that was!! Basically, he just wanted to see how we were doing, address any concerns we had and then point out our strengths as missionaries. He told me that my energy is contagious and that the couple times I’ve come to class all down or whatever, everyone else in my district seems to be down, too AND THEN HE SAID THIS TO ME: "Sister Terry, your personality is going to work miracles over in Germany" LIKE OKAY OH MY GOSH WOW I FREAKING LOVE YOU FOR SAYING THAT THANK YOU SO MUCH EXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY MY EYES OUT BECAUSE YOU'RE THE GREATEST PERSON EVER, BROTHER JANIS PLEASE TAKE ONE OF MY SISTERS FOR WIFE BECAUSE THAT WAS JUST SO NICE AND I LOVE YOU. But really. Super sweet of him.

   Hey, here's another list of bomb MTC things:
1. Choir. Holy moly. MTC choir is the best...and I’ve never liked choir. Ever. Our director, Brother Eggot, is a man beast. He can make you cry spiritual tears & laughter tears AT THE SAME TIME. Love him.
2. Sister Johnson. We're going to be best friends for the rest of our lives. I'm callin' it right now. We're obsessed with each other. It’s great.

3. Once district. IT’S THE BEST. We have such a blast together.

4. Devotionals. We have them twice a week...and they’re WONDERFUL. They get the best speakers on planet earth to come give us advice & pump us up. Yes, yes & yes.

   That’s all for this week. I love ya'll so much. Mom, I’m encouraging everyone to ditch school on the 28th so I can hear their beautiful voices...even if it's just for a couple seconds. Can't wait to talk to ya'll!!

Love you <3
see you soon (:

-Sister Brooke Terry


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