The first week in the mission field was everything I had expected it to be, but at the same time nothing like I had every imagined. I know, that does not make any sense, but that is exactly how I feel about it. When certain things would happen to me, I would remember hearing mission stories from other people who had experienced the same thing, but at the same time I would think, "no one ever told me about this!" or "no one every told me that I would feel like this!!" Hahaha ;) oh missions, they are hard to describe I guess, but I will give it a try right now. A mission is just like backpacking! (This is why everyone should go backpacking -- backpacking can relate to everything you do in your life!) Everyday, I am sweaty, smelly, dirty, tired, and hungry. My environment is not exactly what I am used to and takes a baby bit of time to adapt. Everything feels like it is uphill and my favorite parts of the day are sleeping and eating! Every night, I go to bed exhausted, but content; and every morning I wake up, look at my 'pack', and wonder how in the world I can shoulder it once more and do it all over again! Yet, with a smile on my face, a prayer in my heart, and the eternal perspective of my purpose firmly fixed in my head, I head out the door and hit the cobblestone streets determined to fulfill my purpose as a missionary, to bring souls unto Christ! If I every get the opportunity to teach a mission prep class in the future, you can be sure that it will include a two-week backpacking trip!
My first morning in the field, I woke up to the sound of a rooster crowing. At first, I thought it was someone's alarm clock because in my half asleep mind I remembered the guy in the movie 'Rio' who had a rooster crowing as his ring tone on his phone. I kept wondering why nobody was waking up to turn off the annoying crowing rooster! heehee
Since my companion already served in this area for five weeks, she had a few progressing investigators. I have been able to help teach each of them one lesson. Even though I can't speak much, and can understand even less, I can feel the spirit that they have and their sincere desires to learn more. As I look into their eyes, I can see future YM leaders, future Bishops, future Relief Society presidents, and future mothers and fathers who will raise righteous families unto the Lord! It's amazing the love I feel for these people, and the earnest desires I have to truly understand their concerns and questions so that I can more fully help them grow in the Gospel and develop a firm testimony of the truths that we are teaching them.