Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sorry about all the crazy picture updates

Friends Family and anyone who has decided to read this...
The MTC only allows you to send like 3 or 4 pictures at a time in emails so that's why I had so many picture updates. 
Last week there were some computer problems so I wasn't able to actually give you a full update.  My companion is Hermana Foster.  She is from Riverton Utah and my district has 3 sets of sisters and 3 sets of elders.  It's great!  We are like a family.  There are times when people argue and there are times when people cry.  There are times when you just really want a big group hug (but you can't because elders and sisters aren't allowed to hug) so instead we just do a big group prayer while we are all kneeling in a circle and I can feel the mental hugs coming to me. 
We are district 40 A and there are 2 districts younger than us in the Zone (a district is like a family and a zone is like a ward or a group  of districts)  that means that we have had 2 districts come in since we came in and 2 districts leave as well so it's weird, we are no longer the youngest and we are the second oldest. 
The MTC is really different from what I thought it would be.  I love it but it's different.  We spend almost all day sitting in a classroom learning the language or gospel principles and then we spend some of the time teaching people (investigators) the gospel, (they aren't real investigators, they are our teachers who pose as investigators)  we also do this think called TRC which is Teaching Resource Center which is where people volunteer to come in if they either want to help the missionaries, or if they are having a hard time during their life or whatever and they get taught by the missionaries and talk to the missionaries for about 20 minutes.  We started that for our first time this week (yesterday actually)  and it was such an amazing spirit.  The first person we saw was a student who was just having trouble with her roommates and having trouble being happy but we were able to connect so well with her and I think we were all helped during our conversation, the spirit was so strong in that room.  After we talked to a lady learning spanish and a lady who was learning english.  We are supposed to teach in spanish so we ended up basically having a spanglish lesson where I spoke most of the spanish and my companion translated.  These 2 ladies really just wanted to help the missionaries and I think that they were helped as well. 
I know that we are all children of a loving Father in Heaven.  I know that even if you don't feel like you can, you can always pray to Him and He will answer because He loves each and every one of you.   I am not serving a mission to convert people to this church.  I am serving a mission, I am choosing to be a representative of Christ to invite others to come unto Christ.  If they get baptized that's great.  If they don't that's fine too, as long as they have become closer to Christ. When you become closer to Christ your life receives so many blessings and I know this is true because I have experienced it.  It's one thing to say I'm a member of a church, it's another thing to say I am converted unto Christ.
Love you all!  Thanks for all your support.  If you want to write me you can write me at:
Sister Madison Bricker
MTC Mailbox #30
IA-DMOIN 0424
Provo, Ut. 84604-1793
 
or you can go to dearelder.com and click write a letter.
my box # is 30 and my expected departure date is april 24th
 
That is another way that you can contact me and I can check that once a week.
 
Please keep me updated on things, I love hearing from you and if you have any questions I would love to try to help. 
 



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