Jessica sent her first update this afternoon from the MTC. She is doing well – She also says that her expected date to leave the MTC to Korea is on July 29th instead of July 30th. Take some time if you can and send her a letter:
2009 N 900 E Unit 162
Provo, UT 84602
Everyone here is so friendly! I love how everyone says “hello” in the language their learning, and they are so polite. I love this place! It is very special, and I am so grateful to be able to serve the Lord here. I know this is where I am supposed to be, and even though it is only my third day, I feel like I’ve already learned so much.
Okay, so here are the answers to the questions you’ve been seeking:
My P-Day is Friday (in case you haven’t noticed) so you can anxiously crowd the computer on that day instead of the entire week. I’m also for sure going to be here for nine weeks. I bought one of those super cool retractable key rings that a lot of people have for their ID cards because I’m going to be here for so long and is easier to use, and because some of the sisters who have been here longer said it makes it feel like we’re part of the CIA. It does. 🙂
My companion’s name is Sister Jackson, and the crazy thing is that I’ve met her before! She lived in Wyview in the 129th ward — building six to be exact, on the third floor — and worked in the Wyview Creamery. I met her at the Stake Spring Sing performance and I sat next to her and we talked for a little bit. Now she is my companion and she is really nice. She’s from North Carolina and she is super cute. I think we will make a good companionship. She is senior companion for the next four weeks, and then I’ll be senior companion for the rest of the time.
So if you wanted to know what role Wyview is for the MTC, I can’t tell you because — surprise! — I’m not actually in Wyview for my stay at the MTC. It’s confusing because my address says that I’m in Wyview, but I’m really not. I’m actually in a residence hall room with six girls, including me and my companion. It’s awesome because our residence hall and classroom are both in buildings right next to the main building with the cafeteria. 🙂 Somehow I wasn’t that lost and seemed to know where I was going as we were walking through these hallowed halls yesterday (Day 2), and I count that as a miracle because I can’t navigate to save my life. Heavenly Father is helping us already!
How about some numbers? On May 29th, 700 new missionaries came to the MTC. Of those 700, 68 of them are part of our Zone, and about 14 are in our District. Yeah, I know. That is a lot. There were a TON of missionaries going to Korea, but there are also a set going to California and a set going to Australia, so that’s fun. Sister Deus, my friend from our singles ward, and Sister Thomas, Brittany’s friend from Quickwater, are part of our zone, so I’ve seen them a few times. I also was able to see other people from the singles ward and my mission prep class, which is awesome! I talked with Elder Pincock today, and I’m glad I got to see him before he heads out to New Mexico on Monday!
I’m sure you will all be happy to know that no one was lying. The MTC is overwhelming and hard. Korean especially is hard. We’ve only been here two days — just barely 48 hours — and we’re supposed to teach an “investigator” tonight in Korean. I know I cannot do this alone. I have to have the Spirit with me in order to do this, and we’re praying really hard that we will be able to know what to say to help him. They say that Korean is the 2nd hardest language for English speakers to learn. (Finnish is the first) The Japanese missionaries are like “Ooo. Good luck!” when we tell them what language we’re speaking. Immersion means lots of Pictionary and charades, apparently, and most of the time we just nod and say “Neh” (yes) when we really have no idea what they’re saying. This is going to be hard, but like I said, I have to rely on the Lord because I cannot do it by myself. They say you have to give your whole self, even that piece that you want to hold on to, if you truly want to serve the Lord. I’m working on giving up everything, including my doubts, so that I can fully rely on the arm of the Lord. I know this church is true and that with the Lord’s help I’ll be able to learn Korean. This is where I’m supposed to be, even though Korean is terrifying. I have no idea what I’m going to say, but if the Spirit is with me I know it will be what the Lord would have me say. I pray that the Spirit will be with all these missionaries as they learn the language of the Spirit, and I pray that we will survive our stay at the MTC. I love you all!
All my love,
Sister Jessica Pope