I am trying so hard to get used to change. That kind of sounds like an oxymoron though because how can you get used to something that is always changing?? I'll let you know when I figure that out. ha ha :) I made it through my last week in the MTC and safely arrived in Colorado! It is crazy to think of what I was doing last Tuesday because it feels like I have to look back 2 months and think really, really hard! But I am grateful for the MTC and everything I learned there. I kinda miss it even... :) I loved the Spirit that was always so strong and the love that everyone had for one another. It 's not quite like that out here in Arvada, but I'll get to that more in a bit!
To start I'll try to think back as far as I can! The last couple of days in the MTC were awesome. I finally got the schedule down and was really taking advantage of the minute by minute day. On Saturday we had our last few classes and it really got my excited to finally be out in the field! We had lots of laughter with our district and have really become the best of friends. The next day was fast Sunday and we had a great sacrament meeting. So much love and appreciation for Heavenly Father's perfect plan and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
My companion and I taught relief society and that was crazy but we had some good discussion about the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is such a gift from God! As we are baptized we get to have it as our constant companion. It helps teach, warns, testify of truth, comfort and guide us as we need it. I am so grateful for the Holy Ghost and all the comforting it has done for me over the past couple of crazy days.
|Sister Nelson, her MTC roomies and companion|
|Sister Nelson and a box from home. Her piano music, yay!|
|Her MTC district - took a ton of shots, not one came out great!|
|Bigger MTC district photo|
Monday was the epitome of C-R-A-Z-Y. We got up at 2:30am, got ready, packed the rest of our stuff and headed over to the travel office where we checked in and got our luggage and ourselves loaded onto a bus. It was about a 45 minute drive to Salt Lake where we then checked our luggage and slowly, but surely, got through security and to our waiting area.
|Missionaries at the airport getting ready to go their separate ways|
|Sister Nelson and her 2:30 AM fellow Missionary travelers|
We had a good 2 hours to wait, but I was able to call home for about 30 minutes and talk to my mom and dad! That was a real treat :) Then we eventually got on the plane and had a beautiful flight to Colorado. Flying over the Rocky's was one of the most breathtaking views I have ever experienced. We landed and waited for about an hour in the airport until our wonderful mission president came! President Mendenhall is such a great guy! He sincerely loves and cares for everyone of us. We went back to the church (mission office) and got interviewed, had lunch and met our new companions!
My companion's name is Sister Burop and she is from Denmark! She is so so sweet and has a thick Danish accent :) She has helped me settle in and was so cute to decorate the door and my bed in the member's home we stay at!
|Sister Burop decorated her bed too|
I live in Arvada and I am over the Arvada 5th ward. I have been told that I am really lucky to be in this ward, so I am excited! We live with a sister whose about 70 years old and is single. She is really kind and very hospitable. Heavenly Father seriously blessed me because I am in the City closest to the mountains in my mission! We can't see them super well because almost everything in the city covers them up like buildings and homes, but when we drive out in to an open area it is so gorgeous. It's really brown and dead here in Colorado (probably because it's winter time) but the mountains are an incredible navy blue and all have snow on them. I am so blessed to be able to have something so majestic and something that means so much to me to look at every day! It makes me think of my dad shredding it up on his snowboard whenever I look at them!
I have been out tracking and to a dinner appointment so far. One of two was successful! haha. We had dinner with the Scotts and they were so nice and welcoming. I almost ate all of the dinner too! It was a very, very hot meals that consisted of peppers and Mexican rice. I am trying to settle in the best I can, but it is all so overwhelming at first. I am grateful for this opportunity though. I love my Savior and I grateful for the ability I have to serve Heavenly Father's children. Again. thank you so much for all of your support and love. I love you all and I know that God does too!
-Sister Mykalyn Nelson