I can't believe I am already at my MTC half-way mark! I know it has only been three weeks, but in the same amount of time I will be getting on a plane going to the Philippines!! I am so excited to just really get started. The MTC is teaching me so many things and we are always asking our teachers about the area. It gets me so pumped! One of my teachers told us a story the other day about how in his first area he was spending the night at his Zone Leader's house. There were 2 sets of missionaries in this small room and in the middle of the night, this American elder wakes up screaming, jumps over my teacher and lands on top of a Filipino elder, and so he jumps on top of the American elder as well. The reason why he was screaming was because this HUGE rat was crawling around on his face. The next day they get up and find three other rats and they jump out at them. Each elder chooses had a different weapon of choice. 1 with a broom, 1 with a pile of books, and they other 2 with a plungers. One by one, the rats would jump out and one elder whacked the rat with the broom, as if it was a baseball, it hit the wall and died. Anyway, it was a really exciting and in the end the elders took care of all those rats. But after he was finished sharing the story, my teacher said despite all the nasty stuff that we would come in contact with, there will always be a special place in his heart for the Philippines. I know that I will too, even if they do have cobras, huge spiders and giant rats, and so many other nasty things. ; p
One of the most exciting things that I keep hearing is that the choir gets to go to conference this year! My whole zone decided that we all wanted to do that, so we have made it mandatory to go to choir. How cool would it be to sing at conference! I'm so stoked for that! The other day, we got to sing this beautiful song that was recently published in the Ensign. It was really cool to get to be a part of it. It was called Come Unto Jesus, but not the one that is in the hymn book. So be looking for me!
Oh I wanted to thank you all for all the letters! I got a bunch from Mark and Cathy's family. I got one from Grandpa and a package from Liz. It made my week!! Liz those cookies were super good and my whole district appreaciated it! :)
Sister Erin Koncurat