okay I officially LOVE it here. Best week of my life. Longest for sure, but so much fun and so great. so my district is all going to Sao Paulo Leste, we are all here until further notice (the four letter word 'visa' is not allowed, were not supposed to talk think pray about it, just to enjoy being here), but I'm so glad I'm in provo. I've seen SO many friends and it's fantastic. The spirit is so strong here, I've never been so happy.
Minha companheira se chama Sister Williams (we're Sister, not Irma because the nuns are called Irma and we wanted to differentiate ourselves), and she was actually in my spanish class last year!! CRAZY. we didn't know each other that well but we recognized each other it was really fun. And our roommates are all going spanish speaking so we get to pray in spanish every night, which is a nice break haha. There are two other companhierismas in our district, Sisters Barker (we met last semester) and Jensen and Sisters Oborn and Aledo. We have five elders too, Elders Hill Shipp Bell Regher and Zimmerman. Everyone is from all over and most of the elders are turning 19, half of us girls are 19 too. SO COOL. We kind of jumped right into portuguese, but remember that sore throat I had wednesday morning? yeah...my voice was gone by 2 pm. So when we met our district I had my deep hoarse smoker voice, which turned into a whisper by thursday. Today was the first day it was all back haha. So THAT was quite the challenge, but it really helped me grow closer to the district, since everyone was praying for me and sis williams was SO sweet and would listen to my strangled whispers haha. The best part was when we were trying to teach ourselves portugues one morning and I would try to say something in the classroom, so I would raise my hand and one of the elders would be like SHHH Sis Cooper has something to say! and they would all get quiet so I could whisper haha. It was pathetic but everyone was so great. but I can sing now wooo!
So MTC life: we basically are structured 24/7 aside from prep day (free....time? what?), which still has a schedule in case we freak out and don't know what to do with ourselves (we do). Seriously I had ten minutes free after gym and literally stared at the wall for ten minutes thinking I have free time....is this real life?....not even kidding. haha. But even though our time is structured, we get to choose what we do with a lot of it. Basically all day in class:
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