Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Letter #1 - 9/11/13

Ciao Mia Famiglia!

Okay so it's finally P-day! Thank goodness. This week has literally felt like a year. No joke. But it has been so good! Ah okay I don't know where to start. So last time you saw me I was walking away with Sister Harrison. I will probably never see her again. haha She is going to the Philippines and was super super nice. So after that they took me to this big assembly line where they give you your name tag and give you this huge bag of books and study materials and it's all great and wonderful. And I got to see Maryann and Bonnie! It was seriously an answer to prayer. I was so happy. And they both made me cry. Of course. And then turns out I am on West Campus aka Wyview/Raintree apartments and I actually love it. It is a lot smaller and open and we get to do a lot of walking. The only down side is the food. It isn't that great but they always have soup and stuff to make peanut butter and honey sandwiches so I am totally happy. Plus it helps me not get fat. So that's a plus. And we kind of have an agreement not to complain about the food too much while we are at the MTC because we are going to be in food paradise the rest of our missions. Soooo it's great :) Then I was taken to my new classroom with the rest of my district. My district consists of 4 Sorella, me and Sister McPeek and the Sister Woods and Sister Carter. They are all so awesome, we all get along great and have so much fun. Sister McPeek is from Arizona and she is literally the cutest girl ever. I adore her. And then Sister Woods is from Spanish Fork and is hilarious. We have this super creepy face we make to each other randomly across the classroom during language study and it's hilarious. Love her. And then Sister Carter is from California and she is super sweet. She is part Italian and is like literally amazing at the language. Its ridiculous. Oh! MOM I GOT ALL OF YOUR DEAR ELDERS. Every single one. So don't worry! Thank you so much! I am definitely the most loved person when it comes to mail in my district. So thank you mom! I LOVE YOU! And thank you so much for those cookies! They were amazing, my district loves you. Oh quick question? Do you know where you packed my converters for when I get to Italy? I couldn't find them when I was unpacking so I figured I should ask. Anyways, so the first day was super overwhelming. They just start speaking straight Italian the moment you walk through the door. No English. At all. None. So we are definitely learning haha we have a fake investigator that we started teaching on friday and yesterday we taught her a whole 30 minute lesson in Italian! And we got her to pray with us! Such a neat experience. The other companionship got her to commit to baptism but whatever. haha She's part Italian so it shouldn't count. hahaha just kidding. Oh so funny thing about my companion. She has night terrors. So....she had two the second night in the MTC. haha it was one of the most terrifying experiences ever. Luckily she kind of warned me about it the day before but then when she started screaming like bloody murder at 1:30 am I totally freaked out and started screaming too. Then when I pulled myself together and realized what was going on I was just like "Sorella, are you okay?" and she woke up from it and apologized and I just laid there in bed with my heart racing like 100 miles an hour haha an hour later it happened again and this time she was yelling for her mom too. But oh you better believe I was ready this time haha i was just like "Sorella, You're okay. Just go back to sleep." And just like that she went back to sleep haha she felt so bad the next morning, but it was totally fine. I am just glad she warned me. She is the best companion for me. Seriously. It's great. Then on sunday I got to see Brady Johnson! So crazy. And I've seen Spencer twice Dad! He came into my class and took me out of class and checked in on me yesterday. He has been so nice. So there are 16 people in my branch, 13 going to italy and 3 going to romania. They are all super nice and so funny. We have a lot of fun. This morning half of us had to go to downtown SLC to meet with the Italian Consulate and sign some paperwork for our visa which was pretty fun. They didn't give us very specific instructions at all and we rode the trax and train so I really have no idea how we made it there and back haha then today we went to the main MTC campus because an Anziano in our district had a doctors appointment so we all went and ate at the main MTC campus so I finally got to experience the famous wrap bar. It was delicious. We all said we felt like we were in the great and spacious building because it was so huge and there were so many things compared to our little tiny cafeteria with one line haha they open up a second line if it gets too busy. Crazy. But we love it. Ah mom I found someone who watches the bachelor here! I didn't think that would ever happen haha sister carter watches it! So naturally we talked about our love for Des and Chris for like 15 minutes. Oh an Juan Pablo. Duh. haha best thing ever. Oh and I have this picture of charlie that I legitimately started talking to the other day. Like told him to sit and everything. The sorella started calling me pazzo which means crazy in italian haha thought you might appreciate that :) Thank you so much for all your letters and package! I feel so loved! I miss you all like crazy but know this is exactly where I am supposed to be! It is really hard. But so rewarding. I can already see how much progress I have made with Italian and how much my testimony has grown and I am going to make the most of the next 5 weeks here! There is so much more to learn. I am doing really good about not stressing too much and just going with the flow. I know the language will come eventually and that it's a process. Thanks for all your love and support! Don't forget to feed charlie! ;) Give everyone back home a hug for me and tell will to take it easy on Tyler haha LOVE YOU!!!

Sorella Alli

 Alli took one of her Dad's name tags from his mission to Switzerland.
 Alli vowed to never iron, guess she made it one day.
 Alli's first companion.  Sorella McPeek from Arizona.

Alli and her companion with the other companionship sharing their room.

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