Drinking from a firehose

Hello all!

I just finished my first week at the MTC and it’s pretty crazy! The first few days I felt like I was recieving so much information and wasn’t able to catch it all; kind of like trying to drink from a firehose. It’s gotten better over the last few days though and I love it here; there’s a spirit and atmosphere here I haven’t ever experienced before. It’s really cool to feel the spirit at all times, even when we’re just joking around in the lunchroom, and to be around so many people working towards the same goal.

My whole district is really close; I guess that’s what’ll happen when we’re together for 14 hours a day. My companion’s name is Sister Christensen, she’s from Bancroft, Idaho and is also going to Macon, Georgia. There are four other sisters in our district; Sister Draut (from Michigan) and Sister Rowe (from Maryland) as well as Sister Munton (from California) and Sister Ketring (from Arizona). Sister Munton is also going to Macon, Georgia and the rest of the sisters are going to Nampa, Idaho. All of the elders in my district are going to Salt Lake City East. There are twelve of us in my district, six sisters and six elders, and we all get along splendidly :)

My district at the Provo temple on our Sunday temple walk (back row: Elders Hawton, Skinner, Claybrook, Moore, Feiner, and Kelly. Front row: Sisters Christensen, me, Draut, Rowe, Ketring, and Munton)

My district at the Provo temple on our Sunday temple walk (back row: Elders Hawton, Skinner, Claybrook, Moore, Feiner, and Kelly. Front row: Sisters Christensen, me, Draut, Rowe, Ketring, and Munton)

The best and most terrifying experience at the MTC thus far:

Every Tuesday the MTC has a devotional in the Marriot Center with the missionaries from both the central and west campuses. Last Thursday, my first full day at the MTC, I was asked to give the closing prayer at the devotional. Crazy right?! I was excited until I found out that this devotional was going to have the biggest audience ever; MTCs from all around the world were going to watch it. So I started to get nervous and got even more nervous once I realized I would be sitting on the stage and even MORE nervous once the speaker walked in and it was Elder Neil L. Anderson! My lucky companion got the benefits of my work; she got to sit on the stage and shake his hand and not have to do anything! haha. Right before I was about to go up, the Elder sitting next to me felt the need to lean over and, pointing at the huge screen behind us, informing me that I’ll be on that screen and in front of 5,000 plus people in a few seconds. Didn’t help my nerves haha. After the devotional a ton of missionaries heading to Rome, Italy came up to me and asked if I was related to their mission president, President Waddoups, and people are still recognizing me as the sister who said the prayer. It’s kind of weird that people recognize me and I don’t know them! But it was a really good devotional and it was fun to sit on the stage and be all important :)

My companion and I at the water fountain outside the Provo temple

My companion and I at the water fountain outside the Provo temple

Typical Day in the MTC:
6:00- wake up
7:00- personal study in the district classroom
8:00- companionship study
8:30-breakfast
9:00- either district study or gym time
10:30- classroom instruction
1:30- lunch
2:15- classroom instruction (at the beginning of the afternoon classroom instruction, my companion and I teach Anthony, an ‘investigatior’. We are on the fifth lesson with him :)
5:15- zone instruction
6:30- dinner
7:00- personal study
8:00- district study
9:00- back to residence halls and planning with companion
10:15- quiet time
10:30- supposedly lights out. I say supposedly because all the sisters in my residence room love each other and love to talk :)

Sister Draut and I doing a stereotypical MTC map picture

Sister Draut and I doing a stereotypical MTC map picture

My time’s running out, it’s surprising how fast an hour goes.
I love you all!
Sister Waddoups
lauren.waddoups@myldsmail.net