Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Last week in the MTC! Travel Info! I cried in front of a woman named Lawanna!

Family & Friends!

I have but a brief 26 minutes to write you with!  Ahhhhhh!

Again, it feels like another lifetime has happened since I last wrote you.  Let me get some logistical issues out of the way first.

Number one, I received my travel info!  We leave the MTC Sept 5th (Monday) at 5 AM.  We have two long layovers - one in Houston and one in Miami.  PS, I can't stop humming Welcome to Miami by Will Smith for this reason.  Anyways, we are allowed to call home on one of our layovers, so parentals, GET READY.  Our Miami layover is around 5-7 PM, your time.  I'll be buying a phone card today!

Two, since I leave early early on Monday, any last mailed letters need to be here by Saturday.  Any final DearElders sent to the MTC need to be in by this Friday at 12 PM MST (2 PM if you're on the east coast)

Whew!  Alright, now let's get down to the nitty gritty.

Because fall semester just started, we lost Brother Welsh as a teacher!  I will miss him this week, he was awesome and I learned a lot (including that rebaptism is in the Bible!  Acts 19:1-6.  Check it).  Our new teacher is Brother Curtis, a kind hipster hailing from Mesa, Arizona.  We've only had one class from him thus far.  ALSO, through the miracle of modern communication, I received a Dear Elder from SORELLA NUFER.  She is serving in Italy right now and I was quite surprised to receive it!  I can't wait to write her back!

Last Tuesday, we had a devotional by Claudio D. Zivic of the Seventy.  He used lots of literary quotes and analogies to communicate his point.  It was coooooool.  Tonight, we will have another General Authority devotional - on Sunday, the devotional was given by President McIff, a counselor in the MTC presidency.  He is a doctor and so he spoke to us about how to stay healthy while serving and how important it is - because 38 PERCENT of missionaries on any given day are unable to serve because of illness/health issues!

Sister Sims and I were able to teach Peter (the investigator that Brother Welsh played) one last time last week.  Oh, my.  Family, I can't even say how wonderful it was.  Our first lesson with him was a tad clunky.  So, for the last lesson, I wanted to avoid that, and so I decided to treat Peter as a close friend.  When we started teaching, the Spirit was SO STRONG.   Ah, I'm tearing up even thinking about it.  We read Romans 8:16-18 with him, and talked about how God wants us to be like Him.  How that is the plan for all of us.  How we can use our agency to do so.  And then we invited him to be baptized.  And he said yes!  HE SAID YES!   It was beautiful.

We've had two TRC lessons with Lawanna thus far!  Our first lesson, she was a bit shy and so it was hard to get to know her.  We were talking to her about how Christ said that the greatest love we can show for our friends is to die for them, and how Christ says YOU are my friends, meaning he died for us.  We talked to her about one of the ways we can feel Christ's love is through our friends, so we began talking about that.  As I was talking about how much I've felt the love of Christ through my friends, I totally started crying!  Lawanna said, "are you crying??" Friends, I love you dearly.  Please don't forget that.  We only got to "God loves you" with her, but I think it was what she needed - she has not had an easy life.

Our second lesson was much better.  We continued working on getting to know Lawanna, and we studied our hearts out in the scriptures looking for things that would pertain to her.  We got to the fact that we need to follow Jesus Christ's example and exercise faith in the Atonement.  I hope to talk about baptism next week.  At the end of our lesson, she asked me for the scripture list I had made.  I was glad to give it to her, for her to go and read these things for herself.

Also, if you want to write me a letter before I leave the MTC, PLEASE use DearElder.com!  It is so simple.  Go to Write a Letter, select Provo MTC, and fill in the mission info (as found on Facebook).  It's like typing up an email.  Also, whoever gave my missionary email to Lucy's mother - THANK YOU!  Lucy, I'm sorry I didn't get you my mission home address!  Even though you won't read this for months and months.  Diane Ellision, could you forward me Liz's weekly emails?  Or email Laylene Dicou with my address?  Diana, could you get me Lucy's mission home address?

Ack!  Gotta run!  I LOVE YOU!

Sister Rachel Brisson


CONTACT:

From August 17 – September 5, I will be at the Missionary Training Center. While I’m there, you can write me FO’ FREE using www.dearelder.com. Essentially, you type up a letter, and they print it out and deliver it the same day.

Here is my MTC address (for snail mail/packages/DearEldering):
**I will probably get letters on Sept 3rd for the last time before I ship out.

Sister Rachel Anne Brisson
MTC Mailbox # 181
WST IND 0906
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

After I leave the MTC, you can email me at rachel.brisson@myldsmail.net (because I can receive but cannot respond to your emails, please include your mailing address so I can write you back!). You can also continuing using DearElder for the cost of a stamp, or you can write me at the mission office address:

Sister Rachel Anne Brisson
West Indies Mission
PO Bag 543
Valsayn
Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago

(note: if you want your mail to reach me a little quicker, every blog entry should have my most recent address, but you can ALWAYS write me at the mission office). Packages to:

Sister Rachel Anne Brisson
West Indies Mission
PO Bag 543
Valsayn
Trinidad
Trinidad and Tobago

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