Welp, so far this little “home Missionary Training Center” isn’t so bad!
There were lots of good questions about how this all works in my last post (back HERE), so I figured I better do a post about it now that we’re a week in.
Grace was originally supposed to report to the Mexico Missionary Training Center last week but because of the way the world is right now, all missionaries prepare from home online.
They sit in front of computer screens for HOURS every day, diligently plugging away at learning their language, and learning their scriptures more in depth.
As someone who has prepared for a mission in the actual MTC (years and years ago, but still…), I wondered how in the world this would go, but guys, it’s pretty awesome.
The most amazing thing is that that girl comes out of that room, after hours of working hard, just GLOWING with what she’s learning.
She still has an assigned “companion” just like she would in the MTC (she loves her), and a district (group of fellow missionaries also learning Spanish, loves them too), and they have two three-hour classes each day (with a few little breaks mixed in), personal study, companionship study, and a workshop each week.
She has gone from staying up all night and sleeping in all morning to going to bed by 10:30 at the latest and getting up at 6:30 each day. Since her classes are on Mexico time, she logs in to her morning class at 7:00am each morning and does her other study after that first class.
Also, so far we’ve been able to work in a tennis match every single day in between it all, and we are LOVING that I tell you! It is hot as blazes out there, but so fun to smack that ball back and forth. Also, the perfection of green smoothies when we’re done 😉
When we were sitting together for dinner that first evening, eating some good Greek marinated chicken skewers (recipe HERE), Dave was laughing telling Grace that this wasn’t your regular “real” MTC food (ha!), and also that by that evening lots of regular MTC kids would be laying in their bunk bed with their ears filling up with water (tears…ha…lots of kids, of course, get so homesick that first night away from family!). But it was sure nice sitting there all together getting to be a part of that whole MTC first day experience! Pros and cons for sure.
Especially nice that she gets to hug her siblings in her little breaks and that Max happened to be home for her first missionary weekend. (He came for an orthodontic appointment trying to fix some teeth issues…but sure, also for Grace 🙂
Some pretty exciting news came in yesterday as well…Grace got her “reassignment.”
Until covid calms down and Uruguay opens up for missionaries, Grace will be serving in AUSTIN, TEXAS!
She is SO excited about that new piece of news…so nice to know where you’re heading, you know? And deep down, she’s always felt a little like a Texas kind of a girl!
This sure is an adventure, and she’s here for it!