Bula vinaka, na noqu matavuvale kei veitokani! (Hello, my family and friends!)
I'm beyond excited right now. I leave the Missionary Training Center in just about 24 hours. How completely insane is that? By Sunday (Monday in Fiji time) I will be in the country that I have been preparing for the last few months to help and serve. I've actually had a really good time at the MTC, but I am so ready to get out into the field, and here's why.
Last night, we had the opportunity to Skype several people in Fiji and teach them the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For the first time, I realized that I not only instantly loved the people we talked to, but I also understood them. Almost everything they said made sense to me. And I could reply, easily! I testify that the gift of tongues is REAL! It made me so excited to get going to the greatest place on planet Earth!
This week, I learned about the importance of working hard. My MTC Branch President, President Willes, told us that if we worked as hard as we could in our studies these last few days, we would leave the MTC happy, prepared, and on a spiritual high. I'm sure I'm going to learn again in the field what it really means to work hard, but for right now, I just know that what I'm doing isn't necessarily easy, but so beneficial. The Lord can only work through people who prepare themselves.
Au lomani kemuni, and keep praying for me! The next time we talk, I'll be in paradise! (not the one after this life, of course)
"There are lives to brighten. There are hearts to touch. There are souls to save." - Thomas S. Monson