MTC Week 4 & 5

MTC Week 4 & 5

Sorry I missed last week! It was super busy, and I kept pushing it off until suddenly it was P-day again…

So, the last couple weeks!  Last week was the week of puzzles… enjoy the pictures because both of the puzzles have been replaced by new ones that will hopefully be finished before I leave.  They have been a great pastime for breaks from class, and very satisfying to work on.

Other things!  Lots of fun the past couple weeks.  My companion and I did 4 teaching appointments last week, two in English and two in German.  Our first lesson in German could have gone better… We had no idea what she was saying when she asked a question along the lines of: Jesus judges us on our works (good and bad) so do we get sent to heaven or *cough cough*? But our second one on Saturday went swimmingly and really showed me that the gift of tongues is super real.

My district is fantastic, and I am already devastated about leaving them soon. And my family.  I’m trying to soak up every last moment I have with them, while also waiting less than patiently for travel plans to arrive.  Still don’t know anything, but hopefully by the end of this last week of MTC!

Have a wonderful week everyone! Next time you hear from me, I’ll have officially graduated from the MTC!

Sister Rachel Miltimore

I too must give

MTC Week 3

I too must give

MTC Week 3

I not only survived this week, I thrived. Things are definitely beginning to fall into place. The work is getting easier and I’m settling into the routine… though I must admit I’m still very happy to be with my family for a little bit longer.
 
So, I’m sure you’re all dying dying to know how the lesson went…. it was a smashing success. The spirit was super strong, my companion and I were spitting out german left and right, and I even understood about 75% of what the man we taught was saying. Near the end, we were having some technical difficulties so I committed the cardinal sin of the first (or really any) lesson in your mission langauge… I asked him if he had any questions. I don’t know exactly what he said, but I heard Moroni 10:3-5, and something about the power of the Holy Ghost. So I jumped in and bore the best testimony I could about the Holy Ghost. It was nothing special, and I could tell it didn’t exactly answer his question, but I was just happy I understood and could speak enough about it. We have another lesson with him Friday, and are planning to prepare a lesson about the Holy Ghost which will hopefully be helpful to him.
 
Other things: the holidays are officially over. No more days off… but new years was pretty fun. We played games, had tons of food, and possibly my favorite part… I slept for about an hour or 2 before the ball dropped. Truly magnificent. 2021 will definitely be better than last year, and I’m humbly astounded by the knowledge that I will spend 100% of this year as a missionary for the lord.
 
Funny things: I just have to share the best thing ever. My district is hilarious. Yesterday in class we were trying to help each other memorize a phrase.  Sister Putnam had the phrase “die Heilige Handlung des Abendmahls wurde von Jesus Christus eingefürht,” which translates to “the ordinance of the sacrament was introduced by Jesus Christ.”  We were supposed to find a creative way to present it… and boy did she get creative. For context, “Heilige” means “holy” and “Handlung” means “action”. So, Sister Putnam took a piece of Swiss cheese (which is holey) and used some scissors to cut it (the action). We all started dying laughing, but it got worse when I just couldn’t resist putting in the chat that she literally “cut the cheese.” Thus ensued about 5 min of rib bruising laughter.
 
Okay I have to tell you one other funny thing from our group chat. One of the guys said “ich finde sie lahm” (I find you lame) and in all the sassy cleverness and glory I think I will ever muster I replied “judge not lest ye be judged with the same judgement.”
It took him five minutes to respond, and the response was “komm auf mich zu” which roughly translates to “come at me”
I have never been so proud of myself.
 

Alright! Things are going well. German is happening, and I’m finally learning to relax a little. Ich liebe euch alle!

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MTC Week 2

I have officially survived another week of the MTC!

Have I mentioned its a roller coaster? Honestly, it’s all becoming a blur… but a few things stick out.

I am so blessed, that I got to spend Christmas with my family as a missionary. I had the normal waking up to presents, having waffles with my grandpa, and spending the day playing games and relaxing. We watched a missionary Christmas devotional that evening, and I just sat on the couch and cried because Elder Anderson said everything I needed to hear.

Other little things: Saturday night in class I did a mini lesson with my companion in German to our teacher. The spirit was strong and I just knew how to say things! It was great.

Monday we had an English lesson with seriously the most golden person ever, she was so ready for our message, like too good to be true. We were super pumped.

Yesterday was kind of cool.. I was not having a super great morning, feeling a little overwhelmed and just wanted to have a little pity party for myself. My mom said “let’s go for a drive and get some perspective… and some ice cream.” So we went, had some ice cream, shed a few tears, and I came home feeling a tiny bit better. Then my companion texted and said “aren’t we doing language study now?” And I thought oh no I am not ready but I guess let’s try. As we got into things, the heavens opened and i knew exactly what I wanted to say and could figure out how to say it! My companion and I were on the phone for almost 2 hours, working hard for our first lesson in german today, and the spirit was so strong.

Finally, today I got to go to the temple! My friend invited me to her endowment. It was so relaxing to spend that time in the temple, with no other obligations or worries. It was very special to see myself in the mirror in my temple clothing and with my missionary tag on. I honestly could have sat in front of the mirror all day. I didn’t want to leave the temple, it was so wonderful.

Now I get to enjoy another couple days out of classes for the new year!! It’s amazing to believe that I will spend the entirety of 2021 as a missionary… I’m sure it will be the most momentous year of my life thus far. I wonder how I will have changed a year from now?

I hope everyone enjoys their new year plans and makes good resolutions! Lets make this year a great one!

MTC Week 1

Hallo meine Familie und Freunde!

Ich bin Sister Miltimore! Ich liebe das MTC zu haus. Es ist sehr schwierig, aber sehr gut. Ich jeden Tag Deutsch lernen. Ich bin glücklich, um mein Erretter zu vertreten. Ich lese das Buch Mormon, spreche mit Freunden der Kirche und fühle den Heiligen Geist. Ich bin auch sehr, sehr müde. Aber das ist okay! Und… das ist alle!

Hello, my family and friends!

I’m Sister Miltimore! I love the MTC (missionary Training center) at home. It is very hard, but very good. I learn German every day. I am happy to represent my savior. I read the book of Mormon, talk with friends of the church, and feel the holy spirit. I am also very, very tired! But that is okay! And… that is all!

German is sehr schwierig, very hard, but I’m already picking things up! In fact, next week we will have our first training lesson in German! I’m nervous but have faith that the gift of tongues will see me through.

First week of virtual MTC… what a rollercoaster! Super overwhelming, but also rewarding. I’m learning a ton and can’t wait to learn more. Though I will say… getting a couple days off for Christmas is very lucky! How amazing is it that I get to be home for Christmas as a missionary in training? My family and I are very happy that it means I’ll only be gone one Christmas.

So, I’m sure many of you are curious how home MTC works! Let me give a super brief overview: I get up at 8:30 and do my personal study. Then I get to meet with my companion for daily planning! My companion is Sister Parker from Sugar City Idaho, and she is an absolute saint. I am extremely lucky to have her as my companion. After we plan our day, we break for breakfast and get ready for morning class which is 3 hours from 11-2. After that, my family sometimes goes for a walk and has lunch. My companion and I come back together for companionship study, then some personal language study, and then study some more together as companions. TONS of studying, and yet I still feel like I should be doing way more every day. We have ten days (from last Friday) to memorize *billions* of words in a small booklet called “German Basic Core.” Over 100 words, about 30 phrases, and topics ranging from meeting someone to sharing your testimony!

After we study together, we are pretty much free till evening class, which goes from 7:45 to about 10:30. I then promptly get ready for and go to bed because the MTC is exhausting!! You’re going all day, you’re on a whole new schedule, and I won’t lie: some tears have been shed. But you know what? What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and I know that the Lord is shaping me to become the missionary I’m meant to be.

I wanted to share a quick spiritual experience from this week. In class Saturday night, I was feeling kind of down. I was overwhelmed, depressed at what I saw as a lack of progress. Our teacher had us go into breakout rooms on Zoom with our companions and practice praying in German. I knew I wanted to do well, that I needed to do well. I said a simple prayer auf Deutsch (in German.) When I opened my eyes, our teacher was in the breakout room. The spirit was super strong as he asked me and my companion how we felt about my prayer.

But what made all the difference is that as he left the breakout room, he just simply said “that was a really good prayer Sister Miltimore.” All of a sudden, tears sprung to my eyes as I realized that I had done something right, something good. I was learning, I was growing, and I had just prayed to my Heavenly Father in a language that was not my own. It is a small, but deeply meaningful victory that I will never forget.

Das ist alle für Woche eins! Fröhliche Weihnachten! That’s all for week one! Merry Christmas!