18 Mar 2013
I’ve spent all day doing laundry and packing. My suitcases both weigh in under the 50lbs limit and I couldn’t be more chuffed with myself. Thanks for the packing lessons, Dad!
I’m so happy to be leaving! I cannot wait to get to Slovakia, although the thought of contacting people and speaking Slovak 24/7 continues to frighten me a bit. The MTC has been a blast, but I’m hungry for a chance to actually use what I’ve learned and get to work. Still, Provo is putting on an excellent show for our final week: the sun is shining (I’m currently sporting a scorched shade of fuchsia), the flowers are blooming (daffodils aren’t as pretty here as in Wales, though!), and nearly all the snow has melted off the mountainsides. It’s beautiful. =)
P Day in Slovakia is actually on Monday, not Saturday (that’s applies to Prague only), so it’ll be a fortnight before I can email again. Please keep us all in your prayers: I’ve got a stack of pass-along cards and two copies of the Book of Mormon I’m hoping to place on our journey. 😉
Saturday we “international missionaries” (those from outside North America) were set loose on Salt Lake City. Woohoo! A much-needed field trip and a huge blessing for those gaining a first glimpse of the rich heritage we share and the pros and cons of an LDS-dense society. I hadn’t realised how much I’ve missed it. The General Conference Center was decked out in banners for the General Young Women Meeting on the 30th. It’s going to be so good! =) Almost a shame we won’t be spending Conference here (missionaries get to attend a session), but I’m so happy we’ll be in Slovakia for Easter!
Maybe I shouldn’t though, as our teachers have told us the Slovaks have a “fun” tradition of the young men chasing the young women down the street and whipping them with lengths of string while singing a silly ditty. In exchange for this display of chivalry, we are meant to give them money and sweets. Fat chance – I’ll sooner give them a Kniha Mormonova! =)
Love you all so much! Next message will be from Prague! 🙂