Well THIS IS IT. In less than 48 hours I will be on my way to the airport! Ahhh! Pretty crazy! I have LOVED my time here at the MTC, it's been a great nine weeks, but it is now my time to report to Hong Kong! I am super nervous but I am mostly very, very, very excited! :)
This week went by very fast. It was filled with lots of "lasts" and cleaning, packing, and organizing. We had In-Field Orientation which is an all day orientation of classes and lectures to prepare us for the field. It was long but really good! I learned a lot, met new people, and got to practice street contacting and teaching! :) The only downer part was it was all in English so it wasn't what I am going to be experiencing but it was still good. English is nice because you get to say and explain exactly what you want haha :) Also our investigators, Walter and Bill, committed to baptism this week! Yay! :) It took a lot of hard work and pushing but we did it!
We had to say goodbye to our teachers which was so sad! We LOVE them and have been so fun to work with! Luckily, Sister Chan got back from HK just in time for us to say goodbye, we really missed her! We had a testimony meeting in Cantonese and my companion and I cried the whole time haha! (we are the only girls :P) I shared that I remember the first day, being so scared and our teacher Sister Chan talked in straight Cantonese and we all looked like we were about to burst into tears. But now we can understand 85-90% of what our teachers say and we could have a testimony meeting in full Cantonese! It has been amazing to see our improvement over these past few weeks. The gift of tongues is REAL!
I have loved my experience here at the MTC! It really is such a special place. Everyone is worthy to be here and has a desire to serve Heavenly Father. The temple is the only other place comparable to that. The Spirit is so strong all the time and everyone is accepting and loving! Sometimes I just looked around and was amazed at what I am a part of. I am so grateful for the time I had here, for the people I met, and the things I learned!
I have learned so much here but I just wanted to share a few of the big ones. At the MTC I have learned patience and love. I have become better at being patient with myself and with others. I have always loved reading scriptures and found great comfort in them but now I have a much greater appreciation and love for them especially the Book of Mormon! I have learned how to apply it to myself and my situation better. I am more sensitive to the Spirit and really strive to follow his promptings. My relationship with Heavenly Father was really good before but it is incredible now and will only get stronger from here :) I talk to Him all day, everyday and my love for Him and my Savior Jesus Christ has deepened. He is willing to help me, all I have to do is ask for it. Although I am terrified to go to HK and not speak the language very well and not know anyone, I am comforted in the fact that I will have my Father in Heaven with me always. He knows what His children need, I am simply the tool He is using to find them. Everything I have learned up to this point, language and spiritually wise, is thanks to Him! I am determined to be the best missionary I can be and to not allign His will with mine but to allign my will to His. During personal study this week I was searching for a scripture that could be a motivation for when I go to Hong Kong. I found one in D&C 19:24 and replaced Christ's name with mine so it reads: "I am Cassie Escher, I came by the will of my Father and I do His will." And I love that! That is my goal as a missionary :)
Thank you for all your love, support, and prayers! I really appreciate it! Well, the next time I will be able to email will be from Hong Kong!! :) Everyone have a good week! I will talk to you soon!
Love, Sister Escher