Tuesday, January 26, 2010

26 Jan 2010 letter 2

(2nd Handwritten Letter)

Dear Mother and Father,

So wow that email goes so fast like everything else. I blink and the day is gone. We are working hard but it is so true that the time flies bye.

Man it is snowing here. I am so glad that I brought my coat! Very very muy muy warm. But we walk up so many stairs that I don't wear the coat that much cause I get so hot inside. Haha. Our class room (we have one classroom that we study and learn in) is on the top floor (5th floor) and our residence hall room is on the top floor (4rth floor) haha. The gym is cool. I have been running on the track and playing Volleyball (once).

Mom you are soo awesome for picking up and cleaning up after us. I miss it haha. But no really things are going great. I am surviving on my own and with my companion who keeps me on top of things. Really I am so greatful to have someone to hold me accountable and held with some of the burden and stress that could come in this work. This week we are teaching our first lesson. Man that is crazy. We have our first practice greeting people in Spanish in the TRC (Training Resource Center) coming up. It's an area where you talk to investigators (fake ones or something). Haha my first day I really didn't know what I was doing. But people are so helpful here.

The Hermanas in our zone, Bitsewt, Hanson and Sanders take care of us hermanas. Like this morning they gave us a good hint to go start laundry at 6 in the morning cause this place is crazy all day and I have been done since like 8:20. Awesome! First laundry day done and successful! I hope I didn't sink my nylons. I put them in the dryer. Oh well, learning experience!

Johnny is doing awesome from what I can tell. I have seen him like 5 times or so. And he is smiling and his companion seems fun and nice! I love him so much! I told everone about him and cried like twice but now I can talk about him with out crying. I think most of my district has seen him. He is on the other side of the MTC and on a different schedule so I see him sometimes as I am finishing meals and he is walking in. ☺

Well I love you love you love you love you,

Hermana Rachel Ochs

26 Jan 2010 email

Wow wow sham wow this is quite the experience! I love it though! It is so uplifting and full of the spirit! It can be stressful, even though this is only my first P-day!!!!

So my companion is Hermana Kennedy. She is from Missouri, she has six siblings and she is the middle child. She has already graduated from college with a degree in culinary arts. She is 23 years old so she is the all wise one. We are getting used to each other, but we work well together. We just have to remind each other over and over to be patient. So Hermana Graham is Awesome, super nice, and loves to do outdoors stuff and running! Hermana Brewters is her companion and she is really excited about the work and learning Espanol.

We are all working hard on the language. Hermana Kennedy has studied French so she is learning Spanish from the beginning. I am so glad that I studied some Spanish and read El Libro de Mormon in Espanol. We are praying and learning to say our testimonies in Espanol. We are also trying to speak any Spanish we can, trying haha. So in my district it is us Hermanas (Kennedy, Graham, Brewtser, and I) going to Panama, and the Elders (Rumsay, Anderson, Hazscal, Anderson, Christianson, and Piena) going to TEXAS!!!! Cool huh Mom! Edler Rumsay is our District leader! We are an Awesome District hehe. I love our teachers Brother Anderson and Brother Bingham. They make learning so much fun! They both served in Bilbao, Spain. So they have that lllisp. haha.

Si I am on the bottom bunk just by default. I didn't really know whether it was better or not. But I like it. I was not feeling good after the plane flight. I had a gross cough that was annoying and I felt bad for the people that were around me. But it got better and now I feel great. I think this trail really helped me see the positive side of things. I am doing great! but the computer is warning me of shutting off so I better hurry. I didn't see Joe. Pretty much was ushered in to the MTC right away. It was awesome to hear from you! Keep writing on Dear Elder!!!! Keep up the work. I will write with more info!!!! I Love you!!!

26 Jan 2010 letter

(Handwritten Letter)

Dear Mother and Father,

I Love You! It is going Awesome! Crazy but Awesome!

So I can't write too long cause I do not have a lot of time but I was supposed to send you a letter on the 21rst, haha but that didn't happen.☺ But now I have time. It is Tues 26 P-DAY! I am doing laundry hehe. Man I am so gladd you had me doing laundy at home so that this isn't too foreign to me. Learning Espanol es loco ja ja. Y estudio es escriptures es muy muy bien! Haha I can't spell in spanish either haha. I LOVE YOU SOOO MUCH! ♥

They mad me (more like strongly advised me) too get the normal flu shot! Ewwwww. And I will have to get that Hep A shot before I head to Panama. I was going to wait but since I will be here at the MTC I will need to get it. That will be like $70. I got the flue shot covered but we shall see about the other shots I need. I will let you know if I will need any more money to cover the other shots. But take care! I love you I love you I love you I doooo!


Hermana Rachel Ochs

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

On Our Way

After what seemed like forever to get ready for our missions we are finally on our way. This is Me and Elder Ochs at the Sacramento Airport catching the 6 AM flight to Salt Lake City, Utah.