Thanksgiving in the MTC

November 28, 2015
​Elders Edgley, Budge, Morris,
 Garrett, Davis, Taylor-Jenson
 (This is my whole District)

Well guys, Thanksgiving was actually my favorite day so far! It was just filled with so many exciting things. I also didn't have a single class that day! WOO! ;D 
Nicks (red head), Davis (very left),
 Budge, Morris, Garrett

The day started with a devotional from Dallin H. Oaks. It was really nice to know that I was listening to an apostle of The Lord in a meeting that was quite exclusive. I don't know, it was just fun. He didn't give the best talk or anything, but what I got out of it was that trials truly shape us into the best person we can become. And that trials help us be more thankful for the blessings we receive everyday. Here's a great example of how I learned to be more thankful for my life at home.. While all of you guys were all sitting down as families and friends dropping the hammer on crazy amounts of food, I was eating a sack dinner with a PB&J sandwich for my main meal while sitting on the floor of my classroom. Happy Thanksgiving to me.. Haha. 

That really was our Thanksgiving dinner, but we had our "Thanksgiving Dinner" for lunch at 11:00. It was actually super awesome! They made everything all fancy and had a chef cutting the turkey right in front of us to prove that it was real turkey. (; They also had stuffing which was my favorite! I was SO happy when I saw that they actually had my favorite part of Thanksgiving Dinner! 

Sister Murray and I also decorated our classroom with all the fun things you guys sent me and everyone LOVED it! All the Elders loved the balloons. They want you to send more.. They like to beat each other up with them, and I like to watch them beat each other. (; I really did LOVE my package mom and dad! 
The pecan pie made me so sad and happy at the same time (it was literally the weirdest emotion I have ever felt)! 

After lunch the MTC did a huge humanitarian project by putting together over 357,000 meals for hungry children in Utah. I was the biggest project the MTC has ever done (I don't know if it's a good thing or not that we made that many meals for hungry kids, but oh well. Hopefully there aren't really that many kids starving every night in Utah). The project was a lot of fun! I honestly love my zone..! We have such a fun time together. 
​Budge, Walsh, Morris, Thomas, Dumm, Sister Murray

After dinner we watched 17 Miracles. I had never seen that movie before so I really enjoyed watching it with all of my friends for the first time. the movie made me really excited to see what miracles I'll see while I'm on my mission. 
Thanksgiving Dinner

Then! After all of our Thanksgiving devotionals and movies, the MTC Presidency wished us all a Merry Christmas and told us all the Christmas lights were on! So we all went outside and took lots of pictures to start of our Christmas excitement! There's this giant and tall tree that was just lit up with white lights, and I'm pretty sure it's what the Tree of Life would have looked like. It was BEAUTIFUL! 
Elder Davis

Earlier in the week, I got my travel itinerary! My whole zone, except for the four that got here after I did, are all flying to the Manila MTC! The 15 of us that all arrived at the MTC the same day get to spend two weeks in the Manila MTC! I'm so excited for that! The only downside of all that is.. We're all split up on flights. I pretty much don't fly with any of my really good friends till we're in Hong Kong flying to Manila. And yes.. You read that right! I'M GOING TO CHINA! WHHHHAAAAATTTTT!? I get to spend two hours in China! I will forever be able to tell people I've been to China now! 

On a different note.. One of the Elders in my District tore his ACL while playing volleyball and had to go home.. I was quite heartbroken having to say goodbye to him. When we were saying goodbye he said "Since I'm already being sent home, I'm going to hug you" and gave me a side hug. I wasn't mad, but I didn't give him any kind of hug back because I didn't want to get sent home too. (;  He went to Davis High school, so.. Sydnie do you know a Cole Edgley?  

ALSO! I LOVED seeing Brayden and Chance! At first I was a little worried it would make me homesick but it didn't at all so it worked out almost perfectly! The only thing missing was Sadie.. I couldn't ever find her. BUT I WILL THIS WEEK! Look out for me you three! My zone always sits on the third table up (towards the salad bar) from when you walk through the doors. 

AND! I can't wait to see you Trace! It'll be so fun being here with you for 9 whole days!

And best for last.. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I'm sorry I can't be there to crash yours and dads birthday dinners, but I'm moving on to bigger and better things. (; 
​Half of Taylor-Jenson, Davis (pink tie),
 Budge, Garrett, Morris (orange tie)

You're the best mom I could have ever asked for. I'm also SO grateful that you and dad love each other so much. It's hard knowing the rough family situations that a lot of my missionary friends come from. I'm also VERY grateful for all your handwritten letters, emails, and packages. Even everyone in my District believes I have the best parents ever. (; 

Sudweeks, Walsh, Thomas, Sister Murray

​"Boys will be girls, and girls will be boys" Elder Walsh (Left)
 (He's also from England ) and Sudweeks
Elder Sudweeks, Elder Thomas (sunglasses),
 Sister Murray

Use this one for the Christmas card!
Or this one.(;

Garrett, Morris, Davis, Taylor-Jenson, Edgley, Budge
Murray, me, Mathis

Garrett, Budge, Edgley (gold tie)
 (this was when we said goodbye).
 Davis, Morris (blue tie), Taylor-Jenson
Sister Murray, me, Sister Bates
 and sister Mathis (They're my teachers)
Elder Tedrow, Sister Romrell (From rigby)

Walsh, Andon (beard), Thorsen (White Japanese 12 year old) Leishman, Hingano

It snowed this morning! 
Kelsey's Brother Brayden