Thursday, June 18, 2015

Semana 1

Anna at the MTC

Hola from The CCM, or El Centro de Capacitacion Misional Mexico, or the Mexico Missionary Training Center. The official language isn't Spanish or English, but is an odd mixture of the two. The missionaries use what Spanish they know and the teachers use the English they use and somehow we all understand each other. Missionaries are either here for 2 weeks (Native speakers) or 6 weeks (just learning). We started teaching in Spanish the second day here and it has been an adventure. The man we are teaching is named Luis. Lessons thus far have been going really well. We can more or less understand him and he can usually understand us. The Spirit has been present at every lesson which is the most important thing.

We had 2 really cool experiences this week. The first is when we received iPad training.  Some missionaries are using iPads in the field now, but they received training there. My district is the first one to receive the training in the MTC. We are the only ones here to have them, and we only get them during training, but if it works well we'll get them all the time. The first lesson was really intense because we had about 8 people in dark suits in our classroom just watching us and taking notes. Our teacher told us later that his boss, his bosses boss and then his boss were all in there at one time. It was kind of scary, but also really fun.
The other experience was this morning when we got to go see the Visitor's Center for the Mexico City Temple. It was so beautiful and such a good experience. I would have loved to do a session, but the temple is closed until August when it will be rededicated.
All in all this has been a really good week. I'm learning a ton and feeling the Spirit more then I have ever felt in my life. My district is wonderful and I love my companion. I can't wait to see what this week will bring.
My best to you all,
Anna/Hermana Christensen

PS one of the pictures is of me and my companion Hermana Murdock, and the other is of our district