Well, I did it! I made it through one week in the MTC, and what an experience it has been. The campus is so big and there are so many buildings that my ability to get lost is almost crippling. I’m sure that if it weren’t for my companion, I would have been an hour late to every class and meeting! But so far I’m still alive, but I think that my brain already may be over saturated with all of the Cantonese that has been thrust upon me. Funny story this week, we have investigators that we teach here and during one of the elders’ lessons they used the wrong tone and accidentally talked about the plan of fat cheeks instead of the plan of happiness. Haha it is definitely a hard language with all of the different tones and I’m not even going to tell you all of the mistakes that I’ve made so far! Maybe another time…
My Chinese name is Gok Ji Muih which is pronounced Gaw Tzee Moi. Ji Muih means sister and Gok is pretty much just a Chinese sound that they gave that kind of sounds like my last name. Although I’m still not entirely sure how all of that works, but it’s still cool!
I’m not going to lie, the MTC has definitely been hard so far and the first day especially there were too many thoughts and emotions coursing through me to even articulate. There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t found myself questioning why it is that I am here, but I am always reminded that I have a calling from God given to me specifically to teach specific people and what a joy this knowledge has been! If you know your purpose you cannot wander.
My district is so great! Everyone is hilarious- I’ve almost laughed myself to tears a few times already. My companion is so sweet and thoughtful and we have worked well together which is a relief because that is one thing that I worried about before coming to the MTC.
I’m usually not a singer, but I decided to participate in the missionary choir that they do every week for the Tuesday devotional and I’m glad I did! We sang “Hark All ye Nations” and it is such a great song, especially for missionaries. Music has such a way of touching the heart and just singing it I felt my purpose fortified and remembered why it was that I was serving a mission- to bring the gospel to all nations and all people! (But specifically Hong Kong because it’s the coolest 😉 I feel like it was exactly the push that I needed. In the devotional yesterday they talked a lot about how you just need to get moving and how faith and doubt can not exist in the same person at the same time. I realized that it does no good to dwell in the past thinking about all of the mistakes that we have made. Today is a new day, so keep pushing forward and make it a good one!
Here is my address while I’m here in the MTC if anyone would like to send me a letter or a package 😉
Sister Leah Danielle Crockett
2005 N 900 E Unit 3
Provo UT 84602
Kok Ji Muih