Looking back on it, I really can’t believe how fast time flies! It’s crazy thinking that today is my last P-day in the MTC and then I’ll be in CHINA!! We got our flight plans and we leave the MTC at 2:30 in the morning on the 25th, so I probably won’t be getting any sleep that night (partially due to excitement and partially due to the fact that I hate packing and will probably put it off to the very end).
This week was kind of a blur so I don’t remember too much that happened. It’s like a million things have happened since I last wrote, I just know it, but also it feels like everything is still pretty much the same. I’ve pretty much become amazing at 4 square, so I’ll leave that legacy behind. Also I’ve been really worried that it would be hard to find peanut butter in Hong Kong so I’ve been eating a lot of it lately, pretty much at every meal. But luckily I found out that it’s pretty cheap over there. Yeah, I’ve still been eating a lot of it.
We will have to say good-bye to our teachers this week and it is honestly going to be one of the hardest things about leaving the MTC. They have both been so great and I don’t know what my experience would have been like without them! They have been there for us the whole nine weeks and very patiently tolerated our quirks as well as helped us through our struggles. I did tell them, though, that they have to tell the next Cantonese speakers that come in about the dolphins on the Hong Kong flag. I’m not sure if it will happen though because one of the teachers still to this day can’t unsee the dolphins and doesn’t want to bring that burden upon anyone else. I’ll find a way to get the word to them somehow…
For our Sunday devotional the BYU Men’s Chorus came and preformed for us, and it was amazing! They sounded so good and throughout the whole presentation you could feel the Spirit so strongly. They mostly sang different variations of hymns, but they also sang an arrangement of “I Can Go the Distance” from Hercules and it was one of the coolest things ever. I felt like it fit in perfectly with everything that I am feeling right now. About to set off on the next great adventure down a winding road that leads to places I’ve only ever dreamed of. About to be thousands of miles from home swallowed in a sea of new faces and speaking a language that I really don’t even speak. But I know that for all of the trials and hardships that are surely lurking around the corner, there will be so many more rewarding experiences. Hard work, yes, but I have the opportunity to do and be so much! I truly know that “every mile will be worth my while” if I put in the work and do the very best that I can. I know that there are some things that are simply out of my control, but there are so many more things than I oftentimes realize that I can do!
1) weird picture we found in our language book from the 80s
2) us with some departing Mandarin sisters