Friday, May 31, 2013

MTC semana dois

Oi familia e amigos!

Hope everyone is doing well in the outside world! This second week in the MTC went by really quickly it's crazy! We have a set schedule now so it is not as hectic as it was that first little while. We have two teachers now Irmao (brother) Pinho and Irma (sister) Ricks, both of them are great. They alternate teaching us Portuguese and teaching us how to teach the lessons. Haha every day we do the same things, we eat, we study, go to class, teach lessons, eat again, go to class again, study some more, eat, have gym time (which I love because we get to go outside!!), study, and plan and go to bed. The order in which we do things does switch though so it's not monotonous!
Oh and we have devotional on Tuesdays and Sundays and those are great! Speaking of devotional- Mom guess who I saw?? Kahuna! Sister Fugal played the special musical number for devotional the other day and did an awesome job! I didn't get to say hi to her but I was telling everybody 'I know her! that's Kahuna!' Oh also speaking of devotional .. guess who got asked to say the closing prayer for this Tuesdays devotional?? This Sister!! Ah no pressure only like 4,000 people at the MTC watch the devotional and I might very well accidentally switch to Portuguese during my prayer! Haha hopefully that doesn't happen!! I am so slowly but surely losing my abililty to speak english well so if any portion of this does not make sense I'm sorry!
The pictures you sent of the flowers you did were gorgeous! Thanks so much for the package! We have been enjoying the treats and my cat shirt ;) Haha sister Biggs has a pug shirt so we had fun wearing them yesterday when we played kickball for gym time with our district and another district in our branch. I'll include a picture! (we felt we needed to take a serious picture due to the shirts we were wearing) Haha we had too much fun with that.
Also this week it was Sister Nelson's birthday! I must let you know that she has acquired the nickname of Sister Nelsloth because of her awkward grace. She has good humor and we have many jokes about sloths! Anyway on her birthday we had a mini party with the treats and sunglasses she got! I don't have a picture with the whole district but I did include one with us sisters! Also the 'top button' lives on here in the MTC and I got Sister Willey to join me! Haha sister Biggs is photo bombing us, I thought Tim-Tim would enjoy that!
We took a picture in front of the famous map with our whole district! Also I see people here everyday that I know. There are so many Elders and Sisters that I know from BYU and Eagle Mountain that I see often so that is fun. They officially have people in the Rain Tree MTC now so that is cool! Sorry this email is so much shorter this week.
I will leave a spiritual thought though, in the MTC we are learning so much about the Doctrine of Christ and how that is the focus of missionary work. 3 Nephi chapter 11, 27 both are bursting with the Doctrine of Christ are great chapters to help us understand our purpose as missionaries. This missionary work stuff is definitely not easy but I can't wait to get to Cape Verde and meet and help the people there.
I love you all and am grateful for all the prayers coming my way!
Com amor,
Sister Turner
District Sisters at the Provo Temple
Elder Ruberson, from my BYU, ward
is in my Portuguese branch
 'Top Button' lives on here in the MTC & I got Sister Willey
 to join me!
 Sister Biggs is photo bombing us,
 I thought tim-tim would enjoy that!  
 We took a picture in front of the
famous map with our whole district!
 Sisters map picture
Sister Nelson's Birthday
A happy cat picture
We felt we needed to take a serious picture
due to the shirts we were wearing
Sister Kerr & Sister Turner

Friday, May 24, 2013

First Week in the MTC

Oi familia e amigos!!

Sorry I have not written yet our P-day is on Friday. So we had to wait like 9 or 10 days! Thank you so so so much for the letters and the packages!! Getting mail is like Christmas for a Missionary so thank you so much!
I don't even know where to start about the MTC, it is crazy those first couple days! I don't know how Amanda had a chance to write stuff down. It was... just go here, welcome, go there, welcome, take this, welcome! (Everyone says hi and welcomes you because you have an orange sticker on your tag the first day.  We got here on Wed. and just hit the ground running. Like we taught our first lesson in PORTUGUESE on Friday, two days after we got here. I mean it wasn't very pretty (especially with all my Spanish slipping in, oops!) but it is amazing how quickly we can learn and the Spirit. This week it has calmed down a bit which is nice.
Speaking of we, my companion is Sister Catherine Willey she is from Pleasant Grove, she plays the cello (like for music and the spoken word good) and is studying Latin at BYU.  I never met her there though because she was in Ukraine last semester teaching English.  She is nice and really hard working, plus studied like 10 languages before the MTC so that helps too!  We teach well together and hopefully will just continue to improve! There are 2 other sisters in our district, Sister Nelson is from Ephraim and went to BYU and Sister Biggs went to SVU and is from Arizona. They are a hoot and we have funny times. All 4 of us are going to CV and the Elders in our district are going to Brazil, Portugal, and Mozambique.  In the other district though there are 4 sisters and 4 elders going to CV so that means there will be 12 of us flying out at the same time! Our Branch Presidency (like a bishopric kind of, they are over the 6 Portuguese speaking districts in our branch) in the MTC is awesome! Pres. Hodges daughter in-law Alicia was one of my young womens' leaders so it is fun to talk about Eagle Mountain with him!
Hmm sorry this is not very long we have a time limit and these computers are like dinosaurs and take foreverrr. Oh yeah and I type slow.
In the MTC we have devotionals on Sundays and Tuesdays and they get great speakers like Mary Ellen Edmunds (who was hilarious) and Marcus B Nash of the 70. In the beginning of his talk he said that "Africa is the future of the Church", us CV missionaries appreciated that! He taught about the Doctrine of Christ and how that is exactly what we need to learn and to do as missionaries. Also we sang in the choir that day so that was fun but also I'm not very good at singing so maybe that will be our only time in the choir...haha anyway Portuguese! Our teacher is Brother Pinho and he is from Brazil and is really good, fun teacher. He has only been speaking English for a year so most days he teaches us and we help him a little too! We taught 5 lessons to our investigator "Kaita" who then after those 5 lessons Sister "Kaita"  and became our new teacher. She is also really nice and a great teacher. Actually everyone here is really nice and want to do everything they can to help the missionaries.
 I'm glad to hear about Tim-Tim and Kade! They are good boys.  And I'm glad about Caitlyn's wedding flowers, Mom I'm sure they were beautiful!  I tell the sisters all the flowers they have planted on the grounds here like tulips, coleus, geraniums, ivy, primroses, lots of pretty stuff!  That package someone gave you was so cute I could see why you didn't want to open it! Oh yeah! The food, there is so much of it! I am scarcely hungry because they feed us so much! Also a lot of it is the same as what they sell at BYU so I have had it before.  And thank you Dad for the Liahona and the package that was great!  And Mom and Grandma my clothes are working out wonderfully thank you! And Grandma I frequently get compliments on my tan striped skirt and I tell them you made it! haha I actually ran into a sister wearing the dress it came from so that was funny!
Ah we are out of time! 60 minutes goes so fast! But I attached a bunch of pictures.
I love you all so much and I think and pray for you often! I hope things are going great at home! Talk to you next week!
Love, Sister Turner

*note for mom*
-A plaque scripture could be ... sorry I can't decide I will write you a note later today!
Thank you thank you thank you mom! I LOVE YOUUUU!!! :)

From our first day (with orange sticker)

In our residence

With our district on our temple walk

Me and my beautiful Portuguese scriptures
 I can't read yet haha!

 Laundry this morning!

My old roommate Maddie before
she left for Mississippi.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hello everyone! 
I'm so excited to enter the MTC and get started! My mom will be updating my blog with my weekly emails.  I will be in the MTC for 6 weeks and then off to Cape Verde! All my contact info is listed on   this blog (to the right).  I would recommend using for letters, because it's free and you don't have to pay postage! (link is also on the right) There is a different Cape Verde mailing address for packages. However once I leave the MTC it becomes VERY costly and VERY unreliable to receive packages (like up to 6 months if it ever even arrives).  Due to these circumstances, there is another option. For those of you who would like to send care packages it would be cheaper and more effective to visit any Zions Bank and make a deposit to Paula Michelle Turner's account ending in 3936.  I will have access to this account and then be able to purchase items I need. Thanks so much everyone for your love and support!! The Gospel is true and you will be hearing from me soon!
Sister Turner