Sister McCrea and her MTC (Missionary Training Center) Ukraine District. Sister McCrea is the female on the left.
And now her first email home from the MTC during her mission:
HELLO EVERYONE! And I'd say that in Russian, but alas -- I'm not exactly sure how to type in Russian yet, haha. I think I'll learn that somewhere around week 4 or 5? Maybe?
So, I've survived an entire week at the MTC. (Well, tomorrow it will be exactly a week, if we're going to get specific here.) Something that I didn't think that I would be able to do... But I did it, and I made it to P-day! (which is on Tuesday for those of you who were wondering)
ANYWAY! This first week has been crazy. It's been filled with missionary teaching seminars, Russian, scripture study, more language study, more scripture study, and not-so-bad MTC cafeteria food -- and not to forget plenty of running around, trying to get myself familiar with the buildings and my surroundings. (I still feel lost from time to time, but I'm glad that one of my companions isn't directionally challenged like I feel that I am.) The Russian is coming. But I have to keep reminding myself that I've only been learning Russian for 6 days and it's okay if I sound like a 5 year old Russian kid and I can't speak in complete sentences yet. I'm just keeping a prayer in my heart that I'll one day understand it.
My companions are really cool. -- Yes, I said companions. I'm part of a trio. (Be jealous). Sister Garff is from West Jordan, Utah. She's a sweet little thing who I don't think has one mean bone in her body. Sister Patterson is from Portland, OR, and she makes sure that no one forgets it! She is really good at holding a conversation and she knows how to make someone feel welcome and important. I feel really lucky that I'm with them. I know that I will learn a lot from both of these sisters.
I hope that everyone got a chance to watch the Worldwide Missionary broadcast thing that was this past Sunday. I really liked watching it. And I'm not just saying that because I was in the audience watching.
My time's running short. I've only got an hour allotted to spend time writing e-mails... so hopefully next week's message will be longer. I think I'll actually write out what I've got to say rather than writing it all out while I'm sitting here at the computer.
Till next week.