Monday, May 30, 2011

First Pictures!

 Her District!

 Hermana Jacobsen and Elder Riggs being awkward!

 Hermana Jacobsen pointing on the map to where she will be in about a week and a half! Guatemala!

 Hermana Jacobsen and her companion, Hermana Desoto

"Week #2"- May 27

Hola Familia!
Well I definitely hate the little timer going in the upper right corner of my screen - how annoying! I am in the laundry room waiting for my stuff in the dryer right now with a bunch of other missionaries writing letters! I just sent off a handwritten letter to you all in the TJMAXX bag i just sent home via postmart - i think you have to go to postmart and pick it up today. I sent pictures!!!
Well this week has gone by so fast! I basically just studied and ate! My district is amazing, check out the picture I sent. All of the elders in my district are really so nice and diligent, i am sad none of them will be in my mission, they are all going to honduras or el salvador/belieze missions. But it has been wonderful to get to know them and learn from their examples. A couple have girlfriends at home writing them so we hermanas are good at teasing them a little - big sister style.
Last night we had a wonderful scripture reading session where we had people reading the BOM outloud in english while we all followed along in spanish (like i would do at home) and it turned into a testimony meeting where whoever wanted to ended up saying something, and then we kneeled in prayer and sang army of helaman - just in our classroom. It was so nice. Our teachers will be wondering what they missed! We spend most of the day without a teacher doing scheduled personal/companion/language study but 3-6 hours a day a teacher comes. We have 2 teachers and they both act as investigators when it comes time to practice teaching. We have to learn their needs and what they know already and construct lesson plans for them. It is difficult not to want to tell them everything at once - but having to do it en espaƱol really makes it easier because i HAVE to say it simplified. haha
Thank you for all of your letters and prayers this week! I also loved the packages. I think I will mail home my microchip from my voice recorder before i go off to guatemala so you guys can hear a little bit, I dont have much time to record here though. I have recorded some though!
My flight plans for June 7th: SLC -> LA -> Guatemala City (via delta)!!! AHHHHHHHHHH! Thats soon!!!
I was freaking out a little a few days ago because i felt like i had to learn spanish in 3 weeks.. so that i wouldn't drown when i got immersed in it - I want a solid grammatical foundation and vocabulary so the immersion does me well instead of just making me confused. But i am not expected to learn it in 3 weeks so its okay - ill just keep studying! Its coming along, i do lots of flash cards hahah.
I love you all so much! I miss you lots!
Love, Hermana Jacobsen

"Hola Familia"- May 27

"Hola"- May 21 (First Email)

"Hola!" - May 21 (First Letter)

Hi everyone! I am safe in the MTC and today is my P-day for exactly 3 hours haha - a well deserved break! The schedule is so busy! I can't figure out how to send the pictures that i took but I have taken them. this computer recognizes that a camera is connected but it won't let me access "my computer" to get to the camera! bahhhhh. Oh well, i will print and send them when they are done printing next week.
My week has been so busy and full of gospel, lessons, studies and eating! We eat 3 full means a day which is intense! ahah it is exactly like the dorm food so i like it just fine :) My companion is Hermana Desoto and she is so nice and knows lots of spanish already so she is very very helpful to me! There are 4 girls in my room (6 bunk beds) and we all get along great. 3 of us are in the Guatemala NOrth Mission and Hermana Campell is going to an El Salvador mission, but we are all going to the Guatemala CCM in 3 weeks together. I have seen 2 other Hermanas that will be going with us. My district is 12 missionaries that I spend basically all day with. We do personal study, companion study, language study, and class all in the same tiny classroom haha. We aarree  squished but its good. THe elders are all very nice and act pretty grown up, ive been very surprised. My guy teacher is hard and my girl teacher is nice and speaks slowly enough that I understand a lot of what she says... well not a lot but i pick up way more words than i used to! We have had some wonderful spritual workshops as well! I am excited to go put all that i am learning into practice! I am learning to pray in spanish and learning to bear my testimony. I do lots of spanish flash cards all day. ahhhh busy busy!
Mommy everyone loves my outfits! It was a little cold this week but I wore sweaters and we were inside mostly anyway. Thank you for the coat and packages! :)
Daddy I am using my voice recorder! I got the message about the default saving so ill play with it.
Kids--- I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!
anyway I am happy and I love you so much! Thank you for helping me get on this mission! ( I say help because I don't think i could have done it by myself!)
I will send pics  ASAP!!!!
love Hermana Jacobsen

First Letter from the MTC! -May 18