Monday, November 24, 2008

Classic Moments and Classic Mess-ups!

Hey y'all! Here is the latest - Please, please, PLEASE write her a letter of love! :) It means the world to her...

"November 21, 2008

From the crossroads of the west....however that goes, Hello from the MTC again! Yet another week has managed to pass us by, and hopefully we are all still alive and kicking at the end of it! Life at the MTC is grand as always, the schedule of sit, eat, sit carries on strong. Not even switching to solo Portuguese could switch that up! Speaking of solo Portuguese, here are the funniest comments from teaching the first lesson in Portuguese:
3. Elder Tolman asked an investigator to read a scripture. When he finished reading Elder Gooding asked what that scripture meant to him. This prompted a question from our "investigator." Well, since neither of the elders can really understand Portuguese they both sat there and nodded their heads saying, very good, very good.- I was cracking up.
2. When talking about the ministry of Jesus Christ, One elder mixed up a couple of words and instead of saying that the church was established or created by Jesus Christ, he explained that Jesus Christ had childrened the church. Now that isn't even a word, but somehow it became one....
1. While relating the first vision Elder Bennet had a bit of a mishap, Instead of using the for whose (cujo) he used to word quexo(i may have spelled that wrong,i don't have my dictionary). As a result he told the investigator that Joseph Smith saw two beings, with the brightness and glory of cheese....
I was slightly frustrated with this weeks lesson because I managed to catch the cold that is flying around the MTC and woke up yesterday(the day of our teaching appointment) with no voice. SO, the elders had to do it all on their own...(for results... see above). The best part was that I could still understand everything, so I mostly just thought it was funny.

Lets see, as for the rest of the top 5 list (yes I know, it's not 10- I don't have that much time)
5. (funny teaching experiences...see above)
4. This week was stellar for seeing people I know... It was great to see everyone (Jon, Steve, Matt, Elise, Rebekah, Burke, Pam)
3. This was my last week with Irma Earley...I know sad day. She leaves on Tuesday for Portugal. Luckily I am only three weeks behind her. We also lost our Jim Carrey look alike/impersonator to Brazil this week. Our class is mourning the loss of Elder Taylor- he could do a perfect imitation- quite entertaining actually.
2. We had 30...yes 30 new Portuguese missionaries this week! 22 of them happen to be waiting for Visas to Brazil, but WOW!
1. Elder Holland was our speaker this Tuesday. Not only did he give an amazing and funny talk (which included him pretending to fly with a cape behind the pulpit) we had a pretty cool experience afterward. Irma Earley and I had just left the gym and were standing with a couple of other sisters on the curb when Elder Holland drove by. He rolled down his window, pointed at us and told us I love you, and you have the best times ahead of you!It was a pretty cool experience and one that we really needed. Every one has been getting pretty nervous about the fact that half our zone is leaving this week- and that makes my District the farthest along now. We are supposed to actually know what we are talking about- and that is scary. Luckily we are not doing this alone, I am so thankful for the help and companionship of the spirit. One of the lessons I learned this week is how vitally important having the Spirit is with everything that we do- and that isn't just in missionary mode. That is for life!
Well, so much for this weeks edition of the MTC no-news letter! Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to everyone!


Irmã Ray

ps I appreciate all of your are awesome!~"

The following is Sarah's contact information while in the MTC. She is scheduled to leave for Portugal on the 16th of December. Her contact information for
US mail (letters and all packages) is:

Sister Sarah Ray
MTC Mailbox #157
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo, Utah 84604-1793

An alternative way, which is free and probably the easiest (letters only) is:
1) On the internet go to
2) There is a drop down box on the right hand side down just a couple inches. Enter her mission which is Provo-MTC and then click "write a letter" just below where you select the mission.
3) On the next screen enter your return address and Sister Sarah Ray in the address line, add your email in the email box below the envelope.
4) Write your letter in the text box and then hit the "send letter" box under the text box to send it on.

Again, this is free and is valid during her time at the MTC.

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