Meine Gute! How exhausting do you think it is to learn and teach the Gospel 24/7? Well let me assure you it's got me exhausted before I even wake up in the morning. It's crazy how tired I am. But I'm learning and i'm loving it! the german is coming along. not fast enough, but i have grown leaps and bounds since getting here. I can understand 75% of what is being said in my lessons and classes. I can also speak a little bit. I dont speak as much as i should because i'm really self conscious about it. i think i should be able to have a pretty good broken-german conversation by the time i leave in 4 weeks.
so much has happened! which is weird since all i really do is sit at a desk.
like i said, i'm the only sister in my whole zone. its difficult sometimes, but it's good most of the time. they are all such sweethearts and are always encouraging me and telling me to keep my head up. I've only had one melt down since getting here, and that was last Thursday, i think. i butchered my lesson so badly. i couldn't speak, the spirit wasn't there, and i was hating the language. and my companions. i broke down and couldn't keep from crying. the elders all offered to give me a blessing. it was the sweetest moment. they're like my older brothers. we kneel in prayer every night and we often take trips to the temple at the end of planning to go sing at the temple in the dark, rainy nights. we've had a few really touching testimony meetings together. last week we had a member of the 70 come speak to us. hes from Glasgow! go Scotland! but after that, we all ended up in tears and we got really close. we also had another moment like that on Sunday night. i really am coming to love and appreciate them all so so much! it#s going to be hard leaving them in 4 weeks. i'm very blessed to be in their presence.
my teachers are fantastic. one of them is from my aunts ward in frankfurt. so i've got a good friend here. its really nice :) and i've met more friends of the family at the temple, Sis Flinn from Nottingham - who met my parents on their missions 20+ years ago, and who also knows my nana and grandad from Scotland.
celebrating my bday in the MTC sure was a memory i wont forget! the first thing my sweet companion said to me when we woke up was "sister gilmour! come into my arms!" she is the best and i love her! she left me this morning.... :( :( i'll miss those sisters so much. but anyway! the day was so nice and it was full of lessons. so i was as happy as i could be learning German all day. at dinner, i was eating my dinner when i noticed it got way quiet. and then some elder jumped across a table and i looked up to see what the noise was and i hear "POTATO" and then everyone started singing! it was truly the most confusing moment, but so good! and then Sister Edwards came out with a cake... that had ME on it! it was a lovely surprise! Thanks ali and pete and sara for your services, cake and card! apparently they got told off, but i guess they felt sorry enough for me. i was glad for it :) one of the sisters also hand painted me a card and had all 22 of the missionaries sign it and write me a quick wish. it was so sweet :) thanks for the birthday wishes!
I loved my slippers mom! i wear them all the time! and the socks were good.. i'm going to need them. i can already tell i'm going to freeze in Germany. grrrrrreat.
german is good, but i'm not super at it. one of my companions is pretty much fluent, so i use him as a vrutch a lot of the time. i try not to. i really do know quite a lot about the language and im not rubblish at it, its just intimidating.
theres so much repetition here. and the days are so so sooooo long. 6:15-9:30 at night. but we usually don't sleep until about 11. heres the average day:
615- wake up and shower
730- personal study
830- language study on computers
930- comp study
1020 prep for exercise
1240 more study
110 comp study
210 gospel study
310 possible investigator/ additional study
6 comp study/ investigators/ lessons
9 daily planning
930 prep for bed
1030 lights out
yeah.. its basically like that every day. the only day thats not is sundays and sunday is meetings all day. which is really nice. we usually have two really good devotionals and a good testimony meeting with the zone or district.
i've decided to keep my hair completely heat free, so i need to find a way to send home my blow dryer and straightener. itll free up a lot of space in my bag. ang i'll have beautiful, flowing hair by the time im home.
i miss you all, but i'm way too busy to think of you all day!! no joke. theres no time to be homesick. sometimes i have to remind myself to think about you :):):).
i'm sending all my love to everyone!!
Sister Gilmou xx