Monday, July 29, 2013

5th "B-Day" July 23, 2013 in the life OF CHANGES for Hermana Talbot

5th "B-Day" July 23, 2013
in the life OF CHANGES for Hermana Talbot

Okay so news. 
A lot of it actually. 
Hold on to your hats everyone.

I will be staying in the CCM (Mission Training Center) for 2 weeks longer due to my Mission President wanting me to come with the next transfer of Gringos and Latinos.
We have come up with some plans as to how I can best spend my extra 2 weeks. Namely, memorizing medical vocabulary and doing mock medical phone calls. I will be in the medical office with Doctor Mikesell right here at the CCM (he is the MD for all of Chilean missionaries) and also with Sister Thompson (who is the mental health specialist). So that will be wonderful.
We had a Brother Mills here with us this past week. He is the head of international MTC's. He and I spoke a few times and he also emailed Salt Lake City for me to get some conference training with church headquarters.
Lastly, I spoke with my mission president, President Wright, and his wife and we talked about what my responsibilities could be and so forth. Because the opportunities as a mission nurse specialist combined with a missionary are endless, it will be an adventure for a while to try to balance between the two.
Apparently, I will have my own cellphone and hopefully a laptop/iPad. The missionaries in the Santiago East Mission will call me for any medical questions or needs. Then from there I can refer them on to someone or give them advice.
I will only be teaching the gospel for 12 weeks; then, I will probably take over being the nurse for the sister missionaries and Sister Wright will continue with the Elders. Eventually, according to Brother Mills, I will take over the whole mission as the mission nurse specialist.
I am doing well. 
The Spanish is coming faster than I expected and I know I can learn so much more being here 8 weeks vs 6 weeks.

I never thought going on a mission would change me as much as it already has. Sure, I knew it was going to change me, but after 5 weeks I can start to see the difference. It's no wonder missionaries are so weird when they first arrive home! 

I know this church is of God due to the spirit I have felt while I am teaching gospel truths. I know change is necessary in everyone's lives in order to come closer to God and our Savior. Repentance is even for Celestial people! 
I know Joseph Smith and Thomas S. Monson are prophets of God with the authority to speak in His name. 
This church is the only true church on this earth with the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ as spoken of in the Bible and Book of Mormon. 
My Savior is my rock, guide, joy, peace, happiness, and all that I am or will ever be. So then if I know all of this, how could I not want to share it? 
This is why I am in Chile.... to serve my Savior in any capacity He asks of me.... for I owe Him for the eternities.

I love you all sooo much!

 Brooklyn and her empañada

One of the temple here on the grounds where the CCM is (everything here in Chile is gated in, so we have the church buildings in one area)

 The rest are of the attempt to take pictures of the mountains. Attempt. It is disgusting the amount of smog. Just from a little ways away you can see the smog. Gross!! 

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