The Missionary Set Sail

Welcome to the Blog set up for Emily McRae! Emily's serving the Lord in the Washington, Tacoma mission. She set sail to the Missionary Training Center February 24th 2010. She will be in the Tacoma area for 18 months. This blog is updated and maintianed by one Molly McRae. The blog should display letters and photos of Emily while she is serving the Lord along with a quick update about transfers and mission companions. Hopefully the blog can keep you tied over until Emily is back to entertain once more.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

The weekend before departure to the real mission world!!!

So I'm in the laundry trying to get as many of my clothes clean as possible. I fly out early monday morning and because you sent me a phone card, I think I'll be giving you a call that morning. I'll try and do a few minutes to each of you on cell phones most likely. I'm getting really nervous; I just really don't want to leave the MTC.
Did you notice I got myself a good computer this time? It's keys are all in the right place and in proper working condition! Yay!
So I think I told you about the guy who we are teaching in the TEC that is gay? Well, it was really tough the first time and was progressively getting better. Well, yesterday (friday) was our last lesson with cause he doesn't come in on Saturdays and we are leaving. He had said that when he was trying to pray, he would think of us and what we had said. I feel as though, because of the non-profit org that he was creating, that he and I were able to find something in common and make a connection that made it so much easier to teach him; you know me, when I get talking about education and getting other people started in their own education, it's like a light just pops on, only I've never had to incorporate the gospel into that so at first I had a hard time; good thing I had my companions there. I found that in later discussions it was increasingly easier to talk to him about his passion of esucation and being gay and incorporate the gospel. Loved it! By the end of our last discussion, he was willing to go to church with a friend and was truly sad that we weren't going to be able to teach him again.
I think that is going to be my biggest struggle, not getting attached to the people that I am teaching that they become "converted to the missionaries" as they say here at the MTC. I just really find it so easy to talk to people and with the Lord's help, I have been able to create an environment where the gospel can be present too! It's so cool!
My companions and I arew really gonna have a hard time adjusting to the mission field without each other. We have become so close, and I never thought that would happen! We already have plannes that we are going to have a reunion here in Utah and meet at the MTC and teach in the TRC. That is where volunteers can come in and pretend to be investigators so that the missionaries can practice teaching lessons.
We took an evaluation of the MTC and one of the questions asked how my experience here has been; I said it has been the 2nd best thing that has happened in my life so far because I'm sure the mission field is going to be my first :)
I'm not homesick, but I do miss you guys. I look forward to getting letters from you as soon as I get to Washington on Monday :)

Love you,
Sister Emily McRae

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