Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Mollie #4 - Elders, The Flu, and a 22 yo

MTC Lobby (Click to enlarge)

Alright, So... no pictures this time. I left my usb camera jack when I left. 
So, Shyan is coming out? That'll be fun. It will be summertime with a lot to do. Wonder if she'll garden?
 I´ve been sick the last week. Just a cold.
 I think the Elders probably asked me 8x a day "Is there anything I can do for you?" -each one   individually - they are so nice. (You know how I look when I get the tiniest cold!)
My thoughts -  "No, I am just a sniveling mess of tissues with a red nose. "
My answer -  " No, thank you I am fine just a little sick."
One elder's answer, "Well, know that you look beautiful" (seriously he said this-  and you KNOW how  I look!)
My thoughts "Why is it that we only get compliments on the bad days?"
Really, I know that they are just showing empathy and that they care. But, I counted and was asked 63 times one day.

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I prefer the girl method of handling others with illness. It is just better. 

Example, Hermana Porter, "Here, I got you some hot chocolate."

There are lots of people here with an awful flu. They instigated a ``no handshake policy,`` because so many people are sick. They are just vomiting all over the place. No one in my room is sick fortunately.
The other day, I had everyone choose one or two words to describe each of our personalities.
Hermana Porter: Vivacious, Just full of life, and funny
Hermana Peck: Loveable Firecracker
Hermana Ferrel: Carries elegance inside her, Princess
Me: Free Spirit, Hard working

The other day after one of our lessons. One of the sisters was crying. Evidently the constructive criticism from the substitute professor was rather harsh. When she approached him about it,he said that "she wasn't that first girl he made cry, and he wasn't sure why it happens."  I thought that was rather tactless, but he is only 22.
For New Year's, we stayed up until midnight telling stories, drinking soda, and just laughing. We can be rather silly when we are tired. We could hear the fireworks going off at Stadium of Fire, but we couldn't see any from our window.
     Scripture study has been really good. Recently, they've had us try a door approach method all in Spanish. The rule is if your door approach is no good you aren't allowed in. So, far we've made it in every time, but there has been some that haven't been let in.
      The music you sent me was great. But, the pictures were even better! Madeline has Matt`s nose. That is definitely not a Bowman nose. What color are her eyes? It is hard to tell from the pictures. She is way cute, and super long I mean 18". 
You must send me more pictures -including the ones we had from that professional photographer. Also, there were no pictures of you or The Father. Fix it.
Still eating Grapenuts for breakfast,
P.S. Did you know that the primroses at the temple bloom even through a foot of snow? Really! There is a foot of snow on top of them, but they have buds and flowers. I don't understand how they can grow under so much snow!


A Book of Mormon Story (Video)


Mollie #3- An MTC Christmas

~~Mollie received emails and in reading them had very little time left over for writing. She wrote me a note asking to have no one email her, but she would LOVE letters!
       We need to write through or mail her letters to the MTC at this address:
                                            Sister Mollie Elizabeth Bowman
                                            MTC Mailbox # 279 
                                            CHI-CONS 0226 
                                            2005 N 900 
                                            Provo, UT 84604-1793

Missionaries at the Provo Temple (Click to enlarge)

Christmas Devotional (Click to enlarge)

To family,
Where is your companion from?  Morgan, Utah
How long do you work out?   1 hr
Why don't they let you study except in the one room?  Don't know but it is the rule
What is a typical day like there? How many hours of study time?   Our whole day is scheduled for us from 7 am to 9 :30 pm
Did you get our box? Was the chocolate dome too melted?   The dome was fairly melted, I ate it anyways. The box was great.
    Christmas has been good. We had morning devotional with Elder Nelson and his wife. He told us to fortify people, to open their eyes and stop rumors. She told us to use our gifts to help overcome any weaknesses we find or have as missionaries. There were also some conversion stories from a couple of speakers and the MTC president spoke. I sang in the choir. The choir here is huge (larger than the Tabernacle Choir). It is a lot of fun to sing together.
     I was just playing the piano in the other room (Piano music would also be great). One of the girls in my room (Sis. Peck), received a tiny grow your own tree kit right before Christmas -so we grew a little crystal tree. Later, her mother sent her a small plastic tree. Lastly, her boyfriend's mom sent her stockings for everyone; we were all surprised.
       Last night, we snatched some cookies from the cafeteria. We then had cookies and milk and story time for Christmas Eve. Fun right? I really enjoyed it.  We've watched three movies the latest being...whatever that one that has Scrooge in it and then we ate popcorn. Spanish is going well. Our teachers our great- I mean really what can you say about studying? Tonight we're watching," It's a Wonderful Life. "
 People in my Room:
Sis. Peck- Very lovable. Receives six or seven letters a day. Very smiley- super sweet on another missionary (sighed and sank into her pillow after reading his letter, sweet).
Sis. Porter- The teacher calls her Sis. Potter, and we haven't the heart to correct him. She wears M&M pajamas.
Sis. Ferrel-  Very classy - her outfits always contain black, and she always wears tights. She has a purple set of tights, she hasn't warn yet. I really appreciate her attitude. Ex. (after I sprinted across the field on the temple grounds and back) "Mollie you look like you really enjoyed that. Would you like to do it again?" ( I looked ridiculous sprinting in an orange skirt on Christmas through 4 inches of snow) but she just kind of smiles and with a- never a care attitude- asks if I would like to go again. (Has a scarf similar to Sisterhood of Traveling Pants that she shares with four of her friends.)
Tell Sister Ator hello for me, and tell Sis. Ashby that the watch she gave me has been used every day.
                                                                                   Merry Christmas,

PS. I write on Tuesdays. It is better if you can have my letters printed and given to me.

Elder Nelson told us our job is to open eyes and fortify minds.
Sister Nelson told us to use our gifts and talents.

Sister Talanoa - our choir director.


Mollie #2 - 1st P-Day at the MTC

My Missionary Choir

Hola mi familia,
Como estan? Como estan mi hermana, y mi sabrina a ser >----(^_^)----<? I am doing well here at the MTC. One thing I miss from home is the music. It is very quiet here. You don't realize what a blessing music is until you have almost none. As I told you in my letter, I am dorming with three 19 year olds. There are only about ten 19 year old girls in the MTC, so our room is kind of unique.

My companion and I have been given the responsibility of running the music for the ward/zone. We both play piano. Some skills in our zone include two violin players and a plethora of good singers - including one sister who has the most beautiful voice. Her name is Hermana Layton, and she can sing anything. Her voice kind of reminds me of a church organ - very full, loud, and beautiful. So, if you run across any great solo pieces send them my way.

My companion and I are getting along well. She studies Arabic at BYU... I mean what were the chances of that? ~(Mollie studies Arabic at BYU, too)~ She has no problem with all of my quirks. For example, it was just passed 9 o'clock, and my concentration was already shot. No matter what I tried, I just could not read or study. My brain was like oatmeal mush - the words wouldn't stay on the page. We had been up and studying, working, and serving since before six. I told Hrma. Ferrel this, and she was okay with me pacing in front of her waving my hands about like a mad man as I brainstormed ideas for our lesson plan. She is also okay with my occasional singing and incessant need to go on walks or move in general. Good news is our Spanish is improving quickly, and we probably memorize and use roughly 100 new words per day.

We have been teaching an "investigator" (our teacher) the discussions. In our last get together, we were able to teach without reading straight from "Preach my Gospel" -Our first lesson! ... (let’s just say I was surprised he didn't fall asleep.) In this last lesson, I read nothing at all just improvised with words I already knew. Things have been getting better. We had a small excursion to the temple the other day. I hadn't realized how much I missed the sun. We are indoors pretty much all day, and it was the first day we had gone outside for more than 3 minutes. Still, things are good here. I have found a piano I am allowed to practice on, and I am quite excited about everything!

Lots of love,

P.S. I am only allowed to write once a week, but this week I can write on Christmas as well.

To the Santos':
Thanks for the package and the chocolate. I was so surprised! I am using everything you gave me. I had forgotten to bring gloves and had only brought one notebook. Your package was perfect.

Riley could you see if you could get Jessica's – (red head from choir) - email address so that she can get my letter? Tell her that her letter came to me on my first day of the MTC and that it made me feel better knowing that someone was thinking about me. Also, I saw Vasha she said that if you come in on the 9th you might be one of her underlings. (okay not those words exactly but close). We are both in choir and the songs we are singing are incredible. The choir has over 500 people!

Wishing you all the best,

The Provo Temple (Click to Enlarge)


Mollie's 1st Letter - Companion, Rules, The Food

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Hey Peeps,
    After scrambling in here an hour late, I went to a room for a Spanish meet and greet. My companiero is Sis. Ferral. In Sara terms, we can be called the "feral Bow Man." (drawing of an archer).  So this is the first week to have younger missionaries at the MTC. I am rooming with three sisters who are all nineteen.

  My companiero, Hermana Ferral submitted her papers two days after the announcement! We are still in the compliment stage of "I like your skirt," but I think we will quickly move on. We have similar personalities - despite she being the oldest of nine siblings.

    Everyone here is very polite and the rules are pounded into you. A weird rule is that we are to study in only one room - so, at night we don't study our scriptures.

     My maestro, Brother Rodriguez, is from Peru. He is very patient with us. (He laughs at us when we pronounce things poorly.) Still- he is filled with energy and enthusiasm, and he uses his hands a lot. Somehow, it's not annoying or overbearing.

    I know Michele said the food wasn't so great, but I love it. They have Grapenuts, and we had spinach wraps for lunch. The air circulation in the gym is not very good, but it is well-equipped. Happy Christmas!


One of my mission leaders wears his collar like a vampire.

P.S. Alterations are cheap here!

It was snowing when I was dropped off at the MTC.