Sunday, September 25, 2011

Week 2 and Lima bound soon

This past week has been good. I didn't start having a hard time until about Monday. I was so worried about my spanish. Our second day here we were given an investigator and we had to teach him in complete spanish. SO AWFUL! We didn't know hardly anything. We started copying out of our spanish preach my gospels, but we quickly learned that was not the way to teach, we weren't teaching by the spirit and couldn't answer any of Beto's questions.

So by Monday night a lot of our district was feeling the same way. We decided that on Tuesday we would have a district fast for help with our spanish and our lessons. Tuesday was amazing I was able to receive lots of different tips and help from other teachers and zone language helpers. Here are some scriptures that really helped me.
1 nephi 17:51 (so great). I know that they lord has so much power that he will be able to teach me how to teach in spanish and how to be able to teach with the spirit and know what my investigators are saying back to me.
The next one is 2 nephi 31: 3 well actually the whole thing.  I know that the lord will help me and won't give me things that I can't handle. I know that even though I have only been here a week. I am already learning so so much!

Tuesday night’s fireside speaker was Russel M. Nelson. It was incredible. We got to sing in the choir and we were singing ‘Where Can I Turn for Peace’ while he walked in. I started crying as he came in the room. I knew at that time where I could go for peace. I knew that I could go to my Savior anytime. My prayers had been answered. It also was a great testimony strengthener about prophets. He is indeed a prophet of the lord. He was so funny. We had been given the new issue of the Ensign, which is all about the Book of Mormon, and he spoke right from it the whole night. It was incredible.

In Relief society we got to all meet together (all 400 sisters at the mtc) . Sister Sharee Bird gave the lesson and she used this quote "Obedience brings forth blessings, but EXACT obedience brings forth miracles". Sister Nelson also used the same talk on Tuesday night. This quote has come to mean so much to me. I know that if I am completely 100 % to all of the rules. I will be blessed.

Oh so I have had lots of questions about my visa. A lot of the sisters that have been called to go the Lima Peru MTC have been delayed multiple weeks because their visas have not been here. Instead of being disappointed, the sisters in my district decided to just plan on not going on time. Which we were happy about because we are struggling with our spanish.  Yesterday my name was read over the intercom (which either means you are being reassigned, or that your visa came).  My stomach was in huge knots as we walked across campus. As we walked in the door two other sisters (in our zone, who were already suppose to be in Peru) had their travel itineraries in hand. I got my VISA!!!! I will be traveling with them on OCT 5th!! Any my flight leaves around 9 that morning. I'm so excited and SOO nervous.

(ok mom interjection here – Kaylee doesn’t know that last Sunday some of our extended family were having a special fast for an ill relative and I asked if they would please include fasting that Kaylee would receive her visa and be able to leave as scheduled after the 3 weeks to go to the Lima MTC.  Hmmm power in fasting, you bet!)

I get to go to the temple this afternoon and I'm looking forward to it so much! I didn't realize a week and a half of not going would have such an effect on me.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

MTC - it's awesome

Tucano's ... a lunch to remember :)

We're Here

Welcomed by wonderful friends Elder & Sister James (Zimbabwe bound)

Off she goes ... what a joyous event (through the tears)
We love her, we'll miss her but couldn't be happier!

Here are some excerpts from here first letter 9/17/2011

The MTC is so wonderful! I love it so much! I love learning and studying. In my first classour instructor walked in and started right off is spanish. no english! Ah!! Last night we had to give our first lesson in complete spanish to our investigator Beto. Oh my! It was truely awful, but I learned so much just giving one lesson and have learned so much for our lesson later tonight.

My compenera is Hermana Eddings. She is from centerville. She was super excited the first day about being her and was so excited for the work.  She is also going to the trujillo peru mission!  There are two other hermanas in our district and one of them is Hermana Stemile and she is from Kansas andshe is going to the lima south  mission(i think). And the other sister is Hermana Adams from California. She is so wonderful! We get along so well! We feel like we know each other from somewhere, and we have become wonderful friends! There are 7 elders in our district and all of them are going to Mexico. There are three sisters next door to us, and they are all going to  Peru as well, and they were all suppose to leave two weeks ago to leave for the lima mtc, but visas are really bad and they have been delayed. We found out that the government in Peru is changing so much right now that visas are taking forever. So as of right now we are just planning on staying in provo longer, because of all of the other hermanas experiences.

As I got here the first day I was so nervous and unsure what was ahead of me. I didn't know anything about my companion or teaching or the work. And I don't know much more now, except for the fact that I am suppose to be here! This is where I need to be! I love the mtc and am excited to continue to learn more about the gospel, especially how to teach it in spanish! Please pray for me, this spanish is no bueno :).

Please send lettters as often as you can. We get mail twice a day!

Thanks so much for all of hte love and support! I love being a missionary and have felt so many blessings as I have already been here. I know that this churhc is true and that God blesses us when we are obedient. He watches over us!

Love you all!!
Hermana Sandstrom!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mission Address! works best and is free for the MTC and also for once I get to Peru.
My PROVO MTC address is
Sister Kaylee Nicole Sandstrom
MTC Mailbox #210
PER-TRU 1116
2005 N. 900 E.
Provo Ut 84604

My PERU MTC Address is
Sister Kaylee Nicole Sandstrom
Centro de Capacitacion Missional
Melgarejo 159
La Molina
Amazonas 12

And My Pouch mail address is
Sister Kaylee Nicole Sandstrom
Peru Trujillo Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130
( For pouch mail, for the letter in thirds, writing only on one side, secure the long sides with tape but don't seal the ends. Then address like a normal letter with your return address so I can write you back. )

Send packages (:)) to the Mission office at
Sister Kaylee Nicole Sandstrom
Peru Trujillo Mission
Avenida Larco 849, Piso 3
Urb. La Merced
Trujillo, La Libertad
51 44-291-543

Again: is the best way!!

Thanks so much for all of your love and support!