I am having the time of my life here in the MTC. I am the only Indonesian speaking person here, so it is just me and my teacher (guru) Sister Sheffield. It's so hard but such an amazing language, going to language classes are my favorite thing to do, even though I have got no clue what she is saying. I don't have to speak only Indonesian, at least not yet, but I learned how to share my testimony and pray today. I wrote a whole paragraph in Indonesian of my testimony, all by myself, no dictionaries or help. To say I know that Heavenly Father loves me, I say, "Saya tahu bahwa Bapa Surgawi mengasihi saya". I love it! I am in a companionship with two other sisters, Sister Leydsman from St. George, who's going to the Republic of Georgia, speaking Georgian. She's also the only person in her class, and her language is so HARD, the alphabet is completely different and it's just a really hard language to learn. She's amazing and so nice! Sister Hodson is from Ohio/New York and she is going to the Baltic mission speaking Lithuanian. She's also really nice and has a wonderful singing voice. So far I have not seen any bats, so I've got something going for me. The food is a little sketchy and the beds are like sleeping on a table, but those are the only things that are kind of messed up around here. I have seen quite a few people I know. One of the first missionaries I came across after getting into the MTC was Elder Tucker, who I went to Highland with, who's going to Russia. He said hi to me, I didn't even know that he knew who I was in high school, but I guess he did! I've also seen both of the Romney twins, Sister Walden Hollinghouse (totally butchered it), Elder Sam Simmons, Elder Mac Wilson, Elder Sam Hawker, Sister Morgan Conolly, and my step nephew(?) Elder AJ Balukoff. It's weird seeing all of these Highland people, I feel like I'm back in high school! I actually have P Day on Thrusdays, but our branch president let us tell you guys that we're all settled in. So, I'll see you soon! I'll send photos next time!
HOLLEY STRINGHAM: Salt Lake City, born and raised; returned missionary from the Indonesia Jakarta Mission.; a simple folk aimed on changing the world