September 01, 2010
Its my first day. I’m on the top bunk with my blanket, writing in my journal. It’s good to do something familiar, but at the same time, I love all the unfamiliar things I’ve felt/seen/been asked to do today. Already I am challenged here. It’s almost relieving to be challenged. In the book Eat, Pray, Love she says
“I need to marvel at something.”
But, I don’t need just anything. My spirit needs the truth. It needs to marvel and then stretch in response…GROW! I need to not just watch – but open my mouth. I had to do that a lot today. As soon as I got my picture taken and my tag on (loved that part) and through the new kid assembly line … I TAUGHT A LESSON. I knew the investigator’s name and I had 2 minutes to figure out what to teach. It was actually just role play but pretty intense for my first hour.
I’ve felt only good things since I arrived. An Elder asked me my name while we were standing in line for our tags. “Hi! I’m Sister Brown.” Then I said, “YEAH! I officially AM”. After getting my tag, everyone just kept calling me that. I love it.
My companion is … get this … Sister STARR ** She reported a while after me. My teacher let me refresh his computer screen as often as I wanted to see if she’d arrived yet. (Her picture comes up on his screen after they take it — a few minutes before she comes to the classroom).
Meanwhile, I was teaching with Sister Bergstrom. I really like her. She is artsy. You can just tell. She said one of her reasons for serving a mission was to spread joy. It sounds ordinary but I know what she means. I felt something really similar in the temple before my call, that I need to bring my ZEAL with me to San Fernando, to remember the joy in me and show it to people, the joy from the truth. Sister Bergstrom wears a retainer, cut off sweat pants and BIG old-lady glasses to bed. I just REALLY like her.
The thing is, teaching with her today … I had to make sure I gave her time to talk. She is more reserved and I would’ve dominated the lesson otherwise. She is very low-key and laid-back. It made me aware that I might need to chill out for Sister Starr, not tell her I’ve been refreshing the screen every few minutes and feeling so good and SPAZ *BLAH*BLAH*BLAH!
But here’s the interesting part. Sister Starr is kinda nuts like me. We taught almost immediately after she got in. We are both WAY enthusiastic … both dominators. I said to her afterwards –
“Sister Starr we are INTENSE!”
She pushes me already. I like it. If we learn to combine all our energy -I think this can be really good, like stellar good, otherwise we might work against each other – even on accident.
September 02, 2010
I’m sitting in line for immunizations and I want to write more about my first day. More about Sister Starr…
Sister Starr is from Texas. We use the same chap-stick, have the same color painted on our fingernails and are always using the same blue anti-oil face pads that I am obsessed with. I drop my pen everywhere. She forgets her tag for gym. We both have a lot of desire and a lot to say. I think we will be so powerful if we focus all of our madness.