Sister Maisie Carrillo

Sister Maisie Carrillo

Monday, February 23, 2015

MTC- week 2 The language is REALLY hard. But I have to keep telling myself that I've only been here a couple weeks.

Sawad dii Kha! 

Well this past week really just flew by. Everyday just goes by so fast, I can't believe I've almost been here for two weeks now. I'm am seriously just loving the MTC. It's really hard sometimes, like for example: I get up at 5:45 to work out and then I have class at 7:35 and I study and have class all that time until dinner at 4:30. After dinner I just have the hardest time focusing. My brain hurts and I usually am fighting falling asleep. I just want to be done! But that hardship is only a small part. It's nothing compared to everything I've learned and everything that I have felt. Last week I was reading my scriptures and trying to find something that would help with our lesson with our investigator and I just turned to the end of second Nephi and everything that I needed was right there! I've never done that before, it was so amazing. I've found so many answers just by reading my scriptures. I'm so grateful for seminary too and that I took good notes in my scriptures from class. Something I wish I would've done though is take scripture mastery more seriously (take note on this younger sibs). 

The language is REALLY hard. But I have to keep telling myself that I've only been here a couple weeks. And I can already bear my testimony in Thai and use some of the words in conversations. That too is pretty amazing! The hardest part is the tones. If I say maa it means come, but if I say it with a higher tone or a lower tone it means something completely else. I get really confused about it. But we just barely learned about tones so it's ok. The last week I was really bad about complaining that I wish that I could be speaking something easier like Spanish or French. There was one day that I kept saying things in Spanish and the spirit literally told me that I would have my time to learn Spanish and that for now I just needed to focus on learning Thai. It was a really big eye opener for me. So now I try and use the Thai that I know more often. And it helps a lot! I can't wait until I can actually speak it! 

Well the Cantonese people in our zone left this morning for Hong Kong. I was really sad. It's weird how fast here you come to know people and how close you get to them. Our Phii Thai's leave for Thailand next Monday, I'm really sad about that too! Our floor level is going to feel really lonely! We get new Thai's in the next 4 weeks though I think? Then we'll be the Phii Thai's. That will be weird! 
Well I miss you all so much! I'm so glad the spirit is so strong at home. I pray for you guys all the time. I told the Lord like months before I even put in my papers that if I go on a mission all I want is for my family to be protected especially while I'm gone. I'm not there to be there for my younger siblings when they need me or just be there to help out and that has been really hard for me. But just as long as you guys are being protected then my prayers are already answered! I'm so excited the house is all done, I can't wait to see it when I get home. Home seems like a different life to me right now, it's weird to think of. I love you all! 
-Sidtee Carrillo 

P.S. Mom could you send me some Ensign talks every once in a while? I miss reading them. Thanks! :)

I forgot to send this picture last week. 
This is all the new Thai's that came in.
 Me and Sidtee Studying it up!
Me and Sidtee Johnson at the Temple
Sundays are my favorite and temple walks
just make them that much better!
Reppin' Boise State on P-day!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

First Week in the MTC!!

Sawadii khaa!

Well I've made it through my first week in the MTC! I just got to say, that MTC life is CRAZY. We literally study the language or gospel doctrine all day. We only have a teacher teaching us Thai three hours a day. Other than that, we don't have a teacher so I'm really trying to discipline myself and stay focused. We eat breakfast at 7:30, lunch at 11:30 and dinner at 4:30. So we don't eat after dinner for like 14 hours! Luckily I brought snacks! The MTC food is fine, I've literally eaten a salad almost every single meal (besides breakfast, that's gross). My companion is Sidtee Johnson. She's a fun girl, we get along pretty well! I've never realized how much I like being alone though until I had to be with someone 24/7. Cause you know me, I like to do things on my own and not go by what someone else is doing. But it's really teaching me how to be patient and not only think about myself. It's really hard but luckily I've started out with an easy going companion. 

So when I said goodbye to you guys I went and got my name tag and as soon as I walked out the doors, I heard someone screaming my name. It didn't even take me a second to realize it was Lauren! We both ran to each other and started crying, people were laughing at us. It was really funny! She's literally right down the hall though, so I see her every single night before I go to bed. I'm going to be really sad when she leaves! 

I really haven't gotten homesick. I think the mornings are the hardest because I just want to be home but most of the time I don't really even have time to think about home! I miss you guys all the time though! They told us though, that the love we have for our families, we should project that out to the people we will be teaching. So they said it's good if we miss home and our families. I guess it will be helpful for me out in the field! I love my zone though! There are the Phii (older) Thai's that got here Dec. 31 and we're the Nong (younger) Thai's. The Phii Thai's don't leave until the beginning of March, which I'll be really sad about! We have a lot of people in our district (which is all the other Nong Thai's). They had to split up our district because we're so big! Lauren and everyone has said that the speakers that have come have all been talking about Thailand because there is so much progression in the church happening there. I'm so excited that I get to be apart of it! We have an investigator (that can supposedly only speak Thai) and we teach him everyday. I said a prayer and taught half the lesson in Thai without relying so much on what I had written down. If I rely on the spirit more when I'm teaching a lesson, it goes so much more smoothly and I can actually remember more Thai that I've learned. The power of tongues is real, it's amazing! And I've only been here 5 days! 
So yeah, I made it to Sunday which everyone says is the hardest part. Sunday and Monday's are my favorite days now because Monday's are my P-day so I got to go to the temple this morning and never have I felt the spirit so strongly than I did this morning. I've needed a lot of calming down and that definitely helped me! And Sunday's, we just go to relief society with all the other sisters and then sacrament meeting with our zone. Then we take a temple walk for about an hour which is so nice since I spend most of the week in a classroom. We also have a devotional on Sunday's and then they play movies we get to pick from. Me and Sidtee Johnson went and watched Elder Bednar's talk The Character of Christ. If you have not heard that talk, I recommend listening to it. It literally is almost a life changing talk. 
Well fun facts for you guys, everyone calls me Sister Carrillo (which feels so weird because that's you Mom) with an accent. I just learned to stop correcting them. Everyone says that the Americanized version isn't as fun to say hahaha. I LOVE study time! I couldn't done this at home but here I'm not distracted so I can just sit and think and it's amazing the things you find in the scriptures! Oh and sorry Taeli for stealing your toothpaste. You might think I did it on purpose but I really didn't! I grabbed it by accident. Sorry! 
Well that's about all I have! I kinda love being here, everyone is so nice and friendly! I've never felt the spirit so strongly and for so long in my life!  What's going on with all you guys? Anything fun? I can't wait to hear about how Taeli's state game goes Thursday, tell her and Destiny (she forgot to give me my picture) good luck for me! I wish I could be there! I love all you guys so much! I'll try and send pictures later! Choog dii! 

Sidtee Carrillo

Ps. Thanks for the Valentine present, it made my day! And I did get you're email. And your mail from dear elder! Thanks again, I loved it!

PSS I'll send you my favorite scripture next week!

District Selfie!

 Valentines Day!  Me and Sister Blaylock matched!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Your Farewell was on February 8, 2015.  You gave an amazing talk!  Afterwards we had a lunch at our home with family and a few close friends.
 Later on that day we were able to witness you being set apart as a missionary!  
We were SO proud!
Lots of tears!  Especially from your mom!
Grandma and Grandpa were there to support you!
That evening we had an open house.  Lots of people came by 
to say good bye and wish you luck! Some of your friends by!
A couple of days later on February 11th we drove you to the MTC.  We left early that morning from Boise and drove to Grandma Smith's house.  We spent some time with her and then dad gave you a father's blessing before leaving.  We then headed down to Provo. We stopped by for lunch at Zupa's, but nobody felt like eating very much.  Then it was almost our drop off time at the MTC.  We wanted to spend some time at the temple to take some pictures, and say our goodbyes before

 It was hard saying goodbye to the kids the night before we left!
 Had to visit Grandma before you left!
He had to get in kissie time!
We were not ready to say goodbye to you!
Ready or Not....Here you go!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Missionary Pictures!!

Before you left one of your old 
Young Women Leaders took some missionary pictures 
of you and Lauren at the Temple!  They turned out great!!