Friday, May 31, 2013

I Love to See the Temple!

Hey everyone!

Sorry it's been so long since I've updated, it's just that nothing happened. I've just been sitting around, twiddling my thumbs, whiling away the time before I report to the MTC. Luckily for my sanity, things have finally started to pick up! Starting with yesterday, when I received my endowment in the Jordan River Temple. It was a great experience! I'm so thankful for a Heavenly Father who loves me, as well as for my parents, family members, and friends who came to support me. I already can't wait to go back as much as possible before July 10th! One of the amazing things that happened, as my Riverton friends might have noticed, was the rainbow that greeted us upon exiting the temple. That along with the bright blue of the sky in the West and the fluffy cotton-ball clouds made the world outside the temple almost as beautiful as the inside.

With less than six weeks left, I'm starting to feel the pressure to get everything prepared. I still have a lot to shop for, BUT I bought a skirt today so we're making some progress. I also got my tetanus shot, so I'm all up to date on the immunizations I need. Thank goodness Sweden is cold! I never thought I would be saying that, but after hearing stories of the shots that some of my friends going to South America had to get, I think I'd rather brave colder weather. I did some research today and the average low temperature in January there is about the same as it is here, so hopefully that means it won't get too bad.

As far as learning Swedish, I did check out a basic Swedish audio course from the library last week. It's still sitting on the table where I put it when I got home that day. But the Swedish word of the day today is kärlek, which means love. This is one of the first days that the word of the day is actually something I might use on my mission. In my attempts to read the Book of Mormon in Swedish, I have also gleaned that the word for faith is "tro." And that, ladies and gentlemen, is about the extent of my Swedish knowledge.