Our journey to the airport….it was a struggle but we made it! Try running in a dress with two huge suitcases and a carry on and your purse.
Sister Jensen and I at Winter Quarters Temple.
Hello from Nebraska!!
Life here is great and I love the area so far. Leaving the MTC was the best day ever but leaving Sister Sumsion was hard because she is awesome! My new companion is Sister Jensen who is an absolute sweetheart. She is from Oregon and the best trainer. We are covering two areas + the Trail Center so we stay super busy! I am loving being at the Trail Center. It really is the best and the sisters and senior couples that serve there are incredible.
I have been studying a lot about the “small and simple things” lately. (Alma 37:6) It says that “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass.” Doing the seemingly small mundane things make the BIGGEST difference! Reading your scriptures, saying your prayers, and going to church, may seem like little insignificant things but really they are the means by which great things are brought to pass, like Alma said. I LOVE Elder Uchtdorf’s devotional
he gave in January. He talks all about how by doing the small things the big hard things (decisions) in our lives will fall into place. Please take 10 minutes and read or listen to it. It is seriously my favorite and I probably have read it 50 times (no joke, either) because it is that good.
It was funny because I’ve been studying this lately and in church one of the talks was on this scripture. He talked about how when you get a heart transplant if you stop taking this certain pill your body will reject your new heart and it will fail…all because you stopped taking that single pill on a day to day basis. That small thing makes the ultimate difference and the same goes for us. By doing the small and simple things we are able to receive so much.
Also, the quote of the day
on Mormon Channel yesterday was all about that scripture and the quote was, “Small efforts sustained over time can produce significant results.” -Devin G. Durrant.
Keep (or start) doing the small things each day and I promise that you will notice a difference in your life. Just as Nephi and his family received guidance and direction for their lives by being obedient we can do the same. Do the little things and the big things will fall into place!!
Funny thing of the week: I thought I wouldn’t be trying many new foods in Nebraska but I tried Pecan Pie M&M’s, scotcheroos, tofu, and warmed up cookie dough (the best) for the first time in my life. I don’t recommend the tofu- like at all (YUCKKKK), but everything else was awesome.
Also the sister that moved out of my spot in the apartment wrote on the mirror, “Welcome Sister Albreght!” I didn’t know my name was so hard until I came on a mission haha. I guess it’s a bit closer then “Albberchez.”
Thanks for your emails and letters. Sorry if I don’t get time to reply to each of you. I only get an hour to email. But know they truly mean the world and make my day!!
3215 State Street
New Sister Orientation
My temple square trainer, Sister Lim
Fav girls. Going to miss them all so much! If you ever see them on Temple Square or in Kirtland give them a hug for me!
Calling home before we fly off… best 30 minutes ever!
We trained for a day on Temple Square!
HELLO!!! Ahh pday (preparation day) is the best day and this week is the best week! We start Visitors Center training tomorrow and so we get pday again on Friday!! Plus we get out of this place on Monday and I am so so excited! They knew what they were talking about when they said “days feel like weeks and the weeks feel like days here.”
Tomorrow most of our distract and the other distract that came in the same day as us is leaving to head to their assigned place. So on Sunday they had us sing a “departing” song in our branch. We ended up singing a new primary song that is my all time favorite, “I Will Be What I Believe.” I attached a practice session that someone recorded because I want everyone to hear this song!! So excuse our sweaty mess and bad singing 🙂
The smoke here from the fires has been crazyyy. Even the insides of the buildings smell like smoke. It got really bad for a few days but it’s a little better now. Pray for rain!!! I attached two pictures so you could see how bad it really it. soo sad.
Things I’ve learned this week:
• We have an Elder from Wales in our distract and he always gets so annoyed when no one knows where that is or what he is meaning when he mentions Great Britian, the British Isles, and the United Kingdom. But we had a substitute teacher from London one day and she taught us all about it and my mind was blown. The picture is kinda hard to read but hopefully it blows your mind too haha.
•The power of the priesthood is real. A girl serverly broke her ankle playing volleyball and they were going to send her back home to have surgery. But because it was late at night they decided to send her home the next day. So the Elders in her distract gave her a priesthood blessing and she went to bed. The next morning she woke up and felt no pain. She was able to walk on it and so they went and did more xrays. Her ankle was completely healed.
•Sister Bingham (General RS President) came and spoke to us and talked about patterns. It is so important to take notice of the patterns that are in the scriptures. Ask, seek, & knock. Pride Cycle. Look to God and live. Keep the Commandments. Remember that when the Lord repeats something it’s important!!!!
•Set goals. Set goals. Set goals. Write them down and look at them often.
•Our morning teacher, Brother Holmes, is the best. Never in my life have I met a person so in tune with the Spirit. He truly teaches by the Spirit and knows exactly what we need as a class and how to help us best learn. The reason he has the Spirit with him so strongly is because he is SO obedient. We’ve been talking a ton about exact obedience here as missionaries. Some people think we have SO many rules and things we can/can’t do. By obeying those rules perfectly we receive spiritually strength and power which becomes so evident when we are teaching. Hence why Brother Holmes is an amazing teacher. I encourage all of you to find one thing you could work on to be more obedient about and I promise you that you will feel an increase of God’s love in your life.
I know that Christ lives and loves each and every one of us. How grateful I am that Christ was willing to go through everything I will ever go through so He could understand how to help me better as He walks with me through it a second time. He did the same for you. His hand is reached out, take it. He wants to help you and He will if you ask Him.
Again, thank you so much for your letters and emails. They mean the world.
Have the best week of your life!!
Distract w/Brother Holmes
Distract w/Sister Shaw
Me and my cute comp
Super duper smoky yucky day.
UK, Great Britian, British Isles
Hi there 🙂
Hope you all are having a great week!! Thank you all for your emails throughout the week. I read them all and love them. Sorry if I don’t get time to reply to every one.
Life here at the MTC is super great! We hit our half way mark yesterday, thank goodness!!
-Sister Shaw finally said my name right!
-Sister Sumsion and I get told we look like sisters multiple times a day.
-They had Chick-fil-a the other day and I’m pretty sure it was straight from Heaven.
We’ve been reading Jesus the Christ in companion study and it’s been the best. Our goal is to finish the book before we leave the MTC. Our testimony of the Savior has grown so much from reading that book. We’ve also been doing tons of Book of Mormon and Bible study in class and woah how grateful I am for my Savior, Jesus Christ. On Friday, our entire focus was on repentance and how hope is NEVER lost. Repent and He’ll forgive! And once you’ve repented stop looking in the rear view mirror and focus on the road ahead!
On Wednesday Sister Sumsion had an doctors appointment off campus so we got to skip class & go into the “real world” for a few hours haha. It was crazy going out as real missionaries with name badges because some people literally won’t even look at you. If only they all knew the joy that could come from the message we share. 😉 Anyways, we were waiting for the shuttle to come pick us back up when a kinda scary guy came up to us. But no worries he just told us about how he had been reading the Book of Mormon and really liked it. It was super neat being able to talk to a few people and share a brief testimony with them.
I hope you all know that you a son/daughter of God!! You have divine royalty. He loves you so much more than you could ever imagine. He truly only wants the best for you. He truly is our loving Heavenly Father. He loved us so much that He send His Son so that we could return to Him someday.
If you ever have any questions about the great message I am sharing, please email me!! I would love to tell you more.
Christ lives & you are awesome.
♡ sista albrecht
cookies!!! We pretty much live off junk food that people send us. (As I’m literally stuffing my face with candy)
temple today! Pretty much our entire zone was there and it was so neat to be in the temple with them. I LOVE the temple and peace that it brings. The Spirit is so strong in that building and there is no where I would rather be.
crappy elevator pic but we fit so many people into the elevators its probably not safe…hahaha. I swear seeing how many people we can fit into the elevator is like the most fun thing for the elders. I think the most we’ve gotten is 23 or maybe it was 26? Basically you don’t breathe on the elevator. But I’m not walking up 5 floors so say a prayer we never get stuck in one haha.
the new mtc buildings are super nice and there are SO many cool murals & pics. We always pick a new room to study in. What a blessing to be able to have new buildings. They are so nice.
Just here to let you know that I am alive and doing well at the MTC! Life is super good here expect the food and community showers. Haha but other than that it has been a great week. Although, I am SO SO SO grateful I don’t have to be here for 6 or 9 weeks. That has to be rough.
We stay super busy here and are in classes ALL day. We are learning SO much and the Spirit is SO SO strong here. With all that we are learning it has been very evident that we can only retain this much information because the Spirit is here helping us learn.
My companion is Sister Sumison from Springville. We actually had met before so it was super fun that she gets to be my comp. We are the only two headed to Winter Quarters which is kinda cool. She is 6′ and super great!
-One of our teachers, Sister Shaw, can not pronounce my name. She’s been trying all week and still calls me “Sister Albberchez” or “Sister Albertchet.” It cracks me up but it’s great because then she never calls on me in class haha.
-I know SO many people here. There are tons of people that I knew from BYU here and it is so fun to see familiar faces.
-On Friday we finally got exercise time and holy cow it was the best. I thought I would hate it (because duh I hate exercise) but turns out after sitting inside for 12 hours it was my favorite part. AND BEING OUTSIDE. Oh my. The weather is incredible and we do all the studies we can outside. So now my favorite part of each day is the hour of exercise time.
-I’ve ate more cereal in the past week than I have in my entire life but Friday they had Papa John’s pizza which is my favorite so YAY!! Also one day they had BYU creamery ice cream and I was pumped.
-We got to go to the temple today and it was so nice. So we ate in the cafe there and let’s just say that was some celestial pecan pie and soup. Enjoy your home cooked meals, folks.
-The video on Character of Christ by Elder Bednar was LIFE CHANGING. Oh my. I hate that it is only offered here in the MTC because I would send it to everyone.
-Lol… a dryer literally just exploded and everyone is screaming haha.
Please please send me an email or a screenshot of your recent Instagram post haha. I can read email all day everyday but I can only reply on Tuesdays. Just know it makes my day when I get one so send lots 😉 Thank you to each of you who have emailed me this week. I LOVE THEM! Also here is my address (until August 20th) for those asking:
Sister Halee Albrecht
2005 N 900 E Unit 216
Provo UT 84602
Getting to workout (walk around haha) at the field by the temple.
Sister Sumison & I.
View from our classroom
our distract. They are all super great! We have a blast. Sister Crook from AZ, Sister Brustad from UT, Sister Tonaguchi from OR. They are the trio and share a room with us. Sister Crook and Brustad are so funny and keep us all laughing. Sister Wallace from Draper UT, Sister Griffin from Spanish Fork UT. Sister Crosbie from UT, Sister Jong from CA. Me and Sister Sumsion. Trio of Elders: Elder Hughes from Vegas, Elder Spear from AZ, Elder Horman from TX.
Temple day! I can’t keep my eyes open in any picture haha.