Monday, June 2, 2014

This is Hayley's e-mail for this week. She asked me to post it! it is FULL of mechanical errors but keep in mind, she is in a mad rush to get this typed, as they have limited time and she probably isn't proofreading. Its more of a stream of consciousness via e-mail! Enjoy!

"I actually just drank a cactus cooler! I actually just drank one! we have had those at home before too haha. but ya I love them! I like the MTC. I mean I don't want to spend my mission here but I'm having alot of fun! my companions and I have alot of fun together. which helps alot!! I bore my testimony in sacrament yesterday in all mandarin. it was pretty cool! what is a wii u ? i have never heard of it ? sounds fun though!! this week wasn't terribly eventful . we did get new sisters into our zone which was cool and we got to host which was way fun! and we get to host again the 24! but ya like I said this week was kinda just a normal MTC week. I'm going to attempt to send a couple pictures in this email so I hope it works. so you know how sundays the byu creamery gives the missionaries ice cream? so i had 3 bowls of ice cream some cake and some cookies as well as my dinner! but it was Sunday and Sunday is funday. what was i supposed to do not eat the FREE ICECREAM! thats just preposterous. and it was totally worth how sick I felt later! I wish i had some cooler story to tell you rather than the ice cream story but I dont. :*[ oh what is kinda cool though is that i am almost halfway through the MTC ! I am officially on my fifth week !! cool and scary at the same time. soo its like scool. or scarool. thats how i feel . mandarin is finally starting to click .but i first had to have mini break down for it to get better. i dont know if you guys ever cried in the mtc . steven probably didnt. but i have. not a ton only like twice. but i cried the other day because i was working on asking questions because the grammar was confusing me and i started to get it and the teacher came over and was trying to help but instead he confused me soo bad ! and i was soo confused and frustrated and i started crying and my companions took me for a walk and i was just like im am sooo frustrated and  im not getting it and i just drag you two down because im so inadequate. of course they were nice and supportive and i felt better then that night i was saying my prayers and i just felt this feeling like why am i comparing myself still? this isnt about me . its not about me being the best at speaking or even teaching its about me getting my message to the people of taiwan. and that i was being selfish and only thinking of myself when its about this gospel and teachign it to the people and Heavenly Father will help me and he has because when we do trc i alwasy get compliments abbout my testimony but i was to busy focusing on what i cant do rather than being grateful for the things i am able to do. and after that my chinese has improved like 90% im more confident and its coming easier. but like the scriptures say we have to struggle first and then weak things will be made strong. so that was pretty cool. i mean dont get me wrong it is soo hard. like soo hard. but i just have to stay positive. this might be something you would like to know its kinda funny. so to say right in mandarin is dui . dui with the fourth tone. and it means like right or correct basically. so if you ask a question like is this right? you say dui bu dui? which is literally just saying right, not right? and to answer you just say dui(correct) its kinda funny and i dont know if spanish does this but like when you ask a question like can we go to the bathroom. you just answer with the verb. like you would just say can. or are you willing to read ? you just answer willing. its kind of funny. mandarin is sooo hard but its also really easy if that makes sense? like the vocab is hard and the grammar but once it clicks its like set up really simple. its hard to explain so im not sure if that made sense.this older guy today asked us where we would be serving and we told him taiwan and he was like oh my son served in Thailand so thats kinda close. and we were like yaa. and when he left we all started laughing because no guy its actually not close at all. and he asked if we would could talk to the missionaries going to hong kong cause they spoke Cantonese and mandarin is similar to it . like ya they are similar but still different languages so know we cant talk too each other in two different languages. it was really funny !! one of my favorite things about the MTC is going to choir. its just alot of fun the conductor is really funny and energetic and its a time to just relax kind of and just have fun. plus we sing cool songs. Im still waiting for the package that you guys keep taunting me with! i think you guys just like telling me about it and with holding !! i have seriously been waiting for it everyday! oh and robyn speaking of crimping hair ! i braided my hair when it was wet into a bunch of small breads and slept on it and in the morning my hair was soo crimpy i put it in a sweet side ponytail and it was awesome i took pictures of it ! im finding some fun ways to style my hair with out any heat its pretty cool. the only thing is i wont be able to do the braids in taiwan . they tell sisters not to braid wet hair because mold can grow in it. i dont know if thats true or not but im not super willing to take my chances. i have mostly been just letting me hair air dry everyday because i have no time . its has been drying really curly which is fun . so i cant wait to see what taiwan has in store for my hair! the shopping is supposedly really good super cute clothes and everythign for cheap! so somethign to look forward to mom. ;] also my branch presidents wife sister teng had a prada bag the other day i asked where she got it and she said she got it in park city and she also gets them in taiwan and china and i told her how much you loved doing that! she loves it too! and i felt pretty awesome becasue another wife of the branch presidency was talking about how she wanted chickens and i was told her all about it and how easy they are and what kind to get and she took notes and everything it was awesome! and robyn if you are ever on pintrest and find hairstyles that are easy that dont require heat feel free to send them to me and as i experiment we can swap back and forth. did you try the curls thing ? with the headband? if you dont understand what im talking about just you tube it and you will find something!:] also my companion contoured my face for me today it was cool! she like made my face look thinner . not somethign i would do everyday but its p day!! sooo YOPDO! you only p day once ! well once a week. but you get the idea. hah well i have to wrap up this email but i miss you and love you and i love hearing from you guys! and cant wait to talk to you at christmas! and i hope the end of the year isnt soo crazy hopefully it ends smoothly. so you guys can have a nice break!:] love you guys!!!!!! 

P.S here are a couple pictures :]
P.P.S tell noel to tell kelly i met Sister hannah dudley! we are on the same floor in the residence she is going to hong kong ! it was so funny to meet her becasue it thought she looked familiar and wouldnt you know she is from carson and good friends with kelly :] and we are serving really close missions! small small world! I have only met like 3 missionaries from nevada and so its super exciting when someone is from nevada ! us nevadans gotta stick together! and when i meet people who are serving in vegas or reno im like im from there!!!! its awesome!!" 

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