Saturday, January 26, 2013

Changing "Hoods"

First of all, Thank you for writing.  I love it!  It is amazing how excited I get over mail.  ( letters are great because they come all day long.)'s weird.

My district is the best!  You know in the public schools how there is always the "latino group".  They are always speaking Spanish and have a super laid back attitude about life.  They are always laughing because they think life is funny.  Yeah, that is my district.  I am part of THAT group.  It is kinda weird because I am as white as they come.  Actually, they are really great.  We have sooo many inside jokes.  We have so much fun...all the time.  The scary thing is that everyone in my district got their travel plans today except for me and Elder Cordero.  We are both going to Phoenix.  So, I hope it's just a glitch and that we don't actually have to stay till the 26th.  I'll keep you updated but I should end up leaving the MTC a week from Tuesday or Wednesday.  Also... Elder Evans has told us twice now that this group of missionaries is expected to grow up spiritually and hit the ground running because then we will be able to train super soon the big wave of missionaries they expect.  It is great to think of the responsibilities we have as missionaries coming at the beginning of the surge... but also crazy!

The Spanish...well, this is how most days go.  (This is a true story.)  I said, "Hermana, what is the difference between "mesma" and "misma"?"  She said, "Well Hermana, "mesma" doesn't exist in Spanish."  STORY OF MY LIFE right now.

It has been so humbling to be here.  The things I have learned and been asked to do have changed me.  I know the truths I am teaching my investigators are not something that will just improve their lives or make them happy.  This is what their life is about!  I love my Savior and I love that through Him life may bring what it may.  It is okay because He lives.

Love you!
P.S. I'm in a hurry.  Dinner has started.
(The picture was taken the day Hermana Pickett gave her departing talk in her Chicago "Hood".

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Arriving at the MTC

Its crazy here!  It is awesome!!!  They literally give you NO TIME to think about what happened yesterday.  From the second I open that car door I was taken here, given this and that.  The next thing I know, I somehow have a nametag on and am sitting in a classroom full of mostly native Spanish speakers being asked to just talk about any and everything in a language I have tried to forget over the past 8 years.  Crraaazy!!

My companions and I sat down at dinner after everything and looked at each other.  Then, we just cracked up!  We had no idea how to eat!  Do we pray?  I needed to get more water... do these two other girls really need to come with me?  Hum, we want different food... do we have to wait in the same line?  We were just a little confused.  It is all good.  I slept like a baby that first night.  I was so exhausted.

Coming to the MTC was probably one of the hardest things I have had to do in my life...actually coming in.  I longed so much for my life in Provo.  All I wanted to do was go to BYU when I arrived in Provo.  I guarantee the only reason I am here is because of His spirit.  Since coming, I have been strengthened.  It is incredible.  I am not sad which is insane.  Actually, I had a great experience singing "We'll Bring the World His Truth".  They changed the words.  We sang:  "and we are now the Lord's missionaries to bring the world His truth."  It totally filled me right then that I am a representative of Him and I am bringing them the most important message they could hear.  AMAZING!!

I am hungry and tired and it is only day two.  But I am so blessed because of my covenants, setting apart and your prayers.  Thank you!  I love you all!  Keep the faith!

Hermana Pickett

p.s. Its 50/50 Elders & Sisters--last week was a first for that
p.p.s. Uncle Wynn and Aunt Joyce (pictured above) were angels yesterday to welcome me.  I cried.
p.p.p.s  It is soooooo cold here and my clothes have already ripped. Oops!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

On a Jet Plane

I got to be Lexie's companion on the first leg of her travels from Chicago to the MTC.  I road with her on the train to the airport.  At the airport, she met up with a group of Elders returned home after completing their missions.  One of those Elders was an old friend from high school.  It made for a really enjoyable flight to Salt Lake.  When they arrived, she got to see this Elder's reunion with his family.  She said it was beautiful.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Alright ya'll I've bought everything I need, called all of the important people I needed to, done everything else on my list, and given my farewell talk.  So now all that is left is to get set apart and I am outa here!!! My MTC address is:
Sister Joan Alexandra Pickett
MTC Mailbox # 147
AZ-PHX 0226
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793
Ill only be there for 2-3 weeks so after that my mission home address is:
Arizona Phoenix Mission
18001 N 79th Ave Ste C50
Glendale, AZ 85308-8394
Just in case you wanted it :) Now... Ill give this over to my mom and she will take it from here.... see ya later friends!!