Hermana Tycksen was called to the TEXAS LUBBOCK MISSION, spanish speaking. She began her mission on April 22, 2015. She is currently serving in Carlsbad, NM.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hello Hello!! Week Three!! Email dated 5/12/15

Hello Family!!!

Wow, is it already week three??? I swear, the days here turn in to weeks, but the weeks are actually feeling like days. I'll be home before I know it! ;) It makes me so happy to read all of your emails and to hear how everyone is doing :3 I love Tuesdays!!

This week has been one of extreme growth on my part, mentally and spiritually, and also lingually (?). I have learned the importance of personal study and how amazing prayer actually is. I had a couple of experiences this week where we were studying for our lessons that we were going to be teaching, but I had no idea where to start! SO, I got down on my knees and prayed fervently, and specifically for the word and phrases to come to my mind. And they did! The Lord works in mysterious ways, but immediately after my prayer, a line of scripture popped into my head and so I looked it up and it was exactly what our investigator needed! So amazing! 

This last Thursday was a ''Solo Español'' day--where we only spoke Spanish! It was so hard!! BUT by the end of the day, it was coming really naturally to me and

I was actually having a LOT of fun.

I am learning so much about myself, about the gospel and most importantly, about my Savior. Every Sunday we watch a video that's made by the church and this week we watched one called ''To This End Was I Born''. It was so powerful. It uncovered a deep yearning inside of me to know my Savior. So, that's what I am trying to do in my study time. To know my Savior deeper. I realized that there is a big difference between knowing  the Savior and knowing of the Savior. It's like in Alma when Alma the Younger is describing his experience with the angel and he calls him ''one Jesus Christ''. He didn't know Him yet! The video that we watched also made me realize how much I love my Savior and how excited I am for Him to come again!! I want to see Him in person!!

A kind of funny thing this week was that I was able to relate Lord of the Rings to following Christ. Every Sunday we see a power point of the zones who are leaving the next day and the very last slide says OUR KING! with a picture of the Savior with Called To Serve playing in the background.  At the end of the Fellowship of the Ring, when Boromir dies, he tells Aragorn (who was supposed to be the king but Boromir didn't want to follow him) ''I would have followed you, my Brother, my King''. I realized, I can do that!! But it's not 'would have' it's changed to say ''I will follow you. My Brother. My KING.'' He is our Savior, Redeemer, Brother, and King and we CAN FOLLOW HIM. It's really incredibly easy!! 
The CCM is so amazing and I am learning so much!
I might send more pictures this week, but I'm not sure...we'll see!
Hermana Tycksen

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