Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Week 2- 1/3 of the way there (meaning only the mtc)


I think I will always send pics first, since a picture is worth a thousand words. I guess I'll beat the boys in email lengths in that way as well. I always forget to take pics, but at least before I leave the mtc we'll get my district and roommates to forward us the pics they have.

Once again this email will probably be super random.

I have a tiny notebook that I take notes in during devotionals and such and I also write things to remember to tell you in my emails, so I'll start with those.

On wednesday night I had to do a pod change. So i was removing my old pod, which was on my stomach, and all of a sudden there's like a ton of blood! haha i think i kind of freaked out my roommates. So yeah I put pressure on the spot it was bleeding for like 5 minutes, i mean you can't really elevate your stomach.... but yeah it eventually stopped. I'm not sure why it bled so badly, but it was fine. And now a week later I get to wash those pants. yeah. I mean the site kind of hurt when it was on, so I guess it was just a random bad spot.

Hna Monk was a sick this week. Now she just has a cough mostly. Somehow I made it through without getting sick. But it seems like everyone around the mtc is coughing.

So I may not be in the general conference MTC choir (I think i heard there are 360 missionaries in the choir), but I think it's this coming sunday evening I get to say the prayer in the big devotional! #claimtofame  or not. but there's like 0 chance of an apostle being there since it's conference. still cool though. I'm thinking I'm supposed to say the prayer in english so that'll probably be best haha

You remember eva, our first investigator? well.... she became our second teacher! wow none of us were expecting that *insert sarcasm here*. So her real name is Hna Skidmore. She's really nice and has a lot of energy. She only teaches on the weekend. Our third teacher is Hna Tolk. She's very white which gives me hope haha.

So we will be watching conference this weekend and womens conference saturday night as the elder watch the priesthood session. Not really sure about the specific schedule of this weekend. 
We are teaching a TON now! We teach 2 of our teachers who pose as investigators, we have TRC (nobody knows what it stands for) but its and investigator and his name is Julio and he might in reality be a member but he might not be. And then sometimes our district will randomly be chosen to teach like spontaneously. So yesterday we taught Julio and we taught 2 older adults who were members and just got to act like themselves.

The days really blend together. So some moments of the day it feels like, oh we're in class again? but then it also feels like, woah it's wednesday already? wasn't it just sunday? it's been weird haha. I feel like we've kind of maxed out on our spanish basics (besides grammar which we started like this week) and now we are focusing more on specific vocab and grammar and such.

Our elders are still.... (how to put this nicely) not doing their best. slacking off. whatever, haha. So it's still a struggle to focus and work hard sometimes.

So dad asked what pday is like so I guess I'll just share what we've done today. Today was a little weird because the other 2 hermanas in our branch who arrived the same week as us (so we're buds) had to go on splits with us. One of the hnas is in the conference choir and so the other one was with us. So today we grabbed breakfast and took a 1.5 hour nap (loved it). Then when the other hermana was done with choir practice we went to the temple, followed by lunch, shower, laundry, homework and lesson prep, and now emailing! after this we'll grab our laundry, get dressed back into nice clothes, go to dinner, have class and teach our teacher/investigator. It's weird having so much time on pday. Most days are just so busy.

Dad asked about the weird word from this week. I tried to look up how to say simmer down (so i can say it to the elders) but I was kind of disappointed because it was just calmente i think. I was hoping for like a super cool phrase.

Most of our studying time is combined language + concepts of teaching. So we learn grammar usage in the context of like teaching about the atonement, etc. Then our teachers only speak spanish while teaching spanish stuff and more teaching and spiritual stuff.

MTC food isn't too bad. yesterday for lunch was probably my favorite so far- it was like chicken alfredo. YUM! but sometimes the steak or pot roast and other meats are a little.... not so great haha, but overall it's really not bad.

It's kind of hard to think right now because all around us at the other computers some missionaries are doing phone calls to verify addresses for people who requested free bibles or book of mormons. haha it's kind of funny to listen to actually. I kind of hope I don't get to do that.

Question for someone, probably brian- i just bought a small spanish preach my gospel and i was given a big one when i got here. I want to use the small one in cali, but would there be any benefit in bringing the big one with me too?

It started to get kind of cold this week, mostly in the mornings and at night. I like it but I'm afraid by the end of october there'll be snow. haha the most i brought for warmth will be like tights, a fleece jacket, and like a rain jacket. so we'll see how this goes.

ok well that's all i can think of. I'm trying to help Hna Monk to upload pics and send her email, there are some technical issues. So you might get another email with pics from me in a bit.

Adios! Talk to you next week!
(also the elders in my district are kind of jealous of my number of dear elders and other mail. so good job friends and family!)
Pictures our primary drew and sent to me! How cute! Once again my entire district was jealous of me and my mail haha.

Hermana Schooff

Me and Sister Cuary
Sister Cuary, Hermana Schooff, Sister Cuary's companion, Hermana Monk
Hermana Schooff and Hermana Monk outside the Provo, UT Temple

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Semana 1


So I survived week 1! Here are some pics, Hermana Monk has more on her camera but she left it at the residence so next week! I think it's just pics of all of our district. 

At the map, pointing to Riverside, CA
Hermana Schooff and Hermana Monk at the Provo Temple
Name tags and the temple
Hermana Monk and I & the other two Hermanas in our zone that came in the same week as us (so the two on the left aren't in my district. They're Hermana Pfiel and Hermana McGlinche (spelling?) and are going to Santa Rosa I think

I made a list throughout the week of what I needed to remember to say today. So excuse the random order of things.

If Dad could send me some ankle stretches things that'd be great. Hermana monk runs so while she runs I try to make up ankle stretches. We ran a little like the first day or two and my ankles were not happy. 

I've seen like everyone this first week! Roxy and bob, my FHE sister Jezrah, Melina's (my roommate) brother teaches Spanish here, Shaylee & Ross, Brent Snyder, and lots of other random people from BYU and my mission prep class.

Hermana Schooff and Sister Cuary (my FHE sister from BYU. She's going to Korea)

There is an MTC choir for general conference but I'm not a part of it. We went to choir Sunday and they were handing out these surveys. Well we didn't get any and thought nothing of it. They were surveys of your musical history to see, I guess, if you are qualified to be in the choir. So I'm not, but 3 of my roommates are! and 1 elder from my district is.

I'm pretty sure we're like an illness district. Several have one disease or another, and someone has already been to the doctor, etc. fun fun.

My blood sugars have been pretty good. Sometime I get almost low, but I can usually feel it. So for now I think I'll keep things the same but I'll keep an eye on things. 

So p-day is Wednesday as you know. we start with breakfast and temple (today we ate at the temple cafeteria- worth it!) then we did a little study, exercise, we started our laundry and now emailing. 

Typical day is wake up, eat, go to an hour of class, exercise for an hour (so around 9-10), more class, lunch, class, dinner, class, get ready for bed. So for class time we have ciclo which is just 1 hour personal study, 1 hour companion study, 1 hour language study. then our teacher, Hermano Moore comes in for like 3 hours, then we teach our investigator and study while others are teaching. 

We have normal class and normal days on Saturdays. We don't have our conference schedules yet. 

By the way, since this email is so randomly ordered you can change the order if it makes more sense that way. 

We just lost one elder in our district. It was Elder Garcez, the elder from Rio. He is now in the advance Spanish class and reports to the field (Salt Lake City for him) in 1 week! crazy! So we have a trio now. 
The other missionaries in my district are Elder Harris, Dunkley, Fernandez, Paiva, Astin, Stover, Soto, Foote, and Knowles. They're going to Lubbock, Texas, and various Mexico, Argentina, etc. missions. 

Brian, no I haven't heard the band/football games yet but some of my roommates heard the game Saturday. I honestly forgot about the game. And yes we've memorized things in Spanish, I'll tell more below. 

Oh a Spanish question I have for Brian- so we're memorizing different phrases and such. a lot of them have like, through Christ whatever and stuff like that. why are there like 20 different words/phrases for through? Does it matter which I say when?

 Funny thing with Spanish: pecado is sin and pescado is fish. Don't mix them up. I kind of did but corrected myself. 

So at the end of last week we started this 10 days of memorizing things in Spanish. so every day for 10 days we memorize 6-7 phrases, half a scripture (which when it's like the first vision then its long), and 30 vocab words a day. overall it's gone well. tonight for class we need to have memorized in Spanish the missionary purpose and baptismal invitation. I'm slow but I have it down. 

So our "investigator" is Eva. rumor is your investigator becomes your second teacher eventually. We give 30 minute lessons basically everyday. 

It is absolutely crazy that I've only been here 1 week! 1 week ago I was sitting in class listening to Hermano Moore talk while I understood like nothing. 1 week later we've taught 4 lessons all in Spanish. There's so much I've learned already. Even though all of us are speaking terrible, broken Spanish, our message still gets across to our investigator thanks to the spirit. We've been talking about the gift of tongues and teaching by the spirit a lot this past week. You know the typical gift of tongue stories of when people like say things but had no idea what they said but it made sense to the investigator? (terrible explanation). I don't think that's how it works for me. Yesterday we were teaching Eva a bit about how the spirit feels and acts differently for different people. I think a lot of the time the spirit uses logic with me, however weird that sounds. So I think the gift of tongues is at least partially working for me through logic. I've picked up so much Spanish in such a short amount of time. Not like my Spanish is even good, but the overall message comes across. 

We haven't really learned any grammar yet. I think that'll start within the next week. And something I was not expecting this soon- I'm forgetting German already! Hermana Monk and I will be talking and the other day I was like, "well in German it's.... " and I couldn't remember! haha but also yesterday while we were teaching Eva, I started a lot of my sentences in German, like 'Es ist eine....' then I would stop and restart in Spanish.

If you can, tell Mindy and Sis Plumb thanks for their notes, that'd be great.

A lot of the elders in my district are jealous of my dear elders. haha so thanks I guess. Overall the elders are chill and cool but they get off topic really easily. Yesterday it felt like it was just Hermana Monk and I studying the entire day and they were just goofing off. but when they're serious and work they're great. 

Last night at devotional we had Elder Clayton of the 70 (btw before I got here they had 3 apostles in a row for devotional. I get here and it ends. So hopefully I'll have at least 1 before I leave). And as a part of his talk he showed this video of the world and it was like a timeline video. So as the years passed, every time a new stake was formed it would flash a light in that area. it was crazy to see how slow it was in the 1800's/early 1900's, but by like 1960s and on it was like a crazy Christmas light show! 

Steph asked about care packages. If you send something just make it small I guess. eventually maybe some bedtime snacks like granola bars (we eat dinner at 5 then that's it till like 7:30am), but not a lot because I don't want more weight for my luggage in 5 weeks

So have I already beat Brian and Matt in emails lengths for their entire missions?

I'll try to remember to get a picture for my plague.

MTC food isn't as bad as people make it sound. The steak though one dinner did not look good.... but overall there are tons of options and most of it is good! 

The other 4 girls in my residence (dorm room) are all in the same district and are all going to.... Ecuador type places I think....

Hopefully I'll have more pics next week when Hermana Monk brings her camera and our roommates all exchange emails and forward pics. 

It's weird to think I have 5 more weeks here. Like my Spanish definitely needs it, but I've learned so much in just 1 week. 

Ok well that's about all my time. Time to put laundry in the dryer and change back to church clothes so we can eat dinner in 30 minutes.

Hermana Schooff

Sunday, September 18, 2016

First Picture of Hermana Schooff!

Here's a picture Hermana Schooff's great aunt took of her and her companion (Hermana Monk) on a Sunday afternoon walk to the Provo Temple.

Until Wednesday!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Hola from the MTC

Jenna's first e-mail came yesterday evening. Her dad joked and said, "Jenna's first e-mail (after only 27 hours in the MTC) is probably longer than all of her Matt's and Brian's combined!" (Matt and Brian are her brothers.)
Here's what Hermana Schooff said:


Haha that's about all the Spanish I know it feels like.
My p-day is Wednesday fyi. [That mean Wednesdays are her day to get on the computer to e-mail.]
My companion is Hermana Monk and she is from D.C. and is going to Salt Lake (not a south-north-whatever). She took a lot of French so we are both kind of in the same boat when it comes to not knowing Spanish but another language. We are the only Hermanas in our district. 5 other companionships of elders (only one is 18 I found out today. Find that hard to believe haha. oh boys). No one in my district is going to Cali (or riverside). I haven't met a single person going to Riverside yet. We are a mix of state sides of Cali (me), Salt Lake, and Texas plus various Argentina and Ecuador missions. 
The Spanish so far is kind of a struggle haha. I either keep on wanting to respond in German without thinking (I guess my brain says, oh foreign language! automatically go with German!) or I keep on wanting to ask, "How do you say (whatever) in Spanish?" but asking that in German. The one teacher we've had so far talks only in Spanish (like he knows English but....) and sometimes I'm like wow by inference I think I kind of know what he's saying and other times like this afternoon he spoke paragraphs and I didn't get one word, haha. But I've met other Hermanas who have been here for like 3 weeks and their Spanish seems pretty good so it's all just a matter of time. 
I've seen a lot of people I recognize from BYU. I saw Dallin Obeng twice yesterday. 
It's weird like once I sit down at the computer I'm not sure what to say really haha. 
Tomorrow night we have our first time teaching an "investigator." And we have our first service activity and gym time tomorrow
The weather is like perfect here. It feels a little crisp and fall like. Some flowers are still in bloom in the valley but the trees on the mountains have already begun to change colors. 
In my district there is one elder who was in the California Carlsbad Mission earlier this summer but got an injury and is now healed and here but so he already knows a decent bit of Spanish. We had one elder from Rio and his Spanish is like amazing (I'm assuming Portuguese and Spanish are pretty similar). Some other people took a few years of Spanish in high school, but not everyone.
It seems like I should be ok sending pictures. Haven't taken any yet. But maybe we're not at the computers we are supposed to be at today. Who knows, not us. 
Tonight we meet our branch presidency and tomorrow I think is mostly preparing to teach our lesson. 
Learning a language at the MTC is like nothing else I've ever experienced. We didn't really introduce our selves in Spanish, or do any of the basics you would expect. (I miss Frau.) Its all just learning by listening, attempting to speak, while also learning teaching skills and other missionary stuff. I think for this first bit I will really benefit by spending my language study time looking at the language books they gave us. Haha it'd be great to learn some verbs and pronouns and such. It's also weird because some words sound like they'd be cognates (words that sounds alike in different languages and mean the same think like school and schule) but they aren't always. I found out today that que significante or something like that means something like, "what does that mean?" but all of yesterday I thought our teacher was asking us why whatever words I already didn't know are significant. Nope. 
Diabetes wise, my numbers seem a lot lower than normal. I haven't gotten low yet. The lowest I've been is 106, so maybe I'm not use to feeling that low anymore. I'm also not use to not adding extra carbs to my guesses. But yeah, I'll keep an eye on it. Maybe its the altitude or just a major life change or whatever. 
I would say asking questions in your e-mail will help me. But my next week I'll have more than 27 hours to talk about haha.
Well that's about it! Off to probably get a fridge for my insulin!
Buenos noches, or is it buenas. Don't ask me yet.

Hermana Schooff

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Contacting Hermana Schooff

Hermana Schooff has been in the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Utah for a whole day. She will be there through October 25 and then she'll be off to Riverside, CA. While she is in the MTC, she can get on a computer for just a short period of time once a week to read and send e-mail. However, she can check her snail mail daily and can write back once a week. So, if you want to make sure Jenna has time to read your messages, you can snail mail her or use which will allow you to type her a message. Messages are printed daily at noon and stuffed into envelopes and then put in missionaries' mailboxes. This service is completely free!

On, select the Provo MTC from the drop down menu, then select "Write a Letter." The website will ask you for your contact information so that she can get back to you. It will also ask for her MTC information. Just a reminder, her name is Hermana Jennifer Schooff, unit number is 148, mission code is CA-RIV, and her estimated MTC departure date is OCT25.

We don't know yet which day she'll be able to use the computer while at the MTC, but we'll post emails and pictures from her as they come!