Draha Rodino! Jak se mate? [note: Dear Family! How are you?] It has been a wonderful week. I have learned so much. Thank you for all of your letters! I have the best family and friends in the world.
This week I began teaching in Czech. Sister Heinzen is a returned missionary from the Czech and teaches at the MTC. My teacher, Brother Gabriel, arranged for me to have a one-on-one language session with her every day for about 30 minutes. I get to teach her in Czech and it's been great because my confidence has grown and I'm becoming more and more familiar with the gospel terms. She helps me with sklonovani [note: Czech grammatical endings] too which is always good. Sister Cubova [note: Sister from the Czech Republic called to serve in England] is in the classroom two doors down from me so I get to practice my Czech with her as well. I'm realizing that Heavenly Father is blessing me so much with opportunities to learn and grow, not just in Czech, but in everything. I taught a lesson in Czech at the TRC for the first time on Friday. The TRC is where you go into a classroom that is made to look like a room in someone's house and you teach a lesson to people you usually don't know. Sometimes they are members and sometimes they are real investigators. We never know. Anyways, I went on Friday after practicing with Sister Heinzen and I was nervous because I was teaching by myself in Czech (no companion), but when I knocked on the door, guess who opened it? Sister Amanda Laws! [note: returned missionary] I got to talk to my friend in Czech for 40 minutes and it was so great. I did teach her a lesson just for practice, but it was such a fun evening.
Here is what a typical day for us is like: I get up at 6 to go to a special exercising class they have each morning for the sisters. It's not required, and 6:30 is normal wake-up time, but I love to go because it gives me more energy during the day. Each day is different and we do yoga, pilates, aerobics etc. I love it! At 6:30 we return to our residence and get ready for the day. Breakfast is at 7:10. Class starts at 7:40 and is for 3 hours. Brother Gabriel and Sister Singer are our teachers and class is amazing. I learn so much everyday! We are learning to teach people, not lessons. Part of the 3 hours of class we teach our progressing investigators--Jake and Alexandra. Jake is played by Brother Gabriel and Alexandra is played by Sister Singer, but it's not like pretend. When you go into the room, you are teaching Jake or Alexandra, not one of the teachers. It's so real! I have learned so much about teaching by the spirit and I still have so much to learn, but it's a great experience. After that we have an hour of personal study. It's so neat to be sitting there studying a passage of scripture that I've read hundreds of times before and then suddenly it clicks. It makes sense. It means something to me. I finally understand it. And then the realization that I have just been taught by the Spirit. I love it!
Then we go to lunch and then back to class at 12:25 for another 3 hours. We have zone teaching after that for an hour, but during that time I usually go into Sister Cubova's class and practice my Czech. Dinner is at 4:40 and then we have gym for an hour plus more personal study plus a workshop or teaching at the TRC, daily planning session with companions and then at 9:30 we are allowed to go back to our residence. Lights are out at 10:30. The order may vary, but typically this is how the day goes. We are busy and spend most of the time in class, but I am loving it. Tuesdays and Sundays we have special devotionals. Sundays are special!
I had a neat experience in the temple this morning. We get to go for our P-day. I was in the celestial room after a session and thinking about Megan. I prayed that I'd know she was with me. As I was leaving the dressing room later and lady came in and saw my badge. She grabbed my arm and started talking to me about how she served a mission a long time ago and loved it and she went on and on. She was older and I was just waiting patiently for her to stop talking so that I could go, but then she said "...And you have an angel right behind you. Every missionary has angels behind them...." I knew that Megan was right behind me.
I love you all! Keep smiling and working hard. I love being a missionary! I wish I could tell you more but I am out of time. Love you all!
S laskou [note: with love], Sestra Pysnakova