Sister Gutke

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May 24th 2016


She has had a truly Amazing time in the MTC and has learnt so very much... Spanish of course, especially being in Spanish lessons 14  hours a day!!
she went to the temple in Bogota for the last time today and said she had a wonderful time and did well speaking and listening in Spanish. 
she just can't believe its is her last Pday today in the MTC... and that she leaves for Uruguay next week...ahhhhh
hermana Gutke and her companion Hermana phipps get to go proselyting on saturday, they are very excited and hope to talk to many people and get 20 references for the missionaries there.
she said it is very bittersweet to be leaving the MTC but will be very happy to leave the compound environment and have some freedom, and to not eat rice every day... 
she shared with me that she is very sad to have to leave Hermana Phipps and get a new companion..(she is excited to see what she will learn from her new companion). she has formed an amazing friendship with Hermana Phipps and will miss being her companion. she said Hermana Phipps has blessed her life and taught her so very much.
she challenged us to read Mormon chapter 8.....
Thats all the news for now... 

her caption for this one .."what are you doing in the erm Bush"!!! inside joke ...

love that SMILE..

Hermana Gutke and Hermana Phipps

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2 WEEKS IN.....

I just love Tuesdays right now..... got to send a few Emails back and forth with Hermana Gutke.

she is doing very well... she is dealing with some homesickness but adjusting well...she is eating the food better and making so many amazing friends. She just loves her companion Hermana Phipps they are such a great support for each other!
Here are some beautiful stories she shared this week......

SO on thursday night i prayed to heavenly father and asked him if my family was ok and doing well I would recieve your letters in the next few days... on friday the next day I was sitting in companion study and a man came up and handed me 7 LETTERS! 7!! so i got them all on april 29th! thank you for sending them to me. I love you so much and I know the lord answers prayers! I just cried because It was so good to hear from you. the mtc is hard but good, today we went to the temple and did a session in spanish! so i had to do the veil and everything in spanish. what an amazing experience it was to be able to do that in another language! THE LORD IS AMAZING. I am so grateful to be a missionary xx

Here is a little experience I wanted to share real fast! :) Last week when I emailed I had a hard time after with being homesick and then a really cool experience for me happened. I was sitting in my room and a latina hermana came in crying so in my broken spanish i tried to talk to her.. she is from ecuador and 3 days before she left there was an earthquake and she had just got done talking to her parents. My heart broke for her, and I realized how lucky i am that my family is healthy and well! she is such a strong woman and after speaking with her i went to my bed and just cried. I know the lord knows our hearts and is always there for us! my favorite scripture is D&

C 24:8 and I gave that scripture to this hermana, even though i cant speak as much spanish as i wish i could right now i know the gift of tongues is real and as we work towards and put in the effort of learning the language the lord will provide! My heart is so full being here and serving the Lord! I can not wait to meet the people of Uruguay so I am dedicating all my time and efforts in learning spanish so that i can effectively be who they need and who the Lord knows I can be!

the pictures above are of Emma and the MTC president and his wife....

These pictures are with her District..Mosiah

First Pday Email.....

yay after waiting a whole week we got a great email from emma...
she is doing well, heres some excerpts....

first i just want to say the gift of tongues is real so very real!! i didnt know that much spanish before I came and in one week I can pray bear testimony and teach the first discussion! its truly amazing! I am sorry if my english isnt good i am having a hard time because my brain is automatically translating this in espanol. I learn spanish 14 hours a day I am in class all day exccept meals and gym time. the food here is alright the smell was so hard at first the food smelled like dirty socks is how i can expalin it. but over time i am just so hungry i eat it. my companion is hermana phipps she is from tremonton and she is honestly the best fit for me! she is so sweet! 

tuesday: I flew to atlanta and while i was waiting at my gate i talked with this elderly lady named norma hawkes. and she shared her conversion story with me it was amazing it reminded me of why i am going serving. she said Strength isnt something you just have it is something the lord gives you over time! I loved this and it stuck with me! flying to atlanta was ok.. we landed at 450 and my flight was at 530 to colombia it was on the other side of the airport and down a level so i booked it faster than i have ever ran jumping in an elevator and riding a train with people to gate e. i barely made it on! when I saw hermana stone maddy I just cried with joy to see someone I knew! it was so good to see her! we flew to colombia and there were a lot of soldiers on our plane for colombia so that scared us a bit. they gave us a custom form and I had no idea how to fill it out so i just did my best hahah. we landed and we made through the passport stamping! then we got our bags let me tell you my little arms killed pulling 100 plus pounds! we found the people we ewere supposed to find to take us to the ccm and we went to go through and me and hermana stone filled out our customs forms wrong so we were freaking out as they were yelling at us in espanol finally wee refilled out forms and got through! we piled into the van and got to the mtc and president told us we would be the first missionaries to be in the new espanol training! it is very intense but good. then we uinpacked went to bed! 

wednedsay.... colombiam food is like a fire hydrant you get some water but mostly it just hurts your face. most of it is ok but the rest is mas o menos. I met with president duvall to get my tags and we found out we were related!! crazy! his mom is my great grandmas sister. hermana duvall is so sweet. then we jumped right into spanish! I love learning here its the greatest! I have grown so much in my testimony and in my language abilities! 

thrusday.. today i learned to pray in espanol and by the end of the day i could do it without looking at any notes or papers. it is amazing to pray in another language! the gospel is true so very true and i know if we work at what we want and ask the lord he will help us get there. today at lunch was emabrassing haha I went to clean off my spoon and i clanked it on my bowl and it made a loud sound like i was making an announcemnent and everyone looked at me haha i just said los siento! im sorry haha. as nortes we have to sit with latino hermanas so we dont speak english. but i love getting to know them!

friday.. today was amazing!! me and hermana phipps taught our first investigator raul in espanol it was amazing i was able to speak pretty good espanol using some english too. it realy is amazing to teach soemone about the gospel!! it is my favorite thing to see the light in their eyes as we teach them the truth! it really is a compound here... a spritiual compound! we  cant leave but its great! I am truly blessed to be here!! pres duvall taught me some things about my ancestors today and that was cool it testified to me that i was supposed to be switched to come to the colombia mtc! 

saturday.. today was hard lots of espanol and missing home but i felt the spirit so strong today!! heavenly father really is mindful of us!! i love mosiah 24.14 it even though when i pray in spanish i might not be able to say all i want to yet he knows the desires of my heart. he knows the desires of all of our hearts!! 

sunday.. sundays are different in the mtc! the chapel is in the building and all the meetings are in espanol so i kinda unserstood sacrament but only a little. it was so cool though! i feltl the spirit so very strong!! i love this gospel so much!! we have devotionals in english! 

modnay.. it rained a ton today! we taught raul and i prayed all  morning that i could understand him and be able to teach him in espanol and the gift of tongues was so strong today! the lord blessed me to understand what he was saying and teach and testify to him! 

tuesday.. today we went to the colombia temple it was amazing!! i will send pics of this week!! 

She made it!!

Hermana Gutke made it to Colombia, she said it was a very long day. When she arrived her and the other missionaries had a bit of a hard time getting through customs as they had filled their custom forms out wrong, Emma said they guy really yelled at them and that was scary. they re filled out the forms and were let through.
they loaded in vans and wen to the MTC driving about 10pm, they had a quick visit with the mission President and then got to bed.
the next day while visiting with President Duvall he worked out they they are related, his mother is Emma's Great Grandmothers sister!
she got to email us quickly the next day to say she was safe!