Hello Family!!!! This week has been great, but I'm not really sure why. It hasn't been that eventful at all, everythings about the same over here we had the regular schedule and the regular talks. My teacher had her birthday and the old generation of Chinese Elders are getting ready to leave next week so they can make way for the new ones!!! Sara, I can't wait til you get here!!! I heard that your gonna be coming in with a group of nineteen mandarin speaking missionaries, which is pretty small. Our group has like 26 or something and the group that's leaving has like 30-40 so the Mandarin branch is going to shrink a lot pretty soon. Our branch is really amazing though. During our devotionals for the whole MTC we always have an Elder doing something in the presentation, and this last Sunday about half of the older generation of Mandarin speakers sang "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" for the MTC...and it was amazing! - in my opinion, the best musical number I've heard since I've been here. The Mandarin Missionaries are awesome!!! I'll be sad to see them go. So the Chinese has been going really well and I think that's what made this week so great. I hit this point where I can now express myself pretty well in Chinese. I mean it's in short sentences and bad grammar, but I finally have knowledge enough to say what I want to say and to pretty much understand what is being said. It feels so good and makes the class time a lot easier and less stressful. It's amazing to think I've only been here a month and yet I've learned so much. It's all thanks to the help of the spirit.
Oh and thanks for the package it was perfect! I loved playing that song again, and of course I loved the chips. They're just what I wanted! It's like you read my mind. Oh and that's definitely our family name right? Elder Cheng from Hong Kong said it was a name on a card for Chinese New Year...Either way it came just in time and that's going to be my Chinese name when I get to Taiwan!!!
Anyways, things are going good and I hope things are going good back home too.Good Luck this week!!! Zai Jian, Ai WenZhangLao