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You don’t think you’re the crying type until you sing “God Be With You Till We Meet Again”

We leave in pretty much 9 days now. I never thought before getting here into the MTC how much I would love it and all the people I meet. And even just on Sunday singing to the district above us who left Monday, “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” I cried a lot. (Remember when you all sang this song to me at my Farewell?) I don’t think I’ll see any of them again in this life, and it’s hard. It’s going to be such a hard time leaving my district. We are pretty much a family here, we have the most hilarious of times, and we spend almost every hour here together. And it’s no help that since Monday we’ve all had that song stuck in our heads–all the time. I’m going to be a mess when it comes to say goodbye. It’s been the best month just being here.

haha and if you don’t think you’re the crying type, just watch the Testaments again (I know you’ve all probably seen it before) and try not to cry at those last 10 seconds. We watched that after devotional on Sunday, and when the lights came on and we looked behind us all these Elders going to Japan were red-eye sobbing, struggling to wipe them tears from their faces and regain composure.
And the thing of this week was doing a variety of handstands, headstands, and handstand-pushups. I dare you to stop me at 3  (this is for you Abby) 😉 So I’m learning not only spiritual stuff here at the MTC, but also yoga/balance/core work. Me and Hermana Hansen are going to work on this and by the time we get off our missions, we will be doing epic yoga on paddle boards somewhere.
We got our travel plans yesterday!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh! It’s getting so real! Mexico here I come!
We have to report to the travel office at Sep 15 at 2:30 AM. I’ll just repeat that: 2:30 in the morning. haha But we depart at the Salt Lake City airport at 6:00am and then drop into Dallas TX at 9:40am and take our next flight at 2:25 pm to monterrey, Mexico arriving at 4pm.  Which then we will have an approximately 11 hour drive into Ciudad Juarez.  So exicted! 🙂 I’m just so pumped to get out there and love the people of Mexico to death! ….or salvation? Whichever comes first. 😉
And I’d just like to give a shout out to my amazing friend Stacy Campbell who got her call to Farmington New Mexico! You will do amazing things! I’m so excited for you! 🙂
And sorry this is such a short email! Pero no tiempo aqui en la MTC! I promise all is well, the spirit is amazing and I wish I could better express my spiritual experiences over email. Or just any experiences in general in such a short time…yeah. Maybe in the field I’ll have more time to write everything. There just is so much stuff and so much I want to say that somehow I end up saying not much. But I’d like to thank you all, you are just so amazing and supportive and awesome! I enjoy getting to write you all each week!
Con amor,
Hermana Cami Bundersonweek5 (1) week5 (2) week5 (3) week5 (4) week5 (5) week5 (6) week5 (7) week5 (8) week5 (9) week5 (10) week5 (11) week5 (12)

The Banana Bandit

(Don’t worry I’ll explain the above title in a moment)

 
So this week went by soooooooo (emphasis on the so) fast! For half of Friday I had the belief that it was still a Tuesday, like no way it was already Friday. This week has been good! Spanish is coming along slowly but pretty well and things are just awesome. Not the most productive week I’ve had, but it was hilarious. And it’s too bad because most of the hilarious events that happened would be pretty awkward to tell ya’ll over email…so sorry bout that, but it’s for the best. Just know that this week was hilarious! If you really want to know more you can write me, so hah.
 
One event I can tell you is the story of the banana bandit. Our classroom has fallen victim twice this week to this elder (his name yet to be known). In the evening, while we are “diligengently” studying in our classroom. Suddenly someone opens our door real fast and throws in the nastiest refrigerated brown banana you have ever seen. The first time it struck, it hit Hermana Hansen. We are now on banana watch to find out who it is and catch this mad man. Like we are ready to chase them down the street if necessary and throw one of their bananas back at them. And that is the story, so I’ll update you on the result next week.
 
Oh and on Tuesday me and Hermana Steele went up to main campus. We went to their bookstore, and their little clothing store (I got a skirt!), and ate the food there. Let me just say this, the food and selection at the main campus MTC is so much better. I could just live there. They had everything I could ever want. I had cafe rio style salad and randomly, fries. I followed my heart and got everything my little heart could desire. You don’t get that kind of selection here at west campus, you just don’t…
 
And Thursday was my little adventure out into the real world to go to the Mexican Consulate for Visa stuff. So a group of us 17 elders and me being the only Hermana, ventured out into the real world for the first time. We rode the front runner up to Murray central and then took the trax to the bees stadium and then walks a couple blocks to the consulate. And grabbed a Maverick sandwich on the way. And apparently being a missionary is like celebrity status haha everyone waves and everyone just talks to you. So that’s pretty cool! And on the way back I got to meet Spiderman!
 
And one of our teachers, Hermano Snyder is leaving this Monday. So we covered his motorcycle in sticky notes and all of us are going to write him letters for when he leaves. Also, we are throwing him a fiesta on Monday! Woot Woot! 
 
And just to end, yesterday I had just the most amazing spiritual experience. We went as a class in the afternoon up to the Wyview chapel. But the moment we stepped in there you could noticeably feel the spirit so strong. It felt like a temple–that alone was amazing. And we were learning about revelation through church attendance and our teachers gave us a tour of the church (in spanish as always) and it was kind of awkward and none of us really knew what was going on, but the spirit was so stong in that quiet little church building. And then we got to the chapel and we talked about idk what, but then Hermano Snyder sang “Come Follow Me.” During that song, I suddenly remembered my question I took to the temple on the last P-day. It’s kind of too personal to talk about over email, but it was amazing and the answer so clear. And then Hermana Steele and I got the chance to give a tour to Hermano Synder, just being himself and talking about his struggles in life. The spirit was so strong, and we all were crying, and we stopped talking in spanish because we couldn’t find the words we needed to say in anything but english. I’m telling you right now, that the Holy Ghost can really speak through you. And the calling of a missionary is real, and missionary really are doing the Lord’s work here and throughout the world. Church is true. I wish I could bring everyone with me that day, just so they could feel the spirit there–It was almost tangible. Yo se que la iglesia es verdadera.
 
Con Amor, Hermana Bunderson
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I’m doing awesome everyone! Like literally no worries, fo’ reals it’s weird, but good!

P-day is the best thing that could ever happen in the MTC. We woke up at like 5:15 so we could do our laundry so we could do whateves in the day. It was pouring rain this morning! So cool! And then we had service, and then temple, and then lunch at main campus, printed off some emails to read, and then took a nap, and now I’m here! Good stuff! 🙂 
 
Choir is pretty sweet! We sing every Sunday, and do practices on tuesdays! Somehow we always end up on the first row. So if somehow you can watch the mtc devotionals, do it…..watch me. I want to be famous…..
 
And okay, in choir practice I met a girl that is from El Paso and went to Ciudad Juarez all the time!  She went there to go on temple visits all the time and she has sweet mexi dress (not maxi, mexi) and said they’re only like 1-2 dollars each. So you best believe I will have a traditional mexican dress shopping spree before I leave!
 
Last Sunday the hermanas in our district sang a musical number in sacrament meeting, “I know that my Redeemer lives” and it was so amazing! It was partially in spanish and in english, and Hermana Steele gave the third verse in a solo! 🙂
 
“I’ve never had a district with this much energy and personality.” -One of our teachers, Hermano Snyder. Nothing sums it our district better. We have focusing issues sometimes, and random fiestas, playing in the rain parties, donut eating, and yeahhhh. But come on, studying gets real old real fast and everyone likes donuts! haha 😉   <—-not sure if winky faces are missionary appropriate but whatever.
 
Bonnie Oscarson aka the YWs president came and spoke to us for devotional this last tuesday, so that was cool!
 
In our branch presidency, there this man named Brother Monson (nephew to the President Tommy Monson) who is my favorite. He is the most amazing at stories. He goes of onto a thousand tangents and you think his story is going nowhere…until the very end where everything comes together perfectly, but there is no way anyone but himself can explain the story again. For example he once started off talking (just talking, he doesn’t even plan it) and saying how “everything you need to know in life you can learn from three movies: Miracle on 34th street, It’s a Wonderful life, and White Christmas. Anything else you can learn from MASH.” and then somehow gets into a deep story and simply amazes you with the moral significance. Also he said that thomas s monson is one of those people that always spills on their shirt. FACT!
 
As hermanas in our district, we have a hatred for just one rule in the women’s dressing and grooming guidelines, which is shaving our legs….yep its a rule. Makeup is also highly encouraged. but they crossed the line when they said we need to shave our legs. Ain’t nobody got time for dat!  Really tho, we only get like 20 minutes to get ready in the morning–including if we want to shower or anything.
 
Things I need to try when I get home in 17 1/2 months:  Okay, there is like this german chocolate that they sell at the little creamery store here called bueno. it’s hazelnut flavored and like ferrero chocolate, but better. Also, swig cookies–the best sugar cookies you could ever taste in your life. Galletas es vida! And yesterday, an elder from St. George told me of this magical (at least I think so) drink containing dr. pepper, coconut flavor, and a little bit of cream. If you know how much I loooove dr. pepper, you could have imagined my reaction to this.
 
Everything is gratefully and honestly doing awesome here. Like I’ve had no worries, even with spanish…which I’m not that amazing at. But I’ve learned so much just within 3 short weeks. Everything is in spanish in class, we pray in spanish, we learn in spanish, we teach in spanish, we sleep in spanish (jk haha 😉 at least not yet!) Time really flies by, and it’s so fun. I love teaching the lessons to the investigors in class, we also made other appointments with more investigators (though they are actors, but still so nice and awesome) outside of class. Studying is long, but good. My district is the best, we are like family. I love you all! I miss you! but not too much 😉
 
Love, Hermana Bunderson
 
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Quesadilla=Omlette

Fo Reals! I was looking in the dictionary one day and found that little piece of info that blew my mind! 😉 Okay, and this week was really super eventful, so in order to make sure I don’t forget anything cool, I’ll write it out day by day!

 
Sunday: are the busiest day’s of a missionaries existence! You are literally on the go or studying all hours of the day. And since me and my companion are the zone sister training leaders we had to go to 4 additional leadership meetings because we are so cool. So I didn’t really have time to study or chill at all. Seriously. We even missed choir because we wanted to eat food.  The awesome part of it was having an epic devotional that evening where the speaker called up converts on the spot who before they were converted and now missionaries, they didn’t believe in God. It was really amazing stories. The church is true is all I can pretty much say about that. And after the devotional we got to pick what video we wanted to watch, so our district watched “character of christ” by Bednar. So good! it’s probably over an hour long, but if you have time (maybe FHE or something) watch it! Literally the best talk I’ve ever heard! 
We found 4 more elders that are going to Ciudad Juarez that are not in my district! Mom: one of them is the one like medieros? or something from FB! So there is a total of 10 missionaries going to the same mission as me! Huzzah! 🙂
 
Monday: Btw my companion is awesome! And I loooovvvvee the other hermanas in my district! We are all so close! And pretty much my district is hilarious, not to brag or anything haha 😉 Oh and today we were teaching our investigator again and I was so prepared and everything, but literally 30 seconds before going in to teach her while me and Hermana Steele were studying in the back room together, our new teacher that day brother snyder told us we couldn’t use notes at all. I don’t know why, but suddenly I became so stressed and started crying and hyperventillating and just couldn’t stop. But Brother Snyder was so kind and helped for for over an hour to comfort me and let me know to have faith in the Lord. We even listened to Consider the Lilies from his Ipod and read a scripture D&C 84: 82-83, and 85. It was so good and so humbling. The other hermanas came in too and we had like a little spiritual testimony pow-pow. And when we finally went in there to teach Chari (our investigator) three hours later it was so good. We didn’t have anything prepared or anything, and we didn’t know like any spanish, but it was so spiritual and just so good. I felt at peace. And afterwords, things were just so good…like we were so dang happy! Dinner was awesome, we disobidiently ate cookies as a district outside during study time and opened our packages. I also got some letters! It was soo good! Good day.
 
Tuesday: Today my companion Hermana Steele had to go to SLC for her visa thing, so I was with the other two hermanas in our district! We were the 3 amigas! While waiting for them to finish their lesson with Chari that day, I was just chilling with the teacher in the park waiting for them. And then he told me to contact the two “visitors” in the park! So now I have a appointment on tuesday! Huzzah! It was all by myself too! 🙂 After my companion got back, we got to go to choir! We sang “nearer our God to thee” and it was pretty fun, even though I can’t sing haha 🙂 Oh and somehow my music sheet disappeared magically in like two seconds. I believe it’s the manifestations of my beginner magical abilities like in Harry Potter, if that makes sense! if not, just go with it haha 😉
 
Wednesday: We got four new hermanas in our zone! So we got to do orientation with them and give them the tour! So that was super cool! Oh and we also contacted Marco right before our lesson with Chari, so we have another appointment monday morning. We played district kickball too so that was epic! We lost, but whateves haha…But I will get my revenge one day! 😉 Today overall was same same though, so much studying (like 10 hours of it). We had a district fiesta outside because everyone was brain dead. So we had salsa and chips and doughnuts haha 😉 
 
Thursday: Funniest day of my entire life. hahaha Today us hermanas were literally rolling on the floor laughing! hahahaha we played MASH for Hermana Steele’s future when we finished everything and didn’t want to do any more of that nasty studying! I’ll forward you the pic of her future 😉 And the whole time the elders were trying to break in to the room to see what we were up to, so we had to improvise. You just had to be there, we were dying on the floor with laughter. torilla=omlette. I win!!!! lol Anyways, our district taught the new district for two hours about the missionary purpose because they didn’t have a teacher! So that was kind of cool…kind of…if teaching people is your thing 😉 Chari is now our teacher! Crazy right! And apparently she’s not mexican, she’s samoan. haha And her name is Sarah Toalafoa. Kind of weird, and she pretty much lied to all of us, but we still love her!  Oh there is a elder here that looks EXACTLY like the guy from fault in our stars!!!! For reals! Even his facial expressions and everything! Also that night us hermanas spent an hour cracking each others backs by standing on each other and that overall night was just hilarious. we were insane. I would blame drugs but I’m in the mtc and they don’t have that stuff here 😉
 
Friday: Was kind of a stressful day. Not that eventful. Everyone just really wanted P-day. We also played district v. district kickball with the new district and we lost soooo bad. Everyone in their district is super sporty and we are only somewhat kind of sporty. haha idk what I’m saying
 
Saturday: Today! It’s p-day so it’s automatically the best. We went to an endowment session at the temple in the morning. Did service (aka cleaning the classrooms). Printed off some emails to read so it wouldn’t take up all my time for emailing. Ate lunch at the main campus, and oh my gosh is their cafeteria huge! There is so many options for food! Did laundy, and now we are here!
 
Love you all! Hopefully my letter was somewhat understandable! Spanish is going good! 🙂 I’ll send you pictures! 🙂 
 
Hermana Cami Bunderson
(the cooliest hermana in existence jk haha)


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1st Week at MTC!!

IMG_0698 IMG_0700 IMG_0701IMG_0693 IMG_0677 IMG_0680 IMG_0683 IMG_0686 Hola! How is everything? Que pasa? haha I miss you all! But not too much thankfully! 😉 The West campus is awesome! All of the spanish speaking missionaries go there, and it’s all in apartments so it’s real cool! It’s pretty dang crazy that I’ve already have been here for 4 days–I’m already speaking in spanglish haha ;), but seriously though, I know 100% more Spanish than I did just under a week ago! Estoy bien! 🙂

 My companion is the girl I met over Facebook because she was going to the same mission as me! Hermana Steele! 😀 It is awesome how we ended up being companions, and by the way, she is amazing! There are two other hermanas in my district-which is like our class, and also we four hermanas are the only ones in our zone! That surprised me a ton! I was super surprised that there weren’t more sisters here!
My district has 12 people in it and we all are stuffed into a class with is actually a small apartment living room haha…so it’s a little squishy! My district is fun though! You can tell the elders are all 18 but they are so respectful and gentlemen to us hermanas! Oh and half of the elders have nicknames lol  Like Elder Mcelhaney is Elder Mack Danny because his name is too hard to remember sometimes! And Elder Imlay is elder indian haha
The apartments we stay in are pretty nice, there is storage space galore–even in the bathroom! There is literally like a closet the size of a pantry in our bathroom haha 🙂 Anyways, my district is so fun! it’s like a fiesta all the time–though like a spiritual fiesta where there is no dancing allowed haha 😉
The first thing I realized when i unpacked is that i have so much stuff. i literally have no time to do anything with hair and makeup (think under 25 minutes to wake up and be out the door).  I’m definitely going to have to send stuff home before I go to mexico, because i will not even use them. Though mom, I’m going to need ‘dem ugly sister missionary shoes after all. My feet hurt 😦 Funny story while i’m talking about shoes though, my companion, Hermana Steele, and I were walking to the main campus because she needed her typhoid shot still. They just barely laid out new asphalt at the intersection in front of the MTC, and as we were walking across the street, the heat from the asphalt burned a hole through one of her shoes and her sock! It is a hole the size of a quarter! Yeah….she ain’t going to be wearing those shoes no more! haha no worries though, she didn’t burn her feet or anything! 🙂
Another funny story, the second night our smoke alarm went off in the middle of the night like 3 times. It was terrible! I was too lazy to even get out of bed, so luckily there wasn’t a fire or anything because I would’ve died haha 😉
Already we have taught an “investigator” in spanish!  Huzzah! We actually like taught her for like 20 minutes! Time flew by so fast! One of the elders in our district forgot to bring his scriptures into the meeting so their lesson was only like 5 minutes because that was what their whole lesson was based on! haha funny 🙂
 And then my companion and I already gave a devotional for our district. It was based off of her favorite mormon message: wrong roads by Jeffery R Holland. Watch it! soo good 🙂 My companion and I also got put in as the new sister training leaders for our zone. I’m also senior companion just because I was born earlier in the year, crazy huh?
Haha the elders in my district think I have a spanish accent and am from latin decent somehow because I sound like JLo (Jennifer Lopez) hahahaha….I have no words for this! XD
Today is my P-day (Saturday)! It will be that way for all of the time in the MTC! So write me emails! 🙂 Anyways, since today was P-day it is super chill! We got to go to the temple this morning and do some initiatories, so that was amazing! I love the temple! 🙂
Also the food here is delicious! Better than Top Ramen and hotdogs for sure haha! I think I’ll never leave! jk ;)…though I’m probably going to get fat here. :/
Oh quick spanish lesson! Pecado=sin   but…. pescado=fish! haha it’s an inside joke that I don’t know how to explain, but oh well!
No worries about pictures! My district takes a lot of them….haha we take selfies 😉 Family: I really did forget my charger….please send me it! My camera is dead 😦 But anyways, my district will be emailing our pictures to each other so there will be a lot of pictures to send you all…eventually haha 😉
I love it here! it’s super crazy and it feels like school sometimes because it’s so busy and sooo much spanish! But it’s good at the same time! This is where I know I should be!
Con Amor,
Hermana Cami Bunderson

It’s true isn’t it? Then what else matters?

There I so many things that I’m going to miss out by going on a mission for eighteen months. I’m pretty sure I can’t continue my eating obsession with fry sauce, nutella, salt and vinegar chips, ice cream, pickles, and black pepper spits. I won’t have time for hour-long dance parties/concerts  all by myself in my room, let alone my kind of music isn’t really “mission appropriate.” I will miss my family. I will miss my friends and even those people at church I don’t really know. And oh my gosh I’m going to miss my family. I will miss Christmas twice being away from my family. All the birthdays, weddings, parties, and everything else.

So why am I doing this? Is it self-punishment? haha no.It’s not just for the amazing Mexican food I will soon get to enjoy, I’ll tell you that. It’s not because I’m not married or don’t have anything to do with my life either.

In one of my favorite talks, President Gordon B. Hinckley talks with a recent convert who is flying home to his family. It says:

"It's true, isn't it?  Then what else matters?"  ~Gordon B. Hinckley“I met a naval officer from a distant nation, a brilliant young man who had been brought to the United States for advanced training. Some of his associates in the United States Navy, whose behavior had attracted him, shared with him at his request their religious beliefs. He was not a Christian, but he was interested. They told him of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, born in Bethlehem, who gave his life for all mankind. They told him of the appearance of God, the Eternal Father, and the resurrected Lord to the boy Joseph Smith. They spoke of modern prophets. They taught him the gospel of the Master. The Spirit touched his heart, and he was baptized.

He was introduced to me just before he was to return to his native land. We spoke of these things, and then I said: “Your people are not Christians. What will happen when you return home a Christian, and, more particularly, a Mormon Christian?”

His face clouded, and he replied, “My family will be disappointed. They may cast me out and regard me as dead. As for my future and my career, all opportunity may be foreclosed against me.”

I asked, “Are you willing to pay so great a price for the gospel?”

His dark eyes, moistened by tears, shone from his handsome brown face as he answered, “It’s true, isn’t it?”

Ashamed at having asked the question, I responded, “Yes, it’s true.”

To which he replied, “Then what else matters?””

I’m going because the church is true. This church, this gospel is true. We really do have a Heavenly Father that loves us more than we can ever imagine and hears our prayers. Christ really did suffer and die on that cross for our behalf, and Joseph Smith really did pray in order to find out which of all sects were true and then those two heavenly personages appeared too him. The scriptures are true. It is all true. Anything less, would not be worth putting 18 months of my life on hold. But missions are called of God, and we truly represent Christ as we preach the gospel to the world. Because this gospel is true, people need to know about it. They need to know how gospel blesses families and how families can be sealed together for eternity. They need to know they are never alone, and that Heavenly Father loves them and will help them through their trials in life.

February Come, Follow Me lesson handout. Moses 1:39. Scripture mastery verse.It is all too easy to take the gospel for granted. I know I do. But in reality, the gospel changes lives. We know this. And if you are anything like me, somehow you still are afraid of preaching the gospel, of being rejected, of being inadequate. But the truth is, preaching the gospel is the most important thing we can do. “For behold, this is my work and my glory–to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” Moses 1:39  This is God’s work, and this is where he gets his glory–seeing his children come unto Christ and obtain eternal life.

Our purpose of missionaries is also to “invite others to come unto Christ”. This is our work–it is the work of the Lord.  And it is worth it. So serve the Lord with all of your might, mind, and strength–because you cannot fail.

“Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God; And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!” D&C 18:10, 15-16