Friday, November 19, 2010

Parent Letter

Missionary Name: Sister Annika Bruno
Mission: Provo MTC
Date Submitted: November 10

Hi Annika,
We love getting your letters and emails. I know you can't write much on email because you don't have much time, but it is fun to get them anyway. I noticed you were wondering about the spelling of counselor, as in the counselor in a branch presidency. That is something a lot of Mormons get wrong and it bugs me. I even wrote a little spelling guide once, and I thought I could send it to you, here it is:

Counsel: advice; opinion or instruction given in directing the judgment or conduct of another.

Council: an assembly of persons summoned or convened for consultation, deliberation, or advice.

Notice that the Bishop or Church leader gives you COUNSEL, but you attend a COUNCIL meeting. On Wednesday nights you might need to go do some COUNSELING at your COUNCIL meeting. Many of us formed part of the COUNCIL in heaven. Our Apostles form the COUNCIL of the Twelve. They give COUNSEL to the members of the Church. Most of the acronyms use COUNCIL.
PEC=Priesthood Executive Council
BYC=Bishop/Youth Council
HC=High Council

Now it gets a little bit tricky. Please pay close attention.

High councilors--spelled this way because they are members of a COUNCIL.

First and Second counselors in presidencies--spelled this way because they give COUNSEL to the president or bishop.

haha I know you won't be speaking or writing English much for the next 18 months, but just thought I would share!!

So Franny is mad at me today because I went to pick her up at school, she was supposed to get off at 2 but at 2:30 she wasn't out yet. And she didn't answer her phone or texts. I had to leave her there because I had work at Wellness at 3 and I still had to go home and change. So she had to walk part of the way home and then Dad went and picked her up the rest of the way when he got home. She was very mad. I hope she will get over it.

I am not enjoying swim lessons now that it is COLD! I hate being wet.

Chiara's party was very fun. I will send pics on email. She didn't like the ponies. There were 3 of them. All of the little kids in the ward had fun. We had about 14 families here. It was wild.

Well, I will go and send an email now with pics. Too bad Dear Elder doesn't download pictures!

Love, Mom

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Sister Missionaries in MTC Cebuano District

This week is so exciting not even kidding we get new Cebuano people and they are here today!! Our district is like little kids in a candy store that's how excited we are! Our devotional this week was from Kevin W. Pearson of the Seventy! Basically amazing talk! He said that we were set apart and we can not fail on our mission. He also talked about how we need to know who we are and then we will be able to do what we need to do. My new motto from him is the scripture 3 Nephi 5:13. I am a disciple of Christ.

Last Wednesday we got 4 new sisters and I love their guts. They are basically my favorite. We laugh so hard. My elders think we are so weird but really we are just like you are so young bahah. But no seriously my elders have a weird senses of humor! I am funny according to everyone except for them, not even cool elders, not even cool. No but we all laugh a lot of the time. Sister Whipple is so quiet sometimes she gets annoyed at us but I don't see why since we are so cool... :) But we love her guts anyway. We make her takes pictures with us and we will break her out of her shell soon enough! I got a third companion the sister is solo from the Cebuano district. Yeah I get to practice my language with her all night long. But I am super sad Sister Chang left Monday that was depressing. They finally found a new Cebuano teacher for us. We get him this week! We are loosing Brother Neilson. I'm so sad. He was basically amazing and my favorite teacher ever!! But he is giving us his address and email and all of that!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Notes Elder Kevin W. Pearson MTC Devotional

 Elder Kevin W. Pearson MTC Devotional
Quorum of the Seventy
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 7:00pm

Kevin W. Pearson

Spirit knows how to speak to your spirit not any language you might speak.

Will not fail.  This is the Lord's work so you will not fail.  You will succeed.

Faith to succeed?

True doctrine changes attitude & behaviors.

Agency & accountability

Moral choices
Lead to Christ

You get what you focus on constantly.  Mission makes it good or not good.  It's what you make it.

You get exactly what you choose to get.

Not set part to be average missionary.  No average person in heaven.

What's at stake?

Your mission is the future of your family.  Posterity praying for you in heaven.

Power of divine identity

You are not who you think you are

Motto--3 Nephi 5:13 I am a disciple of Jesus Christ!

I am going to give it all my might, mind and strength.  I have been called.

Am I a true disciple?  Am I no longer struggling?

A disciple does not try he/she does!

Do or do not there is no trying.

Lord does not say try.

I am done trying I need to do! Commit and move forward.

Just do best every day and not need to struggle but need to know who you are...

Want to change reality have to change what do/think to know who you really are

More become disciple of Christ become who you really are

Be 100% obedient.

  If I am a disciple I am no longer sleeping in... using my time wisely.


What is faith?

Faith is gift bestowed when obedient.  Faith comes from obedience.

Willingly aligning will with Father's will.

Willingness to consecrate life to Lord.

100% obedience.

What you want you will get what you focus on consistently.

Every day 100% obedience.

Faith is principle of power.  How much power do you want?

Prayer Bible Dictionary pages 752-753

Prayer is will of the Lord

Align will with Heavenly Father.

Prayer secures blessings.  God willing to give if just ASK.

When prayer not answered because selfishness of heart and not in name of Jesus Christ.

Everyone meet knows Jesus Christ learned in pre-existance. Locked in spirit that truth.  Mortal amnesia unlock knowledge through spiritual process=Holy Ghost (only).

Only Holy Ghost can teach our spirits.

Why 19 year old can unlock that knowledge.

We help people unlock those mysteries of heaven.  Key of knowledge.

Jesus is head of His work. You represent Father & Soin,  You represent doctrine of Christ.

Be a disciple.  They do work through us.

Do every day. 

Embrace principles of the gospel.

Maximized focus time of 16 hours.

Embrace principles of the gospel. 

Changes your reality=Potential Your Future.

Pay price become disciple.

Heavenly Father What is it that thou willst have me do?

Heavenly Father reserves most obedient missionaries for prepared children.

Remember who talking to when praying.  Ask for help to become disciple. Commit self to do everything in power so Father send full power of the Holy Ghost.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Lord's Plan for You is Happiness

Hello Ward!

I have been in the MTC now for 5 weeks. It has been an awesome experience. I suggest you all go on missions or continue to be missionaries.

Learning a language is hard but anything hard in life we are not alone but find strength in Christ. With Christ our burdens are lifted. Remember to pray for strength in your afflictions!

Being in the MTC is a unique experience. It really has strengthened my testimony and I am so grateful I was called to serve.

Remember the Lord's plan for you is happiness and joy. Stay positive and God will help you through all things.

Nahigugma ko kaninye

Sister Bruno

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Notes on Brother Mark J. Lusvarti MTC Fireside

 Brother Mark J. Lusvarti
MTC Fireside
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Divine love.

Teach with love changes motivations doing it because you love them.  It would be more powerful.

Pray mightily.

Your areas are your areas.

Write down every name, address of people you baptize. Write to them and keep encouraged.  Keep in scriptures.

Not something you are but something you become.

Commit to obedience.

Love of Savior changes routine obedience to life of love.

MTC District Meeting

 MTC District Meeting
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jesus advocate turn to Bible Dictionary advocate.

Every time feel Holy Ghost atonement is working in your life

3 Nephi 23:11

Guilty feelings of the devil

John 3:16-17 Jesus sent not to condemn the world.

When God sends reprovement done in kind way John 15:7-8

2 Timothy 1:7

1 John 15:13-19

1 John 4:6 God's love

If answer loud you need to get out of there fast.

2 Nephi 28:30 learning language and Gospel

That which grows fast withers fast.  That which grows slow lasts.

More than one reason learning Cebuano.  Learn it well in time.

2 Nephi 13:13 Lord makes decree acting on cause when stands

Learn language of prayer.  Voice for group when praying in a group. Use thee, thine, Thou.

Focus. Pray more intently.  Do work with all heart, mind, might & strength.  Be 100% obedient.  Focus on being disciple and receiving Holy Ghost in every second of every day.

Take feeling.  Start working on goals of obedience.

Goal setting is an act of faith.

3 Nephi 5:15

Want to do it.

Set an example.

Always be ready to give an answer.

1 Peter 3:15

MTC Relief Socity Meeting

 MTC Relief Society Meeting
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sister Mary Smith

Challenge to be messenger.  CTR.

Moral purity, majority of problems in world today.

Mark 5:24-34

Bible dictionary Grace.

For atonement to have more benefit I must . . .?

Be humble and sweet

Yield heart to God.  Trust Him.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Coordinating Sister & Four Apostles in a Row Speak at the MTC

So I have been in the MTC for 5 weeks now and its crazy I dont feel like it has been that long but I guess it has. I am slowly not liking the food at the MTC I feel like we have the same things all the time but its not bad food maybe I am just getting sick of eating all the time arg! Me and my companion Sister Chang go to the temple to eat lunch on P-days sometimes it's a change. This week has been pretty awesome because our guest speakers were both amazing for fireside and devotional this week. This Sunday we had Sister Sheri Dew come and speak and her main point was mortality in comparison to eternity is small even if it doesn't feel like it now. She talked about life being short and that we need to understand who we are. She said right now is the time to learn right now!

Then for devotional on Tuesday we had Elder David A. Bednar come and speak. That is count them 4 times apostles came and spoke. His wife spoke she said its going to be hard but God is with you. Elder Bednar spoke about defining what a doctrine, what a principle, and what an application is. I will send dad my notes again in the mail. Sorry if my emails don't sound very personal. I freak out as the red time box counts down the minutes that we can write.

This coming Monday everyone is going to be new and I will get a new companion. The only people not new will be my elders. The new district that we got this past wednesday are really cool they fit my personality well. I am the coordinating sister (like the relief society president in the MTC) and I am going to meet our new district tonight! We have 4 new sisters in our room so its going to be interesting but they are only here for 3 weeks so they will leave before I leave.

I love the MTC but am ready to leave I'm so tired all the time I feel like I'm more tired now than I was ever tired in the earlier weeks. Everyone says you get used to it but i think it just gets worse as the months go on. I am still going strong but there is only so much you can do in the MTC. This week my teacher told us that we need to get 10 contacts a day. Today P-day I have only gotten one I guess I'm going to be spending that hour before bed contacting!

This week I teach the first lesson in Cebuano for the first time. Ahhh I'm not sure how ready for that I am... hopefully me and my elders can come up with something to fill the whole 35 minutes of teaching in the language. I don't want to ask questions because we will all just spend 10 minutes trying to figure out what they said but maybe I will because that will take up time muhahah.

It's snowing here now it was warm and now its cold again really really cold. It was snowing yesterday and today nothing has stuck to the ground yet but it's only a matter of time.

One of the councilors in my branch told us to feel lucky because in the 18 months of being in the MTC there has never been an apostle come and speak 4 weeks in a row!! I hope they make it 5 next week!!

Nahigugma ko kaninyo


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Notes Elder David A. Bednar MTC Devotional

 Elder David A. Bednar MTC Devotional
Quorum of the 12 Apostles
November 9, 2010 7:00pm

Sister Bednar

Helaman 5:13 All creations denotes there is a Christ.

Going to be hard but God is with you.

Ephesians 4:5

Heavens not closed God speaks to Prophets.

Be faithful and obedient.

Matthew 20:18-20 

God is always with us always.

David A. Bednar

You are not teacher Holy Ghost is the teacher.  Pay attention to the Holy Ghost. Impressions.

If body is here but mind is not please come back.

More important for investigator to learn than for you to teach.

These are people teaching.  You first need to learn.  Doctrine.


Simple and fundamental.

Nature of Godhead=doctrine

Plan of happiness=doctrine

Atonement of Jesus Christ=doctrine

Doctrine always answers question. Why?

Understand what doctrine is.

The Answer is Always The Doctrine.

Guideline of Doctrine=principle.

13 Articles of Faith.

Principle guideline from Doctrine

Righteous exercise for moral agency=Govern yourself

Principle Answers Question What?


Principle not behavior not action it's a guideline.

Application=What we do

Application Answers Question How?

Repent=return to Christ.

Doctrine versus Principle versus Application

Life in Church focus on which of three?

We are drawn to applications to improve.

Doctrine of home teaching.  Watch over strengthen.  Be with members of the Church... Find in scriptures

If understand doctrine never miss answer always doctrine.

If I understand the doctrine maybe I would have a better attitude about the MTC...

Understanding=Revealed Result

Answer Always Doctrine

I need to start learning and stop procrastinating

Learn doctrine so I can change.

I need to go to bed early so I won't be so tired.

Mosiah 24:13 Focus on covenants

Know covenants so you can teach to 8 year old

Mosiah 24:14  My yoke easy burden light

I need to change for this to be easier.  I can't do this alone but with strength of Lord.

You can do it with the Lord.

Answer always Doctrine.

Need to study more effectively.

Holy Ghost will answer questions through you.


Answer Application question with Principle

Plural marriage God revealed to Joseph Smith and God discontinued plural marriage through another prophet & revelation.

If just give answer not as good as if guide to correct guideline and principle then will be brought to truth and will understand.

Parent=What doctrine if understood  can make them chaste in a world with few that are chaste. 

What doctrines if understood change attitude & behavior.

Use in own life what doctrine will help change your behaviors and attitudes.

Going to proclaim restored gospel.

Atonement help capacity beyond your own.

In strength of Lord I can Do All things in His Strength. Promise to all children.

Apostolic witness Father and Son live.  Witness Jesus is the Christ.  He is resurrected. I witness He lives and speaks.  He is the head.  He directs it.  I  witness it is true.

Blessing:  Diligent and faithful in study.

Doctrine of Jesus Christ brings understanding, direction, protection.  Will bless you and family throughout eternity.

Diligent in understanding doctrine magnified capacity enlarged to help others learn likewise...

Its not about me.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Notes on Sheri Dew MTC Fireside

Sheri Dew MTC Fireside
November 7, 2010

Write impressions.

Mortality in comparison to eternity is so small but it doesn't feel like that.

Mortality is small compared to eternity.

God puts you in the place where you need to be at that time.

God knows who you are.  Where you are.  What your mission is and what you need to accomplish your mission.

Life is short.

2300 missionaries in MTC influence the world.

Matthew 6:33

Living in latter part of the latter days.

Be fearless in building Zion.

Keep from fulfilling life mission--Identify confusion, Keep from understanding how Savior atoned.  Kee from receiving personal revelation.

Moroni 7:1-2  What need to know.

Developed talent of spirituality in premortal life qualified us to be born into House of Israel.

Here now because God trusts us.

I am a daughter of God

D&C 138 Read & Pray.

Understand who you are.

Luke 4:18 Savior heals us.

Ask Lord if teach/mentor.  How sounds. I feel for you when He is speaking to you.

Immerse self in word of Lord. Scriptures.

Right now is the time to learn. Right now.

MTC Mission Conference

MTC Mission Conference
November 7, 2010 10:00am

R. Lavar Cardon

We should be happiest people on this earth.

Overcome fear=keep eye on Christ.
Lord expects us to repent.

Susan Breinholt

Filled with light and power to accomplish Lord's work.

Scriptures. Anchor. Strength. Guide.

Lord speaks directly to us through the scriptures.

Pray before we read the scriptures.

Fear not for I am with you.

Mark F. Breinholt

Companionship of the Holy Ghost

Whisper, Truth, Listen

Qualify  D&C 121

Charity toward all men

Holy Ghost constant

Desire, Seek, Pray, Invite

Gift of the Holy Ghost. Heavenly Father's most precious gift.

Elizabeth Smith

Be thou humble.  D&C 112:10

Realize what you have

Teach with conviction

Be prompt  Search out those who have been waiting

You never know what the next door will bring.

Heed Holy Ghost promptly.

Ralph W. Smith

Accept correction

Don't defend incorrect behavior

It will harden your heart.

It requires repentance.

Become master of emotions, thoughts, actions.

Where do I fit in?


If close enough to touch sin.  You are too far down the slippery slope.

What we think about makes us who we are.

School your thoughts

Happily comply


Friday, November 5, 2010

Elder Ballard Advises MTC Missionaries to Smile

This week was pretty much the same. We study all day long and have class and eat and have class and eat and study and eat! I think I might puke we eat so much! But the MTC is still amazing I met some people this week from England and Italy and a couple of other places. I also met an elder going to Africa who speaks Portuguese, random I know right!

So this week we heard from Elder Ballard! This is the third week in a row that we have heard from an apostle, so basically that's the good thing about being in the MTC for so long. Elder Ballard talked about becoming a master communicator.He also said the most powerful thing we have is our smile. And that we need to have confidence in our message.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Parent Letter

Missionary Name: Sister Annika Bruno
Mission: Provo MTC
Date Submitted: November 3

Dear Annika,
It was fun reading your letter this week. I can't believe how cold it is in Provo and that it SNOWED! I still have my tan. The outdoor pool was open until Sunday and I worked there last Thursday all day in the sun. Now that it is closed, though, I'm sure my tan will fade quickly. So, I haven't lost any more weight but at least I feel like I am in good shape. I can run for 30 minutes without stopping now. I think that is pretty good for an old woman!

I didn't realize you were going to be in the Philippines for Christmas and that is awesome. In Saudi all the Filipinos loved Christmas and really partied and celebrated it and had so much fun with it. So I think it will be great. I hope you are not getting too cold and aren't you glad I sent you that black suit because even if you don't wear it when you go over there I bet it is good for wearing in the MTC in the winter. Tell me if you need or want anything because after you get out in the field I probably won't be able to send you things very often.

Well, it was good hearing from you, I will try to write more often.

Love you,


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Notes Elder M. Russell Ballard MTC Devotional

Elder M. Russell Ballard MTC Devotional
Quorum of the 12
November 2, 2010 7:00pm

Why people don't progress.

Not master teachers.

People don't understand what w are teaching.

Ask questions just taught them.

Unrelated questions--Ballardism say that companion will study and talk about next time. But what  do you understand about what he just taught.  Need to know... doctrine.

Become master communicator.

1948 in England. We knocked on door gave housewife pamphlets on apostasy.  They went right in trash.

Richard Anderson brought system to explain message and pointed out history.  Connect with people better.

Conducted street meeting on 2 ft. high stand and preached. Missionaries sing then preach.

President Boyer, Elder Mckay, Congressman

Let's go hold street meeting. There were two new missionaries.  Hugh West graduated from Stanford. He didn't do too good.  Then I had to go up.  Boyer said preach the gospel and speak on baptism.  There were 500 people.  I said everything I know in 1 1/2 minutes.  I was grateful to get off the stand.  I knelt down and apologized to the Lord and told him I was sorry I was bad.  I made a commitment to never happen again.
I spoke 715 times on street corners.  Learned I could communicate.

As treasure up then master skill to lead people along in the discussion.

Learn to be master communicator.  Get testimony down.

Assist us and let us know your understanding who is God.


4 I don't care
                                       3 There is no God all bad things happen
                2 Never thought about it
         2 God doesn't exist
  1 I don't know
                        1 I'm not religious. I'm a Jew.
            1 God universal spirit.
                             1 Personal God helps me to pray
1 God's cool.
              1 On fence if I believe.
1 Many gods.
1 Leader.       
                      1 God's idea created by man.
1 Power in life.
  1 Creates doubt.
 1 Good idea.    
          1 I believe in Jehovah.
   1 Supreme being.
1 Everything.     
           1 No problem it's good.

Learn to ask questions.

Talk to people wherever you find them.

Gospel is beautiful and simple.

Keep the message simple.

Conversation always starts with how people feel in the beginning.  How they feel about you.

  When come to know the Church is true.  What happened.  The missionary's teaching and I felt.  Reading in Book of Mormon and I felt.  In sacrament and I felt. Felt the power of the Holy Ghost.

Most powerful thing you have is your smile.

Attitude of success.  Confidence in message.  Testify in Joseph's own words.

Life Change

We are going to make Saints out of them.

Take people out of world of darkness.

Help us as we try to turn ourselves into master teachers. Spiritual communicator.  Many are searching but don't know where to find doctrine of Christ.

Cool Elders: Letter to Parent


I don't have a cord to upload pictures but I got a CD of some pictures. I can't see the pictures so I can't identify them for you right now but I am trying to SYL as much as I can.

I have the names of all the elders and sisters in all my pictures right now. We just figured out the Star Wars picture and I need to convince someone to do the matrix one with me. I don't even know where to look to find hidden things but maybe I can try.

Elder Ballard came and spoke this week. He spoke on how we need to become master communicators. Enclosed are my notes. When you are done can you send them back. Also my notes from Elder Scott and Elder Nelson's talks.

I guess I am super lucky to be getting so many apostles coming to talk to us.

The MTC is hard work but I have faith and that's all that matters I guess.

I met some cool elders from all over the world with all different stories.

One I met in the laundry room told me about an uncle that cut his finger off and didn't make it in enough time to reattach it so he pickled his finger and brings it out at family reunions.

Another Elder I met is from England. He spoke to me and Sister Chang in the sack breakfast line about being new and not having companions yet. We saw him walking alone later that day and asked him if he lost his companion. He said he wasn't assigned one yet and was on his way to the international office. Another cool thing today we ate at the temple cafeteria. Time for bed!

Nahigugma ko kanimo

Love Annika