Well week 2 is over!
Holy cow is time going so so fast over here. Just barely as I was reading an email I my companion and I remembered that Thanksgiving is this week. Weeeiirrd. It feels like I just got here!
Well the Spanish is coming so so well! I’m really loving learning the language. Although by the time I get back to the residence I am so freakishly tired. We are in class/studying about 8-9 hours a day, and that’s not counting the meetings and other fun things we do, but hey it’s all in the day of a life of a missionary right?
So last Monday was P-Day. Excellence. I love P-Day, but I’m so freakishly busy all day that it goes by ridiculously quickly. But to everyone who sent me letters this week, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!!! It really makes me incredibly happy to get letters, and I am more than happy to write back as soon as I get the chance. The cool thing I was told on Monday was that as missionaries “We are God’s investigators. You have to feel yourself how you want your investigators to feel.” Food for thought no?
So Tuesday. Ahem. What a day! Elder Jewkes and I tought our “Investigator” again in the morning, and let’s just say it didn’t go quite so well as we had planned. But hey it’s all a learning experience right? It has certainly been a humbling experience learning how to rely on the Spirit not just for teaching but to also learn the language. We’ve been having some interesting times together, but the bottom line is that I’m learning a ton, especially from my companion. Tusday night though everything took a huge 180. On Tuesday nights the entire MTC has a devotional with a General Authority. This week it was President Tad R. Calister. (He gave a talk Sunday Morning last month on the Book of Mormon). And can I just say wow. That Elder really knows his stuff. He gave an incredible talk on the Apostasy, with the focus on the purpose of getting it into our heads that we as missionaries need to have a better understanding and teaching ability when it comes to the Apostasy so that we may more effectively teach the Restoration. Also! Afterwards we had a devotional with the branch presidency. For all the future missionaries who read this I have this to say about Branch Presidencies. They are the best in the MTC! My branch president and his wife gave tons of happy and inspired counsel that I needed to hear.
Wednesday! Bam! We got straight back into the game and started teaching our “investigator” David again. It was pretty cool. We sat down and 10 minutes later we had a committment for baptism. Haha yup. It’s interesting what you can do when you know what the Spirit wants you to say. I keep reminding myself every day that each of the Elders in my district has their own different background and that we are all working and progressing at our own pace, and I am quite happy to say that I love my district. We are quite the tight bunch, and we will be doing some incredible things in the next two years.
Thursday! So Thursday marked a full week of being in the MTC, and I’ll be completely honest, I was TIRED. I was also a bit bummed out because I had been feeling like I wasn’t progressing at all. But hey that’s what MTC Teachers are for! Our first teacher here is Hermano Grow, and he served his mission in Mexico. Wow that guy is awesome. He clicks with all of us and knows how to get us all fired up when we’re down. On Thursday we mostly worked on how to teach baptism, and why it is so necissary. My Spanish is improving in leaps and bounds every single day, and in part it’s thanks to my teachers here. Other thing I wanted to share: I’m taking such good care of myself! It actually makes me really happy that for the first time in years I’m taking time to sit down for three meals a day, I’m working out every single day, and I’m also getting to bed/getting out of bed on time! Who knew that was possible? Gym time is easily some of my favorite time here, because it’s so nice to just have an hour(ish) to hit the track, get a mile or two in and take out your mental/internal frustration or stress on some weights. 🙂 One problem, since coming to the MTC I have only gained 1 lb!!!! Ugh!!! Oh well, just means I need to be better about eating. 😛
Friday: Well that was exciting. We found out our “investigator” is our second teacher, and his name is Hermano Salsbury. What a stud. He served his Mission in Salt Lake (Spanish of course) and has quite the powerful amount of crazy mission stories. He told us to always remember that Faith is Power, and quoted Pres. Packer in saying: “There are two types of faith: The first is the faith that Heavenly Father will make something happen, the second is faith in yourself to make something happen. As Latter Day Saints We need both.”
Saturday…. Hm… Oh yes. Sometimes Saturday can just be long. We have 6 hours of class broken up by a half an hour for dinner, which can certainly drag, but hey that’s what we’re here for. That was also the day that we got our Stress Management instruction, and it certainly helped. Who knew that the MTC/Mission field could be stressful???
Sundays, oh Wonderful Sundays. Favorite day at the MTC, because you have plenty of wonderful meetings and get a break from classes. I love our branch/branch presidency. They’re some incredible people. Last night we had another firesdie on the Atonement and that was just awesome.
Alright time is running out so I’m just going to finish up with a thought. This week my favorite scriptures have been in Alma, and i dont’ have time to look up the reference, but there is one where it talks about the Stripling Warriors walking in perfect faith never doubting. Look it up!
Love you all, have an amazing week!!!