You can read more about the mission split at President and Sister Lovell’s blog:
Wait are you serious??? It’s my last week in the MTC????
I cannot believe how fast the time has gone! Who would have thought that I’d be leaving in just 7 days!!!! Oh so I should probably share the happy news: I HAVE MY VISA!!! I got my travel plans on Thursday!!!!! If I could dance in the MTC, I would. Instead I’ll just tell you when I leave! I leave the MTC on Monday morning to head to the SLC, and from there I’ll be heading to Dallas. (Mom+Dad, I’ll be calling you from Dallas sometime between 3-5ish Dallas time. I’ll let you know more specifics later on this week!) From Dallas we head down to Buenos Aires landing in Argentina around 9ish Tuesday morning. I am so freakishly excited to get down to my mission!
So this last week: An interesting one. My companion more or less got Dear Johned, which was quite the interesting and explosive event. More or less. Elder Jewkes is an incredibly intelligent missionary, but he certainly has quite a short fuse. However! The crazy part of the MTC is how much you teach by the time you leave. Now that I’m in the last couple weeks of my time here, I’m teaching 2-3 lessons a day in Spanish. Now while that’s not too much compared to out in the field, it is pretty cool to think that I’m speaking Spanish that much, and it is a nice change up from all the classroom instruction.
As far as the language goes I’m pretty excited. I cannot believe how much I have learned in just a few short weeks. I’m planning on going on a complete English-fast this week so wish me luck. It amazes me every day to realize how much time I’ve been here. Sometimes it feels like it was only a few days ago that I could hardly teach in Spanish, but at others it feels as though I’ve been here for months. I’m actually going to be pretty sad to say goodbye to the MTC. Very few things have changed me more, and required me to grow up this fast. I’m far more of a missionary than I was before I came here (obviously) and I know that I have quite a ways to go. And honestly, it pains me to think that I only have 3 more classes with each of my teachers. Hermano Grow and Hermano Salsbury have been the best!
In random accomplishments: I broke a 6:00 mile this last week! 5:57 was my time, and I’m pretty proud of it. I’m not nearly as lazy as I used to be. 😛
I think the weirdest part of this week by far was having new years in the MTC. I had already been mentally prepared for Christmas/thanksgiving, but New Years came by pretty fast. For one, it was weird to be in bed at 10:30 on New Years eve. Probably the first time that’s happened in 10 years. But it’s also a pretty staggering feeling to realize that this will be an entire year devoted to my mission. A teacher two nights ago challenged my district to make some New Years resolutions based around Luke 2:52. I definitely am looking forward to the amount of growth and learning that I will do in the field. I cannot wait at all to get down to Neuquen. I know that’s where I’m meant to be, and I know there are people that are waiting for me to find and teach them. But I think most of all, I look at the changes that have taken place this last 8 weeks, and I look forward to the incredible opportunity that the next two years will be. Last night our devotional was based around the changes that can take place when you really serve the Lord for two years. And in the spirit of such I’ve made some solid resolutions to do my best out in the field and in my last week here in the MTC.
My favorite part so far about being a missionary is the people you meet. I am always amazed by the incredible amount of wonderful people that I have met here, and that have affected me for the better. I’m really going to miss my district here. It’s tough to think that after Sunday night, I won’t be seeing 6 of them anymore. But that’s the beauty of a mission I think. Just a short amount of time with anyone can absolutely change their lives. I’m so grateful for the wonderful influence my Branch presidency, teachers, and other leaders have been. I’m excited whenever I think of how much more time I have left to be able to meet and help other people, and cannot wait to do so.
Well I’m running out of time, so I’m going to call it good for this week. Love you all, thank you all for your support! Goodbye Utah, and see you in 2 years!