MY P-days are on Saturday, I'm not sure why we were told
that we wouldn't get to email this week. Anyways, the MTC is great!
However, it is getting a bit claustrophobic. There are SO many
missionaries here and hardly enough room to acomodate all of us. The
cafeteria is especially crowded and the food is EXACTLY the same as the
cannon center at BYU haha. I sent home a letter on Thursday talking
about my first day a bit. But if it's not posted yet, it went a little
like this...Jack, Olivia, and Meagan Roll picked me up, we went to brick
oven and Dylan and Rachel came! MIssionaries ate free...let's just say I
took advantage of that :) I arrived at the MTC and had someone show me
where to go, got my name tags and then Alex found me! It was so cool to
see a familiar face I've seen a lot of people I know! I sate Natalie
Bothwell, Jeremy, Issac and Steven Champayne, Kevin Hale from EFY, and a
Kind of a cool few side notes, this group of missionaries is the
biggest group the MTC has ever recieved at one time before, and us
English speaking missionaries are the first to leave within two weeks! I
leave 10 days from now and will already be in Montana. Crazy stuff.
It's snowing here today and I'm so pumped to see even more of it in
Montana! The spirit is so strong here. The days feel extremely long but
it's all good stuff. I guess they only feel long because I used to wake
up at noon and get to bed at midnight. Here I'm up by 6:30 and in bed by
10;30! I've actually adapted to it better than I thought i would.
My companion is pretty cool I suppose. He can be alittle odd at
times by I guess I am too haha. He knows every musical known to man and
will sing a line of a song to EVERYTHING I say i feels like. Gets kind
of annoying. also, he has an alarm clock with a dog that barks and
wimpers to wake us up....yeah. OH! The other companionship in our dorm
is pretty sweeet too! Elder Rodriguez is our District leader and his
family was on "The District" missionary videos! How cool is that?! Our
Branch President is a drill Sargeant who has a lot of rules. BUT, he
knows what he's doing and is actually a very spiritual guy. We have 12
ELders in our District and no sisters. Which doesnt happen to often.
Tell DOM that Elder Packham (Jake Packham) from BYU-I is in our
District! We spend like 6 hours in a classroom so I see him all the
time, he's a funny guy. We've all gotten to be pretty good friends since
we spend 15 hours a day together haha,
I taught my first investigator yesterday! HIS name is Lindsay, from
Austrailia. He's 52 and is quite the online dater. Haha claims to know
everything about God and the Bible and was just curious about what we
believe. We totally butchered our first discussion...lol it was
horrible. We were expecting to Bible bash or for him to have at least a
knowlege about God. Turns out he was someone who really had never read
the Bible, wasn't familiar with it's teachings and only says he knew
everything about God to avoid embarressment. So our lesson was pretty
much planned completely wrong. But we have another lesson on Monday to
teach and we'll start simple.
I haven't gained any weight yet...that I'm aware of. I got to work
out yesterday, they have an enormous gym here. The courts are on the
first floor and the track is actually on the third floor with different
weight machines at each corner, almost like stations. It was pretty
sweet. We get gym once a day and I'm determined to stay in shape!
Thanks for all the dear elder's and letters! I felt very loved. We
get our mail at lunch every day but I didn't get to open any till
yesterday afternoon. Keep em comin! I promise to write back to everyone,
it just might take a week or so because we dont have much free time.
I'm grateful to be here. We were promised right at the beginning by our
branch president that our testimonies will double in the time that we
are here if we are dedicated and exactly obedient. I've never read or
prayed as many times in a day than I have here at the MTC it's great.
How are things at home? Is Jesse feeling better? How is school
torie? Anything exciting happen at home? How has Jesse been?
Mom how are you holding up? I think
about you all daily and am doing my best here! Thanks dad for the line
of authority record! That's always neat to see. Im so excited to go out
and am learning something new everyday! I love you all and you are in my
prayers! I'll write back in a week!
P.S. JACK AND DYLAN. If you have your mission calls you better let me know now haha. If not, dear elder me anyway :)