I finally get to write! Thank you so
much for writing me! I only have about 25 minutes so I am going to type
quickly. Yes, Wednesday is my P-Day. We were told that we could NOT write or
type letters or emails on any other day besides P-Day. I can ask about that
topic more to see if that is really the case, but that is what we were told.
The first week was incredible. I have seen Dallin Gardner, Shawn Pritchet, and
Caleb Rash several times in the MTC. I will quickly run through what this week
has been like.
The first day was crazy. After a
tearful farewell to Mom and Dad, I left with my escort and got my nametag,
books, and stuff like that. It was pretty crazy and overwhelming the whole
time! I had to go through an online Welcome Orientation in a computer lab, and
then I went to my first language class where I met my district. I met my
companion. His name is Elder Kearl. Mom and Dad, none of us guessed where he is
from! He is from Riverton, Wyoming. He loves hunting and doing all sorts of
outdoor things like that. He is also a swimmer. I have come to love Elder
Kearl. He is a great man who loves to serve the Lord. He is diligent and happy
On the first day, we met our teacher
as well. His name is Hermano (Brother) Ostler, a tall, skinny man that
always has a great attitude. When we met him, he only spoke to us in Spanish so
all of us were staring at him like deer in headlights as he spoke this crazy
language. In our district, we have four hermanas (sisters) and eight elders. I
absolutely love my district so much. They are tremendous people. On the same
day, we went through 3 role-playing sessions where we taught investigators
(actors). The Spirit was incredible during that time. It was absolutely phenomenal
when things would pop into your head to say to the investigator. I did not
speak much because there was probably 60 or 70 missionaries trying to teach. It
was a wonderful experience.
On the second day, the routine
began. In my room there are 4 elders. Me, my companion, Elder Lancaster (a
short young man with a perfectly happy attitude, high spirituality, sense of
humor, and love of God), and Elder Ames (a young man who was recently called as
District Leader. I have grown to truly admire Elder Ames because of his sincere
desire to lead and fulfill his calling. He is genuine and confident). We woke
up at 6 and worked out, had personal study, language study, lunch, more language
study, a workshop, and all other sorts of stuff that I don't have much time to
I have little time so I will
describe some other things really quick. The food is glorious. I eat like a
king. I eat so much during the day and then work it all off during gym time and
morning workouts!! It is great! On the second day, my companion dropped his
tray and broke his plate so I often tease him about that! Gym time is
fantastic. The MTC is very exhausting and difficult so gym time is fun. I go
and play tons of basketball so I can run away all of my stress and
We have an investigator, who is also
an actor (meaning he isn't a real investigator, but we treat him like one!).
His name is Enrique. We are to teach him 6 lessons in Spanish, and me and my
companion have taught 3 already. I cannot describe the reality of the gift of tongues
in these teaching sessions. It is true. The Spirit is so strong, and phrases
and words come into my mind as if Spanish was my native language sometimes! The
Spirit helps me to remember words and to say things in Spanish that touch the
investigator's heart. Spanish is so much fun. I can pray, testify, help teach a
lesson, and have a broken conversation in Spanish. It is wonderful. It is great
because me and my companion spend so much time praying for Enrique. I have
recently been inspired that me and Elder Kearl should give him a blessing
today. We want to show him that the priesthood authority is real and only
exists in this church.
I have had so much joy in the MTC.
So much joy. I have also had so much discouragement. There have been some days
where I would look at myself in a mirror, see Christ's name on my tag, and
wonder if I am ready for this. Once I really got discouraged and began to doubt
the usefulness of this work. That was a low time for me, but don't worry, I
have come out of it! Our Branch Presidency is brilliant. The president's name
is President Wilkins, and I have had the wonderful opportunity of speaking with
him and having him encourage me and help me. Brother Monson is his 1st
counselor. He is the nephew of President Thomas S. Monson (the prophet calls
him Kent if I remember right). Just like his uncle, he is a spiritual man. He
acts and looks exactly like Thomas S. Monson. He speaks when he feels prompted.
He pauses and ponders as he teaches. He looks at us as if we are the most
wonderful beings that have ever existed.
I have felt the Spirit so strong and
feel great. Yes I still struggle and have doubts. But the companionship of the
Holy Ghost is impossible to deny. I cannot describe it. At the same time
however, the devil does not cease to try and stop us. But it doesn't matter. We
are pressing forward. I am pressing forward and feel wonderful as I do so.
Pictures will be coming soon,
probably sometime today so be waiting for that!
Here is my testimony. Sorry, no
accents over letters so hopefully you get it! It is by memory so I am not using
Yo se que Jesucristo
es el Hijo de Padre Celestial. Padre Celestial envió Jesucristo expiar para nuestros
pecados. Yo se que José Smith fue un profeta de Jesucristo. La Iglesia de Jesucristo
de los Santos de los Últimos Días es verdadera. El libro de Mormón es
verdadero. Yo se que familias son eterno. Nosotros podemos tener felicidad
mediante El Evangelio de Jesucristo. Jesucristo tiene mucho amor para nos. Yo
se que. Nosotros podemos tener el gozo y la paz en este vida. Yo se que Tomas
S. Monson es un profeta verdadera. Podemos tener guía mediante el Espíritu
Santo. Yo digo estés cosas en el nombre de Jesucristo, Amen.
Translation: (I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of
Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father sent Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. I
know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. The book of Mormon is true. I know that
families are eternal. W can have happiness through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ has a lot of love for us. I know that. We can have joy and peace
in this life. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet. We can have
guidance through the Holy Ghost. I say these things in the name of Jesus
Oh by the way, me and my companion's
catch-phrase is Somos Oro! (We are golden!)