Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Holy cow, week 2 at the MTC! It went by super fast. Thank you all for the letters I loved reading them all. It so much fun to read what is going on in all of your lives, so please keep telling me. Michael I LOVE that you tell me whats going on in the news in the letters you send me. I heard they elected a new pope. The reason I know this is because the church had a statement on their website so I read it. Have North and South Korea blown each other up yet? I gotta know these things people, I mean I could get like drafted or something. MARY!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are coming to the MTC this next wednesday. Ok advice time. The first few days go by super slow, they give you a lot to digest but don’t worry you will get the time you need eventually and once you get into your normal schedule you will feel you have too much time sometimes. They will speak to you in Portuguese right from the start. By the way I have your portuguese grammar book you bought at the store before I came to the MTC..its green..anyways I will have it for you when you get here, but I actually think they give you one just like it. Learning a new language is hard mary so be prepared for that! You will teach in Portuguese the Saturday or Friday of the week you report, and from then on you will teach almost every day to an investigator (basically your teacher who is role playing with you and your companion one on one). I will not be hosting when you report (sorry) you cant host unless you’ve been here at least 4 weeks. Sometimes they pick 3 weekers but you have to get selected anyways and I wasn’t. Mary do not worry about seeing me. We will be here for 3 weeks together and I’m sure will see each other at least once a day. So this is how my normal MTC schedule works. I wake up at 6:30 and get ready until 7:10 when I have breakfast. After that there is a 4 hour block of time until lunch which is filled up with many different things. Sometimes it’s a class where one of your teachers works with you (these are 3 hours long) sometimes you have gym and then personal study time. Sometimes you have TALL which is basically rosetta stone but for the gospel so you are on the computers. Anyways, then there is lunch which for me is at 11:45. After lunch its the same thing, 4 hour chunk which is filled with all those things. Some more things that could happen during these 4 hour chunks are more class time, and language study. After that 4 hour chunk you have dinner which for me is at 4:45. After that is another chunk of time which is almost always filled with class time. After class time we have study time from 8:30-9:00 and then planning from 9-9:30. After planning we leave to go back to our resident dorms and we have free time from 9:30 to 10:30 which is when we go to bed. The exceptions to this schedule are Tuesday mornings and nights which we have service and devotional respectively. and then Fridays which is P-day. Oh and of course sundays which are filled with study time and church meetings. Oh and a devo (devotionals) in the afternoon. Ok well i got to go love you all. Oh did you get my letter with the first day MTC schedule? I will see if your package comes today. BYE!
Hey family, whats up!!!
Sorry I’m writing to you late today. My companion didn’t want to write until later which made me nervous because I was afraid there would be no open computers but thankfully there was. I am doing well just to let you all know. This week has been filled with a lot of highs and lows. Anne! Thank you for the cookies! They were great! Send me some baby pictures please. Not over email though because I couldn’t print out the one Mary sent me (said it was too big). Dad, devos (devotionals) are awesome. They occur Sunday and Tuesday nights. Sunday we had the Provo Temple President speak and Tuesday we had a member of the seventy. Both were very good talks. It actually kinda amazed me how good the talks were, but then I realized this is the MTC so they should be good talks. My district is great! I love spending time with the guys and we are all really close. It’s a total bro fest. My teachers are great. I have Brother Toledo from Mexico and Brother Johnston who served in Guatemala. Brother J acted as our first investigator this last week so we actually just had our first class time with him as a teacher yesterday. Every other time we were with him he was Mario our progressing investigator. Last letter I wrote we were just starting this teaching Mario thing. Now it’s over and the teachers are both going to be pretend investigators. Oh by the way, all lessons are in spanish. Gym time is fun. Sometimes I play basketball but now I usually run and do pushups and sit ups. I run about a mile everyday. I am studying charity and service right now. I have also been reading in Mormon (Book of Mormon). My Branch President is great. Thank you for the cupcakes! Mary, my backpack is working fine and I love it. I am making lots of friends, mostly in my district and zone. I did see Thales (a friend Sam met at a Boy Scout camp) my second day here. He was happy to see me and we talked for a bit. I also gave him the 50 sols from Peru we had left over. Did you guys get the letter I sent? Please send me pictures of Jane and you guys! Thank you for using dear elder by the way. I understand you all told me things about your lives in your letters. I love hearing about your lives so please don’t stop. It’s just impossible to comment on it all in one 30 min email. Dad, I will send you a letter with a more detailed listing of my schedule. Heck maybe i’ll even send you my schedule of last week. I love being here at the MTC. I love being a missionary. I wrote in my journal the first day that I felt like I was actually doing something again with my life which is a feeling I haven’t felt for 5 months. I love you all and I hope you are all doing well.