Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MTC - Week 4

This has been a super great week, and it's only going to get better! We have still been having nice weather so that's a plus, it  makes it nice when we have to travel from far side of campus to the other far side for classes and food and residence haha. We had Chick Filet this week for food and that was awesome because i have been craving it for some reason. I've been super busy with everything lately and haven't had time to take a bunch of pictures, but i did take a few so don't worry about that haha. This week has been a little crazy because of thanksgiving so we are doing all of our p day stuff like visiting the temple, e-mailing, and laundry at random times through the week during our study time so it makes it hard to prepare good lessons and translate them to Czech, it's a good challenge that i enjoy because i think its helping me with the language. Its weird to think im almost half way though my M.T.C experience, and boy as happy as I am, im sad because the M.T.C is so great, its very spiritual here all the time and i will miss all the devotionals, but i can't wait to use what i have learned in the field. It was my teacher Brother Knapp's birthday (sometime this week i forgot the day) and so the sisters drew happy birthday in Czech on the board and a weird cake was drawn and it was good time. I'm so blessed to have good teachers here! they make the difference for sure. My two sister teachers were companions in the field and so they know each other very well and it makes me excited to get to know and love tons of people in the field. Elder Pickett and i matched on accident so we thought that was pic worthy haha and then the other picture is all our food, we went early black friday shopping at the book store and sense missionaries get 40% off, we had a hay day ( and stuff that was sent to us). I decided to challenge myself and read the Book of Mormon again while at the M.T.C and im in Alma 24 so I'm pretty sure I will finish and make my goal, but its amazing how much more I'm getting out of it while here! I love the spirit that is here and how it's helping me so much with everything. So thats about it, tomorrow we get to hear from a general authority and do service providing over 320,000 meals for needy families in Utah so I'm very excited for that =) thats all ill send a few pics after because this only lets me send 2 at a time (Really we can send people to the moon but not send more that 2 pics on e-mail?)
all our food

 Elder Pickett and I matched on accident

Pics from Week 4 MTC

Fixing the vents and leaving a time capsule for future
missionaries who have to fix the vent...
a fun pic  =)
Zone name tags at the temple
Selfies for days... 
Brother Knapp and his sweet b-day drawing
what it looks like when doing laundry

Thursday, November 19, 2015

MTC - Week 3

So this week has been pretty great...except for a few random things that threw me for  a twist. We started this week with a sunday devotional, which was great. I don't have my notes on my and i forgot who gave it but it was sweet haha then Monday we hosted senior missionaries which was super fun. Its getting colder so i was all bundled up haha. Then tuesday we had another great devotional which was also awesome, oh and i'm our new district leader so that's cool. Im learning tons from this opportunity and how to love and be patient with others. Yesterday we hosted over 600 missionaries which was a blast! i personally hosted 5 elders which was great, i teased them some and tried to get them to relax because i so remember that day haha. Then afterwards, i was walking to class with Starší Paxton and i was watching this kid almost run into a door, when i wacked into a pole so hard i about died! thats the pic of my face... then lets see what else happened... oh yeah we stole a picture of Dan Jones from a different class room and carried it all the way across campus for our room because the teachers took all the language stuff off the walls so we couldn't use it to "cheat" anymore and the walls were blank so Dan Jones one of the greatest missionaries in church history is now in our room! so thats sweet haha and thats about it.I'm having a great time here, I wish the last 6 weeks would be over already but the first 3 were a total success! We wont have the same P day next week because we are doing service for thanksgiving so i think i will email Wednesday morning or something? not sure so just keep an eye out and btw we get to have an apostle talk to us! so we are very excited for next week.

wacked a pole.....  Ouch

Dan Jones picture

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Pics from Week 2 MTC

sweater Saturday with the district elders

2 Czechs (missionaries) from last transfer who visa waited

MTC - Week 2

So this is our second P day. Had a good week with some  pretty cool stuff happen. On I had to teach priesthood which i gladly accepted because I was able to speak English for it!! haha it felt so good to actually feel confident about a lesson! We got two new "Investigators" which are our teachers that act like people they either made up or met on their mission and we teach them according to their bio, and we got wrecked on both lessons because we can't take a script. They said we can take some words and a few phrases but teach what we know, and i felt okay about it, but then everything went over my head and it was so hard to try to answer their questions because i was getting their words and my words mixed up and it was crazy! we have another 20 min lesson tonight that we have to prepare while our laundry is washing... I sang in the choir Tuesday night for a devotional and i realized that they lie to you when they say you have a beautiful voice so come sing. I said id try anything once, and shouldn't have haha i realized im horrible at singing, but the spirit was great so im hoping the voices of everybody else drown me out. And it showed me on the big screen =) so at least they got to see my good side, and hear my bad side haha. Its starting to get cold so ive been wearing sweaters a lot which is super nice to have them because some elders who are going to like tahati or africa dont have warm clothes so... that's no fun. An elder in my zone went home Monday, he was going to Bulgaria and had been here 5 weeks and then just randomly went home. he seemed totally fine and then he was just gone. It makes me worry about the other people who seem fine. the language is starting to come along..ish haha we are learning cases which is what makes czech harder than most languages because is will change every word in the sentence based on the context its being used in or something like that. Ive found when i am in a lesson, i sometimes randomly speak a little spanish and im like wait.. that didnt sound right haha  luckily i have super cool teachers who make it fun to learn. We borrowed a ping pong net from some people in our district and had some fun earlier today (Pic 1) and then i finally got my world mission picture (Pic 2) all in all I've been having a ton of fun here and learned a lot so dont worry about me im doing great =)


Pics from Week 1 MTC

My companion, Elder Paxton from Riverton Utah

MTC - Week 1

So, the first week has been really good. my companions name is Elder Paxton from Riverton Utah, he was a hockey player and cheerleader so thats pretty cool. I'm getting along with him which is good. Everybody in our zone is super cool, and branch is even cooler. Foods great! i have been eating a ton, but don't think ive put on any weight so thats good. I weighed with clothes jacket and shoes and i was 159... hopefully most of that weight was clothes but i don't feel any fatter. we have been playing volleyball outside even though its super cold because we can't stand being copped up in class for 11 hours a day. They way they teach you is crazy! the teachers on speak in Czech so your forced to learn. Its like being sprayed in the face with a fire hose and being told to get a drink. Other than that its great. Our residence is the farthest away from everything and its on the highest floor, along with our class so we are getting plenty of stair exercises in. Today was our first P day and temple day and so far its been great. At night when we are at our residence, it sometimes seems like a college campus haha except without the bad things. Just a bunch of crazy guys with weird ideas.... but its been great getting to know everybody. Im still trying to the email thing worked out so if you get duplicates or stuff not meant for you... sorry hahah