Thursday, December 17, 2015

Time Flies in the MTC

Another week gone, wow only 11 days left in the MTC! Wow. I'm happy to say that this has been another great week though! We finally got snow to stick! It has snowed a couple times but now its finally cold enough to stick and continue snowing. It's about time. All the other Elders in my room enjoy sleeping in the freezing cold, so our thermas is turned all the way down. I must be taking after my mom because I sleep with a bunch of clothes on and like 5 blankets! I guess its just getting me ready for the Czech haha. Wow, it's so hard to think  only 11 days! We got 6 new Elders going to Poland and I can remember my first day and how excited they are to be here. I can't until they are in my shoes and are almost leaving. I'm definitely not ready language wise, but I have a feeling that I am about to learn a lot as soon as we get to the Czech. On Sunday, we had a devotional by the BYU Men's choir and it was totally amazing how the brought the spirit so strongly through their songs, and one of them shared a story from his mission and guess where he went. Yep he also went to the Czech! He's been home for about 6 months and he absolutely loved it! We talked to him after (We as in my district) and he said that we are absolutely going to love our mission, and then he asked who had the best ř which is how we pronounce that letter. It's a pronunciation that no other language has... with good reason because of how hard it is haha. So today was our last temple trip because the temple is closed next week for Christmas. At least we got to go though as a whole zone. That was super great. Our other devotional this week was from Lynn G. Robbins from the Presidency of the Seventy and he taught us about developing Christ like attributes and how they are important for our missions and for the rest of our lives. He taught us about how a to do list is different than a to be list, and how we should try to make our to do list influence our to be lists, and the person that we want to be in the future, starts by us becoming them now. We got to skype some Czech members this week as well! It was totally scary. I thought my teachers speak fast... whewh! Then yesterday we got to  teach the new missionaries how to start teaching a lesson by showing care and love for the investigator, and during that time I saw my good friend Elder Benson Briggs! I haven't seen him for a long time, then I was able to see him in the MTC that's awesome! Sadly we loose two of our teachers this week. Sister Godfrey is getting her tonsils out today ouch, so we won't see here again for a while, and Brother Knapp is going back to Kansas for Christmas on saturday, which is great for him because his sister just got back from her mission so he gets to see her! So we will still have Sister Donaldson teach us, and she is getting married in January so she's always super excited haha. Our lessons have been going well while we teach our "Investigators" who are our teachers who role play somebody that they taught in the Czech. Sadly Starší Paxtons and I investigators are Brother Knapp and Sister Godfreys characters so we will get done early, but they said they have something figured out for us. Almost time to go the the Czech! The Church is true! (most of my good pictures are on other peoples cameras so i will send them when I get them later today)  but here is one of our zone at the temple this morning and me and my frozen face

MTC - Week 6

So this has been an awesome/sad week... We lost most of our zone. I'm so happy for them though! We gained 4 new zone members, one Elder and Three sisters. I've only met our new Elder, Elder Smith is great! I think we will get a few more members while we are still here. We are getting into the more complicated part of learning Czech (as if the rest wasn't already hard) It's defiantly one of the hardest languages, but the gift of tongues is real! It's amazing how much I'm learning and how its making sense, when really its so complicated that it shouldn't haha. The weather is warm again... man it feels like I'm back in Idaho (even though I'm only in Utah) There's snow one week, and then its hot the next. The weather is just slowly adjusting everybody to their new areas. Elder Paxton and I are the new sacrament meeting coordinators for our zone, it feels good do mix it up and do different stuff every once in a while. On Sunday we listened/watched a recorded devotional by Elder Bednar about recognizing the Spirit. It was amazing, especally for a missionary who is always relying on the spirit. His answer was "Quit worrying about it" Then he explained if you are always doing what you are suppose to be doing and living worthily to have it with you, then you will act on the promptings without knowing why. Which is amazing in itself. When i wrote about it in my journal Sunday night, i looked down (My missionary journal has scriptures on the bottom) and it was 1 Nephi 4:6 "And I was led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which I should do." That isn't a lucky page or any act of luck. That's about all for this week =) here are some random pictures (Me sorting all of our food earlier today) and a weird pic with me and all the zone that left. I'm doing great, the Church is true! Stay happy and safe!


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Week 5 Random Pics

MTC - Week 5

So this has been a great week! Luckily i brought my journal to email with so i can tell you about some cool stuff. So to start with, last Thursday (Thanksgiving) we got to listen to Elder Oaks! He had some of his family here and they played some amazing music! the spirit was so strong with the hymns. It reminds me of choir. I've never really sang in my life but singing about the Gospel is truly amazing and very spiritual. Later we did a service project and provided somewhere around 370,000 meals or something like that. On Sunday President and Sister Yost (Old Czech mission presidents) came and visited us during our church and sat in while Starší Paxton and I taught a great lesson about faith. On the other hand, Czech is coming along...slowly but surely. I have accidentally said a few wrong things during our lessons, like the Bad Ghost, instead of Holy Ghost, and the Great Plan of Bad, instead of Great Plan of Happiness. So lets hope i get those words figured out before I'm in the field haha. Yesterday we hosted the missionaries coming in from different countries. I was able to host an elder who was 21 years old from the Pacific Islands, didn't speak a ton of English, and is serving in Oregon. He has been a member for 5 years. He was so happy to be here and it filled me with joy seeing him so happy. He was shy at first when I met him, but warmed up quickly and I was able to talk to him and have a good conversation about his home and how excited he is for his mission. It made me even more excited for mine! Most of our zone is leading this week which will be good for them but tough for us. We will be in the position they were in when we came in, hopefully we will be as good as examples to the new elders as they were for us. I'm over halfway in the MTC. 1 month of my mission down, 24 to go! I can only hope the next 24 will be as amazing has this month has been. We finally got some snow to stick! It's so great being with all these people who have never seen snow before and how the missionaries from the islands or other countries that don't get cold love the snow but the cold feels so weird for them. There have been so many little things I've realized while here that I have taken for granite in my life. I have learned so much while here, and I still have a ton more to learn. I love the M.T.C and look forward to every learning opportunity that I have while here.