November 24, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014  

Today was a long day even though we only got here at 1:00 p.m.  Even as a half-day it felt very long.  My new companion is elder Woodward.  He is a small guy.    We should get along well.  He is from Spanish Fork and enjoys anything to do with computers.  Today was a very spiritual day with classes, devotionals, and investigator lessons.  Dinner was very good (cordon bleu).  My district is very large (12 people).  There are 4 sisters and 8 Elders.  We fill our classroom from wall to wall, shoulder to shoulder when sitting down.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Today was long, we work from 6:30 to 10:30.  All we do is study, eat, and study again.  Today we received branch assignments.  Elder Woodward and I are Branch sacrament coordinators.  A few more things about Elder Woodward.  He is very sleepy.  He fell asleep today more times then I could count.  I had to keep waking him up.  He hates the cold, now, or sleet.  (we have had snow and sleet while here.)  He has a strong testimony.  Over all our district is awesome, we can be pretty off topic though sometimes.  Elder Ili is our new district leader.  He is Somalian and pretty funny.  Over all, working hard and having some fun.

Friday, November 14, 2014

There is only one thing you need to know about today.  The rest of the day is in my journal.  But all that is most important happened the last few hours.  All of the classes were incredible today.  But this is why today is one of the most spiritual days of my life.  Elder Snelston felt very homesick, and still is.  He came to the district and explained how he wanted to leave the MTC and go home very strongly.  What followed was amazing.  We all prayed, talked, sun hymns, and read scriptures.  Elder Snelston's companion gave him a very strong blessing.  We all felt the spirit, and we all cried.  Elder Snelston still does not know if he will go home or stay, but tomorrow he has an appointment with someone to talk about the possibility of leaving.  I hope he stays.  Tonight he is praying and reading the scriptures, deciding what God wants him to do.  Most of all, I hope he does what God wants him to do.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Today Elder Snelson decided that he needed to go home.  He left after lunch.  I hope he serves a mission later in his life because he was such a good missionary.  His old companion, Elder Jorganson, is now in our companionship.  So I am now in a tripod, or a three-some.  On Sunday Elder Jorganson is seeing a member of the Branch Presidency to see if he should stay with us, or if he gets a new companion.  I like Elder Jorganson, but I hope he gets a new companion.  It is hard to be in a tripod.  Instead of staying with one other Elder, you are always looking for two.  When you are an Elder you have a sort of radar where you always know where your companion is.  Now your radar has two dots. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Overall today was awesome.  (I am writing this on the 16th) We had awesome classes and we taught a good role-play lesson.  Elder Jorganson is going to be companions with Elder West.  Elder West has been in the MTC for 4 weeks.  He was scheduled to leave in 12 days like us, but got knee surgery while in the MTC.  After 4 weeks he is finally shipping out the same day we are(Nov. 25th).  Sunday here is very nice and relaxing.

 Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The mtc is going great. We work very long days here. The showers are also always freezing in the morning. I have found out that if you shower at night, there is a slight chance you might get a warm shower. The spirit is very strong here. The My companion (Elder Woodward) and i started teaching a new "investigator" yesterday. teaching investigators here is role play. they are not really investigators. but they pretend to be. let me tell you, they do such a great job. when i am talking to Eric (our investigator) i do not even think that he is really not an investigator. We just teach him like we would a real one. I am so thankful for the people that do the role play lessons. It really helps to teach someone that is real. Here at the mtc, when you put your head to the pillow, you can really think, "today i did a hard days work."

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Today we had in-field orientation.  It is basically a 9 hour, but very awesome, class.  We learned how to use the members, the key indicators, and other stuff.  Today we taught Eric again (our TRC investigator).  Today we finished teaching the plan of salvation.  We committed him to being baptized December 10th.  He wanted to know more about repentance, but we ran out of time, so we told him we would make sure to talk about it tomorrow.  Tomorrow we plan on teaching him the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Going great here.  This second week has flown, I cannot believe it is Thursday.  Tuesday, after I e-mailed you, we went to the temple.  It was awesome.  

Elder Woodward has picked up the pace.  He is starting to get used to the schedule.  He is still sleepy a little in class. (We are all normally a little sleepy though).  He is most definitely not a morning person either.  He strongly dislikes waking up at 6:30 a.m.  It is funny, because now that I am sleeping better I also dislike mornings more.  When I could not sleep last week, I wanted morning to come around.  Anyways, we are doing great here.  I cannot wait until we go into the mission field.

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:17 p.m.

I am leaving the MTC tomorrow. I will be calling home tomorrow.  bye