Thursday, June 20, 2013

MTC Life

So....What a crazy thing! I am four days away from leaving the MTC and going to Seattle! I can't believe how the time has flown. I have really grown to love the MTC. I love the feeling I get when I learn a new concept of teaching and then apply it. And honestly I'm not a big fan of Preparation Day. I would rather be studying and learning and teaching versus doing laundry and getting to wear jeans-not all that exciting. But going to the temple is nice. Oh, before I forget, you will never guess who is in my zone and is going to Seattle-his name is Elder Bailey-Thorogh(I have no idea how to spell that) Bailey's nephew! He turned down a basketball scholarship to come serve a mission right out of high school. He is so kind and humble. I think it actually makes him uncomfortable when people make a big deal out of it "fame." But he really is awesome and I just thought I would share that. I can't really think of what to say about what I've done. I guess it's mroe about what I am learning than what I have done. I have learned so much about the Atonement. I can already tell that my countenance has changed. When you really understand the Atonement and Christ's love for you, it's very difficult to harbor negative thoughts, even when you know you are inadequate. There have definitely been times when I have been scared, or very frustrated, or just TIRED but at the end of the day, if I have given it my best effort, I feel so at peace and content. Something esle I have learned about a lot is prayer. I want to challenge you that the next time you pray, pray as if you don't know how to pray. Really be sincere and ponder a lot before you think or say something to Heavenly Father. Remember that each time you pray you are using Christ's Atonement, and He is with you every step of the way. I think that I used to feel like Heavenly Father was connected in our lives with a few strings. I thought he would lead us in small ways, tugging at the strings sometimes or letting them hang loose at other times. But what I am barely beginning to grasp is that He is in every aspect of our lives. He is preparing us for the experiences we need to have. He is woven in and out of our lives, not with just a piece of string, but with an infinite amount of strings! I knwo that He loves me, and I know that He loves you! Believing in, trusting in, and fully accepting the Atonement can allow us to see glimpses of ourselves as heavenly beings.

I love my district! The elders and sisters are all amazing! However, I find that my biggest struggle here at the MTC is trying to be exactly obedient about using my time wisely. We all get along so well and are always so excited to talk to each other that it can be distracting when we are trying to get work done. I think in the field it will be easier beacsue it will just be me and my companion. But I know I am going to miss these elders and sisters so much! Four of the elders are serving in Misssouri, so we won't ever even get to see them at zone meetings or anything.

The food here is ok, not the best, but its good. Eating here is weird, because we eat on a schedule and sometimes I can't tell if I am hungry or not hungry or if my stomach hurts becasue it is empty or it doesn't want food or I don't know! But we eat when we eat and we don't go hungry! So that is nice!
Yesterday we had in-field orientation. I wasn't a big fan of it, because it was like almost 8 hours or something, and they kind of just scared me. But that's ok! Every missionary has to go through the transition from MTC to the real mission, so I know I will be fine.
If you ever have any questions for me let me know, because I really am struggling with what to say!

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