Hello to my friends and family,
I am doing well here at the MTC. The first couple of days were really hard, but I'm pulling through now. This is honestly one of the most difficult things I've ever done; not only am I trying to learn the gospel and the principles behind it, I'm trying to learn them all in Spanish. All of the other Elders in my district are native speakers, and I'm just sitting here all like, "hola... Soy Elder Gringo..." I also had a meal the first day that just didn't sit well with me at all, so I was having some stomach issues. But I'm okay now! It's been pretty awesome the past few days. It was snowing today, so we went up to the temple and built 3 giant snowmen! I'll probably send the pictures we took when Elder Manriquez sends them to me. I was also made district leader this past week, so I get to put the skills I learned in Global Leadership to the test. Thus far I think it's going well.
It's really amazing how spiritual everything is up here. I love my group of Elders and their testimonies. We're never short on things to say and spiritual insights to give, and our discussions are just amazing. Every day we have one on a different topic (just depending on what we're studying), and I'm learning so much. I can also already tell that my Spanish is getting a lot better as well; we've made a deal in our district that when we're in the classroom, if we speak in English, we have to do 5 push-ups. That way we'll either learn Spanish or be in the best shapes of our lives. Unfortunately, the temple closed before P-day, and we leave the day after it reopens, so we probably won't get to go to the temple while we're here.
I honestly feel like I'm ready to just get out into the field and start learning everything in the fray, but at the same time, I don't want to leave these elders. They're all so spiritually uplifting, and I've been able to give some pretty sweet pep talks by drawing off of their energy. They'll definitely be eat I miss most (if not the only thing) about the MTC.
In summary: lots of learning, tough stuff, district leader, awesome district, no temple, missionary stuff.
Until Next week,
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