Thursday, January 24, 2013

First Week

Hello World.
 
I know its been a while since I have written anything but thats only because I have been busy getting ready for a mission and finally entering the MTC. Today is my first preparation day so I can finally email and do laundry and whatever else I need to do for the next week.
 
My companion is Elder Brown from Hawaii. He is an awesome guy and has an awesome spirit about him. We have to spend every moment of the day together so we had to get used to each other really quick. My dad always says if you can survive having a companion for 2 years, then marriage should be a piece of cake, at least you get to pick your wife. .
 
I will be here in the MTC for 6 weeks instead of 9 weeks. My district is one of the first to be on the new 6 week program. The language is coming along rather well for just being here for a week. I can bear my testimony(rough) and say a prayer(really rough) in spanish. I love my teacher Hermano Zuzunaga. For a few days none of us could tell if he could speak english or not because all of our lessons would be in spanish. Surprisingly we could understand him. Eventually we had a lesson in english so we could understand the doctrines and apply them to ourselves. I was surprised to find that we only have a 3 hour block on most days of acutal class time where the teacher is in front of the class teaching. The rest is personal and companion study of the doctrine and then the language. I feel like I know way more from the last week here than I did in 2 years in high school spanish.
 
The second day we got here we had to teach a lesson to an investigador, IN SPANISH. Lets just say that it was rather rough but the spirit was there and we knew that Heavenly Father was helping us. We taught the same person 5 lessons and yesterday was our last time. Although we weren't able to cover a lot of things, it still helped us realize just how much we really have to rely on the Lord for the things that we fall short on. On sunday we watched at talk from Elder Bednar called "The Character of Christ." It was about forgetting about ourselves and focusing on others. He also so that if we lose ourselves in the work then we will be blessed. I know that is something that I need to do and I'm working hard on it.
 
My zone is all spanish speakers going to a bunch of different places. 5 of the 6 guys in my district are going to Kennewick Washington also. 5 of the 6 girls are going to Nashville Tennessee. The other 2 in the disrict are going to Denver CO. Its always awesome when we get to share our thoughts in class because the spirit is so strong in there.
 
For those that want to write me you can send messages through dearelder.com and I will usually get them the same day. I won't be able to reply until Thursdays because thats my preparation day.
 
I just want to take a moment to bear my testimony.
 
I know that this church is true and that Joesph Smith really did restore the Lord's church on the earth again. I also know that through Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father, anything is possible. When we keep His commandments because we love Him, then we will be blessed beyond what we can imagine and our very nature begins to change as we become closer to our Savior. The Book of Mormon is the word of God and I know the things contained in it are true. If you want to come closer to Christ then the best way to do that is follow his example and to read about his life in the Scriptures. I know president Monson is a prophet called of God and I know he speaks the word of God. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen
 
PS Feel free to send messages on dearelder.com. I would love to hear from you all.



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2 comments:

  1. Wow son...what a great way to share your experiences and testimony with everyone. I can't imagine teaching the gospel in another language in less than 24 hours!!! Must be some divine intervention there. Love you, MOM

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  2. Wholaaaa Elder senor Joung sounds like your settling in just fine! Glad to hear your brother got ya to the MTC on time lol even if it looked like you where in high school track practice. Just found out today you have your own blog post. Didn't know you were getting all hippie on me. you will fit right in around the Portland area! Went out with the missionaries yesterday and helped set Arturo for baptism he is from mexico and spanish is his first language they have been working with him for awhile. I felt like I should ask him if he would follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized? Funny how much easier it is to talk about the gospel with strangers than my own family. Keep me posted if ya need any packages. I cant deliver your girl friend every general confrence like your bro got but some glitter and a hand written letter with perfume I can get for ya lol later Elder THOU ART THE MAN

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