Friday, April 7, 2017

Mar 20-27

I apologize in advance because this is going to be short a short email.

Please don´t freak out when I say this, but I´m pretty sure I got pick-pocketed on the bus. I was getting ready to use my passport holder, and I just kind of have a lump in my stomach because I don´t know where it is. Please just help me cancel my accounts or stop them or something because I don´t know what to do about that. I have the emergency money, but I also want to be able to buy stuff here so if you can please find a way to give me money that would be awesome! I know Elder Sandler brought someone a credit card in our mission so maybe you could have the MTC send it with a new missionary. Anyways, yeah I´m still looking for it, but I don't know where it is.

Sorry about that, anyways, I hope I can figure out how to get pictures to you, because I am sending letters in a garage right now and the computer does not recognize my sd card. The traveling was longggg, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Argentina´s landscape honestly looks a lot like Ohio. It´s pretty hot and humid here though right now, but it will start to cool off soon, I think. Like you said mom, I don´t think I really understand the schedule of a missionary quite yet because the days seem pretty long, but I think it also has some to do with not knowing Spanish as well as everybody else. However, I am getting better. My area is Santa Elena in Entre Rios and we are right along the river. Santa Elena is not very big and I actually feel pretty safe here. The people are all really nice and we say hi to everyone we pass and they all are willing to talk. The living conditions are so much different though. Their houses are concrete structures with maybe two rooms. Lots of people are missing teeth and a lot of the old people, if they even have any, only have two bottom teeth. The food is pretty good though so far, but they don´t have many manners! We had lunch the other day with a member and her family and one of her kids just picked up my glass and drank out of it! Then another one did.... and another one. I decided to get water back at the apartment. I love the members though. Santa Elena has paved roads, but the streets for peoples houses do not. They are just dirt roads. Oh and everybody has a scooter, motorcycle, or something like that and the people that do drive.... let´s just say there´s no traffic laws.

I know there´s more, but i don´t have much time. I hope I can get my pictures to you. Sorry again for my cards. I hope we can figure it out. I miss you guys and love you all. Argentina is great and I hope the next weeks will keep getting better.

MTC Week 6: Mar 12-18

Sunday was really good and our topic was on Christ's Atonement. There is a really good mormon message in our district meeting that I liked called, "The Will of God." It's about a currant bush and how we need to have the understanding to thank Heavenly Father for loving us enough to cut us down- It's a comparison to when we have trials. Anyways, the rest of Sunday was also good. However, I was really sad that Brother St. Clair and his wife got transferred to a Japanese Branch last Sunday. He was our second counselor and he was just a really nice man. I could tell that they really care about us. His wife was crying a lot last Sunday so she said that we had to tell her jokes to make her feel better, but we can still see them during devotionals which is good. Sundays are one of my favorites at the MTC because you get a break from class, but church is usually pretty spiritual.

I had some cool experiences on Monday. So Sunday night I decided in my prayer to ask for more specific blessings instead of generic things like peace, happiness, health, etc.. so I asked to be able to see miracles in the next day. So Monday came around and it helped because I was actually looking for miracles. I found two! Both of them included Elder Bailey, one of my best friends here and one of our Zone Leaders. Background information, Elder Faragher in my district has been really struggling and it has been extremely difficult for him to get through day to day. We've talked to him and there was nothing we could say so I talked to our Zone Leaders. Sunday night, Elder Bailey had a dream that he was supposed to share Joshua 1:9 with everybody but Elder Faragher was specifically in his dream. Monday, Elder Faragher was pretty much done and was doubting that he would even get to Argentina. Elder Bailey shared his dream with him and the scripture that says, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest." That was sweet! Elder Faragher really needed that great boost of confidence. We know he's not going home and that he is putting his trust in God to take care of him in Argentina. 

The second one didn't happen Monday, but I heard about it. The MTC president and his wife sat next to us at dinner and were just having conversation with us. They are wayyyy cool by the way! I don't even know how we got on to this topic. I think they asked us if we had any cool spiritual experiences in the past few weeks so Elder Bailey shared this story with them. First of all, Elder Bailey is also a Type I diabetic and he says he's only fasted like three times in his life. The day before was P-day and he got a letter from his mom saying that his little brother is struggling with him being gone. Elder Bailey decided to fast on Sunday and his blood sugar range is from like 70-100 something. He does have access to food since he's diabetic, but the MTC doesn't offer normal meals on fast Sunday except for dinner. He checked his blood sugar because he was feeling low around 1:00 pm and he was at 63. He decided to keep going and he hadn't had food since the night before. About a half hour later he checked again; it said 100. He kept going until dinner and he said that he was so surprised because he knew that it was a blessing of the Lord to be able to keep fasting. It was a really cool experience.

Sorry to be rambling about this, but it was a really cool answer to my prayers because it shows that if we ask for specific things, we can identify more clearly when our prayers are answered.

Tuesday I decided to get over my fear of eating gross things. I am willing to try a lot of things, but if it isn't prepared right, I have a problem with that. Anyhoo it's been getting warm here and we were in the classroom and I found an ant on my pant leg so I... picked it up and ate it. I didn't tell anyone I was dong this and they all freaked out when it happened and it was kind of funny, but I didn't taste anything. I'm still alive and I hope that's how Argentina goes! But seriously, I'm getting nervous about getting worms. Like REAL NERVOUS!!! I've heard way to many stories already about it. I've found out that we can't even drink the water there because it's bad... great. So here's my choices: Just drink pop- (no I'm not getting gordo), boil all my water and store it- (hassle, but probably what I have to do), and use the water filter you gave me. Ugh not looking forward to that.

Nothing happened Wednesday.

Thursday we had infield orientation- thank GOODNESS that's over! That was a bunch of stuff I already learned. It was from 8:00-5:30 that was the longest stinking day. I thought it would be more technical things, but it was more like how to teach people which we've been doing in class so I was kind of disappointed in that because I was looking forward to that. The only good thing about it though was that we had like an hour long play that we got to watch that was pretty funny. It was very hard for me to keep my eyes open.

Friday was a normal class day, but it was sad that we had our last class with Hermano Cook. He's been a really cool teacher and it was sad that we had to say goodbye to him. He told us some funny stories though, he served in Chile Concepcion by the way. One time there were some missionaries in his area that were teaching a really old lady that was pretty much crazy. She stormed into the sacrament meeting and started yelling at them and accused them of stealing one of her chickens and her Book of Mormon! Another time, he said that it was April Fools Day and a lady that was like 50, who was a member, brought a squirt gun to sacrament meeting and started shooting people during the sacrament meeting. Anyways, I'm sure I'll have some crazy experiences.

So far that's how my week has gone. Thanks so much though for the speaker and the St. Patrick's package. I'll have something to eat on the plane now-that was really nice. I'm looking forward to getting out into the field. I know my Spanish is going to be really slow when I get there, but I'm confident that I will catch on. The MTC has been good, but I'm starting to get stir crazy. I'm really going to miss my district though! 


MTC Week 5: Mar 5-11

Okay, updates on my week...

Sunday was Fast Sunday and the MTC doesn't even have food in the cafeteria until dinner. One of our zone leaders is diabetic and he said that was like the third time he ever fasted. But he did it and we all had a huge feast afterwards. Also, we had another one of those videos I've told you about. We watched one from Elder Bednar and it was way good! It was about recognizing the Spirit and he shared some really cool stories about how the Spirit works. He was pretty blunt again. He said, "Often times we wonder if it's the Spirit talking to us or if it is our own thoughts. Forget about it. Who cares. As long as you are being a good person, keeping your covenants, and following the commandments, the Lord will put you where you need to be in your life." I thought that was pretty cool. The apostles are sooo blunt but it's sooo awesome because they tell you how it is. I wish you guys could see the talks that I get to see because they don't release them to the public.

On Tuesday Elder Costa of the 70 and his wife came to talk to us for our Tuesday Devotional and he is actually from Argentina. Best Devotional yet. He is really funny and he showed his personality. He actually roasted one of the counselors in the MTC presidency that was conducting the meeting. The counselor went up to say Elder Costa's name which is Joaquin and Elder Costa went up and was like, "Try again." So he did and then Elder Costa was like, "one more time." Anyways we were all laughing and it was funny. Elder Costa is from around the Buenos Aires area I think. They have a university there where he attended, and I think his wife is from the Cordoba area, but don't count me on that. Elder Costa is actually a convert to the church and he shared with us his really cool conversion story which involved the example that the missionaries were to him which was really cool to me. But the really cool part about Tuesday was that he wanted to meet with all of the missionaries serving in Argentina after the devotional. There is like 23 missionaries going to Argentina and all of them and their districts got to have like a Q&A after the devo with him. It was in a smaller room with only about 50 of us and we just got to talk to them. It was awesome. He answered a lot of questions about how to teach and how to live in a different country than the US.

The rest of the week has been pretty normal. Nothing crazy in particular, but last night was super awesome. I think I've told you about our TRC investigator, Patricia. If not, she's from Uruguay, she's studying at BYU, she speaks with Castellano, and she doesn't have any religious background. She is way cool and we love her, but she just seemed to be going through the motions with everything and it has been really hard to help her understand the Spirit. She would keep all of our commitments, but she when we would ask how she felt or how we thought they would help her, she would just say things like "good" or something like that. Anyways, in class the past few days, we have been really learning how to teach investigators to their needs. We finally found out that we had been teaching her all wrong. Yesterday was our last TRC lesson (we have been teaching her like 3 days a week the past 3 or 4 weeks) and we wanted it to be really good. We planned this lesson a lot different and our main focus was to help her understand that the church is true. We wrote down a list of her needs and then we wrote a list of questions according to her needs and they were questions that really dig information out of you so that we have some quality stuff to work with. We weren't really even thinking that committing to baptism was in the options, but with the questions we asked her, we finally got her to say that there is a God and that Joseph Smith restored the church and that baptism is a commandment of God. Anyways, she said that she wanted to follow God and we committed her to baptism yesterday. We ended on a really good lesson and it is a major confidence booster for when I go to Argentina.

Holy smokes I forgot to tell you. I finally got my travel itinerary!!! My flight for Argentina is at like 2:15 in the afternoon on the 20th. We fly to Atlanta, get in at like 8ish, then at around 10 pm we fly to Buenos Aires and we don't get in until like 9 or 10! After that we have a flight to Santa Fe, but we don't have the travel arrangements for that yet. Anyways, it's going to be an exciting, but loooong day. 

Other than that, thank you for the packages, I forgot to thank you for the ties I think they are muy swanky! It helps to have a few more. I'm doing really good, the language is coming along. I'm excited to be in Argentina, but I'm still working hard in the MTC. I hope everything continues to go good at home!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MTC Week 4: Feb 26-Mar 4

Glad to hear everyone is doing good. I just sent an email to Dad. I hope he had a lot of fun in Boise, but it is weird to think that he is so close. This is what he said to me, "I should have flown into SLC and then driven down to Provo and thrown a pizza and other contraband over the prison walls =)." I though that was really funny and so did Elder Jensen. Hopefully Dad has fun at his trade shows and can be home. 

Mom, I like that talk by Steve Young. Ether 12:27 is one of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon. It's been cool to be in lessons and learn how to teach by the Spirit. Besides Spanish, I'm also learning how to better recognize the Spirit in our lessons and how to teach by having a conversation instead of just teaching a lesson. I've learned that it's important to listen to the investigator's needs instead of just teaching what you prepared. Probably one of my favorite times of the day is personal study, because I get like an hour to just read. My favorite reading source is The Book of Mormon and Preach my Gospel. The last week has been really good because Elder Sandler and I have been going somewhere else to do personal study so it is quiet and that has been really helpful. I'm beginning to put personalities with characters in the scriptures. 

I think I've told you, but Sunday nights, we get to watch a film about something and they are really good! Some of them are talks that General Authorities have given at the MTC that you can't look up anywhere else. I thought this was really cool because our Branch President was talking to us one time and he said that the General Authorities that they have speak to us are there for us personally and they can talk to us in an informal way and it is really special because they can talk in a certain way that they can't talk to the public. At General Conference, they speak like they are giving a talk and are usually pretty serious. At the MTC, they can make a joke without feeling weird, and the reason for this is because anyone can access General Conference so the topics that they speak on and how they speak are pretty direct and their mannerisms are very formal. However, at the MTC, they can get pretty intense. Last Sunday, I saw probably my favorite talk by Elder Holland. He had came to the MTC at some time to speak to them and they showed it as one of the films. Let me tell you, he is definitely one of my favorites, but that man is scary! He is very direct and passionate about what he believes, but the best way I can describe him is like a really intense football coach. He really gets in your face and gets a little unhinged at times where he is raising his voice, but it is so awesome. Anyways, even though it is just a recording, the way that the apostles speak to missionaries is so awesome. It's very direct and meaningful. Anyways, that was a little of a ramble, but I love Elder Holland. 

Monday was tough because the other districts were heading off for their missions in Bolivia, Florida, and Panama. We really had an awesome zone full of really cool missionaries. I miss them, but I have their emails. It's weird to think that they are actually doing it now. Some of them it's like, "Oh boy I hope he's okay." Like with their Spanish and stuff, but I know they'll pick up on it. It's the same for all of us. I really miss Elder Call and Elder Dalley. They were just fun. They definitely showed me how to treat people and to just be fun. I hope I can continue to be relaxed. I want to be a fun missionary that isn't uptight. Anyways, I had a lot of fun with them. They're both going to Panama. Exercise time has been boring without the other missionaries because there is only like half of us now. It's hard to find enough people to get a basketball game together, but we got a new district yesterday and they're really cool! There is four new elders. One of them was also in mine and Elder Jensen's mission prep class. And one of the other ones, I actually hung out with at a single's ward activity in Rupert. I think I have told you about Skyler Snook. He was someone at the shop and we worked together a lot. Anyways, he has an apartment in Rupert, and he invited me to go boating at a single's ward activity. I went with him and we went tubing on the Snake River and one of the other guys there was named Peter. He was way cool. He says he's only six foot seven, but I'm sure he's like two inches taller than dad. His name is Peter and he lives on a farm in Rupert and he went tubing with me and Skyler. Peter is now Elder Bingham and he is in our Zone now. He is also going to Panama. It's been fun to relate to him because we have a lot of the same interests, but he beats the crap out of me in basketball because I'm short playing against him. I think Austin is going to be his size.

That's pretty much all that is going on though. This week has flown by and there hasn't been too many super exciting things except for getting our new elders and some of the talks I've been able to hear. Oh, on Wednesday, we got to be host missionaries again which was fun. It's cool to see people that aren't missionaries. Another thing that popped into my head is that Elder Sandler had to get some fingerprints done so went to the travel office. Another companionship also had an elder that needed the same thing so the policeman took Elder Sandler and the other elder in the car to the police station so I had to stay at the travel office with the other elder's companion. I just wanted to go for a ride in the car. I asked them but they told me no and that I had to stay with the other elder. I was sad. I'm so excited to go in the van to the airport and ride on a plane as weird as that sounds. Okay, that is all of my events. 

Thanks for emailing me and keeping me up to date. I love you all! Have awesome weeks.

MTC Week 3: Feb. 19-25

I can hardly remember what has happened this past week. I can't believe it's already P-Day again. I get so excited for P-Day because i just like to get to go to the temple. I think over this past week I finally got my Spanish out of first gear and into second gear. I'm having more fun teaching now that I can actually say something. I'm still slow, but my vocabulary is slowly getting bigger I think- or I'm remembering words that I forgot from Spanish class. Either way, I've had a good week with my Spanish. Last Sunday was really great. Elder Sandler and I had to teach Priesthood and it went really good. We taught about how we can feel the Spirit and receive revelation. I really love Sunday's here though because you can kind of just relax and you don't have to worry about classes or having to teach anybody. Also on Sundays, we have choir where we learn the song we are going to sing for the Tuesday Devotional and even though I'm stinky at singing, it's kind of fun. However, the seats are so hard. After sitting on them for like two hours you really start squirming. Or falling asleep. We have a fireside Sunday night which is usually pretty good and we get to watch a movie afterwards. They usually have about six of them and they're really good! They're things like Meet the Mormons, The Restoration, or really good talks by General Authorities. So far I've really enjoyed those. We saw The Restoration last week and that was really fun to watch. Joseph Smith is probably my favorite prophet. 

One thing that has been cool is that at the MTC, you will see people that you either know, or you know you have seen them before. I've seen a bunch of people that I've recognized from school and at least like 4 people from my mission prep class. I'm pretty sure I even saw somebody from one of the Rupert singles ward activities I went to. At Neil's shop, I became friends with a kid named Skyler. He invited me to a singles ward activity and we went tubing on the Snake River. We had a lot of fun. Anyways, I was getting lunch one day and as one of the people was dishing up the food and putting it on the counter for us they were like, "Elder Toner?" I was confused and I was like, "Yeah?" he asked if I remembered him and I realized he was one of my friends at EFY! It was from the first time I went. I remembered his name was Brayden and he was really cool. He was quiet but fun. Anyways we talked for a bit and he's been at BYU and he's just been working at the MTC in the cafeteria. He put his mission papers in I think last Sunday. I gave him my email and I think it would be cool to keep in touch with him. Also, you'll have to tell Grandma Connie that I found Elder Broadbent. I can't remember if he's from Oakley or not, but she told me to look out for him. He ran the laser cutter at Neil's shop when I was there and I've talked to him before but he didn't remember me. He was a BYU-I intern. 

I don't really have anything else. I'm a little sad though that two of the districts in our zone are leaving. We have such an awesome fun zone. I think I've mentioned Elder Call and Elder Dalley before, but they were so fun and crazy. They're both going to Panama. I'm going to miss our zone leaders too. They've been lots of fun. Anyways, they all leave at 3:00 Monday morning and it's weird to think that I'm already almost half-way through the MTC. It will be fun to get new districts though. Hopefully they're lots of fun too. 

I think I'm going to sign off for this P-Day. Hope everyone has a great week. Let me know what's going on.

MTC Week 2: February 12-18, 2017

Thanks for encouraging me to keep a journal. So far I haven't missed a day and there have been some pretty exciting, funny, and spiritual things that have happened that I'm glad I've recorded. I've never kept a journal before, but it's not hard! It only takes like 5 minutes before I go to bed every night so everybody start one! Also, thanks so much for the Valentines Box it was so cool! It is nice to have pictures from home to look at every once in a while. I don't get homesick, but I miss all of you so I'm really glad to have those pictures. Also, I didn't realize that the red Pringle's can was full of those dessert things until last night, but they were still good! Nice packaging. I can't remember if I told you guys this or not, but one of my zone leaders is like a wizard with a yo-yo. He has like 12 yo-yo's back home, but he didn't bring any so he wouldn't get distracted. He was so good that he almost got sponsored by a yo-yo company! Anyways, he knows like 300 some tricks and when I found that in the mail we were so excited to see some tricks, but he couldn't do his "really cool" tricks because it doesn't have bearings inside, but they were still freaking awesome to all of us. It's okay though, because his yo-yo's cost like $100 or something, but it was still really cool to see the tricks he did show us. 

So I play basketball everyday during exercise time and yesterday I was playing against a Polynesian kid who had arrived at the MTC a few days ago and I was asking him if he played any other sports because he was really good. Anyways, I came to find out that his dad plays rugby for the New Zealand All-Blacks! That was really cool. He's also going to Argentina, but he's not in my same mission. So far I only know of Elder Sandler and I going to Santa Fe.

A funny teaching experience happened with Elder Jensen and Elder Faragher the other day. They were teaching our investigator, Angel, for the last time and Elder Faragher said something like this, "Mediante la fe en Jesucristo, podemos liberados de nuestros pescados." Elder Jensen was like... You idiot! Pescado means fish! Elder Faragher was trying to say, "Through faith in Jesus Christ, we can be free from our sins." Pecado is sin, pescado is fish. So that was funny. We were all pretty sure this was a fake investigator and yesterday he came into our class dressed in church clothes... with a nametag that said Brother Simonsen........... He's one of our teachers now. We were all like what the heck! Now we have come to find out that we have to teach our other teacher, Brother Cook, as he acts as an investigator named Pablo. That one's going to be different, because he is also going to be teaching us when he's not an investigator. So that will be fun. Pretty soon, we'll start doing TRC's, which are people that get paid to come in and listen to us talk to them, but they are like native spanish speakers and they are real people, so hopefully that goes well.

Since I am district leader, I check the mailbox for our district and bring it back to the classroom. There's either letters or little package slips that mean you get a package. This is pretty much how it goes when I pass out the mail every day, "Elder Faragher, Elder Faragher, Hermana Krutzkamp, Elder Faragher, Hermana Goodrich, Hermana Cramer, Hermana Krutzkamp, Hermana Krutzkamp, Elder Faragher, Elder Faragher, Elder Faragher." Every day. His girlfriend sends him so much stuff. It's pretty cool to be his roommate because he has so much food that he doesn't know what to do with it so we help him out with that. 

So this is what was really cool this week, on Valentine's Day, we got to hear from M. Russel Ballard! It was so cool to hear from an apostle! He talked to us about missionary work and it was broadcast to all of the other MTC's around the world. I took lot's of notes in one of my notebooks, but it was just so cool to hear from an apostle in person. We sang in the choir and it was just really spiritual, although my singing probably sucked the spirit out of the room, but I tried hard. I don't have my notes from that Devotional on me so I can't really share anything specific, but what he shared with us was really inspirational and made me want to not waste a second and to be a really productive missionary.

I think that's it for the most part this week, but I'm doing okay. Spanish is difficult, but it's coming slowly but surely. I hope everybody's doing okay. Tell Berkeley I enjoyed her heart. Keep being awesome!!!

Floral Fridays-our district with Hermano Cook

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MTC Week 1: Feb 8-11, 2017

Hola! The first day of the MTC was kind of a blur, but I was really excited. However, I slept like crap that night. I think I got a grand total of four hours of sleep that night which made no sense because I was ready to drop, but I'm caught up on the sleep now. I live on the MTC campus and there are four people in our room (two companionships). The other elders are definitely... something. I'll just let you use your imagination when I tell you about them. My companion's name is Elder Sandler and he's from Virginia. He likes to write and do poetry.  He knows Spanish better than I so it's kind of difficult when teaching because it's hard for me to say what I want but I told him about it and I hope today goes better. We get along fine...I am learning to be more tolerant. Oh and he is also going to Santa Fe. We are the only ones in our district going there. A lot of the other missionaries are going to the Salta mission in Argentina.

So, the next elders... I really like Elder Jensen. He's really funny and not annoying. He has ADD and so he's always flying off the handle, but he controls himself pretty well. He just has a funny sense of humor. As of this morning, he has found a total of 36 notes from his family hidden in his luggage. They are very spicy too with big hearts and letters all over them. He had no idea about them and he keeps finding more. His mom went to the effort to unpackage one of his shirts, hid a package inside, and then repackage the shirt. So it's really funny when he keeps finding them. The first day he looked so familiar to me and I was so confused. I heard him mention something about him going to BYU-I for a semester and I realized that he was in my mission prep class at school! There was only like twenty people in there! But he is going to the jungles of Nicaragua. He doesn't need suits for his mission. 

Elder Faragher is pretty cool too. He's been anticipating packages like crazy the past few days, but he just got a load of them yesterday, so he's doing pretty good. None of the elders in our room are trying to push the limits on rules so that's good.

So as of yesterday and today we have had normal days. We have two classes a day for I think 2.5-3 hours each. We started teaching an investigator yesterday. After two days. Not cool. Anyways that went terrible and we see him again tonight so I hope I'm better prepared. I feel like I'm okay with the language based on where we are in class right now. Elder Sandler has a larger vocabulary so it's easier for him to talk even if all the words are not perfect or pronunciated correctly. Also, it seems like all the sisters know what they're doing. They seem so much smarter, one of them is from Italy and she understands spanish better than english. One of them spoke spanish in their house growing up. Another one just seems really smart. I'm trying hard and I hope I can notice an improvement in a few days. Our teacher's name is Hermano Cook. He is a student at BYU and he is very cool. He doesn't speak any english in the lessons, but he is a good teacher. He is a business strategy major and to get into his department he needs a very high ACT score. He told us the average is a 30.5 and so he had to take that this morning. We hope he did well.

Two nights ago, we had a meeting with our branch presidency and got to meet all of them. They seem really awesome! I'm excited to go to church tomorrow. In that meeting, there was just the two new districts and each of us bore our testimony and shared interesting facts about ourselves. We have some pretty cool people in our zone. Basketball is pretty fun during exercise time. Pretty much everyone on our floor is insane and you can't trust any of them haha. Just kidding that's an exaggeration, but you do have to look around the corners before walking so you don't get hit with something.. like food. So far I've been lucky. Anyways that was a ramble, at our branch meeting the other night, I was selected to be the district leader for the first three weeks at the MTC for my district so I'm excited for the leadership opportunity. Basically all I have to do is conduct district meetings on Sunday's and get the mail everyday. Which is a big deal!!!!! There was sisters SCREAMING during there study time the other day because they were waiting on packages, but it's fun to bring the mail back to everyone.

So far everything is going good, but I can see how the schedule could get You aren't allowed to leave, you stay in a room all day, they give you meals and a little exercise time and then you repeat. But so far I'm still having a good time. I really like everybody in our zone so that helps. I think that's all for now. Hope everyone's doing good and I love you all!

Me, Elder Sandler, Elder Faragher, Elder Jensen