Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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