Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Hey Mom and Family!
Life is so good here! I love it so much. I have learned so much since I have been here. The MTC is a perfect way to get ready for teaching in California!
So first of all, my companion. Sister Larsen! She is absolutely amazing and is exactly what I needed here at the MTC to make this experience wonderful. She is from Colorado and she is just wonderful. She comes from a family of six children, four of which are adopted. She and her family are so loving and care so much about people. She has helped me become better and is always trying to make me happy! She is a fireball as well. She loves to be loud and enthusiastic, which is a perfect complement to my personality. She truly is a blessing here at the MTC.
Class here is amazing as well. I have had some great teachers while I have been here. One of them is a good friend of mine's younger brother. He looks so much like Scott which is always funny. The other teacher is Brother Taylor and he just makes the class run fantastically and teaches us a lot about the Spirit. The third teacher we have is Brother Fagenburg and he served in Ogden, Utah, where a good friend of mine is serving right now. There are sooo many connections here! BYU and the LDS community make the world so small! Before I forget, Sister Larsen is like best friends with Molly Pond's younger sister! Crazy small world! There are bunches of other people I have seen as well.
I have seen a lot of people that I know. Right when I got to the MTC, the hostess that brought me to my room was a girl in my ward last year. The first night in the MTC, I saw Elder Butler! It made me feel so happy! I love to see people that I know. Then on Sunday on our walk to the temple I saw Elder Cooprider and Elder Butler again and got pictures with both of them. I will send them home soon!
I really love being here! My district is pretty awesome. :) We all get along well and have a good time, while learning so much about the gospel. I love being with people who have the same goals and desires to serve.
So a little bit just for Peder: The MTC is great! You will enjoy it. There is soo much to eat, but be careful! It is pretty fatty food, but you'll enjoy it I'm sure. Take advantage of every teaching opportunity you can because that is when the Spirit can work through you the most. You can be guided by the Spirit to speak the truth. For preparation, keep reading your scriptures and preach my gospel. Practice teaching if you have time. Learn more about the Holy Ghost because that is what they stress at the MTC. It is all about teaching by the spirit. You will really enjoy it! The MTC has wonderful Sundays and I am sure that the holiday here will be amazing! Love you soo much and you will be great!
So one of my favorite days here was this past Sunday. Relief Society was wonderful as we learned about being of good cheer and how the Lord will stand by you. (D&C 68:6 I think) Then we went to Sacrament! That was my favorite part of the day, which is ironic because I had to speak. So in the MTC before every Sunday you have to prepare a talk to possibly give to your branch. This week it was on baptism. Sister Larsen kept telling me all morning that I better be ready because they were going to call on me. And guess what? They did! They only call on two people to give their short talks, but I was one of them. It was really amazing actually though because as I began my talk asking that the Spirit would guide me in what to say. That is exactly what happened. I was prepared, but then the words came out of my mouth smoothly because I was guided. It was wonderful. Plus it was just so nice to take the sacrament that day. It was what I needed.
I just got back from the temple as well, which was so amazing. (I use that word a lot! Sorry!) Provo has a beautiful temple and it was great to have that opportunity. Going to the Salt Lake Temple to do a live session was also a very cool experience.
I really do love it here and know that I will continue to learn a lot! Some of the quotations and scriptures that I like from this week:
*It's hard to leave behind the good things, but it is required to get to the great things.
*3 Nephi 5:13 is a good Mission Statement for missionaries.
*Repentance is all about love; your love for our Savior and his love for us.
There is soo much more, but I am having a hard time finding it. I love you all! The church is true!
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