Wednesday, August 31, 2011

David's first email from the MTC

This is the email that David sent to his email group on 8/30/11:
Hey Everyone!!
I hope you all are doing well. I am using my e-mail time right now in a laundry room and it is my P-day :). Things have been going good. When I got dropped off a guy took my suitcase and I got an MTC card. He took me to my room which is on the fourth floor of this building (the top floor) so that was kind of funny haha, but I don't mind. The first few days felt really long! I am studying Spanish, Preach My Gospel, and the Scriptures all of the time. It is kind of frustrating learning Spanish sometimes but I feel like I am doing pretty well. I went to my class right after getting my card and getting checked in and I met some of the Elders in my district and my companion. He is kind of nerdy but has a good testimony and has helped me focus on doing the work.
Sunday was probably my favorite day besides today. On sunday we had Priesthood meeting and sacrament which were both awesome! Later on that night we also had a fireside and it taught me a lot about how I can be a more effective missionary. We sang Called to Serve in this really cool way where we progressively got louder and standed up at the last few verses. I was on these stands and when we stood up together the entire thing shook around so it was pretty crazy haha. You could feel the spirit a lot though and I loved it. Later that night we watched the Joseph Smith movie too! Definitely was a good day.
I love all the guys in my district. They are all pretty fun and know how to have a good time but definitely are focused on being good missionaries too. We all are going to Spanish speaking missions and my compainion Elder M is going to Mexico Cuciacan also. We are all on different levels of spanish knowledge but learning very fast. We go study spanish and the scriptures almost all day so it was hard to adjust to at first but I feel like I am getting a better grasp on things now. I definitely feel like I'm one of the ones better off with knowing spanish too.
The first couple days here we got to meach the Branch Presidency too and they interviewed each of us. It was a more of a get to know you interview so it wasn't bad and they just asked about us and what we want to do as missionaries. I'm learning about my purpose as a missionary and know that my main purpose is to bring others unto Christ. Through Christ the investigators are able to do just about everything else! We have memorized that and I am trying to memorize it in Spanish also.
I go to the gym each day and I try to run at least a mile and then do situps also. I'm determined to not gain weight while I am here and so far have been successful. I feel like I'm actually getting in better shape because I am watching what I am eating and avoiding the sweets. I can see how it is hard though because there is so much food and it is ridiculous.
I hope everyone is doing well! I love you guys and I appreciate your prayers. I'll try and tell you all more about what is going on but things on soon.

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