Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tres Semanas Mas - MTC 10/4/11

Hola Familia!
Como estan Ustedes? Things are going good here! Time feels like it is starting to go by faster again. It's crazy to think that I only have a few more weeks until I will finally be heading to Mexico. This weekend was good because we got to switch up our schedules and watch General Conference. We watch it in the gym where we watch our devotionals each Tuesday. Also we had a lot more time for studying and didn't have class on Saturday like we usually do. It was awesome to hear all the talks about Christ and missionary work. I thought there was a lot of powerful testimonies and some good information. Boyd K Packer's talk about following the Holy Ghost was really awesome and I always like Uchtdorf's talks. I think it is good information for everyone to know that the worth of souls is great in the eyes of the Lord and that we shouldn't ever feel discouraged and think we are worthless. We all have a very important purpose here.
My Spanish seems to be coming along good still but it's not as good as I want it to be. It's a little frustrating sometimes to know exactly what is being said to you in Spanish but not knowing how to reply back. I'm getting a lot better at it though and it is coming with time and practice. Hermano Carter and Hermana Scott help us learn a lot more about the language each week too and how to be more effective missionaries.. Besides Conference being different there are some new things going on my district. Elder Patrick (Elder in my district) finally got his Visa and travel plans. So they are transfering him to the Peru MTC for his last 3 weeks before he goes to Bolivia. It's a little sad to see people go but I'm always way always way excited for them and a little jealous at the same time. He leaves tomorrow though. Also a week from today Elder Chadwick and Elder Perry (my roommates) are leaving to the Arcadia, California (spanish speaking) mission. So it will be weird having them gone! I'll have to take some pictures with them before they go. The one other new thing I can think of that is going on is that tomorrow we are getting a new district in our zone. Which will make us older than 2 other districts now. Then next week we will be the oldest district in our Zone! So weird, but good at the same time. It's an interesting phenomenon how you always look at the people who have been here longer than you as older though, because a lot of times that's not the case.
We are making more progress with our "investigators" in our lessons. We have been teaching Luis (Hermano Carter) about the Plan of Salvation and answering some of his questions for what our purpose here is. We taught him how to pray, so it was good to see him be able to make a stronger connection with God. Eva (Hermana Scott) also is doing well and we are trying to get her "husband" to come to one of our lessons. We think that it would be really helpful to bring him a long and teach them both about things... One of the things we learned this week is how to listen to our investigators better. They always tell us to "teach people, not lessons". Everything flows a lot better that way and it allows the Spirit to guide the lesson more. We try and answer the questions they have as best as we can and are learning that there needs to be silence in the our lessons sometimes to give them time to think about what is being said. I look forward to going to TRC each week and teaching random people lessons too. Next week we are going to teach our first 40 min lesson there. Most lessons are around 10-20 minutes, which actualy goes by really fast especially when you are trying to explain everything as best as you can in Spanish.
Thank you for you prayers and all the support you guys are to me. I hope your week is going well and I hear from you again soon.
Elder Carlson

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