So this week has basically been the same old same old. I've kind of been getting a little ansy about getting out of here but at the same time soo nervous too. I only have 12 days left and I should get my travel plans this Friday so it's starting to get real! I haven't got my visa yet though which is starting to become a little concerning.... :l
The language has been pretty tough and that's honestly the biggest thing that worries me cuz half the time I can't understand jack. But I'm trying to stay positive and know that things will work out.
Today we got to clean the temple. The sisters got to clean all the crystals on the chandeliers and we had the distinguished honor of cleaning the lockers for four hours!! I wouldn't say it was the funnest thing I've ever done in my life but it was kinda cool. We finished a little early so we got to take a tour of the temple a bit and see all the behind the scenes stuff you could call it and rooms that I won't ever see like the Brides room and stuff like that so that was something.
Also, if anybody needs help moving, doing yard work, or need some big service projects done. Just come on over to the MTC! You'll be able to get at least 100 missionaries to volunteer in about 2.7 seconds. You'll get it done in no time, I guarantee it.
Seriously though, the MTC has been such a blast. My testimony has grown like ten fold here and I've learned a lot of really neat things. I don't know, honestly not a whole lot has happened this week and I still have like half an hour to write so I guess I'll just write about some random crap I've been thinking about this week! haha.
So I read Moses chapter one this week and the first part of the chapter talks about how God showed Moses pretty much everything he created. All the people on earth and all the planets in space and stuff. Then that just reminded me of a documentary I watched in College about how fetching huge the Universe is. Basically it talked about how we are like the size of a grain of sand compared to the whole earth. The earth is basically the size of an apple or something compared to our sun. Our sun is like the size of a grain of sand compared to another sun called beattle Juice. Then it just get bigger and bigger and bigger. Then it talked about a black hole and how a black hole has enough gravitational force to smash the entire earth into the size of walnut or something but it still weighs the same weight as it would now. And Moses saw all of this. Basically, it just got me thinking how small we are. We are basically nothing. Despite all of these amazing things God has created WE are most important to him. "This is my work and my glory: to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." That is the whole point of the gospel and the plan of salvation and everything. He just wants us to be as happy as possible here on earth and to eventually become as he is and live with our families for eternity. This has been an extremely reassuring thought to me and has helped me out everytime I start getting discouraged. God loves us more than anything and although we are so small, WE ARE WORTH IT.
Another random thought :)
So my purpose as a missionary is to invite others to come unto Christ. Something I've learned this week is that EVERYBODY needs to come unto Christ whether they are an investigator or a member or what. We all need to become disciples of Christ and become converted unto him. Not converted to the church but converted unto Christ. My teachers tell us that everytime we plan a lesson, we need to think how we can help that person come closer to Christ. All of us need to come closer to Christ. So now I'm gonna practice being a missionary and invite everybody reading this to find something they can do everyday to come closer to Christ.
Alright that's enough of my rant. I hope yall have an amazing 4th of July weekend!! I think they are letting us stay up later to watch the fireworks from the stadium of fire concert and we might even get to hear Carrie Underwood singing from a mile away!! Totally pumped haha!! Anyway talk to yall next week!
Another Week at the MTC
So this week as been pretty decent, nothing much has changed too much. Thank you all for all the love and support I've been getting. It really makes my day!
Sunday was probably the most emotionally and spiritually crazy day at the mtc so far. We probably had the greatest devotional on the planet. It was this old lady named Janice Kapp Perry and her husband who spoke. This lady apparently lives like right across the street from the mtc and has written a lot of the primary songs like child's prayer, I love to see the temple, sisters in zion, the heleman army song, and a ton of others. There was this one part where she was telling how she and her husband met and at the end of the story her husband like jumps up on stage and fetching plants this huge kiss on her! The whole place just erupted in applause and stuff. Gosh it was the funniest talk ever! There were tons of hilarious things that they kept doing throughout the talk. The best part of it was though that she really got all of us involved and had us sing all of her primary songs and stuff and the spirit was so powerful I nearly started balling. Then afterwards we watched this powerful movie about Joseph Smith and the spirit was still just flooding the room that I finally just started balling like a baby. It was kinda embarrassing but nearly everyone in there was crying so it was ok.
The next morning we got up early to say goodbye to Elder Bonner who was the Zone leader and one of my best friends down here. He is going to the Netherlands. We got a 2 new zone leaders and 2 new sister training leaders and their all going to Sweden so ya, basically the Swedes are running the place now.
Then on Tuesday we had the other devotional which was also pretty cool. Min kamerat made me join the choir with him but now I'm actually glad he did. We sang Praise to the Man and it was actually really good and the spirit was really powerful. We sang in front of about 150 new mission presidents and their wives, and 6 apostles and 15 people from the 70. It was pretty crazy! All the apostles that came were elder Chistopherson, Russel M. Nelson, Dallin H Oaks, M. Russel Ballard, Neil L. Anderson, and David A Bednar as well as Elder Rasband from the 70 and like 15 other 70's were there. Elder Christopherson gave the talk and it was really good. He spoke about the worth of souls. I also got to wave hi to Dieter F. Uchtdorf earlier that day so that was pretty cool.
So far I think the language is coming along ok, not as much as I would like but everybody has told me to just chill out about it cuz I'll learn everything once I get to Denmark so that's kinda helped me out. I think the gospel stuff is coming along pretty well too in terms of learning the discussions and stuff. I'm definitely no master on the stuff but hopefully I'll get it down good enough by the time I go to Denmark. I also love my teachers. They were/are probably the best missionaries I have ever seen and give us really good advice and stuff which has really helped me.
|Me and Joseph Smith casually crying repentance to people|