Date

December 8, 2023

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Intro- Elder Lowe

Hey everyone I hope y'all are doing good! I've been out for just a little over a month now, so I figured I'd let you guys know I'm still alive! The MTC was definitely a complete change in lifestyles, but just as I'm getting ready to ship out to the Philippines I feel I've figured this place out. However I am READY to go at this point! Don't get me wrong the MTC is a blast! I'm just super excited to be in the warm weather, and to eat some ingresting food haha. We've been studying the culture in the Philippines and I'm so excited to get there even though I won't know what anybody's saying! I've been taught that it can be a little overwhelming landing in your first area, so lucky for us we're able to spend our first week as a district in the Manila MTC!


Learning Tagalog is definitely not easy, however with the help of my dirtrict I've been slowly progressing to the point where I can understand when they speak what the teachers call "slow Tagalog" lol. But I was humbled very shortly once me and my companions went to teach a "HOA" which is a practice lesson with a fluent Tagalog speaker. And let me tell you they talk FAST! I'm still walking with my head high, as I always do haha, because I know that I have plenty of time, and I have the Lord on my side! Class in the MTC has truley grown on me. We seem to all ways have a new joke going everyday, and being teenagers and twentie-agers (I get my vocab from my mom) we always seem to be messing around every chance we get. Revrent messing around of course. Class rarly feels long because were constantly engaged. The days here seem a little longer, but the weeks feel shorter, if that makes any sense at all lol. I think it's because were always busy! Living in the dorms is probably one of my favorite parts. We always have deep talks about random things, and there is so many unexpected thing that go on in the dorms like tie trading, pranks, and many other fun things. It's simply unavoidable when you have a bunch of boys all in the same place! My favorite memory of my district was the "EI" test that we took just last week. This is a simple language test that checks where you are in learning your language. In this test you repeat words and phrases back to the computer and it ranges how well you can speak Tagalog, so with my district being one of the funniest districts here at the MTC we had an absolute blast being in the same room mumbling, yelling, and blurting out Tagalog words that were most likely completely wrong!


Only a few short days until I make it to the Philippines, and I'm itching to go! My teachers have showed us just about every food in the whole country and most of it looks so good! I know it's most likely not going to cooperate with my body but I'll just have to get used to that I guess haha! In the Philippines basketball is a big deal, so I've been practicing every time we go to the gym, and I think by now I'm getting pretty decent! I'm just lucky I haven't got hurt in the gym yet, because it seems that's the thing around here! I've seen so many missionaries with broken legs, ankles, and arms, its crazy! Just last week a kid from my district broke his wrist playing basketball! And my district leader ,Elder Toutai, just about broke his ankle playing volleyball! I guess us missionaries are just very very competitive haha!


I'm having a lot of fun here, but that doesn't mean I don't miss home! Leaving my family has made me realize just how good my life was. But like Luke 12:48 says "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." I feel that because I have had the luxury of living with the gospel, that I must spread it to others, so that they can feel the joy of Christ! My family has made me into the person that I am today, so I feel that now, it is my turn to help others in any way that I can! Feel free to email me back with your questions, but I might not respond quickly, we try to stay busy as often as possible! I want each and everyone of you to know that I LOVE YOU, and I ask that each of you do your best to be peacemakers, and to have faith that you are here for a reason!


Ether 12:6 And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.


-Colt




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