Hello all, it has been another great week in the MTC.
I've been getting to know my companion Elder Baldwin better and better. It's been so fun spending so much time with him, even when it's a little hard to keep up with him in the gym. He was a runner in High School and a hard worker, and we work great together in lessons.
On Sunday we heard from President Livingstone, who is the temple president of the Provo temple. He talked about how we must have faith, but we also must exercise that faith. If we don't then we may be in danger of losing our faith.
I also got to teach the Priesthood lesson on Sunday with my companion. It was on the Role of the Book of Mormon in conversion. The member of the branch presidency with us suggested we go outside for the lesson, and we happily complied. My companion and I were in sync throughout the lesson and one verse I liked from that lesson was Omni 1:26
And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption. Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be saved.
Once we are converted we need to more fully dedicate our time to the Lord, and I just love that scripture.
Choir has been a great experience. Brother Eggot, our choir conductor is a great story teller. Each week we get to hear the background of the song we are singing, and it makes those songs that much more meaningful when we sing them.
We also got a new group in our branch headed to Mongolia. They will be in the MTC for 10 weeks. As much as I love the MTC I don't know if I could handle 10 weeks here.
Our Tuesday devotional was awesome. We were told it was going to be someone special, but we weren't told who. As we were waiting, Quentin L Cook walked in. It's crazy how in just over 3 weeks in the MTC we have already had 2 apostles visit. He spoke about us as missionaries having four kinds of Love. We need to have love for our Companion, the people in our mission, our mission president, and the Savior. He then told about a few of his companions he had on mission. I could tell how much he loved them by the way he spoke of them. He also told us that he was a companion to Elder Holland when he was serving. Once every four months Elder Cook and Holland get together with all of there companions they served with and have lunch. I liked how even with them having such busy lives they take the time to enjoy the friendships they developed.
The scripture I want to share this week is D&C 6:22 Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things.
I think one of the most important things I have learned here at the MTC is to stay strong. We are going to have struggles of faith, and we are going to have bad days. In the times we need to rely upon our past experiences in order to weather those ordeals.
The pictures attached are of Elder Parrish and I in matching sweaters on one of the colder days this past week, and my companion sitting on a rock thinking about something.