Before you think I'm breaking the rules by emailing on not a normal P-day, my branch president gave us permission to email before we leave.
These past few days here at the MTC have been great. As I look back at the past 9 weeks it's amazing to see the blessings I have received for serving the Lord. The MTC is kinda like testimony boot camp, everyone comes in with varying amounts of spiritual strength, but no matter how strong you are you eventually realize that you still have a long way to go. Once you set some goals, you start to study like mad and as you put in effort the Lord blesses you so much and your testimony grows so much.
It's kinda bittersweet to leave the MTC; as much as it is hard to sit in a classroom all day and study a super hard language, the spirit here is so strong. Nevertheless I'm so ready to hit the streets of Hong Kong and start teaching the gospel in broken Gwongdong wa. I'm so thankful for all of your prayers and support as I have begun to serve.
This week we talked about how important members are toward missionary work. As members support and help the missionaries, as well as help to welcome new members, the work goes so much smoother. We listened to some instruction from Gordon B. Hinckley that said if members and missionaries work together effectively, we can double the numbers of convert baptisms. So if you want to help the missionaries pray for them and don't be afraid to tell your friends about how the gospel has blessed your life.
I'm so excited to finally hit the beaches of China and preach the gospel. Thanks for your support.
Fun fact 1: Elder Ashton included a lot of exclamation points, he’s excited to get to China.
Fun fact 2: He said the forecast for Hong Kong is warm and humid-he’s sort of bracing himself for that change. He anticipates a lot of sweating.
Fun fact 3: Tomorrow is ElderAshton’s birthday. He turns 20 on his last day at the MTC!