August 24, 2021




Elder Kearns

Elder Labrum - week 1 - home mtc

I just want to start off by saying, I am grateful for technology. I would not be able to go on a mission right now without it. The first week of HOME MTC was pretty crazy. I met my companion on the first day. He is the best and we have so much in common which is good. He is athletic and sporty and he lives in Centerville, Utah. He was the High School Basketball team captain his senior year, and he also loves to wake surf. My district is also amazing. Ever since the first day meeting them, we all just clicked. None of us are afraid or shy to share anything and that is such a blessing. Who knew I could make friends on zoom. 😂 Speaking of Zoom, I have classes on Zoom for 3.5 hours in the morning and 3.5 hours in the afternoon. Sometimes it gets really long, especially when the schedule says the class is supposed to be over at 6:30 and you look down at the time and it's 6:55 and still going.
Our district leaders are pretty amazing. We have a morning leader and an afternoon leader. They both just got home from serving missions less than a year ago. They are from Mexico and served in mexico. They know english from grade school and they are actually pretty good at it, which is cool. Even though they talk about 70% spanish, I am still able to understand mostly what they are saying from my previous years of spanish study.
After the first day we were told we have 9 days to memorize in spanish, How to say a prayer, Moroni 10:3-5, The First Vision, The Missionary Purpose, the baptismal invitation and about 200 words and phrases from this book called The Basic Core. At first it was a little overwhelming, but here we are at Day 9 and I have memorized it all. I know that the gift of tongues is real! I am nowhere close to fluent yet, but I guess you can say I am getting there. Sometimes after class is over and I come downstairs to eat dinner, it is quite hard to understand the first few conversations with my family in english. After speaking in spanish for 3.5 hours your brain is used to listening for spanish words. I am understanding the language more and more every day. The Archery hunt started on Saturday, and when I woke up at 6:00am to get ready for companion study, I was wishing I was putting on camo and not church clothes. 😢😥
During my breaks between classes it can be just a little boring. I have to have a family member or another elder with me at all times. This week my mom and I went to Target to go shopping so I could get out of the house from sitting on the computer all day. We also went to Waffle Love for lunch. It is very weird adjusting to the missionary life, especially wearing a badge and church clothes in stores. Everyone is so nice and says "Hey Elder" as I walk by. But they never would have done that if I wasn't a missionary.
I have attached pictures below of the next few things I will explain. I went to Swig with Lexie one day. Later that night I went fishing at Sand Hollow with Cutty. He is a master fisherman and the quote of the night from him was "Putting the Mish on some fish ''. I caught 7 fish in about an hour and cutty caught 3. It was really fun, we didn't get to go on the boat because that is missionary rules but it was still so fun fishing from the shore. Another night I went bowling with my friend Bridger, who is called to Peru who is also doing home MTC, and we didn't do too well but it was still good to get out of the house. I went and played Pickleball last night with Hunter, who is also doing home MTC. There were these college kids that wanted to play us so we played a little tournament with them and it was good to speak to normal people again that aren't family or other missionaries.
Also Brother McAther from my ward, has been giving handmade Hawaiian ties to missionaries for 18 years and I was lucky enough to get one. He explained to me, Honu means turtle in Hawaiian and it is the animal of peace and goodluck.

I am trying to stay as positive as possible right now, but I know there is no better thing to be doing right now than serving a mission. 😎😎


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