September 29, 2020


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Matthew Thomas

Look I Remembered A Subject This Time!

Week 2 done and done! Super super crazy to think that I really only have 3 days of classes left, and only a week left until I'm shipped off to Dallas! I only just got used to being in the MTC so my brain is having a hard time wrapping around the fact that my last day in Utah is in 7 days. Definitely doesn't feel real yet but oh well maybe it will next email hahaha.

This week was pretty chill, and not a ton happened. We started teaching TRCs, which are actors pretending to be investigators but they be darn good actors so it feels pretty real. Me and Elder Thomas have definitely started to figure out a good groove for teaching and we make a pretty good team. We've got a follow up with two of the "investigators" this week, which is exciting, and we scheduled an appointment with a guy who is supposedly a tough cookie to crack and no one's had any success with him so next email get ready for his baptism photos. Anyways MTC is pretty dope and our district is pretty tight now they're all super awesome and this week we had a virtual zoom picnic (which sounds kinda sad but it was way fun actually). Me and Elder Thomas are also very competitive and play a lot of games over zoom where I win pretty much every time hehe.

Oh but also! This last Sunday I gave my farewell which was super fun to see everyone again, and then afterwards I got to take part in my first blessing which was kinda spooky but so cool! And then later that night at Mission Prep we all had an awesome last lesson and then afterwards one of the sisters asked for a blessing from the Elders and it was a super cool experience. Elder Beltran gave a very excellent blessing with all of us circled around, and it was crazy to think we're like all grown up now. Definitely a super cool and spiritual experience.

Scripture of the Email:

Isaiah 41:10"Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

God is with us!! This scripture is so awesome cause we've been talking a lot about faith this week in the MTC and this verse is just so powerful because if we just continue to press forward in faith God will be with us! He will strengthen us, uphold us, and cause us to stand which I think sounds pretty handy right about now. This verse is also somewhat the lyrics of my favorite hymn (How Firm a Foundation) so it was pretty cool to find :)
Anyways! I know there's not been a ton of cool stories or anything going on this week but the MTC is going great! Hope to hear from y'all and have an awesome Conference Weekend!

-Elder Newton

1) Our awesome Mission Prep group!
2) A really fun brain-eating amoeba. We love Texas :) 
3) The Draper MTC


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