Date

August 8, 2015

Area

Provo MTC

Companion

Elder Buckway

Week 4!

Hello everyone!

Well, the past week as been up and down. Good moments, not so good moments. Luckily more Good moments than bad! On Monday there were some rainstorms that reminded me of MT thunderstorms. These rainstorms here aren't nearly as awesome, and it made me think of home.

First of all, how are you all? doing well i hope? How has school/work/life been? Anything cool going on in the world? They are right about being completely cut off from the world in here. I haven't heard about anything, and perhaps that is a good thing. Focusing on this work is what I should be doing, and distractions like that will keep me from fulfilling the purpose of a missionary: to invite others to come unto Christ! How can that possibly done if i'm more focused on the world than having my heart set on him and serving him? It really is pretty close to impossible, and the spirit couldn't help me teach. So, It is a good reason, wisdom that the Lord has for his servants. My heart needs to be set on the work rather than worldly things

Sorry, got carried away. I guess that has been something on my mind. I hope I am not treating the MTC experience as a social experience. It shouldn't be and that isn't the purpose of the MTC, but rather to prepare me to teach and to serve and to love the people of Argentina. That thought grabbed me part way through the week, on Sunday I think, where I was feeling a bit down. Still struggling with the language and just all of it. But one of the hermanas noticed that I was being a bit, reclusive, and she showed me D&C 84:88.
88 And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I willgo before your face. I will be on your right hand and onyour left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mineangels round about you, to bear you up.

That scripture really helped me out, and I am feeling a lot better about my experiences. On Tuesday, we got to hear from the new President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, President Nelson, and he talked at one point about how the ancestors of those that we teach, and even our own ancestors are there with us as we teach, that they will help and influence us as we work. That got me thinking about Grandpa Page, and Chris, if the were with me and Elder Gavin Page as we are both out on our missions. It troubled me until bedtime, and during my personal prayer, when I ask if their spirits were with us, helping us work, I received a great feeling of peace, my mind was calmed. I know they are with us.

Also on Tuesday, Elder Buckway and taught Jose again. He is starting to feel the spirit more and more as we teach him. We began our lesson going over what we asked him to read from last time, 3rd Nephi 11, and we asked him what his favorite part was. When he started reading from verse 3 to verse 11, he began to cry, the spirit was testifying to him that Christ had indeed visited the Americas and that he does seek our salvation. After he shared that with us, we asked if he wanted to be baptized, and he accepted. (if he is indeed a real investigator) His baptismal date in August 21. We will see what happens though.

On Wednesday, I got to host new missionaries coming into the MTC. It was a really nice experience and I felt a lot better about how I felt coming into the MTC. When I went in I was nervous and I tried my best not to show it. I definitely saw it in these new missionaries, but I can also testify that the spirit will be with them and help bear up their afflictions as they turn to the lord.

The rest of the week was pretty standard, 10+ hours of class a day, nothing really exciting. We taught Hermano Voss twice, (found out that the investigator he is acting as cant read...) and Hermana Hachendorf twice as well. They are progressing nicely and they are both good learning experiences.

Language wise, It is starting to come together for me. Like, the other day, I was sitting there and I said something in Spanish without really having to think about it and I was so proud of myself! Haha, i do have a really, really long was to go though. I'm thinking that I will just focus on learning present, future, and preterit tense while I am here, and continue learning more words. That is my goal anyways.

There were a couple times during the week that I felt that I wasn't really ready to be here at the MTC, like I wasn't worthy to be here and to serve. It really brought me down, and I didn't know what to think about it. I prayed a couple times to feel comfort and support, and after a couple times on Thursday, I found scriptures in Alma 42:29-31. It reminded me that when we have sinned, that guilt will be with us forever. However, at the same time, I have been forgiven of my transgressions and that I have a work to do. Lose myself in the work, and I will only feel the joy of bringing people to their Savior and Redeemer.

Oh, and I have less than 3 weeks left here! Next week I believe we get our travel plans, (or reassignments, depending on if the visas go through...) Hopefully, my visa was sent in early enough and it is safely at the Travel center. Honestly I have no idea if it has gone through yet...

Anyways, I look forward to hearing from all of you every week, and I want to know How you all are doing! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help, and I will do everything I can to do it.

Till next week, May God be with us All!

Elder Z




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