Woww first official email going out to all my homies!! Haha I love you all and I hope that each and every one of you knows just how awesome and stellar you are. Never forget it!! Life here at the MTC has been good!! The schedule has been a pretty crazy adjustment, but it has been so good for me. It's a life changing way of living and is starting me down a happier road. The Spanish is coming, slowly and steadily, but it's coming. Everyday I feel like I'm progressing. My teachers are great, my district is awesome, and my companion is the greatest!! God has blessed me so much as I start this amazing journey in my life. My companion is from Scottsdale Arizona. Her name is Hma Duke and she is hilarious, kind hearted, and almost fluent in Spanish. She has been so nice and has been helping me learn Spanish like crazy!!! And I am so grateful that she is my companion.
This is the caption on my first email because this is literally how I have felt over the past six days. I went from being extremely overwhelmed and kind of a nerve wreck to being strengthened through words from leaders and examples of mine here at the mtc. So on Sunday I was able to watch a church movie called: Character of Christ. The movie was actually a talk given by David A. Bednar, when he came here to the mtc a few years ago. Some points I took away from it that have really helped me as I begin the amazing journey...
1. THE MISSION IS NOT ABOUT YOU
2. "The greatest convert on your mission will be you, if you consistently turn away from the natural-man and turn outwards instead.
In other words, "Because I have been given much, I too must give." Loving others and having the opportunity to serve the Lord and the people of Argenitina for 18 months is such a blessing. And I truly believe that the best way to find happiness is to look outside of ourselves and serve those around us. I know and have a true testimony that if we look for opportunities to step outside of ourselves (even if it's just doing something little for someone else) it will make you happier. You never know who needs a friend to talk to, a shoulder to lean on, or someone to just laugh with. I challenge you to be that person in someones life. Whoever they may be!! Well I gotta go, but I love you all!!!