As I await my visa to Brazil, I have been reassigned to the Tulsa Oklahoma mission. I leave TOMORROW at 3:30 a.m.
If you look on the LDS maps, This mission is in the middle of 4 states; Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. I look forward to serving in possible all of these states. I will continue to practice my Portuguese everyday so that I don't loose it, but i'm not worries, I know Heavenly Father will bless me for my efforts. Once I receive my visa I will fly to Brazil. My friend Hannah told me a quote I really liked about mission calls; "The best missionary is one who does not need a time and place to preach, they can do it anywhere and anytime."
Elder Kessel and I are the last ones in our district to leave. Everyone else has already left. It's weird how close you can get to people when your around each other almost 24-7 for 6 weeks and then they leave. This MTC is great and you develop many greats friends here! I know I will meet up with them again some day.
I was able to host this week for the new missionaries coming into the MTC. I welcomed Elder Montoyo, Ellis, and Hodges. I remember the positive impact my host made for me on my first day and it felt great to be able to do that for others. I want to let you all know that I came to this MTC thinking that I would learn Portuguese but I was so wrong. If they wanted me to learn Portuguese they would have had us do it before we came here. At the MTC, I have learned teaching skills of how to better love everyone around me. I have learned how to help people in their needs, and I have learned how to teach by the spirit. My view of the MTC from the beginning till now has changed 180 degrees. I have a testimony greater than when I entered and I know this church is so true! I knew before, and I would say that because i believed it, but now I REALLY know its true. I know you all can know this for yourselves through the power of the holy ghost. I love you all and all of the support you have given me.
3 Impressions of this week in the MTC
- If you check your vents often times you find people have stashed random stuff in them.
- In Utah they actually have a "spring"
- Piano becomes your apple iPod or mp3 player.
- Till we meet becomes a weekly Sunday song
*My address is no longer the MTC. I will post new address when I get it!
MY WEEK IN PICTURES!
|This was half of the food sent from packages to |
six of us Elders during the MTC.
(All of our room's food combined. That's a lot of Care Packages!)
|Reflection pool at the Provo Temple|
|Missionaries at work - statue at the MTC|
|One of the Elders closets in my room. This is just so beautiful.|
Loving my new trench coat! Finally! Thanks Dad!
|Elder Gomez and the Elders in my district.|
|My companiero! Great Guy!|
|All the elders in our zone.|
|Elder Greenwood. He's from Texas Dad, and his Texas pride is REAL!! |
He gets up every morning and says the Texas pledge! He's a great guy.
|Elder Nelson - Buds for life!|
|Elder Christiansen! He can make everything funny - love him.|
|My whole MTC zone (You can see it's different from the last zone picture |
because everyone left but us and its all new people)
|Elder Arnold (he was from georgia, cochran georgia, he had a southern accent |
and he was such a loving man to everyone)
|Elder white ( he was from New Zealand with a STRONG Australian accent, he was ripped, I met him in the gym and he plays rugby and wants to play for BYU)|
|Sister Unbedact and Breathauer; hard names I know! So did I tell you about the girl I met on Instagram going to the same mission as me leaving the same time? |
Well that's Sister Unbedact the first one to my left. Small world!
|Sister Andrews and sister Nielson|
|Sister Andrews and sister Nielson|