Hello everybody!! Such a great first week at the MTC.
To be honest all of the rumors about the MTC are such a lie. I love it here.
So real quick a recap of what I did each day:
We has a bunch of way cool orientation stuff and it was all way spiritual. We sang "Called To Serve" and honestly one of the coolest things I've ever done. My companion is Elder Connell from South Carolina. Haha he is the funniest kid. He looks nothing like me but basically acts the exact same as me its pretty awesome. I also have another companion Elder Bastian from Haiti and he is sooo hilarious. He has the sickest accent ever and it makes me honestly so happy and i kid you not i woke up Thursday morning and my stomach hurt because of how much I laughed. I stay in a small room with another pair of companions (Elder Warner from Washington and Elder Brook from Idaho) and they are all cool kids.
We woke up and had personal study, breakfast, then classroom study where we basically study french for 4 hours straight and then lunch at 11:30. We were supposed to have another 4 hours of study after lunch but my companions didn't have all of their immunizations so we spent the majority of that time running around getting their immunizations done. Then we met with the branch presidency (basically our zone bishopric) and then after that we went and played basketball and i was 2 three pointers away from breaking the MTC record on my first night (i made 17) so ill try to beat that every day haha. you get one chance per day to beat it.
We woke up and did service around the MTC for about 2 hours and then we had our first lesson with an investigator in French! Haha it was crazy. We could barely speak for the most part haha and she spoke fluent French. Her name is Sabrina. But we bore our testimonies and it was awesome at the end. Then we basically just had study and study and eat and then study and study and more study haha. You study honestly every second in the MTC i love it. Also our prayer on Thursday was cool because i was with the 4 other people in my room and we all got down and Elder Connell asked that we have the gift of tongues and i though about how cool that was because its like we all rely on our Savior soooo much here. And we cant do anything without him...especially learn another language.
Its all really repetitive. WE wake up, study, eat, study from 8:30-11:30. Lunch at 11:30. Personal study, companionship study, language study until like 4:30 and then dinner at 4:30 and then our teacher Frere Nash helps us out from 5-8.
We woke up and had mission conference. it was so cool the whole mtc was there and we listened to the mtc presidency.After we went to our own zone priesthood and sunday school stuff. since it was fast sunday, we bore our testimonies. I got up and could say about 70% of my testimony in all French. The gift of tongues is soooo real its crazy. I have progressed soo much in the language over the week and its because of the gift of tongues. I can honestly feel it helping me out so much its crazy. 2 NE 32:2 is such a good scripture about what im going through right now.
We basically do the same thing every day haha sorry this letter is WAYYY too long. Its really repetitive here in the MTC.
I love it here! Today we woke up and went to the temple and did a session at 5 in the morning and i didnt even fall asleep :) hahaha But honestly the spirit here is sooo strong. I feel it honestly every second here. Its been a great week....except for laundry this morning. It was a disaster haha i needed so much help. Mom you would have been so disappointed if you would have seen me and all the help i needed. Good thing there are a lot of Sister missionaries willing to help haha. Well i hope you all had a great week!
|This is Sister Alexa Larson. She is going to Argentina in three weeks too. |
Jesse and Alexa went to Davis High School together.
|This is Jesse's district. All of these people are learning |
French and going to serve in French speaking missions.
|This is Jess's companion Elder Connell. He is from South Carolina. |
Looks they are getting some serious studying in.
|Here is another picture of his district.|