Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hola! It's Christopher Oct.11th

Mi Familia
Hey!! How's everything going!!? Those pictures you emailed are sweet! That tarantula is nuts haha! Thanks for the package that you sent me this week, one thing though is that the ice and salsa got everywhere haha. They said to tell you not to send anything like that because it spills everywhere just be careful ha. I really enjoy every letter and all the pictures you guys draw me (: don't worry about sending hand written letters because I just want to hear from you guys! So while i'm in the MTC dear elder me a bunch, you won't get to when i'm in the field. Those pictures are so cool to look at the ping pong looks fun, too bad i'm not there to show who's hefe (boss). Haha.
So the MTC has been awesome, I've got a new companion Elder Eberhard. He's awesome, we get along really good. We teach together pretty well too. Nothing too big has happened since last time I wrote, same old schedule and all. Waking up at the crack of dawn and all haha, but I really think this experience is going to help me for the rest of my life. I was doing laundry today thinking I am way glad that mom had me and Bryce do our laundry together or I wouldn't know what I am doing. HA! The spanish is coming right along, I learn new things about the language everyday. Sometimes I get down on myself about it but then I see the Elders walking around speaking Chinese too each other and it makes me think I have it a lot easier than them hah. It will just take time i think. i have gained a testimony of the ability to learn through the Holy Ghost, you learn and retain so much more. I've made a goal to pray before study to bring the spirit and after to help me remember what i've learned. This experience in the MTC has made me realize how much I miss just being able to take a walk down the street or go biking up the canyon or whatever it is ha. It can be kind of tough being in the MTC and not being able to be in the "real world" haha. Just getting to go up to the temple is so relaxing and nice to get away from the MTC. It's hard to explain. I have spiritual experiences everyday, during study or during the devotionals we go to on Tuesday night and Sunday night. I've been studying recieving personal revelation and the Atonement right now and it's been really awesome. You can learn so much from the scriptures, if you really ponder what you're reading. It's cool you can relate the stories of the Book of Mormon to your life. In priesthood this last sunday, the first counselor in our branch presidency talked about the Atonement, the Fall of Adam, and the Creation as the three pillars of eternity. It's so cool. Since I have been studying a lot and praying the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ has made so much more sense to me. Scripture study and prayer together are so important.
Well hey I am running low on time, but I'm going to write a letter and send some pictures (: but I love you guys and keep writing or dear eldering me I love getting them! Real quick, did you get around to calling the Church travel services?? Just curious. Thanks a ton for everything!!! I love you guys so much!! (:

0ct. 4th letter

Hey how's everything going? I really have enjoyed all the food and stuff you've sent me its the best, and thanks a ton for sending those scriptures those are perfect they're exactly what I needed. Everything is going really good right now in the MTC, still learning tons of Spanish and Doctorine everyday. My visa still hasn't come, so I'll just be waiting til it comes I guess. If it doesn't come before my nine weeks here are up, then they'll reassign me somewhere in the United States that's spanish speaking til my visa arrives, somewhere like AZ, CA, or NV I don't know though. I'm praying that it comes very soon I really wanna go the Peru MTC, I think if I went there I would learn spanish so much quicker than I would here. That's mainly where a lot of my stress comes. But I have to say that Spanish is a way better structured language then English and more practical. So I think it i'll come fast. I'm am so blown away at how fast I have been learning in here, it's so weird it has to be because of the Holy Ghost. It's so cool. I've been playing a lot of Basketball whenver we have gym time, and that's the best it helps me relax and blow off steam from the day. And temple walks are really awesome too, to get off the MTC campus and go out in the real world ha. It sometimes feels like I'm living in this bubble but the leaves are changing on the mountains and it's so pretty. Conference, it was so awesome I learned a bunch and it was super spiritual. Did you guys watch conference? What was your favorite talk?? I really liked hearing from the prophet he's super funny, it's cool when you see the human side to the prophet and apostles of God. But yeah conference weekend was super relaxing and awesome. We've been teaching our fake investigators Laura and Rancho and it's been going really good. My spanish in the lessons is getting a lot better and I can get my message across a lot better now. My companion leaves tomorrow for the Peru MTC so i'll probably end up with Elder Eberhard his comp left yesterday for the Peru MTC so we'll get paired up most likely. I'm so busy lately so this last weekend was nice to not have to do as much as we normally do. We literally are doing something every minute of the day so it makes the days fly by. I can't believe I've already been here for three weeks it feels likes you just dropped me off yesterday it's weird. My teachers are super awesome and have been super helpful. I loved the pictures that Joel, Evan, and Eli sent me! How'd you guys like the pictures I sent? I was wondering if they'd get there or not sounds like they did though. Sorry it took me so long to get them too you, the printer finally got fixed. Well I'm running short on time, I spent a little bit of time emailing judi, colton denning, and mitch. But I'm gonna write some letters today so you should get some from me by tomorrow I think? I'll also send a picture or two (: Thanks for everything that you do for me! I'm so blessed to have the family I do, read scriptures and pray everynight. We teach this a lot ot our "investigators" that God loves you and he wants to hear from you, it's nice to think about it like that. So make sure and pray, family prayer is the best I loved when we would do it as a family. Well i'm 2 minutes over my alloted time but i'll send some pictures and letters today!! Love you!!
-Elder Christopher