Thursday, January 26, 2017

Week 2 in the MTC

Abinadi District with  (teacher) Bro. Teal

Hey guys,

I am finally getting used to MTC life. It feels a lot like dorm life but has way more classes and activities packed into one day. It feels like I have been here for a month instead of two weeks. However, my district is not the ones that have been here the longest. There is a district of missionaries who are going to the Alpine German speaking Mission that have already been here for six weeks.

Sounds like Tyler is doing well in wrestling. Isn't that like three or four pins now. Woo hoo! By the way I leave for the mission home on the 31st of January. We're taking a bus up to the mission home which will be nice. I'm not sure when we leave on the 31st but it will probably be announced by President Bunker sometime this week. Speaking of President Bunker, he announced this Sunday that we will be having a devotional this Wednesday about changes to the missionary schedule. I do not know everything about those changes but President Bunker told us that missionaries will now be able to go to bed at 9:30 instead of 10:30 as long as they do not have an appointment at that time. I guess we will be allowed to fit daily planning into some other part of the day if we have down time. However, President Bunker said that the schedule at the MTC for us will still be for us to go to bed at 10:30 and the next group after us will be able to have the choice to go to bed at 9:30. So I will not get to use the schedule change until I leave for the field.

Last Sunday, we had a special guest speaker, Donny Osmond. Most of us, including me, had no idea who he was until he mentioned that he was captain Shang in Mulan. Then most of us paid close attention to the rest of his talk. Apparently he had a son that came to the Preston MTC and served in the Scotland Edinburgh Mission and he currently has a son serving in Italy. Almost everyone seems to have a connection to Scotland or Ireland.

Today we get to go to the temple at 2 later today. I am looking forward to it. We have one Elder in our district, Elder Cosmas, who will be going through for the first time. We figured out last Sunday that Elder Obedmoth's name is actually Elder Cosmas because somehow they put his first name instead of his last name on his badge.

Last Sunday we watched a devotional by President Bednar that he gave to the Provo MTC back in June 2009 about finding how to listen to the Holy Ghost. It was a really good devotional and had a lot of good stories and experiences. It really helped me to know that in order to feel the Spirit we need to continue to press forward in faith.

I feel like I am ready to leave the MTC and get out to the field but I still have one week left. This Thursday we are going to some church historical sites around Preston. I think one of them is the river where the first member got baptized in England although I am not sure. I am not sure if you guys knew this but President Hinckley served in Preston or at least England for his mission and we might go to some sites that were important to him during his mission. I am not sure what it all entails but I am looking forward to it.

Last Thursday, street contacting in Manchester went good overall. It was really hard to get people to talk about religion but we were able to give out a few pass along cards and have some good discussions about the Church. I did not expect a mission to be easy and was glad to finally get some real experience talking with people.

We have had many teaching lessons with "investigators" here at the MTC. It seems that teaching gets easier and easier and we keep learning new aspects that we can include in a lesson. It is much easier to teach when you have a companion to teach with.

So like in about half an hour we are supposed to get haircuts. So I probably will have a completely different hair cut in the next pictures I send you guys. Just kidding.

So I do not know when I leave next Tuesday so I do not know when I will have a chance to email you guys next week. Hope you guys have a good week. Hope you get more pins Tyler. Love you guys,

Elder Calley