We received some MTC pictures from Jeff today.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
My daughter just reminded me that we haven't posted anything for the past week. Time is really flying past. Jeff says that they are kind of settling into a routine at the MTC and so there hasn't been much new that has been happening. He thanked everyone for the cookies and other treats that he has been receiving. He talks a lot about the Training Resource Center or TRC and how it is kind of the thing they look forward to each week. He shared the following including kind of a funny story.
Last friday at the TRC we had to knock on the door and talk to someone for about 10 min. in spanish. We introduced ourselves, talked about their family for a little bit and then introduced her to the gospel. We made the mistake of introducing Joseph Smith at the very beginning and almost got the door closed on us (this suprised me cause it was just a role play...she was supposed to be agreable.) This person had seen a show about joseph smith and was skepticle. We quickly brought the conversation back to families and how they are important to the gospel and she then let us in and we discussed the gospel with her for a few mor minutes. After this first part which was in spanish we left and came back to teach the lesson in english, wich me and elder taylor both thought went really well. We felt like the lesson flowed well, we were able to transition between each other quite well, and most of all the spirit felt so strong as we taught the lesson.
Here's a quick funny story. Two of the elders in our zone told their investigator at the trc to read a scripture in 1 ne 3:7 but instead they read 3 ne 3:7-8. Look it up and you'll see why it's funny. (Note: You have to read it in context to understand what is really going on)
Also for dad, and anyone else of course. One thing I noticed that would be helpful for incoming missionaries is to know the purpose found in the beginning of preach my gospel. This is something that they drill us on at the MTC, both memorizing it and knowing what is meant by it.
Yesterday me and elder taylor taught the first lesson completly in spanish for about 20-25 min. This was our first time doing this and we don't even have to be able to do it for another 2 or 3 weeks but we decided to give it a try. It wen't pretty good, we didn't always know how to say exactly what we wanted, but we could usualy descibe it in a different way.
Fast and testimony meeting was really cool this sunday. Since it was all in spanish we didn't get all those really long and kinda pointless testimonies that you sometimes hear, but instead they were short and two the point. I could feel the spirit during that meeting more than any fast and testimony meeting I had ever gone to.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
We received a new note from Jeff at the MTC. Sounds like he is doing really good. He even said we should slow down on the goodies a little bit. That's an unusual statement for Jeff who is usually grazing for anything he can find to eat! Following are some comments from his last letter.
The MtC has been great for me. Me and my companion have been getting along really well, and in fact we both are doing fairly well in spanish and so we can both push each other and improve each other in spanish. For the last several nights we've been talking in only spanish to each other from about 8 30 to 9 30. We've started to have "english fasts" as a district during lunch which means we can't speak english during lunch. We've only done that about twice now though.Until next time.
On friday we went to the TRC (training resource center) Where we were given the scenario that we were in a park and had to talk to three people for about five minutes in spanish. We needed to introduce ourselves, get to know them, tell them our purpose, and invite them to hear more. The last person we talked to we actually got to teach a thirty minute lesson. This went quite well, and the spanish seemed to flow really well (I can deffinatly tell that heavenly father is helping me with spanish), and the lesson seemed to go real well too, I felt like we had the spirit throughout the whole lesson. Also because me and elder Taylor get a long so well we seem to be able to teach together quite well.
Sacrament meeting is going well, the opening excercises are all in spanish. But the two speakers are in english. However, we are assigned a topic each weak that we prepare a talk on in spanish and two people are called on at the meeting to give their talk for sacrament meeting for about four minutes in spanish. I havn't had to give a talk yet, bu so far I've written everything out on paper in spanish before hand and used plenty of scriptures/quotes.