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Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Only 3 More Weeks in the MTC!
The time has been going fast! Jeff has just 3 more weeks in the MTC before he leaves for North Carolina. Jeff's good friend, Dallin Jack, entered the MTC today 2/24. It will be fun for them to run into each other in the MTC. Dallin is going on a mission to Japan.
Last friday was the trc again, this week we had to introduce ourselves to some investigators (who had been talking w/ the missionaries but then transfers came) get to know them and find out what they've read out of the BOM (this part was in spanish). It wen't really well and we were really lucky cause at the end we were running out of things to talk to them about so we asked them if they had any questions. They then began asking about why we had to be baptized under the water by immersion. This would have been easy to answer in english but me and my comp didn't quite know the words to explain it in spanish. Fortunatly for us our teacher told us that our time was up just as they finished asking the questions and my comp and I had a look of fear on our face. Then we taught the plan of salvation for about thirty minutes. I thought it wen't pretty good, but the plan of salvation is so hard to teach to an investigator (trying to explain it in a way that they will understand).
So I got my first haircut yesterday, it makes me wish I could get a haircut from you again mom. It's not terrible but not exactly a haircut to be proud of. Also I've realized that I am getting worse and worse at spelling since I've gotten here because of the spanish...so If I spelled anything wrong in this email, or tried to spell it out in a spanish pronunciation you'll understand why. Good thing I took enlish in college before I came, cause now I won't fail it when I get back.
So, we found out this last sunday that me and elder taylor are going to be the next zone leaders starting this next sunday. I'm kinda excited for it, cause I think it would be a great experience. But also somewhat concerned about loosing time to study spanish. But I guess If I do what I'm called to do the lord will help me out.
Also on sunday I got called on to give a talk during sacrament meeting. Every week everyone writes a talk on a certain topic in spanish that should last for about 4 minutes, then during sacrament mtg, they call on someone to talk. I was actually glad to be able to talk, I kind of wanted to see if I could do it (since it did have to be in spanish.) It went quite well, in fact this week I had decided to just write an outline rather than writing a talk that I would just read. It turned out that I only had to refer to my outline for the scripture references and to remind myself of one word I didn't know in spanish. In fact once I got up there I talked about a couple things I hadn't necesarily planned on talking about. Last thursday we had a day where we could only speak spanish. It went a lot better then the first time we tried this and when I'm forced to talk in just spanish it seems like I learn so much more. In fact I was talking to skyler hardman who said that he had been speaking in only spanish for the three weeks he had at the mtc, so I was thinking of trying that. We'll see how it goes... I'm starting to realize that I only have three weeks left and then I'll be out in the field and I'll have to speak spanish to actual people who aren't just role playing.
One other exciting thing that happened, we got new spanish books this week to replace the old ones basically the same stuff, just expanded and a little more effecient. I know it's a nerdy thing to be excited about, but when that's all I do all day...