District Leader ="Glorified Mailman"
Tuesday July 28th, 2015
I got a lot of questions from you all so I'll try and answer them. I received both yours and Kenzie’s mail. Mom and Grandma thank you for the package! My whole zone loved it. Everything is going well I'm loving the MTC! It's not always easy but its worth it. It's especially hard being a District Leader. I feel odd having all these people (11) looking to me for instruction half the time. I am really happy and feel joy every single day. Tomorrow marks the first week of my mission and it feels like I have been here for two. The food can be good or bad depending on the meal and time of day. But I eat a lot every meal, especially yesterday. I have six people in my room including myself. My companion, Elder Jimenez, who is pretty chill but isn't perfect haha, but then again who is. But I love him. Elder Watteyne, Elder Pedersen, Elder Chase, and Elder Nielsen. All six of us are going to Mozambique but only Elder Jimenez is in my district. All of them are from Utah or California. And about how I became DL.. It wasnt really the branch presidency as much as the people in my district. We all chose a person, individually, who we thought would be best for the job. And I guess that's me. We all joke that I'm pretty much a "Glorified Mailman". But besides getting mail I assign lessons for Sundays, make sure everyone is doing well, and everyone is focusing, which is not as easy as you think it might be.
I've made a lot of friends, mostly in our zone and a few really cool guys in our district. Life is pretty regimented in the MTC after Sunday. You wake up, prepare, study for 15 minutes, go to breakfast, go to class, go to lunch, got to class, go workout, go eat dinner, go to class, study, go to bed. each class is at least 3 hours. Ill let you know more about PDay (personal day) next week. Not as tired as I would have expected, but i can see why after 6-9 weeks people can get tired of the MTC. Portuguese! It's coming along well, not great, but good. So far I know how to pray, bear testimony, and give really terrible lessons to "investigators". But it's going good. I started the book of Mormon over and I am in Chapter 17 of 1 Nephi and started reading O Livro de Mormon. I'm only finishing Joseph Smith's Testimony. But Im gonna start 1 Nephi in Portuguese as well.
I don't have a bunch of time to respond so sorry for how little I am able to respond to your questions.
I pray for all of you, and love you guys!
This Church is true, Joseph Smith is a prophet, and Jesus Christ is our Savior. This is my testimony(not the whole thing) In Jesus Name, Amen.
In Portuguese... Este Igreja e verdadiero, Joseph Smith e um profeta, e Jesus Cristo e Nosso Salvador. Este e Meu testumunho. Em Nome de Jesus Cristo, Amem.
Love you all!