Wow it’s been a crazy week! So much happened but I only have so much time to write about the most important things. First off though, I want to thank everyone who has sent me emails. It’s so amazing to be able to open up my emails on Friday and see all this support from home and I love. For those of you who have been asking, I can only check my emails on Friday, and I have about an hour to read and write, but its ok. I’ve gotten a lot of questions too, and as much as I would like to answer all of them, I think I’ll stick to the most common.
-Yes, I am doing well. The MTC is great. They keep me busy every hour of the day, but we find a way to make the most use of our time and really enjoy it. For example, during our break periods, me and a couple other Elders in our district made a missionary parody for the theme song to Phineas and Ferb. But of course, we are also working hard. Elder Sproul and I have been teaching 2 investigators here in the MTC and they are progressing pretty well. One’s named Harper and the other is named Andrew. Harper I think is already a member and she comes in to the MTC pretending to be an investigator so that we can simulate a real live lesson. She’s really good at what she does, and so its feels real whenever we teach her. Andrew is a real investigator who recently moved to Utah. It being Mormon central and because he doesn’t have much of a religious background, he wanted to learn more about the culture and what we are about. It’s been awesome seeing him come closer to Christ and begin to pray regularly in his life.
-Yes, I am eating well (don’t worry Mom). They feed me very well here in the MTC. I haven’t missed Vietnamese food yet, but it’s only a matter of time. One day they served Chik-Fil-A in the cafeteria and it was heavenly! Also, I found where they stash the Cookies and Cream milk, so that will be my sustenance for the next little while.
-The language is also coming along. Since I’m in the fast-track program, all the lessons are taught in English, so I have to learn Vietnamese in my own time, but it’s been working well. I’ve been looking through my language books, memorizing vocab, and reading church pamphlets in Vietnamese to practice.
Now for the big things that have gone on this week. We had a devotional on Tuesday and we got to listen to Elder Neil L. Anderson speak to us about effective missionary work. I heard his personal witness of the divinity of our Savior, and that He lives, and it was powerful testimony. The Sunday before that was really tiring, but I think it was the most rewarding day of the entire week. I joined the missionary choir and we sang the version of Praise to the Man originally sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. When you’re singing in a choir made up of 1500 missionaries, there is an almost palpable power that you can feel. God was there when we performed that night. At the very end of that Sunday, I was ready to go to bed, but we still had an hour left meant for watching videos. Elder Sproul and I decided to go watch a video of a talk given by Elder David A. Bednar called “Character of Christ”. And WOW! This was arguably the greatest talk I have ever heard. I won’t explain it in this email because I encourage each and every one of you back at home to look it up online and listen to it. It’s a little long (about an hour I think), but it was incredible. I promise that if you take an hour out of your day to listen to it, it will be a blessing.
It’s been a joy to write to you and I look forward to next week. Now we have to go take care of a week and a half’s worth of personal laundry. Thank goodness because I’ve been running out of clothes.
Love you all,