So I thought I would be writing this from the country of Spain, but, due to my stomach problems and losing a lot of weight the doctors were very hesitant to send me halfway around the world. They kept me here just for precautionary reasons. At first I was very dissappoitned and a little upset but now I have come to terms with the decision and I am ok with it. I am in the best of hands here at the MTC and the brethren prayed and thought a lot about this decision. So I am staying in Provo, probably for the duration of my training. But we will see. Being able to stay has let me stay with my district and my companion who hasn’t received his visa yet. I love all these elders so much, so that was a huge positive in staying. Sadly elder Schwartz left us. I hope he is doing alright. So if anyone chooses to write/write me back I will be in the Provo MTC for a while!!
Not too much happened in the MTC this week, just another week of training. The Spanish can be frustrating at times and it is hard not to want to learn it all in one day but I have come so far from when I first got here. The worst is when we are teaching our investigators and I want to say something so bad but I can’t think of what to say! But it is amazing how the spirit can help you. Even though this is all practice, you can still feel the spirit so strong. I have learned that I don’t teach anything, the spirit does. I am just an instrument in the Lords hands. So the stronger my relationship with him, the more easily the spirit can guide me.
My favorite spiritual moment this week; If you can't recall, when I passed the sacrament to the Quorum of the 12, the missionary choir sang “Consider the Lilies.” Every Tuesday we have a devotional here in the MTC and this week my district and I had the opportunity to sing in it, and guess what song we sang, yep “Consider the Lilies.” I feel like I have a special connection with the Lord when I sing that song, I feel the spirit so much. I could barely hold myself together when we were rehearsing. Ha, I am such a cry baby now. But I love that song. I love how strong the spirit is through music. I wrote down the words in my journal after and just read them over and over again. I can't wait to strengthen my relationship everyday and be closer with the Lord.
So one funny story really quick; there are these two elders, Elder Waite and Elder Vincent. Their companionship makes me laugh so much. Elder Waite is the most serious, hard working, clean, neat organized elder here. Elder Vincent on the other hand is this kid from Brigham City. He sweats a lot and is very loud and forgetful, and his favorite line is "Da Gum!!!" like Mater says from the movie “Cars” ha ha. Anyway one day we are all studying and it is dead silent in the room and all of the sudden Elder Vincent says " uh oh, code red!" and sprints out of the room. We all sat there in shock and were really confused. He had gotten halfway down the hall and remembered his companion who was still sitting in the room in disbelief. He comes running back jumping up and down in the doorway saying "I’m serious I got to go!" then sprints to the bathroom. Elder Waite said he came out smiling 10 minutes later. It was really funny. So whenever someone is having a problem we say code red. Oh and yesterday he forgot where his laundry was... so we searched 200 dryers for it. it was funny. I love these two.
I just want all of you to know that the mission is so hard, but I am already reaping rewards from it and I know my family is being blessed. In 2 Nephi chapter 31, it outlines our purpose as missionaries and our purpose in life. It is an amazing chapter; I encourage you all to read it. I wanted to mark every single scripture. I am already itching to get to the field to start teaching, sometimes we get jealous of the English missionaries who are here for two weeks. But I know this is my calling and I know there are people in Spain waiting for me. I just know it. I can’t wait to get there and see my mission president and go to work. That man is a called brother from heaven and I KNOW he will be the best mission president any missionary can ask for. I can’t wait to see him and his wife when I get to Barcelona. I know the Lord is right by my side, every step of the way. All I have to do is my best and that is exactly what I am doing.