Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Second week in the MTC

Yesterday was so awesome! For devotional we had Elder Russell M. Nelson! It was so cool! We sang "Called to Serve" for our opening hymn! It was so powerful and strong! There is nothing like singing "Called to Serve" with 2500 missionaries anxious to get out into the field! It was amazing to hear from an apostle of the Lord! He talked about the blessings of a being a missionary! I loved it! We were very grateful for such a wonderful surprise speaker!

This is now week 2 at the MTC! I feel like a Pro at being here! I know where everything is, how it all works and all! It feels like we have been here forever, yet again it feels like a feel like just yesterday I said bye to y'all! Everything here is so jam packed scheduled! Every minute of the day is planned out for us! We are the Pilot class! The only ones in the whole MTC! It truly is a privilege to be here. I know that the Lord needed me to be in the MTC at this time with these people! The Lord has chosen his Elect sons to be in this District with me. We all are best friends and get along great! The Lord knew that we would do our best in this pilot program! We try new things all the time that other missionaries haven't even done! It is crazy! The other day Elder Fugua (My companion) and I were contacting other missionaries in Spanish, we can bear a simple testimony, carry on a decent convo and say prayers and all in Spanish! We are learning so quickly! The other day some missionaries that have been here for 7 weeks talked to Elder Fugua and I and told us of this new technique they learned how to teach the 1st discussion in under 3 minutes! We acted excited and all, but then Elder Fugua and I were like we've been here for 10 days and we learned that yesterday! Its insane, we're learning things that Elders usually do in 7 weeks!!

The Napkin poetry is a big hit here! We have almost 10 Elders in our Club! About 2-3 nights a week we have poetry reading in my dorm before bed time! It is so fun! we turn the lights down low and everyone Snaps to the beat! I love the Elders here! We are all very anxious to get out and preach! I love it here in the MTC but I need some air!!!! We love going to the Temple on P-days cuz we get out of the MTC and go for a little walk! We are seriously in a little bubble! The other day Elder Tag and Elder Smith were allowed to go onto BYU Campus to get a prescription for Elder Tag! they walked over there and were only gone for like 30 min. but we were all like "Tell us how its going out there!! How is everything, how d other people look!" We are all in this bubble! But I love it here! Elder Fuqua and I get along good. We don't fight, everything is fun! We don't have much in common, he's kind of into sports and knows a lot about all the teams and stats and stuff! He reminds me a lot of Luke! He thinks I'm kind of weird cuz I tell him about my mopeds and my Poetry readings and Stuff!

The food here is awesome! It's like a personally cooked meal for me every night! It amazing! I did my 1st load of laundry last week and my clothes still fit and they are still the same colors as when I put them in! We have a lot of time to personally study! We are in class for about 13 hours a day! about 3 of those hours are for language/personal/companion study! We study what we feel will best improve our teaching and help with our investigators we teach! We have to teach in Spanish! We were teaching someone in 3 days sense we've been here in Spanish, Other missionaries don't even teach in English for about 1 week and Spanish in 2 weeks!

The Spirit is so strong here! It is always guiding you what to study, how to study, it helps you learn! The Holy Ghost has so many different ways that it can help you! I love the companionship of the Holy Ghost! We learn so much by the spirit! If we ever have a doctrinal question, our teacher will help us for a little and then will say " Ask Heavenly Father to help you find out for yourself" So we do and then we know what we need! It is so awesome!! Everything we do here is to invite others to come to Christ!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary for my Savior Jesus Christ! It is such a wonderfully great opportunity to be where I am with who I am with! None of us take this calling lightly! We have had many spiritual discussions in our district about the hand of God! It is so great to talk about these things with people my own age! We have came up with a little theory kind of! Our saying is "If you're not happy, you're not living the gospel!" The gospel is the light of Christ and will only bring joy into people’s life! Everything that is good comes of Christ! his gospel is good, therefore you should only be happy when living the Gospel!

I will try to send pictures soon! I have to mail them to you! We're not allowed to email them to people! Mom/Dad if you could mail me a sweater, that would be much appreciated and if you could also send me my poetry book! Its in one of my bins!

Thank you all that have been sending me DEARELDER Letters! I love getting those! They are the best! I really feel loved when I get those! I Love and miss you All!!! I think and Pray about you every night! I look forward to your letters.

Elder Hammer

P.S. Can you send Eric McGill’s address?? I need to write him and also our cousin Aubrey’s address too! She mailed me some cookies and I need to thank her!!

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