I bet your all wondering why you didnt get an email this morning. Well funny story I left the MTC today. Elder Waite had ACL surgery so we went with him to the hospital waited around for 3 hours and then got the prescription from his doctor to go pick up his medicine. It was weird being out of the MTC because those name tags really draw a lot of attention everyone was talking to us in the waiting room and outside on the sidewalk doesnt matter ha. That was nice though to start getting a feel for it. Plus we got a break from our normal routine. While I was out and about we went to the BYU health center for the drugs and I ran into Stephanie Turpin there ha I forgot to say that Brittany is going to Peru but i hope she probably nows by now anyway so yeah that was a surprise seeing someone I know while on a mission ha.
Speaking of people I know though I also met Elder and Sister Welty Laurel Tomins parents its was just by accident that we sat by them and I thought they looked familiar so I started talking to them and they said they served a mission in India so I asked them if they happend to know Logan Thompson who served there she said no but I know his parents west of Blackfoot where I grew up ha its just crazy who you meet. Also met one of Taite Polatis’ (kirks son) good friends from RIgby. From what he knew Taite is turning in his mission papers this week. To add on to that Taites sister Abby is going to Romania on a service mission or something. So see I do know things that go on outside of these walls ha. The one thing I dont know is if anything new has happened these past 3 days because there was no mail yesterday for holiday and we have been at the hospital all morning so I am hoping for a big stack I hope no one dissappointed me ha just kidding.
One more thing I think you might find ineresting is that this sunday was mission conference and they announce that there will be a new MTC mission president in January when Brittany comes in. I really like President Brown who is the president right now but I know that the new president who is President Nally will be good to. Sunday was a unique sunday on top of mission conference. For our usual sunday night devotional we instead watched president Monson’s 85th birthday celebration which was very fun and ineresting cause there was like Broadway music and stuff on it music I am not used to. The coolest thing about it though is that Steve Young hosted his birthday celebration also.
Other than that were just still waiting for flight plans to come in and find out when we leave everyones getting pretty anxious to leave and stuff. One goal me and Elder Spezia set during weekly planning was not to let our anxiety and stuff distract us though cause we still have a lot to learn and everyday is important here. I want to share some quotes that I wrote down in my planner this week. The first one is from my teacher Brother Langer he heard this in his religion class at school and shared it with us and now im sharing it with you “We learn from the word of god until we are able to learn by the word of god” I know that ca be interpreted so many different ways and to be honest I dont even know what it really means but it can really get you thinking about gods plan for us and all principles of the gospel. The other quote I wrote down is actually something mom wrote me when she was telling about a talk she heard I cant even remember who it was by now or what but it says “Happiness is a by-product”. Being here in the MTC has really actually been pretty hard and stressfull but when I read that I realized im the only one that can change my attitude and stay postitive through whatever. Theres more to the quote but i didnt write that down. Anyway I just want you to know that through Heavenly Fathers plan we really can experience happiness and I believe that and am very thankful for that and how much he shows he loves each of us by the many blessings he gives us.
I love you all,
Kumusta po lahat tao,
Hey everyone so before I forget everyone that receives this email if you would like reply back to me so i have your email and then I can send it straight to you if you would like or check the blog that Alanna has set up for me. So how is everthing going there thanks for all of your letters and packages. Everything is great here were still hard at work on the language. I have been buying flash cards from the bookstore to memorize vocab. So I have all these sets of flash cards on rings now and so I got this giant three inch ring to stick all my cards on it is really cool to hold it up and see all the words I know in Tagalog now and see my progress. My big thing with the language im gunna start doing more of is grammar I need to get better at that and verb conjugations but other than that its coming right along and I am hoping for a big jump when I finally get to the Philippines. Speaking of going to and from the Philippines next week is a pretty big week theres a district leaving for the Philippines on monday and then wednesday 70 new missionaries are showing up between the two zones headed for the phillys here at the MTC thats about 6 Districts maybe 5. Which is gunna be crazy because right now its some what tight theres a few empty classrooms but with 5 districts we will be jammed. Also along those lines me and Elder Spezia still dont have any roommates theres two empty beds so were trying to figure out if we will get new ones tomarrow when the new batch comes in or if they will wait and give us some Tagalog speakers the next week. The craziest thing is that after all this we will be the oldest of farthest along in our missions between all the Tagalogs. Sorry im trying to make this sound comprehendible but its kinda hard to understand unless you realize how the MTC works.
So right now we have two teachers Bro. Langer and Bro. Ward one teaches us in the morning and one at night I have learned so much from Brother Ward hes really good at teaching which is the sad part because since all these new districts are coming in he wont be teaching us anymore he will start up with a new district. The cool part is Sister Watkins is gunna be replacing him and she went to the San Pablo and barely got back like 3 months ago shes so excited for me and elder Spezia and sister hadley cause were going to the same mission as her and she tells us all about our mission president and stuff. Theres really no way to describe sister watkins she is so full of energy and literally bounces off walls ha so maybe it will be good to get more energy flow in the room. Just in case you were curious pretty much the rest of the people in our district are all headed for the Quezon City North mission. Including Elder Waite who by the way we talked about him maybe having family in North Platte he wasnt positive but he wrote home and is waiting for a reply so I will let you know on that.
The Temple was really great this morning the provo temple is really unique at least I think so I havent been in a whole lot of temples to compare it but its a really good experience. I wish I could send you all some pictures of things but just as of a few months ago the MTC stopped developing pictures for missionaries and they locked up the computers so you cant send them over email either but thats ok two more years and I will show all of them to you.
For a very cool note last Tuesday we had Brother David Evans from the quorum of the seventy speak last week to us it was a great experience as have been all the speakers we have had here, they really speak with strong authority and are able to relay very spiritual messages that can really activate spiritual revelation. I am grateful for the spirit I am able to feel from the MTC its very unique and comforting to know that all these buildings and this ground is dedicated to studying, learning, and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. One thing I feel I have taken for granted is the power of the priesthood I have been given. Through my experiences here I have realized what great power and blessing it is in our lives I am excited for every chance I have in being able to use it and the way it makes me feel. I know it is the true power and authority of god that I am able to act in his name. I am striving to use it to the fullest extent to serve the people in the Philippines. I am grateful for my decision to be here right now on a mission. Its been what 5 weeks and I still lay in bed at night stunned at the thought that I have a name tag now with Jesus Christs name on it and its through him that I have learned so much about the gospel and picked up on the languange.
P.S. I just glimpsed through and realized how horrible this sounds and all the misspellings try to get the best from it. But I am out of time and cant proofread it magandang araw