We got our flight plans our plane flies out from Salt Lake at 8:30 pm and then we go to Los Angeles and transfer then from there we go to Hong Kong and from there Manila and then I heard its like a 5 hour drive to San Pablo from there so I will practically be on a plane for a day and a half ha. So I bought a calling card so I guess I will call sometime in there when I have time im not sure when or where just Monday night. Its getting pretty crazy and hard to concentrate on learning the language Brother Langer just taught us our last grammar concept last night and it flew right over my head like all the concepts though I have just needed to study them out a lot to get them. So I dont know how clear my letter was last week about Elder WAITE getting ACL surgery it wasnt elder Spezia my companion but another elder in the district he is gunna be here at the MTC for another six weeks or so probably but hes recovering quickly.
We hosted the new missionaries last week and I actually did see TJ Mathews but I havent seen him since I also saw Cole Farmer come in that day today. We host again tomorrow so maybe I will see more people I know. Our roommates that we got a few weeks ago are actually going to Indonesia so its fun having another group of people we know outside of our district. I cant even think of whats been going on here because its all been going by so fast that I feel like our same old schedule over and over again since we last talked.
I do have a new goal the before I leave the MTC I want to break 150 pounds. After gaining about ten pounds I kinda slowed down on eating a whole bunch of deserts and junk food for meals. I do eat a bunch of candy though cause at night we just go back to our rooms write in our journals and have bags full of candy but I figured while im here I might as well throw on those few more pounds and hit 150 before I go get sick in the Phillippines.
So we went to the temple this morning for my last time until I am able to go to the Manila temple at the end of my mission. That was just crazy to think about while I was in there.
The other day me and elder spezia and some other kids were doing our personal study on the grass somewhat close to the gate and I watched the cars drive by with the BYU flags in the window and throughout the afternoon you could hear the band and the crowd cheering ha we always ask the teachers how the game went also theres a lot of missionaries I have found that went to Utah State so I heard about there game beating the U of U and from Nicoles letter telling me. Once we get to the Philippines it seems like all that will be behind and it wont be happening all around us it seems.
Thanks for all the packages I got from everyone here I liked all the stuff. That tie is also very cool I got a lot of compliments on it Elder Spezia had one similar to it same design just different color scheme so we wore them both on sunday I got some picture and they just put card readers in the computers at the Laundry room so if I am able to get a computer down there I will send some pictures but the laundry is always so busy so I dont know If I will be able to.
This coming Sunday me and Elder Spezia are teaching a lesson in District meeting for our second time its on the Book of Mormon so were pretty excited cause theres a lot of ways to go with that. Last time we taught on Faith in Jesus Christ and that went good so we are just building upon that. We really enjoy opportunities to teach in English because we are able to just focus on doctorine and not get frustrated with the language while we teach. Im also excited because I will be able to share some parts of the Book of Mormon I have read through while being here. One of my favorites I dont know if I mentioned this in a previous email is Enos. Because its only one chapter it has given me a lot of time to think about it and what kind of a man Enos was his background what his feelings were to have such a strong change of heart and that much faith to be able to be cleansed. While I was studying yesterday I was thinking about faith and reading scriptures and trying to figure out how to gain it and how to use it and I concluded with this “We must excercise faith in order to gain faith” Sometimes its hard to just have complete trust and rely on Heavenly Father but the more we try and work toward that the more he will bless us in our testimony. I really hope I can put these messages into the Tagalog language and teach people about gods plan for us and how to find true happiness. Its really hard to visualize that in about a week from now I will be walking around a jungle like that speaking this language but im just going to continue to rely on the lord and do everything I can do and I have faith that it will be enough.
Love you all
Here is the blog that Nathan referenced in his email http://elderkylespezia.blogspot.com and the pictures from Elder Spezia (Nathans companion)!!!
Man It seems like I just barely wrote an email like 2 days ago times really speeding up it especially goes a lot faster when your not counting at first some of the missionaries were counting days and writing on the chalk board but now that they are all tired of that and busy doing other things I have lost track of the weeks days everything except day of the week i really dont know how long I have been here and im not gunna stop to figure it out either cause that will slow it back down. Well I heard the big new about Brittany going to Lima, Peru east mission I dont know if you remember me telling you about our roommate when we first got here but he went to the Lima south mission I think he said theres five but im sure all of you already know that and all about her mission. Also though I think I have a friend I met a while back at EFY in that mission possibly Im gunna do some checking but the district leader we have right now was good friends with him in high school. He said hes in Lima Peru east maybe so I will let you know on that. I have to admit just a little jealous that shes learning spanish now ha. Thats ok cause im starting to really like Tagalog now that im understanding it more it is a lot simpler of a language than I thought. If you compare a Tagalog book of mormon to Spanish bible the Tagalog book is still a touch bigger it just goes to show how long the words are in Tagalog but its because of the way verbs are conjugated and linkers are added I really am starting to like it. Well I heard you are done with grain harvest now thats cool and I bet everyone is relaxing before potatoes I miss potatoes they serve either rice or potatoes every meal I just came from a idaho potatoe farm and these potatoes dont come close to match. And I know that im gunna get plenty my share of rice the next to years but thats ok I never go hungry. So my teacher Bro. Langer is actually the head of the whole Tagalog department of teachers if that makes sense I think he has been here almost two years now. I really have developed a lot of respect for him though. He just started school back up again yesterday as a Linguistics major. This year he is taking Spanish classes and plans to be fluent by the end of the year and be tri-lingual. He starts classes at 8 o clock in the morning and doesnt stop until 2 o clock not even for lunch and then he literally runs to the MTC to either teach our class at 225 or have Coaching missionary study. He is a convert to the church and was baptized when he was 17 in Nevada. I just think about what a change he has made in his life to be doing all these things and hes super hard working.
One of my goals while I am here and on my mission is to become more hardworking and dedicated to things that are most important I have realized planning can be everything to start out our days in the mission field. At the end of the day if I can look back and say we executed our planning session to the T it makes me feel really good that we didnt waste time. So I know you would all like pictures from my end but like I said before they stopped developing pictures on campus here and theres no way to upload pictures on the email. But if you are really inerested my companion sent an SD card home to his parents who I think will upload his pictures onto his blog so see if you can find Elder Kyle Spezia’s blog and there might be a couple of me. Just so you know that I appreciate pictures in my letters ha. By the way speaking of getting stuff in the mail I got some temple names from Alanna yesterday and today I did temple work for James Monroe Light. That was really cool experience to know im helping out a direct relative and I have more names to do.
I almost forgot to tell you about Neil L. Anderson coming to speak to us last Tuesday it was amazing to have a general authority and its always a intense waiting to see who walks in the doors cause they dont say anything before hand. When he walked in instantly the whole MTC was on there feet in the middle of the song. He talked about the Ten things president Monson would tell us if he were there. Its amazing cause it was almost like he was giving the talk the President Monson had prepared I wish I had time to go through all ten things he told us about but I will some it up with the words from a talk that Nicole sent me actually “Find Joy In the Journey” President Monson is one of though happiest people I have ever seen and you can tell that its now just some fake camera smile hes putting on he is a truly happy person to be a servant of the lord. As am I. I never really realized how much joy I could receive from being on a mission having the spirit in my life I can tell is changing me. I really am starting to feel more love for my companion and those that I am able to help out. I met a missionary the other day who was meeting 5 new missionaries every day talking to the getting to know them telling them he loved them and then praying for them and there specific needs as one of his goals. It was incredible what he was doing and the charity he showed. I to have started making goals to help others out and let them know I care and try to love them as equally as Jesus does, I know im far from that though. Getting to know people is a really big part of missionary work though I have found its how you show your love is by showing them that you care about the same things they do. A excercise we did in class the other day was question, answer, and meet there needs or Tunung, Sugot, Tugon in Tagalog its a little more in depth to explain but its about showing them how the gospel relates to them specifically. The gospel is for every single person and can help them in specific areas. 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