Hey Everyone! The MTC is pretty awesome! The food is okay, (unlimited) and we get to use the gym time four times a week. I’m getting along well with my companion and I’m trying to be the best District Leader I can be. Camp Helaman definitely helped with some of the decisions I have to make and how to resolve problems at a district level.
The Spirit is so strong here. Right when I stepped out of the car to leave my parents I felt it assure me that things would be okay. I was actually smiling. I went to go get my name tag, books, etc. and headed straight to my classroom where I unknowingly would spend an average of 6 hours a day for the following six weeks! When I got there, the teacher wouldn’t speak one word of English! All Tagalog. They don’t teach us in English, just Tagalog. Sometimes it’s incredibly difficult, but most of the time they make it possible to understand and I know the Spirit has something to do with that too.
The district I am in is amazing. We love to sing and we do our best to make the classroom a place where we can be taught by the Spirit. We may be asked to do a musical number in sacrament meeting sometime soon. We’re becoming close friends and it’s neat to see the growth in each of the members of the district as my time at the MTC goes on. There is growth both spiritual and in the language. Some of us are doubting ourselves but I’ve learned that confidence has a huge influence on how a lesson goes or how well a person can speak the language. I’m trying to be confident in my knowledge of the language. It’s hard to keep up, but I’m trying.
Neil L. Anderson came to speak to the MTC on Tuesday night! It was so amazing to be in the presence of an apostle. As he entered we all stood and the Spirit was really strong. He talked to us about loving those who we serve and the influence that we can bring to the people we serve. It was amazing. It helped me refocus and recommit myself to this mission.
Even though this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, it’s also the most rewarding. I can tell that blessings are being given to my family, friends, the district, and myself. I can feel the presence of the Spirit, and I have been strengthened in my testimony.
If there is one thing I could suggest to you, it’s to make your scripture study meaningful. Study with a purpose and with a question. Look for answers and stop after a few scriptures and try to apply them to your life. It will help you progress and learn.
The following is some of what I have learned to say in Tagalog (sorry if it’s a little off):
Alam ko po na totoo po ang Aklat ni Mormon. Alam ko po na buhay si Jesucristo at Diyos. Alam ko po na mahalaga po ang ebanghelyo at Espiritu Santo. Alam ko po na Tagapagligtas po si Jesucristo. Sa pangalan ni Jesucristo, Amen.