Here is our first glance of Elder K's experience...He is only in the MTC until Tuesday, so I will be posting his Cali mailing address soon. If you would like, you can use the site, Dear Elder that Nathan mentions below.
No mission field pictures yet-not sure if we will have any for a while until Elder Kristensen figures out the system there.
alright here it is mom my first Email home. I just have to start off by
saying my companion has gotten like a bazillion of dear elders..... send
some more ;) and yes i got your delcious cinnamon buns and yes my entire
ZONE ate hem faster than i could get just one. dear elder is legit so use it
as much as possible for sure.
alright ill give a quick run down of my week and how it went.:
when i got here it was a little bit confusing and awkward because i got
stuck with international kids so i couldnt understand anyone except this
elder from new zealand. total bro though. i slept in a temporary room and it
was totally awkward. the next day i finally was able to meet my companion
and take my dork dot off ( an orange sticker they put on your name tags).
that was definitely a feeling of moving up in the world. and i met my
companion. his name is Elder M and he is quite the guy. think about me
and how im like.....then think directly opposite of what im like and that
would be elder M including every pet peeve ive ever had. the Lord
definitely sent him to me as my first companion for a reason. Basically what
you do here is sit in a class for 9 hours a day, eat and sleep. the Days
literally feel like weeks up until your first sunday. thats when everything
becomes real and you enter into a routine. This place is sooooooo spiritual.
every time you enter into a building you can feel the spirit hit you like a
wall of righteousness . when kyle talked about feeling like angels literally
walked the halls of the MtC.... He wasnt kidding.
Seriously ive learned more about the gospel in 7 days than i have in 18
years. Personal revelation is real and i can bare witness to that.
my zone is awesome except we just said good bye to our old zone leaders who
were soooooo cool . Elder K from tonga was soo sick. hes serving in
i think its more important to focus on what im learning rather than what im
doing. okay first biggest thing thats hit me was that we watched a video of
a devotional by David A Bednar called "the character of Christ." EVERYONE
MORMON OR NOT HAS TO SEE THIS VIDEO. it is literally life changing. its
about turning outward like christ does and avoiding the natural man turning
inwards. he gave the example of how after Christ for all of our sins and
left the garden, he saw the ear of the guard which had been chopped off by
one of the apostles. Christ went and he fixed the ear of that guard. i dont
know about you but if i just bled from every pore i would not be thinking
about a little minor wound of someone else. thats the Character of christ
which is being selfless. seriously watch the devotional.
THERE IS TOOO MUCH TO WRITE WHOLLY .
i also want to share another quick experience with you that i had regarding
the holy spirit. Yesterday we listened to talk by Bishop Davies, part of the
general authorities. that devotional was so powerful but what really
testified to me in that devotional was the music that played. during praise
to the man sang by the mtc choir i said quick prayer asking if i could have
some sort of reassurance of the lord in my life. at the most powerful part
of the hymn i was touched by the Lord. Literally i felt like our Father in
Heaven touched my soul. when Nephi describes being filled with the spirit
thats kind of how i felt. from head to toe i tingled and a rush of warmth
came with it, and lo and behold i started crying. ive never felt the spirit
so string. and thats all because i prayed .
another quick thing i learned about prayer is i should have been praying
ALOT more. praying is real and it works. you will see gods hand in your
daily life so much stronger if you "pray always." also in the bible
dictionary under prayer it mentions a few things. first being we need to
pray in the name of christ but also in the mind of christ. what does that
mean you ask? well let me tell through my own personal revelation which has
changed how i pray immensely. it means that if Jesus Christ were to pray to
heavenly father for us in our certain circumstance, what would Christ be
praying for us. and trustme the spirit will tell you what that is. the
second part of it says how praying isnt us trying to change Gods will for us
but rather securing for ourselves the blessing that God is already willing
to give us. to me thats so powerful. Our heavenly father is waiting there
with a bucket of infinite blesssing waiting to poor onto us as long as we
pray with whole hearted faith in him. HAVE FAITH FOOLS.
also next spiritual thing. its just a quote from a talk which says
"testimonies is not enough, we all must be converted to jesus christ"
we all need to work on being converted and not just have a testimony because
a testimony is not good enough.
I LOVE DOING THE LORDS WORK AND BEING A REPRESENTATIVE OF JESUS CHRIST.
elder muir and i are teaching two people right now. Tali and michael. tali
is real.... sort of. shes one of our techers. and michael.... no one knows
if hes real or not. but the mtc has had 7 baptisms in the last two months
becuase some none members have volunteeered to be taught by us .. so good
luck tooooooo me and my companion!
okay ive got to go soon so ill just say i love you all. soooo much. keep it