Monday, September 7, 2015

Almost There 9/5/15

Hey everyone ,well just 2 more days for me.  I leave here Monday at 3:30 in the morning. I fly to Atlanta, Georgia first and get there about 12:30-1:00 and then we fly to Nashville.  I cant wait!  This last week was great.  We taught Bill some more and asked him to be baptized and he said he would, but he is having trouble understanding the Word of Wisdom.  Unfortunately, we don't get to teach him anymore.

My teachers are great and have taught me a lot.  We were able to do something called TRC.  It's where we get assigned to teach two investigators that could be LDS or an actual investigator.  Apparently, people have been baptized from the MTC.  Elder Olsen and I got Barbra and Nicole.  Barbara is a talker and it took us about 15 minutes out of 25 to teach her a little about the plan of salvation.  After that one, our other three were great.  We asked her to go to church on Sunday for our last lesson and she said yes.  Nicole has a lot of questions that we are hopefully able to answer.  Our last lesson with her is today and we asked her to read the Book of Mormon last time, so we will see how that went. 

Sunday was awesome because at the end of the day, for like an hour after the devotional, we went to watch a film.  The film we watched was a devotional given by David A. Bednar to the Missionaries a few years ago.  It was called Character of Christ.  It was an awesome talk.  It was about putting off the natural man.  He told a story when he was a Stake President about a woman who called him one day and told him that there had been a horrible accident.  She told him that he needed to go to the hospital and identify the three girls that were probably in their stake.  While talking to him, she had another phone on her other ear and she was talking to a nurse.  The nurse told her that one of the girls had been killed.  The Stake President heard on the other phone as the nurse told the lady that it was her daughter who had been killed.  She was a single mom and that was her only child.  Without hesitation, she told Elder Bednar that they needed to contact the other 2 mothers and let them know.  Later that week, she told Elder Bednar to come and see her daughter in the casket because it would be a closed casket and she didnt want the last image he had of her be the disfigured, gross looking girl he saw in the hospital.  Then on the day of the funeral, a woman had called this lady because she was the Relief Society president and complained to her that their family was sick and that no one was bringing them any food.  So on her way to the funeral, she dropped off some food to this woman.  This lady showed a lot of Christ-like characteristics!  That talk was very inspiring.

The last thing that happened this week is that we got to have Elder Dallin H. Oaks come and talk to us about how to be a better missionary.  It was cool.  He just said to teach people, not lessons. Well the MTC has been good and I cant' wait to go out and do it all for real.  I will let you all know how it is in a week or so. Until next time.

It's official - I got the nametag

MTC Teacher
MTC District

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