Monday, January 27, 2014

First real letter from the MTC

Dear Mom and Dad,
So I will start off by saying that the news was that my Companion and I are Zone Leaders, so a pretty cool leadership position. I am happy because I love being a leader.

He had to take a break from writing but then continued with:

Alright, so I am going to try to tell you as much as I can, but my memory is limited.
First day, Stepping out of the car telling you goodbye, it was sad :( when walking up all the missionaries exclaiming "Welcome to the MTC elder!" I t got really annoying because it continued throughout the day because of the "dork dot" (The orange sticker they place on your name tag to tell everyone that it is your first day). Every leader was confused by me not being set apart, but they figured out what I needed to do, and that was to be set apart by the MTC President the next day (Thursday). I got a lot of classroom material, missionary handbook, and other stuff. Went to the residence hall and dropped off my stuff and straight ways toward the Classroom. I was the last one in and got to meet my Companion Elder Simbeck, who straight away was very nice to me, I could tell it was going to be easy to love this fellow missionary. So everyone in my district except for Elder Turknett and I wear glasses, and everyone besides Elder Turknett are all scrawny. So we are kinda of all nerds... lol, but anyways, everyone in my District is also going to Ogden Mission. So it is a pretty big chance that we will be companions out in the field in the future, which is super awesome! Also, I forgot to tell you about feeling sick when entering. That morning I Prayed that I would feel well enough to enter into the MTC and it would not affect my studies. I didn't really feel better until I took an act on my faith and entered into the MTC anyways, almost an hour later, I felt hungry (my appetite was back!!), and my stomach didn't feel so gross, and even though all my symptoms weren't gone, they didn't effect my studies. In our welcoming meeting with all new Missionaries, both Elders and Sisters, we had the Ambassador of the Czech Republic speak to us and exclaim what a wonderful culture we are. That was pretty cool :). Something else in that meeting was told to us is that the MTC now has a percentage of 40% Sisters and 60% Elders. They never expected that the MTC would reach more than 10% Sisters. I am sure it will soon surpass the Elders! That would be crazy!

Okay, so I am not going to be able to put in much detail as I want, because I have limited time. Also on the first day we got tto go do TRC which where a group of missionaries got to teach a single "investigator" (Role playing) but it was really cool, even though it was fake, the spirit was so real and soo strong.

Day 2. I really don't remember much about this day but in my journal I exclaim how tiring it was, we had 6 hours of classroom time in sessions of 3 hours. We also got a lot of personal study time, and at that point, I really didn't know what to study. OH! I got set apart that day and my entire district was able to stand in as the MTC President set me apart. It was super cool. The MTC Presisident is very friendly, I told him that I will have strict obedience to the rules, so he doesn't need to worry about me. After that he just smiled at me and shook my hand and said, "Thank you Elder".

Day 3. My district was able to meet with the branch presidency.  They were able to give us an Orientation and some spiritual thoughts. Meanwhile the Branch president was taking us out one by one to interview us for callings. Afterwards is when we received our callings.

So I am really out of time in 4 minutes. Not enough time! I would really appreciate if I didn't receive many emails, me instead. I can read those at any time and it won't take up my time when I can email back home.

I am working on having Charity. It is the one thing that I really really want to have.
I love you all and I miss you all.

Elder Wrathall


Friday, January 24, 2014

First email from the MTC!

Was surprised to get an email so quickly from Dallin!  It was good to know that he was alive since he wasn't feeling the best when he went into the Mission Training Center. But there was no way he was going to wait to go into the MTC.  He was excited to go.

So I am not supposed to give you a lengthy email this time around. Just to let you know I am alive.
So I am alive! I have some pretty cool news to tell you, but you will have to wait. I have already sent a letter home, so you should get that shortly :)
Love you Mom and Dad!
Elder Wrathall