Average Food, Great Times, and Best Friends. (Week 1)

Hello all!

Week one is done, and only 103 more to go. I say this not out of sadness because there is so much time left but because the first week has flown by! As you are in the MTC (Missionary Training Center) you get assigned a district (aka group) that have 12 missionaries in it. The majority of them are going to different missions and one is going to my mission. In the picture below in front the the Provo Temple.
The missionary going my mission is Elder Kelly and he is my companion till August 1 when we leave the MTC. A companion is a person you are assigned to work with and be with for literally every second of the day. He is like a roommate that you do everything with. My companion.  is about 5′ 6″ and blonde and sounded like a hillbilly from the mountains of West Jordan, he even has a missing tooth and accent to match. He is also pictured below. After meeting him he had the biggest smile I think I have ever seen! The smile hasn’t stopped and its actually like a disease to our district because he makes everyone laugh and smile each time he opens his mouth. As a teaching companion he is just great because he focuses us on the maximum we can help people we meet.. He is great at sensing the spiritual purpose as a missionary. He is also so grateful so everything we come across. For the terrible food at the MTC (it is not as good as everyone said it would be). For being stuck with me 24/7. For wearing suits and ties everyday. Everything. He is a spiritual example to me and has a lot of pure joy and charity I hope to gain for myself!
The spiritual growth I have gained in the first week alone is just mind blowing. We all wake up at 6:30 am and go to bed at 10:30 pm and every hour in between is spent studying the Bible, Book of Mormon and training materials. We have a lot of fun doing it as a district and thanks to Elder Kelly’s humor, it seems much less of a workload than what it is. Speaking English is a huge blessing. We will be able to casually converse with people we meet rather than blasting in their face that we have a message to share about Jesus Christ that will invite you to gain for yourself (which is the purpose of a missionary).
Elder Bednar came to the MTC on Sunday for our devotional. Elder Bednar is a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles for the Mormon Church. He is so humble and insanely funny. He shared a message of turning your thoughts and actions outward rather than inward. In addition, he opened a ‘question and answer’ to all 2,400 missionaries and spent a hour and half talking to us!
I mentioned a purpose of a missionary last email but just wanted to express how true it is. These missions that so many Mormons serve is to extend genuine invitations for people to come to know their God personally. As missionaries, we don’t have a checklist we try to rush through when talking to people. We rather try to connect with them and show them we actually care about them and their religious pursuit. It is a cool experience to focus on others before yourself in a world that teaches you to do the opposite. Focuses on others is what Jesus Christ did from birth to death and after His resurrection. He never had a self-centered moment or thought but attempted to help as many people as he could.
God is so full of love and the evidence is all around us. Jesus Christ is His Son who provides a way back to Him. Through following Christ we can have immense amounts of happiness in our daily life as well as long term life. Commit yourself to Him today and strive to do your best in the eyes of God! If you do your best, He will recognize that and bless you beyond expectations!
Talk to ya’ll next week!

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