We will be leaving the MTC in a couple of days, 44 hours to be exact! Today is the email day because when we get to California we won’t get to email till August 8th. A lot of details will come in that email about my new area and missionaries, fun experiences and rubbing in how nice the weather is (hopefully).
The MTC has been an insanely fun and spiritually beneficial experience. First to mention is the fun. Our district have become essentially best friends, I guess that happens when you are suck with a group of humans 24/7. We are able to make each hour of the day entertaining from basketball and sand volleyball to meal time to down time at the end of the night. Some of the most memorable experiences include the bag game (pictured below- where each person will bend over without using knees or hands, pick up the bag with their mouth and tear a large piece off. Object of the game is to get the final piece that is literally flat on the floor. Got to get entertainment where we can yah know?). Gym time where the competitive spirit of missionaries are able to be expressed. It is funny to watch reverent and respectful people attempt to turn into D-1 athletes for a hour of the day. I testify that basketball is the sport of the Lord as evident in the MTC gym… Hosting new missionaries where we get to help the new missionaries come into the MTC! We give a tour of the campus, find their district, get their learning materials and help them ease into the life of a missionary. We had over 550 missionaries report this last Wednesday which is small compared to the 750 reporting this week, but we will be gone by then!
Within the last 2 and 1/2 weeks I have grown my personal relationship with God and Christ than I thought would be possible! Being at the MTC allows you to be around thousands of missionaries about to go serve missions around the world. It is such a wide array of people in terms of ethnicity, backgrounds, interests but everyone has the same purpose, to spread the message of God’s love.
Being able to devote two years to this service is becoming more and more of a privilege than I had ever imagined! From the Book of Mormon Mosish 4:12 states, “And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness…”
The purpose of this life is obtain that never-ending state of happiness that can only come from devoting ourselves to following God. As we strive to keep the commandments we are able to obtain a special type of joy that will bring a life of comfort and peace. This joy can help overcome heartaches, trials, adversity of negative emotions or monetary struggle. The price of this goodness from God is free and simply requires our faith and action in Him.
I can testify of God’s love for all of us! God is not a far distant and foreign being. We are able to talk to Him daily. We are able to receive direction from Him daily. We can feel that love daily. I invite y’all to work on your daily commitment to building a relationship with God! As you do so, your life will have higher peaks and shallower valleys!
Till next time!
Elder Austin Morgan