Wednesday, June 29, 2011

29 June 2011 Letter (MTC)

Well, this week´s update is much shorter than last week´s, due to it no longer being my first week here, and only having to talk about Saturday through today.

Saturday, 25 June 2011
Today we received a new investigator, Gyula.  He is from Northeast Hungary.  He's in his 50's and has 5 children (2 sons and 3 daughters).  He lives here in Utah with his wife, while his five kids live in various cities back in Hungary.  He also works in a factory, reads the Bible, and prays regularly.

Sunday, 26 June 2011
Today was our second Sunday here.  We took a few light-saber pictures this morning, and then a lot more pictures on our temple walk this afternoon (it was sunny this time =D).  We had a combined priesthood and a combined sacrament meeting.  I've learned that they really like to use the same songs over and over here at the MTC, as we've sung "I Believe in Christ" and "Did You Think to Pray" three meetings in a row and "Called to Serve" in nearly every gathering!  The fireside tonight was very lively and entertaining.  The speaker was Stephen B Allen, who involved the audience throughout the entire devotional, as he talked of Satan pushing our buttons, being unafraid of repentance, and how little we've really given up to be here on our missions.  There was also a beautiful quartet sung by 4 Elders in harmony that ended up actually singing twice, with the rest of us humming along the second time.  The Priesthood combined meeting was given by Roger Conners who spoke of the gift of prayer and "Having our own 'Sacred Grove' every morning."  Lastly, we watched "The Testaments", a movie I've been wanting to see for some time now, and one that has been, and continues to be, one of my favorite church movies.

Monday 27 June 2011
We got another new investigator today: Andi.  She's 27, single, and knows a little about the church because she's been taking English lessons from the missionaries.  She wants to become a Biology major, and currently works at the zoo.  We only had 15 minutes to talk to her today, so we introduced ourselves, and gave/introduced her to the Book of Mormon.  We also had a 40 minute lesson with Gyula today.  He had a bunch of questions from reading the introduction, (which we asked him to commit to reading the previous lesson), and we were able to answer most of them.  I felt like that lesson went very well, that we definitely had the Spirit, and that it was by far the best in language and communication.  I think I finally caught up to Elder Swett in how often we speak during the lesson.  That part only added to the joy.  Also, on a side note, the second half of the cafeteria, and the gym, are both open to missionaries again.

Tuesday 28 June 2011
Today I received a letter from Heather that contained an uncommon, yet good scripture: 2 Peter 1:4-8.  Also, we had another devotional tonight, given by Elder William R Walker of the Seventy.  He spoke of the "Ten Keys to Being a Successful Missionary".

That's about it for this email.  Looks like I managed to include everything in this week's email (with three minutes to spare!) =D

Talk to you all next week!  

-Shipp Elder

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