A few of his words:
The MTC is such a holy place and I can feel the spirit everywhere.
Christmas was fantastic here. We had Russell M. Nelson come speak and we watched a Christmas Carol on Christmas Eve and then I decided to join the choir! I got to sing with them for the Christmas Devotional.
Most of all the MTC is a humbling experience. I have come to completely rely on the Lord and come to Christ.
The MTC is just straight spiritual uplifting, but it is the hardest thing I have ever done. I have never been more pushed to my limit and challenged and tested then this last week (which has felt like a month, no joke time is very very slow here). A mission is not for the weak of heart. I have struggled but when I do I have to stop looking to myself and hand myself over to the Lord.
When I feel closer to my family the closer I feel to Christ. I cant even explain how much closer I felt I have come to Christ. I feel like I really know him now and that he truly knows me. It is a feeling that is indescribable.
By the way the saying ''forget yourself and go to work'' has been my driving force here.
Spanish has been getting better and better. the less I worry about it the better I get at it. I have no idea how you learned japanese dad, so much respect. I think there is a misconception that in the MTC the languages come quickly, easily and the gift of tongues flow. I believe in the gift of tongues but I think that it requires a ton a ton of work first and also a lot of struggling also they work you harder here then anywhere else, even college! My vocabulary is increasing by leaps and bounds every day however if I ever had to speak in spanish about anything other then the gospel I could come up with 3 sentences.
I have come to the realization that I am at the beginning of something big, we had 1000 new missionaries this week and it is suppose to say that way for the known future! Before the average was 300 a week and our week was 700. The Lords work is moving forward and its at a dead sprint right now.
The MTC is an amazing place and a mission is something that can not be ever replicated in life. There is a reason that missions are required for young men. they shape us into men who are worthy of the priesthood, it shocks me that he allows young men of the age of 16 to have the priesthood wow he really trust me and see something in me that i dont sometimes.
His District in the MTC
Every day I learn more and more about the gospel, about Christ and about life. Nothing could prepare me better for life then a mission. So many things you learn about investigators and lessons and the gospel is so applicable to life. I love it, I just eat it up every day, I feel so at peace and happy in life, I have direction and purpose and meaning i love it, the gospel can really do that for you. I usually conquer with the simple saying, Forget Yourself and Go to Work.
So we have a devotional every Tuesday and Sunday and already we fill the whole auditorium and two chapels full of overflow. The administrator over the MTC spoke to us and said they this summer the number of missionaries is projected to be 8000.... there is 2500 right now which is more than ever before. I keep saying this but it’s true, the prophesies of missionary work going across the whole world is coming to pass, it’s just unbelieveable. We got a new district and half of it is sisters, half elders along with the one we got 2 weeks ago, there are so many sisters! I love it! Sister missionaries and the spirit they have is just unbelieveable they are so spiritual, it just solidified my testimony that sister missionaries are so important. Plus they have more a drive than any other missionaries because they want to be there with absolutely everything in them. i can’t tell you about how much i love their spirit! They have the ability to touch people that us elders can’t even come close to! 815 new missionaries came last week and this week was 750, it is sooo cool. Sure the lines at meals are pretty long but esta bien.
Entonces mi espanol esta mejorando. I really am not worrying about it that much and I know with God I can get it. I love my mission and this has been such a cool experience here
I wanted to share a quote from Brigham Young that says, "Do you think that people will obey the truth because it’s true, unless they love it? No, they will not. Thus knowing gospel truths and doctrines is profoundly important, but we must also come to love them." This just hit me so hit me soo hard and made me realize that before the mission i knew they were true but some parts i had not come to love yet and now i understand the difference. It all makes so much more sense when you learn to love it. soo good.
So I sing in the choir every week and every week it gets bigger and bigger! Now the choir is almost half and half! and there is over 800 members! wayyy bigger than the Mormon tabernacle choir. I am learning to sing which is awesome! not good but with 800 in the choir no one can tell the difference.
Elder Hunsaker, Elder Whitney, Elder Hawkes