The MTC is so great! The first few days were confusing being called, and calling others, Elder so and so. But now its weird to hear Matt. Its really weird to call Caleb "Elder Clement." We see each other everyday.
I've learned sooooo so much. The spirit here is so strong that you can feel the consequence to each action, whether it be good and inviting, or bad and drawing it away (the spirit)! It's crazy how impactful it is.
My district is a group of all elders. which is rare. This happens only, like, every year, and I'm in that group..... probably for the better. We are all super smart and spiritual and its super cool. Four of us are Pittburghs and 4 Detriot... and no, Elder Clement is not in my mission.
Our zone is cool too! A zone is a few districts combined. The other district that has been here before us are so dumb. Haha. But i love them. The four of us that are going to Pittsburgh are: Elder Vu (elder fool), Elder Furness (FURBALL is what i call him), Elder Holdaway (my companion) and me. Elder Furness and Vu are so funny! Elder Vu reminds me so much of Daniel Dahlin. Just his little remarks he makes. And Furness.... there is no way to describe him... he is something out of movies. The things he says are so dumb that you have no other option than to just break out laughing!
Oh btw the food is horrible. I just read in my journal the first day the food is bomb.... but that's not the case. it sucks!
So on our first lesson we taught Ensley about love from our father in heaven and prayer. We taught it so well. It was like i had the gift of tongues. I remember after the lesson I was like... what did i just say? haha that was day 2
Day three- before we taught Ensley (which BTW is just my teacher doing role play but its still going off the spirit because its a real person that's her best friend). We all goofed around so the spirit was not there so the lesson didn't go as well. But I asked her to be baptized and she said yes. Then I said... "oh you will???" (which is not the correct thing to do) Then she totally backed out of it. so dumb of me but its ok.
We have this teacher, Brother Cena, and he's Italian. He's so like. slick and suave/ It's intimidating. But me and him think exactly alike! So that's good! He's a great teacher! I always learn so much from him! He was describing the spirit and he said its the same feeling you feel when your mother walks into the room... that made me miss mom real bad.
Everyday we have exercise so I go and play basketball and I am probably the best player at the MTC. Haha! It's so funny to see everyone's reaction because I'll just pull up from like 5 ft beyond the 3 and totally swoosh it, like, everytime. I don't know why, but I am making every 3 pointer I shoot while I'm here. Haha. I feel like Steph Curry.
Saturday was a day of laughter. I litterally laughed for like 3 hours straight... It was so funny. Elder Furness asked the Italian man if he knew his leathers really well because he was Italian and he said "let's not get distracted" and walked away. Soooo funny! So that's been a joke in the zone! In fact, everything he says is the zone joke!
That same day we ran up stairs and down and then Elder Furness was like, "I see stars" and held onto Elder Vu and Elder Vu pinched Elder Furness' shirt and lifted it off him.... so funny! Haha even our teacher was like crying.
Sunday was kinda lame here. Oh, but we go on temple walks and I saw Kaity Kelly at the temple! It was funny.
So they zone leaders came in and asked why everyone for there reasons for being here and my response was ( I had thought about this the day before because we had a lesson about stress and everyone said they were stressed but I wasn't so I was wondering why I wasn't so)....
"well there is nothing for me at home. I mean I don't know what to do when I get home. I have ideas but I don't know if its right for me. Coming on a mission is the ONLY thing IN MY LIFE that has every felt right. Its the Only thing that has EVER felt right. It's the only thing in my life I know is right." and when I said this I was feeling the spirit so strong, but it was like a different spirit. When I said this I was using hand motions like pounding on my desk and i just really emphasized it. It was cool.
Monday we got an investigator, Dennisand. He is awesome! He really is an awesome guy! He's so open to the gospel and his prayers are so powerful. We also taught this guy, Lorenzo, which was just my Italian teacher, but I didn't know what Elder Holdaway was talking about when we were planning and he said he was going to take the lead and that he had this. During the lesson he choked and like threw me our notes and was like I don't know. Take it away Elder Segon. So then I took the lead and kind of finsished the lesson. Elder Holdaway was so pissed! Haha. He is my senior companion, but I'mm the one that really takes the lead with everything I feel like. But hes getting so much better! We now have it so we are teaching 50/50.
Tuesday a member of the 70 came and talked to us (It was cool.) Dennis really enjoyed the plan of salvation!!! Oh the elders from the other district in my zone tried to squirt me with water guns because I threw one of their stupid ties away that they were having all us wear. So as they were shooting me I saw a full water bottle and grabbed it and booom!!!! I dumped it all on them! It was great then they ran away. That night Elder Vu asked "Elder Furness, why don't you have any toenails?" and Elder Furness replied "vietnam" it was soooooo funny!!!!!!!!!!
I'm learning so much! I've memorized Doctorine and Covenants, section four, lessons, scripture references, my missionary purpose and just so much! It is crazy to see how much one week at the MTC will do to you! We went to the temple today and I learned something crazy! I don't like the Provo Temple. It is ugly. I love the Sacramento Temple.
This gospel is true! There is no way it can't be! My testimony has grown so much!!!!! There is no doubt in my mind that Heavenly Father and Christ came to Joseph and told him to establish the gospel of Christ back on earth and to bring the fullness of the gospel back! I have felt the spirit so much while on my mission. I didn't know it was going to be this amazing!
Oh! one sister in my zone called me hot and I was like, "What! I'm a missionary! You're a missionary! No!" And she was like laughing and said "I was joking." And I said no joking! It is hard to try to spread the gospel when you're as cute as I am. Just kidding! But that actually happened! I was a little confused!
Our branch presidency is so nice! The president always hugs you when he sees you and hugs you to say goodbye.
So the Provo city center temple is being dedicated on Sunday and we get to be a part of that so that will be a new experience!
So some of the people we teach are real and some are not but we don't know so we have to take it seriously!
Matt and Gypsy just before we left home.