Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Mission Email: Week 2

     Well, I certainly can't believe I've been here for two weeks. It seems really crazy to think about. Sometimes it feels like I just got here, and other times it seems like I've been here FOREVER. I can't imagine how it feels after your 11th week here (I was talking to a missionary learning viatnamese and he was just finishing his 11th week ._.). But the MTC is treating me pretty well, I think. It's difficult at times, but the Lord always sends something (whether it be a feeling, person, or talk, etc.) that really brings my spirits back up and reminds me why I'm here. At times it's been a bit discouraging  because I'm teaching fake investigators ( completely in Spanish, so it's very difficult to express what you want to say and answer questions, etc.) and I'm not really doing a whole lot to bring souls to Christ, but I know that everything here is directly related to my preparation to enter the field. I know as soon as I get out there (and learn to speak Spanish XD) it'll become more than worth it. =)

     Spanish is coming so much faster here than it could in any other place in the world. It's really amazing how inspired the teachers are and how well everyone picks Spanish up and remembers things. I know that the Lord is helping us to learn and understand the language. He's even helping me really enjoy the learning and love the language. The more I learn about it, the more I seem to like it. I can't wait to really be able to speak it fluently. =)
     We had a fireside this week where Elder Nelson spoke. He gave a really amazing talk about the Book of Mormon. He told us how inspired the process of translating the book really was. When they were translating the Bible into English, they translated from a known language at the rate of 1 page a day through the work of 50 scholars. Nowadays,people translate the BoM or Bible at the rate of 1 page a day with the help of computers and other modern technology. Joseph Smith, however, translated the BoM at 7-8 pages a day from an unknown language. Now if that isn't amazing inspiration from God, I don't know what is. That really built up my testimony of the truthfullness of the BoM.
     Anyway, I'm doing well here. It seems that the days will be long, but the weeks will be short. I figure it'll all eventually mesh together anyway.
- Elder Seth

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